Questions and Keeping On

As I open my Bible to Genesis 25, I don’t get very far into the passage before I’m a little shocked. Isaac is married. Abraham takes another wife, in his old age and has more children (that’s a little shocking!) but what really shocked me, is that after Abraham dies, Isaac AND ISHMAEL bury him.Continue reading “Questions and Keeping On”

I wonder about that morning…

I wonder about that morning after the Triumphant entry, after Jesus had rode in on the donkey, as the crowd had cheered and waved palm branches…I wonder, did He look around at His disciples? I wonder, as the disciples still celebrated the next morning over breakfast, did he wonder if they remembered what He hadContinue reading “I wonder about that morning…”

Fear’s great lie is that God isn’t really enough.

Fear is a liar. But what is fear’s great lie? —That God really won’t be enough for me. But God says, “Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. (Isa 41:10)Continue reading “Fear’s great lie is that God isn’t really enough.”

Remember WHO you’re talking to…

Many of us are concerned as we look at our world. I see people posting about praying who typically do not do such things. Hard times certainly cause us to look for help anywhere we can get it and to think about the fragility of life and eternity. And, many reason, “Heaven sounds like aContinue reading “Remember WHO you’re talking to…”

When the trouble just keeps coming

What do you do when the trouble JUST keeps coming? The trouble, the pain, just keeps coming and coming–piling up, suffocating, and consuming every thought. You search for hope in the darkness. You barely remember the time, a long time ago, when you thought if you just followed Jesus life would go, well, easy. ButContinue reading “When the trouble just keeps coming”

Where HOPE is FOUND!

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 as the tiles in the ceiling were removed. Did Jesus chuckle to Himself as the paralyzedContinue reading “Where HOPE is FOUND!”

When you need HOPE!

Honestly , I thought, by this point in these hard days of these two hard years, 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? I’ve shook myContinue reading “When you need HOPE!”

SNOW on CHRISTMAS!

That’s my house last Christmas. It doesn’t snow that often in East Tennessee, but this SNOW came ON CHRISTMAS! I ran around outside squealing like a five-year-old! It was glorious! But, you know, that brief moment of awe and wonder just made my heart long even more to behold the REAL, lasting glory of theContinue reading “SNOW on CHRISTMAS!”

What if Tomorrow Never Comes?

It’s 9/11.And we ought to all stop.And remember. Today, we should think about those who died —the heroes who ran in and those trapped, huddled in fear. It took five years to build the twin towers. It took 102 minutes from the first impact on the north tower for them both to fall. In 102Continue reading “What if Tomorrow Never Comes?”

How NOT to worry in these hard days

It’s dark outside. My house is quiet. I haven’t turned on the news yet, but I already had a “flash flood watch” pop up on my phone. But my anxious heart, it’s been on a sort of “watch” for days. …trouble seems to be looming around every corner—earthquakes, Hurricane Ida, CoVid, Afghanistan, inflation, division… IContinue reading “How NOT to worry in these hard days”

Trusting God in your Trouble

I snapped a picture as my daughter and I drove near Asheville a few years ago. I was traveling to speak nearby, and I wanted to show her where our family had lived when she and her brothers were little. How we had loved living there. As those glorious mountains spread out before us, treesContinue reading “Trusting God in your Trouble”

How do you hold on when life is so hard?

What do you do when you get the phone call , the diagnosis, the news you never saw coming? What then? Are you destined to continually be consumed by the trouble and pain and spiral further downward into a pit of despairing emotions? Can you experience peace in the here and now despite your veryContinue reading “How do you hold on when life is so hard?”

When Your Heart and Strength Fail.

Psalms 73:26 says, “My heart and my strength may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever”. My strength and heart will fail,but Godnever will. And I know this to be true. These aren’t just words. I am not just hoping or wishing. Still, if I’m honest, a situation ofContinue reading “When Your Heart and Strength Fail.”

When we are strong, and when we are not, Jesus is there.

When our faith is strong, Jesus is there. When we fall apart, He is still there. Jesus has just finished teaching the famous parables about the blind leading the blind, and building our houses on the rock (Luke 6), and then walks into Capernaum. He is quickly met by Jewish elders requesting help for aContinue reading “When we are strong, and when we are not, Jesus is there.”

Don’t allow the enemy to use past wounds for future gains

I’m sharing this previous post again today just in case someone else, besides just me, needs it….❤️ What should have been a day of relaxing and laughing with friends while tubing on the Little River in the Smoky Mountains turned into a terrifying moment for me. I had floated that river for years. The sunContinue reading “Don’t allow the enemy to use past wounds for future gains”

To my fellow sojourner in this lost world

It was a small circle of women. Just a few. We had gathered to pray for revival in our country and our world. These were church women, ministry leaders, and pastors wives. The talk was light at first. Ballgames and bagels. But soon tears showed up as the conversation shifted to stories, one by one,Continue reading “To my fellow sojourner in this lost world”

“Just Call Me Bitter“

One thing about the Bible, it is real. Things aren’t sugar-coated. Even those God used mightily are shown to have flaws. They aren’t always strong, joyful, or without sin. (see David in the Psalms, Jeremiah in Lamentations, Peter in the Gospels). And the book of Ruth, isn’t all sunshine and love story either. When Naomi,Continue reading ““Just Call Me Bitter“”

Let’s study THE BOOK OF RUTH

I’m so excited to study the book of Ruth with you!! I think the backstory to this book is so incredibly interesting. Let’s set the stage…God’s people had been delivered from Egypt into the Promised Land which would flow with milk and honey as long as the people followed God. But, the people would followContinue reading “Let’s study THE BOOK OF RUTH”