Last year, Americans spent over $32 billion on health club memberships. Worldwide, the total reached $80 billion. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, $71 billion was spent on lottery tickets in 2017. Residents of Massachusetts topped the charts for ticket purchasing with the average person spending over $700. Why are we pouring money into these things? What are […]
Iron Chains or Velvet Reins?
The book of Hosea presents a beautiful picture of God’s passion to pursue and protect His people. Israel had chosen to worship other gods. They had created idols and traded a holy covenant with God for the empty promises of sin. Despite this, God continued to offer redemption to His people, “But then I will win her […]
Are You a Life-Giver?
The story of creation, in the book of Genesis, tells us that God made Adam from the dust of the earth. But for Eve, He took a bone from Adam. God reached into Adam’s side and removed a portion of his rib. While Adam slept, God created a mate for him, literally from his flesh and […]
Happily Ever After
Recently, while watching Shakespeare’s famous play, Romeo and Juliet, I found myself anxiously wanting for there to be a way for the two young lovers to escape their ill-fated ending. When it concluded in the usual way, with their tragic deaths, I started to question my response. I have read and seen this story countless […]
Choosing the excellent over the good
A sunny summer day with bubbles! I’m glad I slowed down enough to catch this moment. You see, for those familiar with the Enneagram, I am a 3. This means I always have a running list of “productive” things that must be done. I was right in the middle of cleaning out yet another closet, […]
The struggle between what we want and what we need
For the past week, I have been cleaning out and clearing out my house. The garage, the pantry, the cabinets, and I can’t even begin to tell you about my closet! How is it possible that we have collected so much unnecessary stuff? As I sit here writing this post, I am dreading the thought […]
Do your words align with your actions?
Do as I say, not as I do. How many of you know this phrase? If you are like me, you heard it often from the adults in your life, and I have to admit that I have uttered it all too often in my adulthood as well. This sounds like wisdom. Isn’t that why we say it […]
Finding God in the Storm and the Silence
A few days ago, my city, Dallas, was hit by a sudden and violent thunderstorm. Within minutes, the skies changed from blue to black. Wind speeds were clocked at above 70 mph. I stood by my windows watching as the rain pounded and the trees were twisted and torn by the torrential gusts. The aftermath […]
How Does God See You?
“In the beginning…”, God created all the heavens and the earth, and it was and still is awesome! However, secular society wants to equate us (humans) with the rest of God’s creation, as if we are on an equal plane with the animals and plants of the world. This is not our correct position. Ephesians […]
Why Choose Shadows over Light?
Have you ever thought about how shadows are produced? When an object comes into contact with the rays of the sun, it interrupts the light, producing a shadow. Therefore, a shadow is the absence of light. Paul speaks of this in his letter to the Ephesians, “for at one time you were darkness, but now you […]