At the beginning I declare the outcome; from of old, things not yet done.I say that my plan shall stand, I accomplish my every desire. Isaiah 46:10 As a young teenager, some of my fondest memories are of my older sister teaching me to play guitar. We didn’t ordinarily spend a good deal of time together so when we did, it was special to me. One song she taught me and we sang together was Bob Dylan’s Blowing In The Wind. I love that song and it is probably just as relevant today as it was then. In case you aren’t familiar … Continue reading Blowing In The Wind
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
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
Since then the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. Hebrews 2: 14-15 Jesus took on flesh and blood because of His desire to share in our humanity. He took on the yucky things about being human – sin, sickness, disease, lack and even death, so that we could be set free from them. And free from the fear … Continue reading Freedom!
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
Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! Psalm 103:1-5 NLT In this Psalm, David commands his soul (his mind, his will and his emotions) to line up with his spirit and bless the … Continue reading Kingdom Benefits
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 Once when we were driving to the river for a swim, I caught bits and pieces of a conversation that my son and his friend were having in the back seat. What I heard went like this: Khris: When I used to live over here, I would walk there every day for Happy Hour. Happy Hour was from 2:00 – 5:00. John: Yeah, I’ve been here for Happy Hour. Khris: They really have some good drinks here. At this point, I am ready to slam … Continue reading Happy Hour
Elisha said, “Listen! God’s word! The famine’s over. This time tomorrow food will be plentiful—a handful of meal for a shekel; two handfuls of grain for a shekel. The market at the city gate will be buzzing.” The attendant on whom the king leaned for support said to the Holy Man, “You expect us to believe that? Trapdoors opening in the sky and food tumbling out?” “You’ll watch it with your own eyes,” he said, “but you will not eat so much as a mouthful!” II Kings 7:1-2 One day at work recently it was “Pastries with Parents Day” at … Continue reading Donuts With Diane
O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. Psalm 119:97 I planned what I thought would be a wonderful summer project for the kids I work with – composting with worms. My great idea was that they could recycle leftovers from their lunches by feeding it to the worms and by summer’s end they would see the beautiful compost the worms made of it. I made two assumptions that proved to be wrong. 1. Not all kids like to handle worms. In fact, out of 25 kids, I could only get two or three to … Continue reading How’s Your Appetite?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:25 Recently at work, during our read aloud time, I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney to a group of elementary children. The story is about a boy named Greg who is in middle school and having to go through the classes on puberty. His mother adds to his embarrassment by giving him a book to read about puberty. The kids loved the book but every time I read the word puberty, they would wrinkle … Continue reading The Ugly “P” Word!