Growing with God

Is Jesus Your Best Friend?

It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted. I have a growing list of post ideas, but none of them resonated with me. So I asked one of my daughters for an idea. She said, “Yesterday was National Best Friend Day.” And then she asked, “Who is your best friend?” Hmmmm … I’ve written a lot about friendship with God lately. But I think this idea is a good one! So I let it percolate for a little bit, and then the words came. I am blessed to have enjoyed many deep friendships throughout my life. At different times I’ve enjoyed “a… Read More ›

Have You Placed God In The Friend-Zone?

Not too long ago one of my daughters was telling me about a series of texts she had with a boy who had a serious crush on her. She made it clear that she liked him very much—as friends—but only friends. He didn’t quite get the message. When she didn’t respond to his persistent wooing, she eventually texted him, “Do you need me to walk you back to the friend-zone?” This is another teenage idiom I hear quite often. The friend-zone is a dreadful place. When someone you have feelings for puts you in the friend-zone, there you stay—with no… Read More ›

Are You and God Friends with Benefits?

A couple of weeks ago I was challenged to consider the idiom, friends with benefits, in regard to our relationship with God. I certainly raised my eyebrows! In our culture, this phrase describes a relationship between two people that crosses the boundary of friendship and moves into the area of sexual intimacy. But the relationship does not include the “strings” that go along with an exclusive, intimate relationship. In fact, friends with benefits is the opposite of what true friendship is. True friendship is committed, self-sacrificing, and seeks the best for another. Friends with benefits is self-serving and self-gratifying, without regard… Read More ›

Returning to Leather and Paper

I remember when I first got my iPad. I was substitute teaching and saved every penny to get it. I have incredibly powerful Bible study software on my desktop computer, and I was looking forward to taking advantage of its companion tablet app. It did not disappoint. From the time I got my iPad, I used it almost exclusively for my daily quiet time. I took it to church in place of my leather Bible. It’s been great! But after four years, I am returning to leather and paper. We are now officially in the season of Lent, the six… Read More ›

Life Is The Classroom For Growing Godly Character

You’ve heard it. You may have even said it, “Praying for patience is dangerous, because the only way to learn it, is to be tested!” That’s part of growing Godly character, right? And then what happens? Yep, stuff. Lots of it. Who willingly asks God to test them? Do we really want to go through all of that? The truth is, if we want to develop godly character, we must be willing to “go to school” in order to learn it, and Life is our classroom. In fact, I think family is our homeroom. There is nothing quite like family… Read More ›

A New Heart For A New Year

There’s nothing quite like starting over–especially with the freshness of a new heart. It’s like the first day of sunshine after a week of rain. I love rain, but repeated days of rain and gray clouds are dreary and typical of a Texas winter–which we are right in the middle of. When the sun finally comes out, it’s like a breath of fresh air and smile in my heart. It feels like spring when everything is new. I almost hate to put my sunglasses on! Then it’s back to clouds and storms. I am a sunny person, and these dreary days are getting… Read More ›

Filled WITH the Fruit of Faith

Have you ever visited a magnificent garden? The kind you see in movies? An expansive, perfectly manicured lawn. Walkways with row after row of fragrant flowers in perfect bloom. Hanging bridges that span across small lakes. We have such a place in Houston. And it’s open to the public. Every spring, several Houston residents host the Azalea Trail. It’s a special treat to visit these private gardens and admire their beautifully blooming azaleas–a difficult plant to maintain, an even more difficult plant to have thrive. The Azalea Trail ends at Bayou Bend–the home of the Ima Hogg mansion. Ima Hogg was the daughter… Read More ›