Marriage: Bunny slopes and double blacks

“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” Romans 7:18 NIV How in the world does this verse relate to marriage? Couldn’t I have picked the more lovely wedding verses from I...

Perseverance of Children from Divorced Homes

“For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.” Psalm 71:5 The excitement of freshly sharpened pencils and a new backpack during the fall of first grade did not last long when my parents told my brother and I that they were getting a...

What Gets You Out of Bed?

We love because He first loved us. I John 4:19 Buzz, Buzz, the dreaded sound of the alarm. Stammering out of the bed still half sleep, I feel my way in the dark room to turn off that blaring sound.  Silence at last. Crawling back in the bed for just a few minutes...

Heart-Pounding Perseverance

“I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled.” Habakkuk 3:16a This is a picture of fear painted by the prophet Habakkuk. When was the last time your heart pounded with fear at the sound of dreadful...

Loving an Abusive Person

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’. They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” (Psalm 14:1) In my counseling practice, people would often come into the office asking me how to deal with a person – friend, husband,...