Have you ever been so sure that God directed you in a certain way and promised you a certain outcome, but then you come up against a crisis of your faith, and suddenly you are so afraid? That is how Jacob was in this passage. He reminds God that God is the one who gave… Read More Scripture prayers #4
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him.” Psalm 37:7 Resting in His loving arms Like a young child sleeps On Daddy’s shoulder Like a baby rests In his Mommy’s arms, Safe in the shelter Of the strongest boulder. No reason to fear, I’m perfectly loved By my Heavenly Father Watching from above.… Read More Perfectly Loved
Which is more stable to be leaned on, a walking stick, a rotten fence post, or a boulder? And which is more trustworthy, our own understanding, or God who is our Rock?… Read More Finding Someone Strong to Lean On
Hi, and welcome! 🙂 I was debating over whether I should continue the “Worship with me” series in this new year, and I discovered that I personally need to keep the awesomeness of the Lord before me. So, I decided to continue writing down my words of worship and sharing them with you. Please feel… Read More Worship with me #42
Do you ever feel like you signed up for a race, perhaps even a marathon, and someone decided to set up hurdles and high jumps on the track? That’s what I’ve been feeling like the last couple of years. There are numerous hurdles that have been placed in front of me, some of them by… Read More Hurdles in the Race of Life
Demons hanging in the rafters Darkness hides their raucous laughter Cackling up there hideously At the humble on his knees. Lurking, waiting in the eaves To attack the heart that grieves, “Let’s get him while he’s down,” they say, “Before he actually starts to pray.” And in the adjoining chamber Conspire conniving fellows three Plotting… Read More Rescue
We usually think of where we live as being a physical place. However, sometimes we can be in that physical place, but our minds are a thousand miles away! We are bodily in that place, but our minds and emotions are in another place and even in another period of time! I think it’s safe… Read More Where Do I Dwell?
I stand in the the midst of deep darkness. But I am not in the darkness myself. The LORD is my light. He cuts through the inky darkness from high above me, shining like a brilliant shaft of clean, white light, like a spotlight from heaven that does not diminish in its intensity as it… Read More God is De-Light-ful
Head tilted forward, Black fedora hiding forehead, White-rimmed glasses With opaque yellow lenses Masking the eyes, Hiding the anima, Of the mannequin-faced persona Facing me here In this white, sterile place. Shadows behind her As she steps into the light, Her hand tips the fedora Like a salute As she strides toward me. Then she… Read More Masked Mortals Moved to Hope
Hello! Welcome to Worship with me! If you’ve been joining with me every week, I’ve enjoyed so much these times together! And if you’re joining me for the first time, I’m so glad you’re here, too! Please feel free to pray this prayer with me, adding to it anything the Lord lays on your heart… Read More Worship with me #23
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve always thought of dog lovers as being the type of people who love to be with dogs, who snuggle with dogs, and some who even want to have lots of dogs. But I’ve discovered that there’s a different kind of dog lover. We have a dog because my… Read More Dog Lovers
In this new place I don’t know anyone. As I walk down the long hallway three ladies laugh. They look at me and are quiet, no hellos and no how are you doing? Their eyes just stare, smiling, through me a look that says I’ve interrupted something. I am an interruption. We all need… Read More How to be accepted
A few years ago we had a gift exchange “game” at a Christmas party I attended. Each person drew a number, and starting at number 1, they picked a gift from the gift table or from someone who had already opened a gift that they wanted. If they took someone else’s gift, the other person… Read More How to Recognize & Overcome Prejudice
Two years ago, as the New Year arrived, I heard for the first time about choosing one word for the year instead of making a New Year’s resolution (which I usually didn’t bother to do.) I felt the Lord was giving me the word “LISTEN”. It’s something that most of us need to work on,… Read More Speak
On our way to visit family for Thanksgiving, we drive mile after mile, passing hundreds of other vehicles that represent drivers from many walks of life. We pass FedEx trucks – (got to be on time!); the farm truck with hay hanging out the back; utility vans and trucks with ladders; semis hauling goods to… Read More Ruts – Am I stuck?
Not long ago I was chosen to sing the tenor voice in a duet to be performed with the choir at our church. My duet partner and I practiced our parts separately, each with our own CD, for weeks before we arranged to practice together. On the evening that we met to practice, we decided… Read More The Lord is my “Chauffeur”?
Today is the 4th of July, Independence Day in America. This morning I was having mixed feelings about it. I was out in the garden pulling weeds. It was nice and quiet at first, with shade from a nearby tree making it pleasant, even though the thermometer said it was 88º F already… Read More Climate Change for the Soul
I don’t have to dwell in the problems and in the fear and anxiety that they cause. I am dwelling in Him who is the problem solver.… Read More Overcoming Fear – Part 2
We put our faith in natural things every day without even realizing it. Like how we expect the door to stay shut when we shut it, until one day it just doesn’t stay shut. Or like how we expect our car to start, until one day when it doesn’t and we can’t get it fixed… Read More How to Overcome Fear – Part 1
I was reading the story in the gospel accounts recently about the Gerasene demoniac that Jesus healed. Here’s this man who has been in physical and spiritual bondage for quite some time. He is hurting. He is violent. He lives in the graveyard. He spends his days and nights acting insane. “Constantly, night and day,… Read More Do You Want to See Jesus?