God’s Faithfulness
Weight of Grief, Strength of Heart

Weight of Grief, Strength of Heart

Weight of Grief, Strength of HeartMy flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 (NIV)"Thank you for your patience concerning your application. All candidates interviewed were stronger than we had dared to hope....

Stranger Friends

Stranger Friends

Stranger Friends You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:34 (ESV) A new commandment I give to you, that you love...

Steadfast and Sanctified

Steadfast and Sanctified

Steadfast and Sanctified Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing....

God Sees A Mother

God Sees A Mother

God Sees A Mother Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord. Jeremiah 23:23-24 (ESV) O ne of my favorite days of...

Lush Pastures and Darkest Valleys

Lush Pastures and Darkest Valleys

Lush Pastures and Darkest Valleys The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He takes me to lush pastures, he leads me to refreshing water. He restores my strength. He leads me down the right paths for the sake of his reputation. Even when I must walk through the...

When We Can’t See Home

When We Can’t See Home

When We Can't See Home "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:5 (ESV) I turn slowly and peek around the headrest. My husband drives on as the horizon glows marigold and magenta. Darkness settles, and I sense the uneasiness of...

It’s Personal

It’s Personal

It's Personal And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.  1 John 5:14 od is so good at giving us personal glimpses of His faithfulness. Answered prayers are such a special way that...

Security In Giving

Security In Giving

Security In Giving  Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift]. 2 Corinthians 9:7...

Showing Up Small

Showing Up Small

Showing Up Small And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:7 has been a year for the books. We won’t forget it. We’ve all...

Immanuel

Immanuel

Immanuel Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Matthew 1:23 (NKJV) mmanuel…if I was ever responsible for naming a church, I’ve always known that’s what I...

Good All The Time

Good All The Time

Good All The Time The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. Psalm 145:9  he notes app on my iPhone might be my most frequently used app. I love writing down bits of wisdom I read or hear during the day. I was recently...

God is Still Good

God is Still Good

God is Still Good Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ast month, I had the privilege of meeting a warrior of the faith - a woman that...

Faith in What?

Faith in What?

Faith in What? Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 6:17b-18a our summers ago I prayed around the clock for a girl I never met. She suffered...

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...

God With Us

God With Us

God With Us Even though I  walk through the valley of  the shadow of death,      I will  fear no evil,for you are with me;     your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 he above verse got me through my freshman year of college. It was a...

The Right Questions

The Right Questions

The Right QuestionsAnd Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?" Luke 1:34 (ESV)Ilove the Christmas season, when we focus on the miracle of Christ coming to earth in human flesh. As I read the familiar verses in the first chapter of Luke, I'm...

Piles of Stones

Piles of Stones

Piles of StonesThen Joshua said to the Israelites, "In the future your children will ask, "What do these stones mean?" Then you can tell them, "This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground." Joshua 4:21-22 (NLT)Iwas chatting this week with a friend...

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...

Before You Go

Before You Go

Before You GoAnd Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to...

He Is There

He Is There

He Is ThereThe LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 (NIV)W hen things go as planned, I can be lulled into a false sense of security. In this American middle-class life, it is easy to fool myself into thinking I don't...