Pray Until You Get a Response

Pray Until You Get a Response

 “Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” Luke 18:5 (KJV) I’m sure many of you have heard the story about the persistent widow in Luke 18. Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. […]

Open Your Hands

Open Your Hands

Picking up groceries, mid-week, has become a normal ritual of mine.  On this particular day I had struggled with how full my day was so, after exercising I decided to make a quick trip for some small supplies. I remember being so tired and just wanting to get home and relax, but I should have […]

Fighting to His Arms

Fighting to His Arms

I’m hungry and tired, my tongue parched from thirst. I can see it in the distance…an oasis…cool and green, fresh cold water to drink. Ripe fruit hangs from low branches. Next to the rushing stream, a flat rock where I can sit and dangle my feet. And next to that spot…Jesus. His hands are folded. […]

When God Answers, “Not Now”

When God Answers, “Not Now”

One of the hardest places to be as a Christian is in a holding pattern; or in between seasons. For me personally, I’ve found this season hard because when I was younger in my faith, I always had a hard time discerning the voice of God during these times. I learned from experience, when in […]

Underneath the Mask of Winter, Is Spring…

Underneath the Mask of Winter, Is Spring…

Every year I promise myself, this time, I will adjust to winter much better this year. However,  every year it gets harder and harder to endure the winds, cold, rain, sleet, and snow –no matter how many cute outfits I put together. Winter can be harsh, but when I saw the sun peek her face […]

When God Says No to our Prayers

When God Says No to our Prayers

Does God only answer select prayers? Or does He answer all of our prayers? Last year, my family diligently prayed for my cousin’s 17 year-old son, who was fighting brain cancer, and a 59 year-old man in our church struggling with liver cancer. Both put up gallant fights, and there were moments of encouragement along […]

Togetherness

Togetherness

Merry Christmas! From the very beginning of the world, God said it was not good for man to be alone. “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.””  ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:18‬ ‭NASB‬‬ So after Adam came Eve and a family […]

Choose the Adventure

Choose the Adventure

“Many people are so preoccupied with future plans and decisions that they fail to see choices they need to make today. Without any conscious awareness, they make their habitual responses. People who live this way find a dullness creeping into their lives. They sleepwalk through their days, following well-worn paths of routine. I, the Creator […]

Adjusting To A Season Of Change…

Adjusting To A Season Of Change…

“The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead […]

Are You Carrying Too Much Stuff?

Are You Carrying Too Much Stuff?

We all have stuff. Too much of it probably. I know I do. Like anyone who’s lived in the same house for many years, I have collected lots of stuff. Stuff in the attic. Stuff in the basement. The garage. Closets. Junk drawers. Not to mention all the stuff I use on a daily basis. […]

Making Time to Rest in His Affection

Making Time to Rest in His Affection

  I typically aim to accomplish approximately 762 distinguishable tasks every day. Some tasks blend from one to another, like the way eating lunch seems to blend with prepping dinner – both of which happen at about two o’clock every afternoon.  But the majority of the day’s assignments stack up quickly and leave me with little […]

My Jesus Is Too Small

My Jesus Is Too Small

I confess that I often forget how big the God of the universe is. I worry, fret, and strive to take control over all things in a feeble attempt to grasp the peace that evades my soul. It slips away all too fast in the vast tides of this thing we call life and suddenly […]

Does God Have Favorites?

Does God Have Favorites?

Have you ever wondered if God likes some people more than others?  After all, some people really seem to be blessed with so much.  The Bible highlights God’s powerful intervention and blessings in the lives of Abraham, Joseph, Daniel and David.  Jesus took only three of His disciples up to the Mount of Transfiguration.  And […]

Seeking Rest in a Busy Season

Seeking Rest in a Busy Season

My life has been in one of those everything-happening-at-once phases. Family events, including a graduation and an out-of-state wedding, plus a fundraiser for the local library and other obligations. Individually, each event is a good thing, something to look forward to. But when so many are squashed into a few short weeks, it gets to […]

Praying in Jesus’ Name

Praying in Jesus’ Name

Jesus told His followers that if they prayed for anything in His name, He would do it for them.  Wow – anything?  What a great promise to cling to when we need or want something.  But if we understood what it really means to pray “in Jesus’ name”, we might not be so quick to […]

A Surrendered Heart

A Surrendered Heart

When I was a kid in my little country church, kneeling to pray on cushions at the altar was a regular thing. At the time, I didn’t fully grasp why everyone was kneeling. While observing this practice, my mind would often wander to what everyone was praying about for so long. I knew if I […]

Getting Rid of Discouragement

Getting Rid of Discouragement

You don’t have to look farther than the 5 o’ clock news to become depressed. Senseless shootings, political unrest, threats of war, natural disasters. The list goes on and on. Discouragement can hang over us like an ominous cloud. It touches each of our lives through financial strain, unexpected illness, job stress, or relational conflict.  So what can we […]

Resisting God

Resisting God

Let’s face it, our human nature is to resist God.  We resist Him without even realizing it!  While I was pondering this, I thought, “Not me, I don’t resist God, I love Him!”  But after considering this a little more deeply, I realized that even after being a Christian for over 30 years, I still […]