Beloved

“I have called you by name, from the very beginning. You are mine and I am yours. You are my Beloved, on you my favor rests. I have molded you together in your mother’s womb. I have carved you in the palms of my hands and hidden you in the shadow of my embrace. I look at you with infinite tenderness and care for you with a care more intimate than that of a mother for her child. I have counted every hair on your head and guided you at every step. Wherever you go, I go with you, and … Continue reading Beloved

Lost at Sea

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 plays … Continue reading Lost at Sea

Temporary Captivity

‘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

Help Me Trust

Then Moses reached out with his hand over the sea; and the LORD swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right and on their left.  Exodus 14: 21-22 The Israelites must have thought it was over. Moses led them the wrong way. Or worse, God did. Either way, it appeared as though their journey had come to an end. An ending they couldn’t predict or prepare for. Surprise though it may have been to them, it did not surprise God. God made the Red Sea, … Continue reading Help Me Trust

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

Freedom!

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!

Facing the Fear

… Fear not … Genesis 15:1 When my two loved one’s diagnoses of cancer came and the ramifications of it started setting in, I found myself wallowing in fear. To my credit, I did bring to my remembrance scriptures that addressed fear such as “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind” and “fear not.” How many times is “fear not” written in the Bible? Actually, I just looked that up and the answer is 365. I guess God knew fear would be an issue for us. To my discredit, I have … Continue reading Facing the Fear

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

This is Not My Pain

Those who are righteous … will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is upheld, he will not fear, until he looks with satisfaction upon his adversaries. Psalm 112:6-8 Can I just be honest here? I have feared evil tidings. I have made doctor appointments and then cancelled them. I like denial. I don’t know which I think is more of an evil tiding—hearing a diagnosis or hearing a doctor say, “I just don’t know.”  Twenty of the past twenty two years, I have been in chronic pain. I had freedom from the … Continue reading This is Not My Pain

Where’s Your Faith?

  One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out.  As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.  “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. Luke 8:22-25 The disciples were doing exactly what Jesus told them … Continue reading Where’s Your Faith?