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!
…and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14 I realize in this passage that God is talking to an entire people group and not an individual. However, I believe there are some things we can take from this and apply personally. I see this as God’s prescription for healing and it has four steps. First, recognize that we are called by His name, we are His. Second, … Continue reading God’s Prescription for Healing
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
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
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?!?!?!
This was originally posted in 2013 but the message is as relevant today as it was then. You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8 A little girl was crying one day at work. Silently, with her face buried in her hands, tears dripping down her face and onto the table below. I tried to engage her in conversation and she wouldn’t talk. The pain in her eyes was deep, maybe too deep for words. I sat next to her, gave her … Continue reading A Little Girl’s Tears
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23 God gave me free will. I choose what goes into my heart. I can fill it with negative thoughts and wallow in negative emotions – I can catalog my pain and my symptoms and relive past hurts from others or I can fill it with positive thoughts – I can fill it with God’s word and His promises, I can choose to forgive those that have hurt me, I can choose to dwell on loving others instead of protecting myself. It’s my choice. Joseph … Continue reading Guard Your Heart
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