Stories of God’s Provision

In high school I wrote poetry and other stories, but never thought of writing as a possible career path. Instead, I felt most drawn to social work. As I read the words of Jesus in Luke 4:18-19, I imagined myself living them out in some form of community service: The Spirit of the Lord is … Continue reading Stories of God’s Provision

When You Love a Prodigal: Banishing Fear and Leaning into God’s Love

When Judy Douglass and her husband agonized over their son and his destructive choices, they turned to friends around the world for prayer support. Over time their call for prayer turned into an annual Worldwide Prodigal Prayer Day with several thousand first-names-only on the prayer list. "Almost every family I know has a “prodigal”—someone who … Continue reading When You Love a Prodigal: Banishing Fear and Leaning into God’s Love

Win a Free Copy of On the Way With Jesus

With just over four weeks until Ash Wednesday, I've been wanting to share with you my reflection and discussion guide to On the Way With Jesus: Sermons for Lent and Easter based on the Gospel Readings.  I've already shared the book's cover along with the table of contents and back cover copy. And today I'm … Continue reading Win a Free Copy of On the Way With Jesus

From Blossom to Journey

My word of the year for 2019 was "blossom," and it proved to be wonderfully apt as I started a new role as resident author with Valley CrossWay Church, a new job as editor of Purpose magazine, and discovered new opportunities for writing and speaking in churches and other settings. I'm grateful for the blossoming … Continue reading From Blossom to Journey

The Top 10 of 2019 from April Yamasaki

In 2016 I wrote How to Pray for a Wedding Dinner, and it became my most viewed post in 2016---and in 2017, 2018, and now again in 2019.  In fact, half of my most viewed posts in 2019 are posts from previous years and are all part of my How to Pray series. When I … Continue reading The Top 10 of 2019 from April Yamasaki

God Still Speaks: Inspiration from Purpose Magazine

Last January I chose "blossom" as my word of the year---or perhaps the word chose me, for as I pondered and prayed over the coming year, "blossom" kept coming back to me. What will open up for me in 2019? I wondered. Where will God channel my energy and vision? How will this year grow … Continue reading God Still Speaks: Inspiration from Purpose Magazine

What is the Revised Common Lectionary? (for R who asked)

In my church office I have two wall calendars: the usual calendar that runs January to December 2019 and a liturgical calendar that follows the seasons of the church year from the first Sunday of Advent (December 2, 2018) to the end of the church year (November 30, 2019): The liturgical calendar is a beautiful … Continue reading What is the Revised Common Lectionary? (for R who asked)

On the Way with Jesus Bible Study

Last week on my When You Work for the Church website, I was so excited to share the cover of my next book along with the table of contents and back cover copy. Since On the Way with Jesus is a collection of sermons for Lent and Easter, I thought it might be of special … Continue reading On the Way with Jesus Bible Study