Parenting

For My Daughter on Her Birthday

  It’s your birthday—my darling daughter! Can it really be—that you’ve been spreading your unique version of joy on this planet for five whole years? I’ve known you for four and a half of those. But I have loved you for far longer than that. You were born in my heart many years before you… Read More For My Daughter on Her Birthday

Communication

Conversation Matters

A part of my job every semester is to teach a class called Speech Communication. It’s a required course for all of our undergraduate students, so I’m well aware that some of them arrive in my classroom with apathy, some with nervousness, some even with a measure of dread. After all, “Public Speaking” appears on… Read More Conversation Matters

Spiritual Growth

Making Sense of Suddenly Slammed Doors

One week ago life was falling nicely into place. On June 15 we signed a contract to sell our home on Green Street. The price was agreeable. We survived the inspection. And we set about to make the requested repairs. The only variable still in negotiation was the fireplace. So in the midst of scheduling… Read More Making Sense of Suddenly Slammed Doors

Spiritual Growth, The House

Lift Up Your Eyes

I asked God for a house showing. I didn’t pray for a contract. I didn’t need an offer. Just one showing would do. It seemed to me like a simple fleece.   Let me back up a minute. You might remember that in February we started to homeschool our son, Daryl (7). (Hence, my three-month… Read More Lift Up Your Eyes

Parenting, The Kiddos

We’re Homeschooling. Here's Why.

When I wrote about “the call of God” back in December, I had no idea that He was going to call our family to a new adventure quite so soon. Funny, how He softens our hearts so specifically sometimes. This particular call didn’t come in the form of a burning bush. No blinding light from… Read More We’re Homeschooling. Here's Why.

Spiritual Growth, Theology

The Savior of the World

Last week I had the honor of speaking during one of the afternoon sessions at Founder’s Week, an annual Bible Conference at Moody Bible Institute. The theme for the week was “No One Like Him” from Isaiah 40, a powerful passage that details what our Lord has done as Creator and Sustainer of the universe.… Read More The Savior of the World

Good Health, Spiritual Growth

10 Tips Toward Making Resolutions that Stick

“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power,  so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the… Read More 10 Tips Toward Making Resolutions that Stick

Spiritual Growth

4 Characteristics of God's Call

I don’t know if it’s the impending New Year or my current life circumstances or just my general penchant for new projects and plans, but I’ve been thinking a lot about “calling” again—mulling over the concept, talking with students and friends who are straining to hear theirs, as well as reevaluating my own. So, because… Read More 4 Characteristics of God's Call

Holidays

We Have Seen His Glory!

If you had been in Chicago on December 4th or 5th, you could have joined me (and over 10,000 other Chicagoans) for the Moody Bible Institute’s Candlelight Carols Christmas program, one of our biggest events of the year. In the setting of the majestic Moody Church, you would have seen and heard our three college… Read More We Have Seen His Glory!

Marriage

When We Say “I Will”

Sixteen years ago I walked down the aisle of a 14th century church in Plympton, England. I was wearing a blush-colored dress and a homemade veil, and I promised to Peter, before God, “I will.” “I will serve you and obey you. Love, honor, and keep you. In sickness and in health. I will forsake… Read More When We Say “I Will”