April 9, 2020 During COVID-19, Lent and Holy Week have felt different. The norm would be to hear about people giving up something for Lent....caffeine, dessert, and social media were some popular sacrifices of the last few years. But this year I have not heard anyone talking about what they are giving up... Perhaps it's because we have already given up so much during this crisis. And we know … [Read more...] about Lent and the Holy Week in COVID-19
Waiting is part of life. There is no getting around it. Sometimes waiting is easier because we know what’s coming. We are in a queue for the thing that we know we will get if we are patient. This is the reason why some of us stand in line for hours for a free pizza, free Build a Bear, and free ice-cream, because we know that eventually we will get what we have come to get and it is worth the … [Read more...] about How to Wait Well: 5 Truths to Remember
Have you ever been in a hurry? If you have ever sat in Los Angeles traffic when you’re in a hurry, you know the angst you feel! If you have kids, you understand the word hurry quite well. “Come on kids; we have to hurry if we’re going to make it to school on time!” If you are someone who has their calendar filled with one appointment after another, you know the hustling it takes to make it to … [Read more...] about Hurry! Why the Fruit of the Spirit Can’t Grow
Have you ever wondered, “Did I hear God’s voice correctly?" I have, and I’m sure you have too. We usually ask this question, not when things are going smoothly, but when we are surprised by the unexpected. We felt like we heard God speak, and we acted. We took a risk to step out in faith. I remember graduating from college and moving to another city to minister to college students with a … [Read more...] about Did I hear God’s Voice Correctly?
A few weeks ago our family watched the movie Cool Runnings, based on the true story of the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team. It is a feel-good movie with some memorable lines. We all loved it. One of my favorite lines was something that the coach said to the team captain the night before the competition day in the Olympics. (**This post contains an affiliate link.**) He said, “A gold medal is … [Read more...] about Are you Enough?
The festivity, the joy, the excitement of the people filled the streets as Jesus humbly rode by on a donkey. The palm branches symbolized victory for the Israelites and the phrase, “Hosanna,” was a declaration, a cry for salvation, “Save us!” They listened, all eighteen first and second grader, eyes fixed on me as I began telling them the familiar story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into … [Read more...] about Hosanna: A Holy Week Meditation