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!?!?
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. I Peter 5:7 One day when my husband and son were planning to go casting at a local pond. They both have new fly rods and have been waiting anxiously to try them out. They don’t have fishing licenses so they can only work on casting. I decided that in their absence, I would practice casting as well. I don’t need to leave home to do this, nor do … Continue reading Casting My Cares
God said to Moses: “Why cry out to me? Speak to the Israelites. Order them to get moving. Hold your staff high and stretch your hand out over the sea: Split the sea! The Israelites will walk through the sea on dry ground. Exodus 14:15-16 Working with kids gives me the opportunity to know more about the book series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, than I would have known if I didn’t work with kids. I’m not saying this is a good thing; just saying. These books are a collection of diaries written by Rodney, a kid in middle school, … Continue reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Awake now, he told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, “Quiet! Settle down!” The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?” Mark 4:39 Some of the kids I work with, I have worked with for over two years. Long enough, I would think, to prove my character about certain issues, to know whether I actually mean it when I say something, whether I will actually follow through with the consequences. This is how the conversation usually … Continue reading Quiet! Settle Down!
People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, Steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit. Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing. Isaiah 26:3 No matter where we turn right now, news of the coronavirus pandemic has filled the airways. There’s Google and the neighbor next door, and the man at work (for those that are still working), and the latest report on the news. Everyone has a report, everyone has an opinion as to how well our government has handled this … Continue reading Who You Gonna Call?
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me; Your consolations delight my soul. Psalm 94:19 I’d like to say that I am breezing through this COVID-19 with joy and grace and peace, but alas, that’s not true. Oh, sometimes, it is. Maybe even most of the time. But often, in the wee hours of the morning when sleep has once again evaded me because of this pandemic, my thoughts become anxious and they multiply within me. Thoughts like when God when, why God why and please God tell me how to get through this. When my brain is filled with … Continue reading Anxious Thoughts