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The Bible Says Jesus’ Yoke Is Easy, But Some Days I Doubt

Sitting in the counselor’s office after months of brutal treatment, I felt exasperated by the loss of strength, energy, clarity, sanity. As soon as I finished one treatment, I entered another. Chemotherapy. Radiation. More and more surgeries.

The counselor slapped me across the face with the following words:

Resilience is finite.

The Bible Says Jesus’ Yoke Is Easy, But Some Days I Doubt

The statement caught me off guard. I’ve always thought of resilience as endless. The spring always bounces back. The well always renews.

The counselor revealed that overused metal springs can wear right through. Some wells run dry. The bounce never returns. The place remains barren.

Thirty years of counseling experience, and he’d seen this again and again.

People burning through their resilience. Empty. Lifeless. Former shadows of themselves.

Sometimes the sparkle never returns to the iris.

I didn’t want to be among them. Continue Reading...

The Secret To Overcoming Your Greatest Fear

Zondervan just released The Organic God in paperback and eBook. Reworking the manuscript gave me an opportunity to reflect on God’s faithfulness and goodness. I thought you might enjoy the following adaptation from the book:

Several years ago, I remember reaching a financial breaking point. Though I was owed a lot by clients, they had fallen behind on their accounts and now I was falling behind on mine. Though I cut back on every expense I could think of, I still didn’t have enough money to pay my bills including the electric bill. Worse, I needed to make a tax payment to the government that couldn’t be delayed.

As the deadline for the taxes approached, I felt the fear and anxiety grip my soul. I began to pray, asking God to provide. For more than 60 days, I walked to the mailbox hoping and praying that a check from a client, any client, would arrive. For more than 60 days, I went home empty-handed. Two days before the deadline, I just couldn’t take it any more.

Exhausted. Frustrated. Broke on the outside and broken on the inside. Continue Reading...

Giveaway: God's Favorite Place on Earth @FrankViola @David_C_Cook

This week, I'm giving away THREE COPIES of my friend, Frank Viola's new book, God's Favorite Place on Earth. I recently had the opportunity to ask Frank a few questions about his new book:

Margaret: For readers who aren’t familiar with your book, what do you want to resonate in their hearts and minds after reading? Continue Reading...

My friend, Holley Gerth is visiting the blog and offering an extra-special giveaway this week. Holley is the best-selling author of You’re Already Amazing. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through words as a life coach and blogger as well. You can hang out with her at

The Wonder of God-SIZED Dreams


That last few weeks have held their share of questions. Like ping-pong balls they ricochet through my mind.

What if I fail?

How will I get through this financially?

Should I really take that leap of faith

Bounce after bounce the noise gets louder. And then one day a divine hand reaches down to snatch them in mid-air with these words: Continue Reading...

Tell Me, Why Did You Doubt?

Margaret —  September 19, 2011 — 2 Comments

Tell Me, Why Did You Doubt?

I love the story of Peter and Jesus walking on the water together. As I was rereading it in Matthew 14, a detail stood out to me that I never noticed before: Peter hopped out of the boat in the middle of a wind storm: Continue Reading...