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Run the (Endurance) Race

A few Saturdays ago I completed a triathlon. The race consisted of swimming just short of one mile, biking twenty-five miles, and running six miles. This was my third triathlon at this distance and the best experience I have had to date. Learning from seasoned racers and past painful experiences helped me have a better Continue Reading…

Graceful Groove

I recently learned about a helpful new technology added to Macintosh computer’s GarageBand software. GarageBand is software that allows its users to digitally record and produce audio tracks. The users can record lectures, a single instrument, or a band of instruments. After recording, it can help the user clean up and balance the recordings. The Continue Reading…

For The Good Trees

“So they will be called oaks of righteousness…” Isaiah 61.3 I am struck by how often trees are used to teach us simple, profound truths. Recently Andrew Murray blessed me with another tree-truth from “The Master’s Indwelling” by suggesting that every oak tree, from the young sapling to the ancient and mighty, is standing in Continue Reading…

How to Meet the Crashing Waves

Dad and I got up way before sunrise, and we had one thing our brain: Fishing. Despite our normal poor luck with catching fish, our problem that day would not be the fish. As I recall, the weather forecast called for clear skies, but on that steamy summer day in southern Alabama, our problem would Continue Reading…

Step Back

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him. – Psalm 28:7 I’ve never been praised for my athletic accomplishments. Oh, the guys would come out to view the girls’ tennis class when we were Continue Reading…

Making Deals with God

Gene McNaughton didn’t have time for God; he was too busy enjoying life. Successful in his work, respected in his community, in good health—why should he need God? And today he was doing what he loved to do more than anything else—bird hunting. It was cold, and that Arkansas air was biting—exhilarating. A new dog Continue Reading…

A Choice

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20 I was chairman of the prayer Continue Reading…

A Life Rerouted (Because of Obedience)

Do you sometimes wonder about your level of obedience? You approach the topic sincerely and very logically: “God loves me unconditionally. I believe that with all my heart. I also believe that there isn’t anything I can do to make Him love me more or anything that I can do to make Him love me Continue Reading…

In Celebration of Womanhood

Femininity. What does it mean? If we asked a group of women that question how many of their answers would encompass the culture of our day . . . the way we dress, the way we look, our personality, career goals, or possibly our understanding of personal fulfillment. And there are those who would say, Continue Reading…

Birth Determines Who We Are

I love Italian food. I love Italian music. I love the language. I’d love to be an Italian. But I never will be. I wasn’t born an Italian. I could change my hair, learn the language, and even sing operas, but no amount of Italian performance would change my identity. To be Italian, I’d have Continue Reading…