Posts by Bunnie Ziegler

Posts by Bunnie Ziegler

Don’t Forget the Lessons

Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you. In September of 2007, on a Sunday, I remember sharing in church about how I was doing. I had just gotten back from a long sabbatical where I spent time recuperating from breast cancer treatments. During my interview, I shared a few lessons learned, of which I’ve forgotten many, but there was one that really stuck in my mind. It was, “don’t forget the lessons learned.” Don’t forget the lessons…

Our Today Informs our Tomorrow

God is using our today to prepare us for tomorrow. Living in the present moment is difficult, and sometimes impossible. Our human tendency is to live either in the past, which is filled with both happy and painful memories, or plan for the future, which we have little control over. God reminds us, throughout scripture, that the present moment is where we should reside. I have found this challenging, if not impossible. My lifelong journey has been learning, and re-learning,…

Devoted to Prayer

Prayer is at the heart of transformation. After Christ ascended, the disciples left the Mount of Olives and went home. What was the first thing they did? They prayed. They gathered and prayed for days. When their lives were radically upended, they knew what to do. They did not rely on their talents, or intelligence, or personal opinions, but on God. And so they prayed, constantly and continuously. They asked for direction, protection, wisdom and help. And, God quickly answered.…

Loss and Life

There is no teacher more discriminating or transforming than loss. Sometimes I wonder how the disciples felt after Jesus went to heaven. Yes, he survived the grave. Yes, he conquered death. Yes, he ascended to heaven and now is with God. But the hard part, the sad part for them, was that he was physically gone! This time permanently. No longer would they walk and talk with him. His face-to-face teaching and praying and weeping was over. There must have…

Knowing God

“Replace what you don’t know about the future, with what you do know about God.” I realized I don’t know anything about the future. I never have. I just trick myself into thinking I do. Now, I know for sure, I know nothing about what may happen today, let alone tomorrow. So, what do I do? How do I settle my anxious, worried heart? How do I stay calm in this turbulent sea? I remember God. God is my refuge…

A Season of Waiting

What God is doing. That is what I am trying to focus on. God is always doing something, and even though we are unsure, afraid, overwhelmed, our God is doing something while we wait.