Category: fear


Monday 10th July 2017

Scared? Here’s why you shouldn’t take the Chicken Exit.

she laughs without fear

Our family visited an amusement park every summer when I was growing up. My favorite ride: a rollercoaster called the Tornado. Ironically, it was also the ride I dreaded the most. When I stood in line with my dad, I lived in the tension of wanting to get on the ride, but fearing I would ...

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Tuesday 18th April 2017

Storms raging around you? How Jesus meets you, right where you are.

peace, storms, presence of God

We had no way of knowing that the storms were coming. It was the ‘80s, and there was no such thing as “weather-radar apps” or iPhones. My oldest sister and I were in a remote area of Canada, on a fishing trip with Dad. When we set out on the water that morning, the skies […]

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Monday 7th November 2016

How to Be Worry-Free in Times Like These – #TellHisStory

How to Be Worry-Free in Times Like These - #TellHisStory

It was 11:58 p.m. on December 31, 1999. Most people I knew were just minutes away from “partying like it was 1999.” It was New Year’s Eve, baby. And it was a big one. Meanwhile, I sat at my work desk on full alert, eyes glued to my computer screen. I sat in a newsroom […]

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Thursday 14th April 2016

words of hope for anyone struggling with anxiety

cast anxiety on God

Public speaking is often listed as people’s number one fear, even ahead of dying. As Jerry Seinfeld famously said, that means that at a funeral, most people would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy. I can’t begin to tell you how true that has been for me in the past two ...

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Monday 22nd February 2016

Asking for Prayers from You, Dear Friends

Asking for Prayers from You, Dear Friends

Hi friends, This is my Dad. I realize I’ve been a little vague about Dad, and all that he’s been going through. I’ve written things like: “Dad continues to work through some major health problems.” “These are tough times right now.” “Please ...

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Monday 26th January 2015

You {and Your Dreams} Are Made to Soar


When I was a girl, I had this one recurring dream. It’s crystal-clear on the playback — I’m wearing Strawberry Shortcake pajamas, standing barefoot in the long grass, down by the lilac tree. My tiny heart understands instinctively that I was made to fly. So I try. I stretch out my arms, and ...

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Friday 19th September 2014

I’m Not Living For Applause


It was Friday afternoon, one week ago today. I had just pulled my car onto the retreat center’s long driveway, and the gravel was crackling in the wheel wells. I was taking these deep cleansing breaths, the kind they teach you in Lamaze. It was the kind of breathing that felt as much like ...

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Friday 10th January 2014

The Two Words That Change Everything

The Two Words That Change Everything

A short video message from my heart, to yours … (If you are viewing this message by email, but can’t see the video, please click here.)     This is my contribution to Holley Gerth’s new series, “Coffee for Your Heart.” You can add your words of ...

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Friday 25th October 2013

No Such Thing as “Can’t”

No Such Thing as "Can't"

  Have you ever stepped out of the boat – metaphorically speaking – simply because Jesus said, “Come!” I heard a powerful teaching this summer on Matthew 14:22-33. The speaker pointed out that Jesus always supplies all the power, the ability, the grace and the strength we need to ...

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