Posts Categorized: Inspirational

What’s So Joyful about Humility?

When most people think of humility, they think of someone who’s diminished, broken, and depressed. Where’s the joy in that? After seventy years of captivity in Babylon, the Israelites returned to Jerusalem. A broken city. A broken people. All around lay the rubble, the evidence of the consequences of sin. Under Ezra, the first group… Read more »

When Life Gives You a Car Breakdown, Make…Orange Juice?

A car breakdown, a colorful tow truck driver, a polygamist, and a ten-pound bag of oranges – not what the Sundin family expected this past weekend. Our oldest son finished his first year at UCLA, so my husband and I, our fifteen-year-old daughter, and our twelve-year-old son loaded our Highlander hybrid with his dorm stuff… Read more »

Teach Us to Pray

Prayer is one of the great mysteries of the Christian life. We talk in our heads or out loud. God hears. And God moves. However, He doesn’t always move in the direction we want Him to go, or at the speed we’d like Him to move. In fact, we often find prayer moves us in… Read more »


On Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives in defense of our country. We live in freedom because they fought tyranny. We live without fear because they faced danger. We live in comfort because they gave up all comforts. We live because of their sacrifices. Let’s never take these gifts for granted. They… Read more »

Kids Count

“If Jesus lives in your heart, does that make Him a parasite?” For the past seven years, I’ve fielded questions like that from my class of fourth- and fifth-graders in Sunday school. When I started teaching, I was a little concerned. What if they asked questions I couldn’t answer? What if I made a fool… Read more »

He Is Risen Indeed!

Do you ever worry that you’ve heard the Easter story so many times, it might grow to feel stale? The good thing about maturing as a Christian is ease and comfort with God’s love, the bad thing is the danger of taking His love for granted. The apostle Paul never seemed to take Jesus’ sacrifice… Read more »

Our Hope Is in Him

Webster’s Dictionary defines hope as “to long for with expectation of fulfillment.” Hope can sustain us through suffering, hardships, and waiting. Without hope, the human soul despairs, gives up, and withers. However, misplaced hope can lead to profound disappointment. When we place our hope in an improved economy, political change, success, or finding the perfect… Read more »

Without Love…

Good works. Perseverance. Sound doctrine. Those are good things. But are they enough? This past week I started a new Bible study on the book of Ephesians, team-teaching with two wonderful women. For the introductory class, we discussed the author and the audience—Paul and the church in Ephesus. The city of Ephesus was a major… Read more »


It was built for the praise of His glory. The cathedral has stood for centuries, hinting at God’s unchangeable nature. Towering spires represent His greatness, carvings in stone and wood record His work through the ages, and stained glass reflects His brilliance and color and light. An organ shakes the air with powerful music for… Read more »


The rain sneaked under my hood as I ran my son up the walkway for a birthday party. I felt for the mother, who would soon have a houseful of sugar-addled, rainy-day-crazed kids. “How many are you expecting?” I asked the hostess. Her forehead puckered. “I have no idea. No one RSVP’d.” A twinge of… Read more »