Glimpses of Heaven

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name,your kingdom come,your will be done,    on earth as it is in heaven”… Matthew 6: 9-10 Years ago, when I was part of an intercessory prayer team, a mother asked us to pray for her daughter.  Her little girl was 4 and couldn’t walk.  She had numerous other issues and I forget what the diagnosis was but the prognosis was that she didn’t have long to live.  We prayed and then shared what we believed God had given us for this little girl.  Everyone shared that they saw … Continue reading Glimpses of Heaven

Mission Accomplished

As the rain and the snow    come down from heaven,and do not return to it    without watering the earthand making it bud and flourish,    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,so is my word that goes out from my mouth:    It will not return to me empty,but will accomplish what I desire    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11 I promised a kid at work we would make Christmas ornaments out of Rice Krispies in time for Christmas. ‘Tis the season and guess who forgot that promise! She looked at me shocked and horrified when … Continue reading Mission Accomplished

Wide Receivers

How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it.  Luke 13:34 Jesus is speaking here to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, lamenting the fact that they would not receive Him.   This is hard to imagine and yet, too often, I am guilty of the same. I think that the inability to receive still keeps Jesus at arms lengths. A giver, no matter how unlimited his resources can only give what the receiver can and will take in.  Most children are good receivers. Offer children a … Continue reading Wide Receivers

Angels Rejoicing

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7 Some years ago, I went to the Healing Rooms to have people pray for me. I had had chronic pain for the majority of the past two decades. Two wonderful women prayed for me and one told me that while she was praying for me, she saw the angels in heaven rejoicing over my healing. She was all excited about that and I tried to be but … Continue reading Angels Rejoicing

Secondary Barrenness

  Our first attempt at having a child ended in miscarriage.   This was 1995.  It was a devastating loss and as I lay on the sofa one day healing, the Holy Spirit said, “Get up and go to ORU”.   We lived in Tulsa at the time just about a mile from Oral Roberts University and so I got up and made the drive. Once there, having no further instructions, I went to the gift store.  There was no one there.  I walked around looking at the items for sale and wondered what my next move was to be.  Shortly, a … Continue reading Secondary Barrenness

God’s Economy

Years ago, when I lived in Montana, I had a wonderful gelding named Apache. The whole family loved that horse. Anyone could ride him; he was totally trustworthy. I especially liked taking him out on short jaunts in the woods. Fearless, smart and oh, how he loved to run, but there was one thing he would not do. He would not jump over anything. No, not ever, which most of the time was fine. But sometimes, in the woods, when a tree had fallen across the trail our ride would have been much nicer if he would have just jumped … Continue reading God’s Economy

Hope

“Behold,” he wrote, “a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” Isaiah 7:14 A few days ago, we celebrated the first Sunday of Advent. Advent means arrival or coming and refers to the coming of Christ. The first candle lit on the advent wreath is the candle of hope. This past week as I was trying to come up with a way to explain hope that the children would understand (I teach Sunday School) I was coming up with little more than frustration. But then I saw hope that I could explain to them. … Continue reading Hope

Jesus is the Answer

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe in Me also. John 14:1 Why God, why? When God, when? How God, how? Where God, where? Ever cry out to God with questions like that? I certainly have. One night during a time of chronic pain that lasted years, I had this dream: I was sitting down face to face with Jesus. I was asking him all my questions about healing. He patiently answered every single one and it took a very long time. I knew I would never be able to remember all of this and I really wanted to because it … Continue reading Jesus is the Answer

My Help

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;From where shall my help come?My help comes from the Lord,Who made heaven and earth.He will not allow your foot to slip;He who keeps you will not slumber.Behold, He who keeps IsraelWill neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper;The Lord is your shade on your right hand.The sun will not smite you by day,Nor the moon by night.The Lord will protect you from all evil;He will keep your soul.The Lord will guard your going out and your coming inFrom this time forth and forever. Psalm 121 How many times have I read through … Continue reading My Help

Genetics

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being …. Hebrews 1:3 My daughter is trying to pin her bad memory on me. Says its genetics. She offered eye-witness accounts to support her case, but I can’t remember what they are. Genetics are funny things. I have four children, three with the same genetic pool and yet the differences between them are incredibly noticeable. This leaves me scratching my head about this genetic thing. There had to be more to that duplication than just genes. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the exact representation of God. … Continue reading Genetics