Your Safe Place

Standing at the window watching the downpour, I realize why I love rain so much. The sound of thunder and lightning always reminds me of my mother. As a dry land farmer’s daughter from West Texas, we always asked God for “moisture” in our family. My mother wasn’t particularly specific about how it should come. Mist counted, and the fog …

If I Belonged

If I were His girl, I would awaken each day with eagerness.  In first light, sleepy-eyed and tousled, I would remember that He loves me and rejoice in that knowledge. If I were His girl, I would yearn to see Him more than anyone else.  With anticipation, I would consider time with Him as imperative. I’d be insistent that He …

Yielding to Courage

The first time I saw it was in 1980. Stamped with a singular Chinese character, I recognized its meaning from the triangular yellow sign. “Yield,” I said aloud, pleased with my first translation of the ten-week trip. Eight years later, I found this same character on a page in my language school textbook. “讓 (ràng) — to let, allow, offer, …

Fear: 4 Things to Know

“I recognized the spirit of fear from my experiences in Asia. Massive and arrogant, he boldly swaggered through my mind’s eye, even while our little group prayed fervently for our world. As I watched, he suddenly began to shrink, smaller and smaller, until he became microscopic. Suddenly, a single, diseased cell appeared in the scene, and this spirit of fear …

Peace, Not Anxiety

Standing at the window watching the downpour, I realize why I love rain. The sound of thunder and lightning ever reminds me of my mother. Not because she had a fiery personality, but because we always needed rainfall. Growing up as a dry land farmer’s daughter, we were always asking God for “moisture” in our family. My mother wasn’t incredibly …

Frozen with Fear

When my heart is full, I feel I can speak to God freely and confidently. I delight in His Presence and find it easy to sing with joyful thanksgiving. I’m like a rich woman with large sums to bring to the temple’s treasury. Because I have an abundance, I hardly miss my offering.  But in the days of drought, when …