My oldest daughter was 9 when her father abandoned us. For many people, being abandoned by their father has a tendency to drive them away from faith in God. My daughter had already believed on Jesus in a little-child sort of way. Her faith could have been shattered. I’ll let you her tell you in… Read More From Abandoned to Accepted
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?
This summer I spent some time reading and pondering over several of the Psalms. As I was reading Psalm 37, I noticed in verse 7, “Rest (Be still) IN the LORD.“ IN Imagine yourself small and surrounded by His strong, loving arms that He wraps around you. IN In other words, remain IN or intimate… Read More “In” the LORD
He doesn’t know that he could drop song for worry. He doesn’t know that he could drop peace for hurry. He doesn’t know he could stop trusting You with his life. He doesn’t consider giving up joy for strife. He doesn’t know that heavy burdens he could carry, For he knows that in God’s care… Read More The Simple-minded Songbird
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
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
Have you ever noticed how many power poles look like a cross? As I was driving along the other day I was thinking about that, and how the pole is not what brings us the power, even though it is necessary for the process. Rather, it holds the cables that bring us the power. Those… Read More How Do We Get Power?
Hello, friends! Welcome to another week of Worship with me! I invite you again today to join me in this prayer of praise to our God! Thank you, Lord, that You place great worth on us! Sometimes we think that because we have sinned and don’t deserve Your mercy and grace, we must not be… Read More Worship with me #16
“Lord, I just can’t hang on another minute!” Yes, my child, oh yes you can. Just reach out and take My hand; Watch that minute stretch like a rubber band.” The minute becomes a week, a year. In circumstances I thought I couldn’t bear, He came down and held me near, Whispered softly in my… Read More Stretching Time
Have you ever read Scripture and tried to understand the passage from an opposite angle? Sometimes I like to do that. I find this to be particularly helpful when I have heard a passage many times, and I really think I understand it. Then I find out that, surprise! There’s something I had missed! (I… Read More The Just Shall Live by Faith
Hi! Welcome to the fourteenth week of Worship with me! Please pray this with me, and I’d love it if you would add your prayers of praise in the comments so I can continue praising God with you! Lord, You are great! Whether I think about it or not, Whether I remember it or not.… Read More Worship with me #14
Night has fallen, and My hands have stopped their trembling. But inside, my heart trembles still. I left a part of myself Back in that classroom with you, My dear friend. My heart weeps with you For a dear, suffering man, And his courageous wife. The thought of what they face Brings tears to my… Read More Rest in the Storm
Titus 3:7 (The Voice) “All of this happened so that through His grace we would be accepted into God’s covenant family and appointed to be His heirs, full of the hope that comes from knowing you have eternal life.” Accepted. Child of God. Loved unconditionally. Provided for now and forever! That’s what we now have… Read More No More Orphan Mentality
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?
Have you ever done or said something you wish you had never done or said? If so, you are probably thinking about it right now. That question was like a mind trigger that unlocked a memory you would rather forget. The Lord has allowed a couple of these mind triggers to hit me in the… Read More Overcoming Guilty Feelings
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
Movie watchers will know what I’m talking about as will readers of good fiction. You know how you’ll be watching a movie or reading a book, and three different, seemingly unrelated plots are going on at the same time, and the storyteller keeps switching back and forth from one to the other? Then suddenly, all… Read More Expert Storyteller at Work