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

You Filthy Worm

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

Healing – Accomplished!

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!

Afraid? Just Stand Still!?!?

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 As a child, we would go to our Uncle Bob’s house. We loved playing with our cousins and being there, but they had a dog that loved to chase us. Chase with intent to harm. Uncle Bob told us repeatedly to stand our ground and not run (really?) because dogs can sense fear and they respond to it in an aggressive way. I never quite got the hang of that idea, but I trusted that my uncle was telling me the truth and would take care of me. … Continue reading Afraid? Just Stand Still!?!?

Amazing Grace

This is amazing grace This is unfailing love That You would take my place That You would bear my cross You’d lay down Your life That I would be set free Oh, Jesus, I sing for All that You’ve done for me Who brings our chaos back into order Who makes the orphan a son and daughter The King of Glory, the King of Glory This song by Phil Wickham has been running through my mind lately. Amazing grace, unfailing love –  are those ever anything we could take for granted? To think that someone, anyone would take my place, … Continue reading Amazing Grace

The Voice of Truth

Oh what I would do to have The kind of faith it takes to climb out of this boat I’m in Onto the crashing waves To step out of my comfort zone To the realm of the unknown where Jesus is And He’s holding out his hand But the waves are calling out my name and they laugh at me Reminding me of all the times I’ve tried before and failed The waves they keep on telling me Time and time again. ‘Boy, you’ll never win!’ “You’ll never win” But the voice of truth tells me a different story And … Continue reading The Voice of Truth

Qualified

…giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.  For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  Colossians 1:12-14 When my son was homeschooled and in the ninth grade the curriculum we chose for one year had a built-in grading system. The kind most of us grew up with A,B,C,D,F. This was his first encounter with grades. I never used them because I have such an aversion to them. The first … Continue reading Qualified

Secret to Success

  This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success. Joshua 1:8   Are you prospering right now? Do you have what you need in life for a successful journey? I am not talking about money here, although that could be part of it. I am talking about other things – wisdom, love, joy, contentment. What about your heart? Is it … Continue reading Secret to Success

Guard Your Heart

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

Two-Edged Sword

This was written about my husband’s battle with cancer some years ago.  A battle that ended in victory for him! For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 Ever had the nightmare of waiting on test results from a biopsy? Or blood tests? Or any other diagnostic test?  We had that opportunity – waiting on the myriad of tests done on my husband. The … Continue reading Two-Edged Sword