The things which are impossible with men are possible with God”. (Luke 18:27) No seriously, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27) This hard year, I see so much that seems impossible. Will this pandemic ever end? Will our country ever come together in unity? Will we stop fightingContinue reading “When God seems silent”
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The Secret of those not walking in FEAR
It is affecting the hearts and minds of many. I’m not saying we should not take this pandemic seriously or take precautions. I’m not saying that at all. What I am seeing though is so incredibly sad and it breaks my heart. It’s fear without hope. It’s gripping. It’s suffocating. It’s consuming. Many. It’s notContinue reading “The Secret of those not walking in FEAR”
Lion of Judah
I remember as a little girl peering around my mom trying to read the colorfully decorated banners being carried down the aisle at church for the annual Christmas program—each with different names of God. I suspect if you grew up in a Baptist church you remember this too. Names like:“King of Kings”“Lord of Lords”“Lion ofContinue reading “Lion of Judah”
Yes, bake some cookies
As I sat looking at the presents under my tree—it occurred to me that I’m much more excited about others opening the presents that I’ve bought for others than looking for ones set there for me. I’ve grown up from the little girl who focused only on herself and what she was getting. And IContinue reading “Yes, bake some cookies”
When I am afraid
I know, God, You love them more than I do….those whose names are heavy on my heart. I often find myself trying to say or do just the right thing in hopes that they would find hope, joy, and peace in You. Oh God, that some would finally just surrender to You. In the middleContinue reading “When I am afraid”
Jesus is our peace. It’s sounds like such a calm, relaxing, silent night, kind of word. But to better understand we need to think of peace as in terms of war …war and peace. The Bible says, we were God’s enemies. (Rom 5:10) Not just lost or confused or mistaken.We were hostile to God. (RomContinue reading “peace.”
Mary’s Song of Praise
My mother’s heart is full this morning after my daughter’s wedding this weekend (there are a few pics on my page). This morning, I thought about another mother’s heart. Mary. Mary, the teenage mother of Jesus. She came from such humble means. The poor pregnant virgin, had heard the words of the angel, and respondedContinue reading “Mary’s Song of Praise”
Oh my heart …and a Christmas wedding!
I burst into tears at the sight of my daughter’s messy room. Clothes were everywhere as she had been packing for her honeymoon. Her honeymoon! I realized she would soon clean up her room for the last time. And the tears about choked me. I thought back to a few years ago, when one ofContinue reading “Oh my heart …and a Christmas wedding!”
I’d like to just stay in my Christmas pajamas and not think about it too sometimes.
The Messiah sat surrounded by the Pharisees and teachers of the law. The crowd surrounded the place and pushed in. I wonder if the buttoned-up religious leaders had to dust off their shoulders as debris surely began to fall from the ceiling as the tiles in the ceiling were removed. Did Jesus chuckle to HimselfContinue reading “I’d like to just stay in my Christmas pajamas and not think about it too sometimes.”
No longer just words on a page…
I sit thinking of friend after friend.Story after story.Every one of them.Not one of them came another way. Those I know well, who love God so deeply, whose trust is rock-solid, who possess the sweetest peace and unshakable hope…they each have this in common—they came the way of suffering. I bet you know them too.Continue reading “No longer just words on a page…”
It has to be strange.
It has to be strange, curious, and honestly, a little absurd, for those who do not fear the Lord, to watch those who do, deal with things like CoVid, and even the craziness of our country, right now. What those, who do not fear the Lord, or perhaps have only dabbled in a secular religion,Continue reading “It has to be strange.”
This is really hard… can I be honest?
Can I be honest? Sometimes, Christmas-time is often one of the hardest times to be Christ-like and joy-filled. Add in wedding stress (we are having a wedding in less than a week!) and you’ve got some joy-stealing opportunities galore! These circumstances can cause situations with family, and others, with whom we may be the recipientsContinue reading “This is really hard… can I be honest?”
Is God really with us?
Our hearts were made to long for God to be with us. Perhaps, that’s why even unbelievers find themselves drawn to the wonders of Christmas-time. But this world has a way of telling us all that God is not with us. The evil one tries to convince us He doesn’t exist or just doesn’t care.Continue reading “Is God really with us?”
I wonder if it was Christmas-time when they did what they did.
I think of this story every Christmas. I guess I wonder if it was Christmas-time when they did what they did. I am forever thankful. How I wish I knew their names. I’m sure they are walking the streets of glory now with the Savior, but I wonder if they know how very much theyContinue reading “I wonder if it was Christmas-time when they did what they did.”
Jesus is the Reason… and that’s no small thing
Jesus is the reason. And not just for the season. Jesus is the reason. He is the ABSOLUTE guarantee for those who call Him Lord. The Apostle Paul said, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God forContinue reading “Jesus is the Reason… and that’s no small thing”
Hard things just seem harder at Christmastime. And honestly, I thought, by this point in the year I’d be able to explain what God is doing and tie everything up in a really good devotional. But things are still hard, and no end is in sight. And it’s Christmastime. I’ve struggled. Have you? It’s beenContinue reading “HOPE”
The Shepherds and Giving Tuesday
On this Giving Tuesday, I think about so many friends who work in ministries for the hurting and the broken. I think of how God, through them, pursues the hearts of those who often feel unworthy. And I think about the shepherds. THE SHEPHERDS They were the ones not invited to the party. But theyContinue reading “The Shepherds and Giving Tuesday”
It’s Cyber Monday. I’d love to snag a few deals today. My inbox is already filling up with ads. My mind is already racing to all I want to get, and all I need to do this busy Monday morning of this Christmas season. But, oh, if our hearts would pause long enough to catchContinue reading