Category Archives : Listening to God

Forget Jerusalem


“How can we sing the LORD’S song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget her skill. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth If I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.” An impossibly thin silver chain […]

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I Was the Other Woman

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Imagine someone built a luxurious home on an upscale lake shore property and gave it to you outright. How would you respond? What would prevent you from enjoying such an extravagant gift? Recently our family stayed in a house like that. When we drove up oooo-ing and ahhh-ing, we had no idea this stately historic […]

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Mud in Your Eyes


Come sit next to me and let me confess something to you. But first, let me ask you something: Have you ever clung tightly to a biblical truth, and later realized you weren’t grasping the whole truth after all? Without ever meaning to, I misunderstood God’s word and used it against the person who is […]

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The Midwife and the Stripper


“The voice of the LORD makes the deer calve and strips the forests bare; and in His temple everything says, ‘Glory!’” You know that idea of the cosmic watchmaker, who wound up the universe and walked away? I don’t buy it. This verse illustrates why, describing how God’s voice engages with creation in an intimate, […]

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Where God Speaks


When you hear the word wilderness what comes to mind? Here are some of the most common responses I get from other believers: barren lost desolate wandering forsaken wasteland And this pretty much sums up how I used to think of the wilderness. Being there meant I had messed up or missed out. God went […]

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That time Jesus Used a Racial Slur


For the last few weeks, we’ve been looking at each breathtaking, heartbreaking description of God’s voice in Ps. 29. Each one is so personal and so universal, and this is no exception: “The voice of the LORD divides flames of fire” This verse is translated a few different ways because, even though the word for […]

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A Majestic Voice and an Open Door

“The voice of the LORD is majestic.“ The word “Majestic” always felt like the Grand Canyon to me: distant and impossibly vast. It’s inspiring, but in the way that images of eagles soaring toward the sunset with motivational quotes are inspiring. It leaves me cold. God is impossibly vast. And we each need to look […]

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Why I Don’t Go to the Bible for Answers


I began opening the Bible as a child searching for answers to specific questions. It was like being pelted with words, and not having any sense of the person speaking those words. I sometimes found answers, but more often I left feeling more disconnected and confused. What I didn’t understand then (and keep learning) is […]

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