I usually don’t spend much time thinking about Heaven. In fact, when this longing for Heaven surfaced in me, it was such a surprise that I didn’t even recognize it as such. Heaven, to me, was a word for the indescribable, wonderful place I hope to go when I die. It didn’t dawn on me that because we hold eternity—or heaven—in our hearts, we would feel a measure of homesickness in our souls all throughout our life o...


People often ask me what makes Seasons Weekend so special. To answer that question more fully, I’d like to give you a window into one of the exercises from our Summer Weekend in Newport Beach in July.

On Friday evening everyone wrote down something that creates “crazy” in their life.  It didn’t take long as a group to list issues big and small and identify the things that pull us into the crazy. Despite this list c...


In 1487 the explorer Batholomeu Dias set sail from Portugal to find a sea route to the riches of the East. He was forced ashore at the southernmost tip of Africa, and he named the place Cape of Storms, alluding to the tempest he had endured. He was not able to continue his journey, but he was so convinced that he had discovered the route he was looking for that he later changed the name to Cape of Good Hope. Often...

The circumstances of our lives do not determine our level of freedom. The level of self-governance we enjoy determines our response to the circumstances of our lives. There is a certain irony about the fact that the apostle Paul wrote some of his most compelling thoughts on freedom while in prison. He demonstrated that when we live out of the freedom of the “inner man”, we are free regardless of how it may look on...


24 Regular-size marshmallows (about 3 cups)
1 cup double-strength coffee

1 cup whipping cream, whipped

1/2 cup chocolate cookie crumbs

In a medium saucepan combine the marshmallows and the coffee. Cook and stir over medium heat until marshmallows melt. Chill until partially set. Fold the whipped cream into the marshmallow mixture. Chill again until partially reset. In parfait glasses, start with the coffee/mallow mix...


Women will do almost anything to keep from feeling powerless, including hurting others so we don’t have to feel hurt ourselves. We develop a hard exterior over the top of the wounded place. If anyone hurts us in any way, they deserve to be punished. I call this “hard hurt”. The woman who has hard hurt reacts like an animal, letting a fear of pain lead her behavior. She will bite if you try to help her. Hard hurt p...


"For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?" Romans 8:24

She clicked her ruby slippers three times, and each time she said, "There's no place like home." It was where she wanted to be more than anywhere else in the world. Home was the place that made everything make sense for Dorothy. She was from Kansas, and she was trying to survive in the land of O...


Sarah Ban Breathnach wrote in Simple Abundance, “If I do not endow my life and my work with meaning, no one will ever be able to do it for me.” If you don’t think enough meaning exists in your life, create it in the midst. Don’t just run errands; use the opportunity to meditate. Pray for the businesses in your community that you have to visit. Your bank and your dry cleaners both could use your prayers. God has cr...


Many women believe God is silent on the subject of beauty.


Maybe because the church has been silent, maybe because we have to stop long enough to listen to what God is saying, or perhaps we sense that God, like a fearful man, simply feels uncomfortable being a part of the discussion. For whatever reason we’ve thought that God seems to be absent in our beauty discussions, the fresh-brewed truth is that God doesn’t...


Journaling is like free counseling for your relationships. To the degree that journaling helps us ferret out the negative, destructive voices in our souls, it will only help our relationships. When we bring our hearts to God on paper and spill out our souls before him, it will impact every relationship we have. If we are learning from our lives by listening, responding, and letting God direct us, every special per...

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