The Unexpected Gift of Sadness

The book of Job is part of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, along with Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Job tells the story of a wealthy, successful man living in the land of Uz who had seven sons and three daughters. The story opens with an insight into Job’s character. When Job learned that his children may have inadvertently sinned, he offered sacrifices on their behalf—an example that Job was a righteous man who loved God.

In an unusual twist, an adversary (often thought of as Satan) approached God about Job. Satan claimed that the only reason Job was righteous and loved God was because Job had been successful and prosperous. If stripped of his possessions, Satan argued, Job wouldn’t be as faithful to God.

Out of this heavenly court scene would come an unforgettable test for Job whom, according to God’s command, Satan would be allowed to strip of all his material blessings.

At Satan’s request, Job would be allowed to lose everything—everything, said the Lord, except for his life.

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Are You a Treasure Hunter? Find out about the Wonder of Restoration!

My friend, Veronica Johnson, from Canby Oregon, recently shared with me some of the hidden riches she’s discovered. Looking at items others would pass by or toss in the trash, she sees potential and worth.

Veronica loves to restore old things. Consider some of her pieces: Continue Reading...

Think you are hearing from God?  Check out these 4 Questions to Ask Yourself when you are trying to decide

Often when God speaks, he will say the same thing through a sermon, a passage of Scripture, a chance conversation, or an unexpected encounter. When we begin looking for these sacred echoes, we are better able to recognize God's voice in our life and walk more confidently in the fullness of what God has for us. Continue Reading...

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For the last several months, I've noticed something bothering my dog's mouth. Hershey has been licking more and rubbing his face into the ground. I decided to take him to the veterinarian. He assured me all was well with my dog.

But the behavior continued.

I went to another veterinarian for a second opinion. He assured me that Hershey was fine. When I asked about the odd behavior he told me that sometimes dogs just do funny things.

I wasn't satisfied.

One of my closest friends just happens to be a dental hygienist. While over for dinner one night, I asked, "Is there any way that we could break into your dental office in the middle of the night and use the X-ray machine to see what's really going on in my dog's mouth?" Continue Reading...

Reaching Your Prodigal

Moms and dads keep asking, “Where did I go wrong?”

I hear the stories of heartbreak.

The adult child who wants nothing to do with God, church, or faith.

The daughter raised in the church who is now selling her body for drugs.

The son who is so angry at his parents he hasn’t spoken to them in years.

My heart aches with each story. The loving parent who more than anything wants their child back in a healthy relationship with God and them.

Throughout the spring, I’ve had the delight of being part of the Women of Joy tour and listening to Phil Waldrep dispense some of the best teaching I’ve ever heard for parents walking this rough journey.

He goes into much depth, offering practical insight and action steps in his book, Reaching Your Prodigal: What Did I Do Wrong? What Do I Do Now?

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Today I wanted to highlight two important principles from the book: Continue Reading...