Take Me to the Mountains

Have you ever been in a place where you could almost feel God’s presence? Have you ever observed the magnificent creation around you and just knew that He did it all for you? For me, that place is the mountains. When I am surrounded by rugged, snow-capped peaks, breathing in that fresh, cold air, I am prompted, with the Psalmist, …

The Waiting Game

I hate waiting. I like to have what I want when I want it and for things to happen when I think they’re supposed to happen. I know this sounds super selfish (and it is), but think about it. The lifestyle that we live and the culture we are surrounded by has taught us that waiting is a bad thing. …

The Man on the Other Side of the Street

I love a good story. No matter the theme, context, or location, I promise to be an attentive and enthusiastic listener. For example, I tend to ask people to tell me all about themselves and their life experience the first time I meet them. I know that I am not the only one that enjoys stories of any kind. There …

Christian: Label or Lifestyle?

I’ve often wondered what Christianity looks like from the “outside.” Can unbelievers pick out the Christians in a crowd? Or do they think we’re just a bunch of fakes who slap on a label to ease our own consciences? More importantly, do people know that I’m a Christian? Can they tell by the way that I live my life that …

Facing Fear

Unlike many of my acquaintances who strive to hide their fears behind useless excuses or clenched teeth, I prefer to get mine out in the open. Anyone who has been in the car with me knows I am terrified of getting into an accident. My seat-mates on the plane can’t miss the way that I grip the armrests and close …

In Everything Give Thanks

The Bible is overflowing with admonitions to “give thanks.” In Old Testament times, the Israelites were encouraged to give offerings of thanksgiving to the Lord of their own free will (see Leviticus 23:29). Whole chapters of the book of Psalms are dedicated to praising the Lord for His goodness and mercy. And Paul, writing to the New Testament Christians, exhorted, …