What is Your Purpose?

The first and most well-known question of The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks the question this way: "What is the chief end of man?" The answer: The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Wait. What? What about spreading the gospel? Raising godly children? Caring for those in need? Yep.... Continue Reading →

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When You Can’t Find the Next Handhold

Ever feel like the woman in this picture? Is life an arduous, up-the-back-side-of-the-mountain-by-yourself kind of struggle every single day? I've been there. And some days I still am. But here's something I've learned. When you feel like giving up, try looking back instead. I'm not advising you to replay your regrets or wallow in what-if's.... Continue Reading →

What Are You Longing For?

Every January, my students and I read the allegorical fairy tale, The Golden Key, by George MacDonald.  The main character, a boy named Mossy, has found a beautiful golden key, but he is unsure what the key unlocks. All he knows is that he is compelled to search for the keyhole. As Mossy begins his journey, he... Continue Reading →

Planted on Purpose

I have never planted a tree by accident. And I've planted a lot of trees. As a gardener, I'm continually adding just the right flowers, shrubs and trees to my yard to achieve my vision for the mature landscape. I think about what it will look like in five years. In ten years. When I... Continue Reading →

A New Story

God is writing a new story on the pages of my life. Not a tale I would have chosen...one that requires not only an umbrella, but a sword. And some sturdy hiking boots. But see the pen over there, on the right? It's His pen. His story. And, as Elizabeth Goudge says of her character,... Continue Reading →

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