January 20: Hallelujah Anyhow!

Anyone who has ever met with me for mentoring or counseling has heard me say (probably on multiple occasions), “It isn’t our circumstances that affect the way we feel; it is what we tell ourselves about the circumstances that largely…

A Prayer for the New Year

Each January a friend and I exchange verses with one another to pray for each other throughout that year. This year the Lord has drawn me to Psalm 89:15-17a: “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You and who…

There is probably nothing the enemy hates more than when we exalt the name of Jesus, when we proclaim His praise, and lift Him up as the name that is above all names. I was reminded of that as I…

If waiting on the Lord renews our strength, then why does it seem like protracted times of waiting just appear to wear us out? Who would have thought it would take so much emotional and spiritual energy to do what…

Into the Great Unknown

2013 is here, and with it all of the questions that a new year brings. What will happen internationally? In the United States? In Illinois? In Crystal Lake? At EFCCL? In my family? In my own life? All three of…