Psalm 27: An Unhurried Heart

Jun 16, 2021

How do we learn to live an unhurried life in such a busy, anxious world? How can I cultivate an unhurried heart when there is so much on my plate? I (Alan) recently found some wise guidance while reflecting on Psalm 27. Let me share what I learned.


Remember Who God Is


The Lord is my light and my salvation—
      whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)



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Very Married

Jun 09, 2021

My husband, Alan, and I are very married. In fact, last month we celebrated our 36th anniversary.


I first laid eyes on Alan when I was 17 years old. It was the summer of 1981, and I was sitting in the back row of seats during an evening service at church. My cousin whispered to me out of the side of her mouth, “Gem, Gem, look over there.” Her eyes motioned to the right.


Evidently, we were there to check out guys. I know this because the next words out of her mouth...

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The Way of Love

May 12, 2021

A verse of scripture has been dancing around in the back of my mind for a while: “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Profoundly simple, right? God could choose any word he wanted to describe himself, and the word he chose is love.


Love is paradoxically simple and complicated. I do not fully understand all the intricacies and dynamics of love, but I do know that in 1 Corinthians 13, Paul does a great job of giving us a peek into the heart of love. Phrase by phrase he paints a...

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God Does More Than We Can Imagine

Mar 10, 2021

Sometimes my heart and mind seem to forget the immense power and generosity of God. When facing great challenges or losses, I’m tempted to think that they are the biggest thing in my life. But God is always greater than anything happening in my life or in our world. Always.


Listen to how Paul captures this truth at the end of his prayer for the Ephesian church:


“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is...

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Preparing the Soil of Your Soul

Mar 03, 2021

Awhile back, during a time of journaling and prayer, I perused the notes from my first training in spiritual direction. I had packed two folders with worksheets, practices, and handwritten notes from multiple lectures.


My plan was to read through everything so I could recall and glean from the spiritual wisdom those pages contained. However, I made it through only half of one handwritten notebook. I barely scratched the surface. Reading through my notes in a soulful way turned out to...

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Thoughts on the Love of God

Nov 18, 2020

God is love. There is hardly a more meaningful sentence that short in the English language.


A while back I was reading C. S. Lewis about the love of God. He reminds us that for God to be love since before the beginning of time and creation, God has to be more than one person. Love is relational and requires at least two persons.


In fact, the Christian idea of God as three persons says that the love that the Father and the Son share is so substantial that it too is a...

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