The Top 10 of 2018 from April Yamasaki

At this time last year, I knew that my one word for 2018 would be a phrase prompted by this wonderful painting by Linda Klippenstein: Walking Strong in the Spirit. Walking Strong in the Spirit has been a great focal point for me in the past year: as I've continued to write and celebrated the … Continue reading The Top 10 of 2018 from April Yamasaki

How to Pray for People Experiencing Life-Threatening Illness

In the time of Jesus, many people would go to the pool of Bethesda in search of healing. One day Jesus met a man there who was unable to walk. He may not have had a life-threatening illness, but it was certainly a life-altering condition, for it had rendered him unable to walk for thirty-eight … Continue reading How to Pray for People Experiencing Life-Threatening Illness

Three Friends, Three Books

Today I'm excited to introduce three books from three friends that are making an impact on me. Each touches me in a different way: poetry that stirs my heart, mind, and soul; missionary stories that inspire me; and a devotional book that I'm already planning to use next year. The first excerpt is a poem … Continue reading Three Friends, Three Books

I Can Be Brave for You are Behind Me, Before Me, Beside Me

Ever since Mel Sawatzky read his "Psalm 23 in El" at a writers' gathering, I've meditated on the psalm with different letters of the alphabet and invited readers to play along. I'm happy to report that we've now completed 13 of the 26 letters of the alphabet! Below is my most recent version using the … Continue reading I Can Be Brave for You are Behind Me, Before Me, Beside Me

From Sharing to Testimony

As a young adult I was part of Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru), and learned to write a three-minute testimony as a way of sharing my faith with other people. What was my life like before coming to Christ? How and why did I come to make a Christian commitment? What changed afterward? Although I didn’t have a … Continue reading From Sharing to Testimony

Thanksgiving Sunday Gratitude Journal

I paid a visit to one of our church seniors who has not been able to participate in worship as she once did. Yet while she feels physically weak in some ways, her spirit remains as strong as ever, for when I asked, "How are you?" she said, "I'm so grateful that I hardly know … Continue reading Thanksgiving Sunday Gratitude Journal

Enter to Win a Copy of Four Gifts

I used to think that self-care was all about adding something to my life, like adding some time to read, or going to the art gallery, or taking a Sunday afternoon stroll around the park. But to add in self-care meant that I also needed to stop some other things, like watching less  television, or … Continue reading Enter to Win a Copy of Four Gifts

Anger, Anguish, and Holding on to God

If anyone suffered as much as Job, it was Job's wife. Together the two had lost all of their livestock and most of their servants. Together they mourned the deaths of their sons and daughters, who had perished in a hurricane. But finally, even their togetherness in suffering was taken away from them. Job's affliction … Continue reading Anger, Anguish, and Holding on to God