When I remember Thee on my bed, I meditate on Thee in the night watches, For Thou hast been my help, and in the shadow of Thy wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to Thee; Thy right hand upholds me. Psalm 63: 6-8 What are the thoughts that run through your mind when you lay down to sleep at night? Mine used to be tormenting. And to be honest here, sometimes, they still are. I would review my day trying to find the link between something I ate or didn’t eat, some supplement I took or didn’t take, … Continue reading Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
“Behold,” he wrote, “a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” Isaiah 7:14 A few days ago, we celebrated the first Sunday of Advent. Advent means arrival or coming and refers to the coming of Christ. The first candle lit on the advent wreath is the candle of hope. This past week as I was trying to come up with a way to explain hope that the children would understand (I teach Sunday School) I was coming up with little more than frustration. But then I saw hope that I could explain to them. … Continue reading Hope
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it,and it will be yours. Mark 11:24 If I had a dollar for every time I read this verse or heard teaching on it, I could take every one of you who reads this to Starbuck’s for a coffee! Don’t head out just yet … I said IF! But the other day, I got it. Call it revelation or an AH HA! moment, but I realized how my thinking had been wrong in this area. Oh, I believe that I am healed; that it is a done deal. … Continue reading The Cart Before the Horse
Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7, AMP Nothing takes God by surprise. Nothing. Life takes me by surprise often. I make my plans, set my goals and wham—a diagnosis, a new pain, an unexpected expense, a relationship turns sour—and I am surprised. At my age, I should no longer get surprised. Life happens and, sometimes, it is more of a kick in the gut than a stroll on the beach. Even so, none of … Continue reading Cast Your Cares
Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my Word to perform it”. Jeremiah 1:12 God doesn’t give His word lightly. He doesn’t make promises and then change His mind. I have learned the hard way how difficult it can be to keep promises. My son reminds me from time to time of promises I’ve made that have slipped my mind. They don’t slip his mind, let me tell you. He definitely watches over my word to see me perform it. I am held accountable for what I promised and I have learned … Continue reading Watch Those Promises
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!
God’s Message, from the God who lights up the day with sun and brightens the night with moon and stars, Who whips the ocean into a billowy froth, whose name is God-of-the-Angel-Armies: “If this ordered cosmos ever fell to pieces, fell into chaos before me”—God’s Decree— “Then and only then might Israel fall apart and disappear as a nation before me.” Jeremiah 31:35-36 A few days ago, there was full moon. We watched it rise, starting out huge and yellow as it made its way up the night sky, getting smaller and whiter in appearance. I was reminded of this … Continue reading Full Moon
Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 When I was 24 years old, I had three children under the age of 5. I was living in Montana miles and miles removed from my family in Texas. My husband, their father, was seldom home and not very helpful when he was home. I felt alone; I was alone. I had this recurring dream. In this dream, I was … Continue reading Swinging Bridge