Guarding the Flame of Our First Love

How do we keep the tenderness, vulnerability and fascination that we experienced at the beginning of our relationship with the Lord? That place where the heart was first awakened to the love of Christ. Where He revealed Himself and we … Read more

Love is Beautiful but It’s not Clean

Love is beautiful, but it’s not clean. It frees the heart from unforgiveness and bitterness, while not even slightly delivering it from pain and heartache. Freedom of forgiving love does not mean going scot-free and living untouched. Love is mangled and wounded … Read more

The Cure for Our Inconsistent Devotion

The jealousy that once left my  arguments speechless and my striving powerless has not changed, has not dwindled, has not diminished in the smallest degree. The cure of my sickness in my youth is the same cure decades later: to … Read more

When Our Prayers Feel Barren

I went to tuck my daughter in last night and as I laid beside her in her bed, what I thought would just be a kiss-goodnight turned into one of those precious exchanges—when my little girl would open and spill … Read more

Stirring the Fire of First Love

I was young when I resolved to love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I was brave and my vision was clear of any fog that seems to settle without warning over the years. I made … Read more

The Ache for Righteousness is Love

I know the ache so well.  It’s come more times than I can count – sometimes poignant, sometimes just with that lingering sigh beneath the movements of my day. Often it rises with the remorse over my tone with my kids – why … Read more

When We Feel Misunderstood by Others

I left a conversation recently with that stinging emotion that I always try to avoid: I’d been misunderstood. Misread. Misinterpreted. Few things bother me more. One of the vey hardest things for the human heart is when we’re misunderstood. I’ve been … Read more