My mouth hung open as I listened to what he said to me. “Choose your husband before God.” The famous Lee Strobel, who has written some of my favorite books, was on The Good News radio show. Recently, his classic book, The Case For Christ, became a movie. During our interview, Lee discussed that he […]

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Answer me quickly, O Lord, my spirit fails; Do not hide Your face from me, Or I will become like those who go down to the pit. Let me hear Your loving kindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift […]

Look among the nations and watch – be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you. Habakkuk 1:5  NKJV After the Communist Walls fell in Romania, my father, Harry Dent, was among the first to offer help. He immediately bonded with the underground church […]

“You look fantastic!” I said to Jason, my seventeen-year-old son. Looking into his baby-blue eyes, I wanted to never forget this moment. “Mom, I’ve got to get going.” With a smile, I placed my arms around him and kissed him on the cheek. I then smoothed out his tuxedo jacket and straightened his tie. “Have […]

I feel my mood shift. Just a few moments ago all was well with my soul. But now…somehow life seems heavier. More negative. Nothing earth shattering has taken place in the last half hour. In fact, I’m sitting at Panera trying to grab a quick bite while I work. But it’s hard.

My friend, Leah was overwhelmed, except the worries weren’t her own. She was overwhelmed with worries about her adult children. One was experiencing a second, unplanned pregnancy and another had neglected some serious legal issues and was looking at jail time.

Sharron had been out for a week. She had frequently been absent, but usually for no more than a day at a time. Homework was rarely done, and even though she had a sweet spirit, the drive to achieve or complete assignments was missing. Sharron just quietly came to class and quietly left.

As an organizer, I do love to pack for trips. It’s such an exciting, anticipatory time!  Before each family vacation or trip, I try to: Write a good packing list.  Pray for God’s favor on the trip.  Surrender the outcome into God’s hands.

The priest hands were visually shaking as he held paperwork from the Red Cross. “Angela your family has been in a car accident…” From the looks on their faces I knew this was no April’s Fool’s Joke.

It’s going to be okay. You probably know this in some ethereal, existential way. “Melissa, this is not a deep revelation.” you say. Maybe not. But most of the time, I don’t think we need a lot of new information; we simply need to be reminded of what we already know. Sometimes we forget the […]

I finally got it.  It happened when I read the following quote from Operation World: “The ministry of the children of God is not doing, but praying. We need to trust in God who moves in the ears of even His most implacable enemies. We do not engage in ministry and pray for God’s blessing […]

I despise suffering. It took me years to gumption up the courage to go through the pain and suffering of getting my ears pierced! Call me crazy, but isn’t it funny how so many of life’s most glorious achievements and assignments are often laced with suffering? Your little cousin Michael finally dares to stretch and […]

Have you ever met someone who is driven? People who are driven are focused, know their purpose, and have clear goals. The difference between them and others is that they actually put feet to those goals. They see the potential of the fulfillment of their purpose and they go for it. They obtain business licenses, […]

During my years as a public school teacher, I noticed the most effective educators were those skilled in two areas: their subject content matter and classroom management. One particular teacher, my friend, Laura, was a genius classroom manager, particularly with her use of signals.