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

Someone Sees You

Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”  Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” John 1: 48-50 I woke up the other morning with these words in my head – someone sees you.  I couldn’t trace them back to a dream or anything I had been thinking about.  I pushed them … Continue reading Someone Sees You

Joy?!?!?!

I’m trading my sorrows I’m trading my shame I’m laying them down for the joy of the Lord I’m trading my sickness I’m trading my pain I’m laying them down for the joy of the Lord And we’re singing Yes Lord, yes Lord, yes yes Lord Yes Lord, yes Lord, yes yes Lord Yes Lord, yes Lord, yes yes Lord, Amen If you’ve been around the church scene a while you probably remember this song. I haven’t heard this song in ages, but for some reason, I woke up singing it this morning. I’m glad God calls my singing a … Continue reading Joy?!?!?!

Let Us Settle the Matter

“Come now, let us settle the matter,”     says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet,     they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18 Some time ago, I became aware of the fact that unforgiveness can hinder physical healing.  Fred Luskin, PhD at Stanford University says; “Not forgiving – nursing a grudge – is so caustic.  It raises your blood pressure, depletes immune function, makes you more depressed and causes enormous physical stress to the whole body”.  Ok, I got it. I asked God to show me anyone … Continue reading Let Us Settle the Matter

Afraid? Just Stand Still!?!?

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 As a child, we would go to our Uncle Bob’s house. We loved playing with our cousins and being there, but they had a dog that loved to chase us. Chase with intent to harm. Uncle Bob told us repeatedly to stand our ground and not run (really?) because dogs can sense fear and they respond to it in an aggressive way. I never quite got the hang of that idea, but I trusted that my uncle was telling me the truth and would take care of me. … Continue reading Afraid? Just Stand Still!?!?

Found That Sheep!

“What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?  Luke 15:4 Jesus is talking to tax collectors and sinners who had come to hear Him.  The tax collectors had been complaining that Jesus welcomed sinners and even ate with them. So Jesus gave this parable…  A shepherd discovers that one sheep is missing.  The shepherd leaves the 99 and begins searching for the one that has wandered off. When he finds his … Continue reading Found That Sheep!

Welcome Home

For this son of mine was dead and is alive again;  he was lost and is found.’  Luke 15:24 He never stopped looking for his son to return home.  He watched the road expectantly, wondering, is this the day?  Is this the day my beloved son comes home? He was a wealthy man and had two sons.  In Jewish tradition, a father had to die for an inheritance to be given.  He was clearly alive the day his younger son approached him with the question that broke his heart. He asked his father to give him his inheritance even though … Continue reading Welcome Home

Amazing Grace

This is amazing grace This is unfailing love That You would take my place That You would bear my cross You’d lay down Your life That I would be set free Oh, Jesus, I sing for All that You’ve done for me Who brings our chaos back into order Who makes the orphan a son and daughter The King of Glory, the King of Glory This song by Phil Wickham has been running through my mind lately. Amazing grace, unfailing love –  are those ever anything we could take for granted? To think that someone, anyone would take my place, … Continue reading Amazing Grace