The Master Mechanic

If your car broke down, could you fix it? If your computer did not reboot, could you fix it? If your life is a mess—choked with grief, confusion, pain, regret, uncertainty—could you fix it? There are some things in life that are so overwhelming that their solution requires more than we can give. We could […]

Attacking A Dreaded Diagnosis

It has happened to you or to someone near and dear—a dreaded diagnosis. How do you respond? A military style response would be to know your enemy, make a plan, and execute the plan. A spiritual response would be to know your enemy, make a plan, and execute the plan. It should come as no […]

Shiny Castle

Representation of path to God's mansion

To what does the abundant life point? If you believe in eternity, it may point to this: a room in God’s mansion prepared for you (John 14:2). If this sounds attractive, the obvious question is how do I get there? The answer is both simple and complex. In the simple form, it is a matter […]

The Fires of Sorrows

photo of fire representing the fires of sorrow

Oswald Chambers, in Receiving Yourself in the Fires of Sorrow, states that “sorrow either gives me to myself or it destroys me.” What he means is that sorrow can remove shallowness but not necessarily make someone a better person. Success, he says, cannot make you a better person for it leads to pride. So, are […]

Sacred Space

“There is something restorative about being in a sacred space.” Sometimes all we want to do is sit in church because it is a holy place, a quiet place, a place of restoration, and a place where we can meet God in His house. “There is something restorative about being in a sacred space. The […]


What comes to mind with the word treasure? Buried treasure? Pirate gold? Sunken wrecks? Indiana Jones movies? These all have a common factor: wealth that is tangible, as in gems, gold coins, or mysterious crystals. There are different kinds of treasure that are also worth noting. Wisdom and knowledge. Heavenly treasures. Suffering. (Suffering???) What treasure […]

Ask, Seek, Knock: What, How, Where?

Luke 11:9So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. We work through many iterations of ask, seek, knock as we journey through life. “What do I want to be when I grow up?” “What will I […]

Investing In Faith

This is a post about the parallels between wise investing and true faith. It is not about how faith can increase your financial return on investment. Today I participated in a phone conversation with my financial advisor who was responding to his clients concerning the decline in stock valuations, particularly in the major indices, during […]

Joy Or Happiness: Which Do You Choose?

I hear it all the time. “I just want to be happy” or “I only want (insert name) to be happy.” What I have never heard is, “I just want to be joyful.” Who doesn’t want happiness? Who would prefer joy? And, what’s the difference? There’s nothing wrong with wanting happiness, but knowing the nuances […]