Thank You, Lord, that You understand our suffering and our grief, for You also suffered greatly, and You can sympathize with our pain and heartache.… Read More Worship with me #32
Today I thought I’d mix it up a bit. Sometimes, when we want to worship God, it seems like there is something in the way. I’ve made up a sample prayer of confession and used it for a long time; going through this prayer helps me without fail to return to that open communication with… Read More Confession is Part of Worship
Have you ever found yourself saying something like this: Crumbs don’t have any calories. Hahaha (as you eat them). I know this junk food is bad for me, but doesn’t God want us to enjoy ourselves? One little puff won’t hurt. If I say I’m sorry, they’ll take advantage of me. If I confess that… Read More What God thinks about Rationalizing
Hello everybody! How is it going with you today? I hope it’s going well. But you know as well as I do that sometimes life can be a struggle, and sometimes it seems like we’re losing. Please join me in this prayer that recognizes God for His patience and mercy and love for us in… Read More Worship with me #22
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
Jesus’ plan all along was to suffer as a substitutionary sacrifice to satisfy the legal demands of God’s justice in order to offer us pardon. His costly gift deserves our willing devotion to Him.… Read More Christ’s Willing, Loving Sacrifice
Have you ever gone somewhere and accidentally failed to lock the door, and when you came home, the door was wide open? What was your first thought? I’ve had that happen to me. I walked in cautiously, going from room to room, looking for some intruder who might have been hiding there with evil intent.… Read More On Locks and Keeping Out Intruders
I once heard of a person who just could not understand God’s grace. And he is in good company. His religious beliefs were such that one had to try his hardest to be good, and hopefully his good works would outweigh his bad works in the judgment, and then God would let him into… Read More Difficulty Believing in God’s Grace?
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?
I finally looked up the real name for a weed I have been dealing with in my garden for years. It’s called the honeyvine milkweed. But it’s existence in my garden has been anything but sweet to me. It has nothing to do with the milk and honey of the promised land. And here all… Read More That Annoying Sin Weed
This morning is not the first time I’ve had a conversation like this with my son. One of the rules at our house is that no one is allowed to eat in the bedrooms. We have a perfectly good area where eating is allowed, and the kids leave their plates and crumbs sitting on the… Read More Hiding the Mess
This year, I suffered 3+ months of a nightmare as far as my eyesight was concerned. My husband got a new vision insurance, so we went to a new place to get our vision needs met. The eye doctor there talked me into getting progressive lenses instead of the trifocals that I requested. He said… Read More Distorted Vision – Clear Vision
1. In a general sense, there is only one obstacle to having an intimate relationship with God. That one obstacle is sin, which can be any form of disobedience to God. It has plagued the human race since Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden. But what makes us go there? 2. … Read More Obstacles to having an intimate relationship with God