Volume 14.04 | April 2013

  • Divine Chaos

    Of all the word pictures Jesus painted, I can’t think of another that engenders the peace of spirit that comes from feeling secure in God’s loving care more than this: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. If God so clothes the grass of the field, will He not much more clothe you?”1 Can you […]

  • Heaven’s Reflection

    A friend was showing me a photo that he took at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden—a large park in the middle of bustling Tokyo. It showed a brilliant blue sky with green trees framing it. When I complimented him on a beautiful shot, my friend looked amused, “Actually, you’re looking at it upside down. This is […]

  • Living with Loss

    Steve was a cheerful little boy with big brown eyes, curly blond hair, and a dimple that appeared on his right cheek every time he smiled. He had dreamy eyes, and often sat by the window to gaze at the rain, the clouds, or the birds. “He has been kissed by an angel,” the Japanese […]

  • Fruit in Season

    My son’s voice broke as he spoke, “Mom, I don’t know what’s happening. I just moved my family in order to take a new job, but now that job has fallen through!” I did my best to encourage him, but as the minutes went by, I could tell I wasn’t getting through the wall of […]

  • God’s Mosaics

    Have you ever come across a construction site where the workers were laboriously laying a tile floor—one of those mosaic floors with thousands of tiny tiles that create a picture when finished? While it’s being put in place, the picture isn’t clearly visible because the workers use grout to fill the spaces between the tiles, […]

  • The Forest Getaway

    Last winter I took a five-week trip to fundraise for a humanitarian aid project I’m involved with. My plan was ambitious—possibly overly so. Long, intense days for over a month straight took a toll on my spiritual life and general disposition. One day, as I was taking my lunch break and walking around the large […]

  • Meet the Peacemakers

    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.—Matthew 5:9 NIV We who work for peace must not falter. We must continue to pray for peace and to act for peace in whatever way we can, we must continue to speak for peace and to live the way of peace; to inspire […]

  • Peace—The Steadfast Fruit

    “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law”.1 Jesus promised us peace. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it […]

  • I’ll Take the Mountain

    As the car kept winding up, up, up, I couldn’t help but wonder if our friend’s house had been built on the very top of the mountain. Darkness had fallen by the time my sister, two friends, and I got to our destination, but even at night the mountains seemed alive. Our friend led us […]

  • Living Without Stress

    Stress is one of the big “joy killers” that God wants to free us from. Stress makes it difficult to operate and is a cause of terrible unhappiness, illness, and even death. According to one news article that I read, between 75 and 90 percent of doctor visits in developed countries could be directly or […]

  • Snail Patrol

    Today I went for a walk with the kids in the countryside surrounding the village in which we live, an area consisting of farmland, dirt paths, and small woods. The weather was great, so it was a good opportunity for the kids to get some fresh air and exercise as they ran around looking for […]

  • Keeping God in the Picture

    Peace comes not from the absence of trouble, but from the presence of God.—Author unknown Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.—Colossians 3:15 To have peace reign in your heart may seem impossible when your mind is whirling in confusion at the stress of daily life. Yet such peace is promised; Jesus told […]