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

The Cart Before the Horse

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it,and it will be yours. Mark 11:24 If I had a dollar for every time I read this verse or heard teaching on it, I could take every one of you who reads this to Starbuck’s for a coffee! Don’t head out just yet … I said IF! But the other day, I got it. Call it revelation or an AH HA! moment, but I realized how my thinking had been wrong in this area. Oh, I believe that I am healed; that it is a done deal. … Continue reading The Cart Before the Horse

Never Shaken

My hope is in you, GodI am steadfast, I will not be movedI’m anchored,never shaken.All my hope is in you. William Matthews Hope. We sing the song “Hope’s Anthem” by William Matthews often at church. We are fast approaching the Christmas season where the word ‘hope’ is tossed around quite a bit. And yet, we also find that depression is more common during this season than others. So even though we talk about hope, some people don’t have much, if any. Due to pandemic issues, I will admit that this year as we head into Christmas, I am not overly hopeful. … Continue reading Never Shaken

Perfect Peace

You keep everyone in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because they place their trust in You. Isaiah 26:3 Perfect peace during a pandemic? Is this even possible? This verse (not the reality of my current experience) leads me to believe that it is possible. Which begs the question – how? I don’t know about you but I have had to turn off the news, stay away from Facebook and disengage from conversations around the hot topics. I don’t have answers and neither do the news reporters, the politicians and people who want to spend countless hours speculating … Continue reading Perfect Peace

52 Reasons Why

We love because He first loved us. I John 4:19 For Valentine’s Day at work, I helped a group of kids make a present for their mom or dad. We used old decks of cards and made a book called, 52 Reasons I Love You. Each of the 52 cards had a reason on it. It was a difficult project and several kids didn’t finish. But for the ones that did, it turned out to be a great gift for someone special. I made some also. I made one for my husband and one for each of my four children. It … Continue reading 52 Reasons Why

Cast Your Cares

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7, AMP Nothing takes God by surprise. Nothing. Life takes me by surprise often. I make my plans, set my goals and wham—a diagnosis, a new pain, an unexpected expense, a relationship turns sour—and I am surprised. At my age, I should no longer get surprised. Life happens and, sometimes, it is more of a kick in the gut than a stroll on the beach. Even so, none of … Continue reading Cast Your Cares

The Table Is Set

Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. Psalm 23:5 God has prepared a table for us that is laden with everything we have inherited through Christ—every spiritual blessing, every physical blessing, every weapon we will ever need, every provision we will ever need.  All there—laid out for us when we are in the presence of our enemies. The God who spoke this world into existence and created the many species and ecosystems, and gave each exactly what they needed—not only for survival, but also to work in relation to other ecosystems for mutual survival … Continue reading The Table Is Set

All Inclusive

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation. Hebrews 2:3 I grew up in Houston, Texas and for one year of high school, I attended a rather elite private school.  This is the same school George Bush attended a few years ahead of me.  If asked, people who promoted the school would no doubt say it was all inclusive.  My experience told me differently.  Oh, it was inclusive if you dressed the correct way, made the top grades and fit the pattern created by others ahead of me.  Unfortunately, I didn’t fit the pattern and I had … Continue reading All Inclusive

Comfort

Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me. Psalm 131:2 Justin did a face plant the other day in the gym.  He is six years old and so adorable; I just love, love, love this kid.  I helped him up and walked him to the sidelines and sat in a chair.  He crawled up in my lap and lay his head on my shoulder. I rubbed his back and whispered sweet reassurances and rocked him while he cried his hurt away.  After about … Continue reading Comfort

Put Me Together Again

Everything’s falling apart on me, God; put me together again with your Word.     Psalm 119:107 Message Bible  Ever feel that way?  Like everything’s falling apart?  How easy it is to catalog evidences of a life falling apart.  Whether its our relationships that have fallen apart or our health or our finances or a child that has taken a wrong turn or a world that seems to be in never ending turmoil.   This verse tells us that there is hope of being put together again.  That hope is found in God’s word.  The psalmist who wrote this verse is … Continue reading Put Me Together Again