Browsing All posts tagged under »courage«

The Lord’s Plan to Prepare

October 9, 2012


…An unseen power will aid me and you in the glorious cause of truth … Courage, for the Lord is on our side … These words have been going around and around in my mind last night and this morning as I’ve yearned in prayer toward the Lord. Not in fearful “oh please oh please” […]

A Disposition to be Pleased

April 19, 2012


He sat silent, his hand on the door handle, steeling himself. I waited, knowing how hard this was for him. We did this often. He took a deep breath but he didn’t say, “Do I have to go?” Instead, he said, “I wish I weren’t scared.” My mother heart leapt into my throat, but I […]

The Bells of Hell

April 10, 2012


Nothing fires my soul like a good fight. That’s not a particularly demure or cultivated thing to say (and it’s probably quite misleading), but I figure God created me and has been busily molding so he’s okay with what he’s fashioned, and I certainly didn’t manufacture a stiff upper lip all by myself. With perfect […]

We Are ALL Enlisted

March 26, 2012


I sat in the pew, surrounded by women I barely knew and hardly understood, because that was where I was supposed to be. It was certainly not where I would have chosen to be. In a few minutes three eternally smiling, painfully sweet women would speak with pleading, wavery voices about the joy of being […]

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

February 20, 2012


I awakened this morning from a troubling dream, an occurrence that I find less troubling all the time. Troubling dreams are memorable, disruptive, and unsettling. It is good to be unsettled, stirred up, and focused anew on forgotten things. It creates innovation in our economy – forcing better products, increasing the efficiency of our lives, […]


July 28, 2010


I’ve been thinking all day about taking risks. My boys are on top of a mountain, which is a good thing for boys to do, under certain conditions, because it stretches them in all kinds of man ways. It’s also a big risk, because it seems every week someone falls off a mountain here and […]

The Word’s Advice

July 24, 2010


Child 2 came to me today, sat down in the rocking chair behind my desk, and said, “I need your advice.” Manna to a mother’s soul, but something that has happened more and more as the years have marched on and I quit shoving my advice down their throats unrequested. I like that. (I bet […]

I Got Your Back

June 5, 2010


I just spent some concentrated time with 16 young people camping. That isn’t the reason the cat has lost her trust, by the way, but I can tell you about another black cat that has lost some girls’ trust. While they were sleeping in an open pavilion last night, the resident huntress decided to show […]