round the time Hurricane Irma was getting ready hit South Florida I received a large package in the mail. I wasn't expecting anything as I was busy preparing our house for the storm. I quickly ripped the tape off and opened the box to discover a devotional inside.Read More
At the end of last year I contributed five devotionals to a project called Just Breathe from Worthy Publishing. Just Breathe is a devotional journal that addresses anxiety and learning to trust God and breathe through every circumstance life throws at us.Read More
As I've been observing Lent this year I have been thinking a lot about confession. That's kind of the point of Lent, isn't it? Taking a good hard look at our sin and confessing it before God. I went to an Ash Wednesday service and we read Psalm 51. This is one of David's Psalm which he wrote after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba. In this Psalm he confesses his sin and asks for forgiveness. And then in verse 10 he says, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." The second part of confession is repentance.Read More
Tomorrow marks Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
Over the past few years I've blogged about my return to the observance of Lent. I neglected it for several years after I left the Catholic Church. But in 2014 I felt a strong desire to observe Lent, on my own terms. I decided that instead of giving up soda or candy (my go-to lenten fasts of my youth), I would give up yelling. This non-traditional approach to Lent actually opened my eyes as I discovered what my true problem was - not yelling, but sin and bitterness built up in my heart due to past hurts. Since then I have looked forward to Lent as a time of deep reflection on Christ's sacrifice - his death and resurrection.Read More