Jolita Peterson
I Didn’t Sign Up For This

I Didn’t Sign Up For This

I Didn't Sign Up For ThisI have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33 hen we moved to Carroll County almost six years...

Lament: The Freedom to Feel

In reality, we can learn a lot from emotional pain and suffering. One of the ways we can do this is through the oft-neglected journey of lament. When we lament, we cry out to God, allowing ourselves to feel and verbalize our pain and sorrow in a raw, unfiltered way. Pastor Dave Lomas calls lament a “prayerful response to the reality of suffering that engages God in the context of pain and trouble.”

Light of the World

Study Guide Download Week 3 Last week we examined John 6 in which Jesus proclaimed that He was the bread of life. John 6:35 “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:51 “I am the living bread...

Big Enough to Handle It

When we are hurt or discouraged, when it seems like we can’t take any more, when we’re sick and tired of all the brokenness in the world, we can bring our complaints to God. He’s big enough to handle it. We can rage at Him freely, knowing He will patiently listen and will never stop loving us.

Legacy

I don’t know how the seed of faith was initially planted in my family, but, like the primroses, it has grown and blossomed into a legacy that I am now passing down to my own children.

More Than Enough

Read Psalm 16:8-11   I made a quick grocery run last week. As I dashed through the store, focusing on getting the essentials on my list as quickly as possible while staying six feet away from the other masked shoppers, gigantic wrapped Easter baskets caught my...

Coming in Peace

Read Zechariah 9:9 Have you ever witnessed a motorcade? It’s hard to miss. First, the police vehicles arrive with flashing lights and sirens to clear the traffic, then various security vehicles, followed by the official limousine carrying the president, with all the...

For Everyone

A good story has a compelling opening. Some of the best stories ever written have familiar first lines that, even if we’ve never read the book, we can quote by heart. When we open the New Testament, at first glance it seems that Matthew didn’t get the memo about...

Distracted by the Details

I admit it - my nativity scene is biblically inaccurate. I have three wise men and a camel next to the shepherds, looking on at the newborn Jesus in a manger. To me, the wise men’s visit to see the Messiah is one of the most fascinating parts of the Christmas story....

Dashboard Lights

My son ran out of gas this week. As a new driver, he forgot the importance of paying attention to the warning lights on the dashboard. We were on our way home from church, cruising along merrily, when the car just stopped going and we had to pull over to the side and seek help.