Blessed is the person who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,Nor stand in the path of sinners,Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!2 But his delight is in the Law of the Lord,And on His Law he meditates day and night.3 He will be like a tree planted by streams of water,Which yields its fruit in its season,And its leaf does not wither;And in whatever he does, he prospers. Psalm 1: 1-3 Several years ago, I had the opportunity to teach my grandson how to drive. After weeks of making good progress, he turns to me in all seriousness and asks, “So Grandma, these speed limits, they are just suggestions, right?” I … Continue reading Suggestions, right?
Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2 Years ago, I had to revisit algebra in an attempt to help our son with his school work. One thing I learned is that equations need to be balanced. For example 2 +5 = 10-3 is a balanced equation. You probably remember from school that what you do to one side of that equation, you have to do to the other side to keep it balanced. An equation can be unbalanced otherwise. When I looked at this … Continue reading A Balanced Equation
For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son. Colossians 1: 13 When we begin our new life with God through Christ Jesus, we are not only relationally changed, we are positionally changed. Our old address is the domain of darkness and our new address is the kingdom of His beloved Son. Things operate differently in this kingdom than they do at our old address. In this kingdom we are told that the way to life is to die to ourselves, that giving is better than receiving, that miracles are the … Continue reading A New Address
Spirit lead me where my trust is without bordersLet me walk upon the watersWherever You would call meTake me deeper than my feet could ever wanderAnd my faith will be made strongerIn the presence of my Savior These lyrics from a song by Hillsong United got stuck in my head. Day and night, I was singing this, only sometimes out loud. I changed a word in it inadvertently. I sang “where my faith is without borders”—over and over and over again. One day I heard the song on the radio and heard them sing “my trust is without borders” and my … Continue reading Rock Solid Truth or Not
Words kill and words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose. Proverbs 18:21 At work the other day, some kids were playing. I don’t know what the game was, but a little girl was pretending to be very, very sick. She was laying on the floor, curled up in a ball and the “doctors” were deciding what was wrong. They were saying things that sounded like death to me, things like, “I don’t think she’s gonna make it” and “We’d better call an ambulance.” I came over and suggested that maybe they could speak words of life over her … … Continue reading You Filthy Worm
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 So it had come to this—me standing in the surgeon’s office looking at x-rays of my shoulder. My left shoulder had been in constant pain for months. My left arm was useless because of the pain. I couldn’t lift anything; I could barely move my arm at all. Just trying to take the covers off of me to get out of bed was extremely painful. The sharp pain had … Continue reading Healing – Accomplished!
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8 Recently, in an effort to be more organized, I went through a large stack of cooking magazines. I glanced at the recipes and, if they looked good to me, I tore out the pages and filed them in a recipe binder. I threw away more recipes than I collected, but still I had more than I would probably ever make. Recipes are good to have and fun to peruse but looking at them doesn’t tell the story. The story comes in … Continue reading Taste and See
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
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?!?!?!
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