“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name,your kingdom come,your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”… Matthew 6: 9-10 Years ago, when I was part of an intercessory prayer team, a mother asked us to pray for her daughter. Her little girl was 4 and couldn’t walk. She had numerous other issues and I forget what the diagnosis was but the prognosis was that she didn’t have long to live. We prayed and then shared what we believed God had given us for this little girl. Everyone shared that they saw … Continue reading Glimpses of Heaven
Years ago, when I lived in Montana, I had a wonderful gelding named Apache. The whole family loved that horse. Anyone could ride him; he was totally trustworthy. I especially liked taking him out on short jaunts in the woods. Fearless, smart and oh, how he loved to run, but there was one thing he would not do. He would not jump over anything. No, not ever, which most of the time was fine. But sometimes, in the woods, when a tree had fallen across the trail our ride would have been much nicer if he would have just jumped … Continue reading God’s Economy
And behold, there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit: and she was bent double. And when Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your sickness”. And He laid His hands on her; and immediately she was made erect again, and began glorifying God. Luke 13: 11-13 I find this fascinating. I’ve heard and read all kinds of teachings on this passage but what stands out to me is just this. Jesus took one look at this woman, immediately noticed not only what … Continue reading What’s Wrong With This Picture?
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
The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore, I have drawn you with lovingkindness. Jeremiah 31: 3 A fourth grade boy who I work with, and happen to love dearly, tends to get into trouble – a lot. His dad is not very gracious or merciful and this boy has grown up knowing he is bad in his father’s eyes. This assumption breaks my heart and clearly has wounded my little friend as well. The other day at breakfast, he was peeling a banana. He turned the banana sideways and … Continue reading Bruised Banana
In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. James 1:21 Learning the things of God requires humility; a desire to know the Lord requires meekness. Humility involves teachability. Taken as such, God’s word has the power to make a salvation-garden of our life! God’s word has the power to save us from ourselves, our sins, our pain, our sense of unworthiness and bless us in so many ways but only if we come to it with a humble, teachable spirit. Too many times though, we come to the Bible with preconceived ideas … Continue reading Salvation Garden