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
Most everybody wants to be accepted. We do and say things to try to fit in and feel bad about ourselves when we find ourselves being rejected. But when the shoe is on the other foot, it really can be hard to accept other people who are different from ourselves. Yet, what does God have… Read More Accept one another
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. Psalms 139:23-24 NASB Yes, Lord, we open our hearts to You today and invite You to do whatever cleaning needs to be done… Read More Scripture prayers #1
The best beauty product cannot be bought. It is an attitude of the heart that shows up on the face. It costs nothing and yet everything, that is, it costs the laying down of self, the surrender of pride to the Lord.… Read More Beauty from praise and joy
I love to read passages of the Bible where God appears to man. If you haven’t read through the Bible, you may be surprised how many times this happened. Joshua 5 and 6 contains one of these passages. In Joshua 5:13-15 we see that a man is standing before Joshua with his sword drawn. At… Read More Appearances of God to Man – Breakthroughs
Almost a month ago, before things got super busy, and before I started memorizing the book of John, I started this post on the encouragement found in 2 Samuel 22:36b The NASB just says, “Your help makes me great,” which is already an inspiring thought! A few other translations say, “You stoop down to make… Read More Gentle Jesus
Lonely crow up in the tree, He’s as high as he can be. He looks around from left to right, And enjoys his view from this great height. One with his branch, he sways to and fro, So very few worries does he know. But suddenly with his watchful eye, Threatening danger he does spy!… Read More Free to Fly
Have you ever had someone in your life who hurt you, wounded you deeply with their words and actions, betrayed you, abused you in some way? You feel you need to stay away from them as much as possible, just to protect yourself from the negative vibes that they dump on you whenever you’re around… Read More How to Pray for those who have hurt you
Have you ever felt like some people are extremely hard to love? I’m guessing most of you can think of at least one person like that (if not, just give it a few years!) Several days ago, I started reading a really good book by Max Lucado called A Love Worth Giving, and already a few… Read More Steps toward Love
The Lamppost and the Sapling – A Lesson in Flexibility The wind is blowing hard today – Oh, oh, how it blows! The lamp post rigid, tall and straight Is strong, and that he knows. But inside he groans constantly; As vibrations disrupt his repose. “Oh, oh, I wish this wind would cease!” He grumbles… Read More The Lamppost and the Sapling
Do you love anyone? I’m guessing your answer is “yes!” But how well do you love them? If we look at God’s love as the perfect example of how we can love well, we see: “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not… Read More Antithesis of Love – 1 Corinthians 13
Do you know how to get gold out of a gold mine? I don’t know all the technological advances of how it is done today, but the short answer is, We dig for it. We go down deep. We take a light and search carefully and diligently, hoping not to… Read More Finding the Gold in Others
Flippantly I skip up to the foot of a cross. I look up; yeah some guy died for me. flippantly I think, that’s nice, yeah he died for my sins; I believe it and I’m glad. Can we just skirt around the subject now? Or maybe we could teleport from this side to the other?… Read More What Kind of Love…?
It was another one of those days… …you know, where you do a bunch of dumb stuff? I mean, tell me; how many times a day is normal to send a text to the wrong person? And when you go to the bank, cash a check, and take the money to a business to pay… Read More Laugh Out Loud! Seriously!
1 Peter 4:8 says, “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” Sometimes I’ve wondered what “love covers a multitude of sins” means. I thought of the snow covering all of the brown deadness in the winter, and covering junk piles, and dead branches on the… Read More Love Beautifies
I don’t have it all together. There I said it. My teenage daughter has taken to asking me if I have my keys before she will even close the door of my car, because I have locked the keys in the car more than one or two times. Before we leave to go somewhere she… Read More Having it all together is overrated
I remember when my son was a baby, his favorite toys were those with buttons to push; he would push the button, and the toy would do something or say something. He loved it that he could cause something to happen, something exciting! Now I see a whole culture of children and adults constantly pushing… Read More Push buttons, Power Sources, and Prayer
I remember playing this game when I was a child. Did you ever play it? One person was “it”. She got to give the commands: “Red Light!” And everyone had to stop. “Green Light!” And everyone got to go again. The first person that reached the person who was “it” got to be “it”, and… Read More Red Light! Green Light!
Memories are connected to smells, both the good ones and bad ones. The smell of salt water near the ocean, The smell of a cool breeze after a hot summer day, The smell of an attic or basement, The smell of rain, The smell of pine at Christmas. Or, you open the door and take… Read More Smells Permeate
I remember when I was 13 years old, mowing the grass in the front yard at my parents’ house. I was just becoming very aware of myself, and I hoped that the neighbors across the street noticed what a good girl I was. I also remember as a teenager being in the chapel at camp.… Read More Glory to Whom?