So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. II Corinthians 4:17 I believe Paul is talking about persecution here, which is … Continue reading Small Potatoes?!?!?!
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found by you, declares the Lord… Jeremiah 29:11-14 Fear grips me every morning before I get out of bed. Just this vague and uncomfortable sense that all is not well. Granted, I don’t … Continue reading Temporary Captivity
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
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
… Jesus turning and seeing her… Matthew 9:22 To many of the people in that crowd, she was faceless. Just one more person in a crowd. Odds are, nothing about her stood out. But Jesus turned and saw her. Ever feel like just one of many? Like a nameless face in a crowd? I have a map of the world on the wall in front of my desk. When I look at it, I feel so small and insignificant. The city I live in isn’t even on there. There’s nothing about me that stands out, nothing that sets me apart. … Continue reading Jesus Sees
For I believe God. Acts 27:25 Traversing from point A to point B should be easy enough. Should be, but we all know that this straight-line trajectory isn’t always so easy. Even with GPS, we can still find ourselves heading the wrong way. Sometimes detours are just a misunderstanding of directions and other times the path is blocked by things beyond our control. Detours happen. Unannounced, unplanned, unwarranted. This happened to Paul and the people on board the ship with him when they encountered a storm so terrible it “blotted out the sun and the stars, until at last … Continue reading Detour Ahead
Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 When I was 24 years old, I had three children under the age of 5. I was living in Montana miles and miles removed from my family in Texas. My husband, their father, was seldom home and not very helpful when he was home. I felt alone; I was alone. I had this recurring dream. In this dream, I was … Continue reading Swinging Bridge
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” John 4:14 Message Bible When I lived in Montana, Mountain Brook flowed through my yard and my pasture year round. My daughters and their friends loved playing in that creek – trying to catch fish and float tubes down to the pond. The water rolled gently over the rocks and created a lullaby sound. At least, most of the year. … Continue reading Healing Waters