Jolita Peterson
More Than Enough

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

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...

A Love Letter

A Love Letter

A Love Letter 1 John 4:7-21 appy Valentine's Day! I started to write this week and realized that God's love letter to us speaks more eloquently than any words I could put to paper. Two truths stuck out to me as I read the following verses: 1) God...

For Everyone

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

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

Dashboard Lights

Dashboard Lights For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. Psalms 107:9 y 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...

In The Quiet

In The Quiet

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. ~ Luke 2:19 Throughout the Bible, we see God showing up on the scene and giving instructions or doing an amazing miracle. Often, this encounter is followed by periods of silence and quiet. Noah,...

Afraid of the News

Afraid of the News

“Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.” ~ Matthew 1:20b The Christmas story is filled with angelic visits. The angel Gabriel visits Zechariah. Then he visits Mary. An unnamed angel visits Joseph. An entire flock of angels...

Joy Out Loud

Joy Out Loud

"How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children.” ~ Luke 1:25 (NLT) Have you ever met someone with an overwhelmingly positive attitude? Sometimes it can be annoying to be around people who are always cheerful and upbeat,...

How Bizarre

How Bizarre

Have you ever noticed that sometimes nature is really weird? Maybe you’ve seen the viral video of turkeys walking in a creepy circle around a cat (look it up if you haven’t – it’s pretty wacky!). Animals do some pretty bizarre things. The Bible has some strange animal...

Transforming Light

Transforming Light

Transforming Light The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5 he autumn color has burst into glory these past two weeks. As I drive to work in the mornings, the early morning light splashes across the colorful...

Tackling Weeds

Tackling Weeds

Tackling Weeds I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. John 15:1-2 n the summertime, it takes...

The Fourth Act

The Fourth Act

The Fourth Act For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. 1 Corinthians 13:12a rom our earliest years, we are taught the power of story. From The Cat in the Hat to Lord of the Rings, we learn to appreciate tales of the triumph of good...

James Chapter 3 – Women

James Chapter 3 – Women

As we study the book of James, we will find much-needed wisdom to help us live out our faith in a true and authentic way. A living, active faith is more than knowledge and belief; it’s a way of life that exhibits the true characteristics of God through our words,...

The Miracles of Jesus – 3 – God of Nature

The Miracles of Jesus – 3 – God of Nature

This week we’ll continue our study of the Miracles of Jesus by investigating a miracle Jesus performed demonstrating his power over nature. Jesus’ miracles over nature reveal our vulnerabilities and needs, and prove to us that he is able to overcome them.  In our...

Lavish Gifts

Lavish Gifts

Lavish GiftsIf you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11 (ESV)It was my birthday this past week. It wasn't a milestone year for me or a...

Boasting in the Lord

Boasting in the Lord

Boasting in the LordBut God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise... so that, as it is written,"Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 1:27a, 31 (NIV)Regardless of your political leanings, we all can agree on two things as our new...

Contending With Discontent

Contending With DiscontentBe content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Hebrews 13:5b (ESV)I've noticed lately a disconcerting lack of contentment in my life. Too often, when I observe a situation - whether it's glancing...

Beauty in the Clouds

Beauty in the Clouds

Beauty in the CloudsFor your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Psalm 108:4 (ESV)My husband and I were in Colorado this week, combining his work trip with a much-needed getaway. A highlight for me was visiting Garden of...

Finding Rest

Finding Rest

Finding RestCome to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (ESV)I've struggled in recent weeks with feeling rested. On paper, our summer calendar seemed well-balanced, but in reality, it's been non-stop. As I've juggled visits...

Weed Creep

Weed Creep

Weed CreepOther seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Matthew 13:7 (NIV)I made the alarming discovery yesterday that my strawberry patch is in trouble. All spring, I've been watching the plants grow, hoping for an encore performance of last...