Our tears don’t mean we are faithless.

I posted this on this day last year. It seems so fitting in this day. So thankful God is okay with our tears—- I find myself in Daniel 7 and 8. And it’s hard to read. I slow down. I back up. I pull out commentaries. I see that many great theologians, like John CalvinContinue reading “Our tears don’t mean we are faithless.”

God is NOT absent in the HARD THINGS we face.

Most believers I know will tell you they don’t fear physical death because they know they will be with Jesus in the blink of an eye. We believe God sent His Son to taste death for all of us (Heb 2:9) and through His death He destroyed him (the devil) who had the power ofContinue reading “God is NOT absent in the HARD THINGS we face.”

God doesn’t often tell us HOW He will carry us through. He just does it.

I wonder if you have noticed it too? Not once, but over and over… I see people whose faith has grown as their earthly securities have been removed. They lose jobs, finances, relationships, even face death of loved ones, and they still grow closer to God. It’s astounding to watch. It’s amazing. It’s also unnerving.Continue reading “God doesn’t often tell us HOW He will carry us through. He just does it.”

Need encouragement? Questions to ask when trouble comes

I woke up earlywith my troubles,and the troublesof those I love,so very much,on my mind. Again. My heart hurts. I know God teaches so much more in the hard times than He does in the “easy days”. But how do we go from knowing that to actually seeing God in the midst of the trial,Continue reading “Need encouragement? Questions to ask when trouble comes”

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 you don’t have the perfect picture

We are a people desperate to be reminded of the hope we have. Our flesh forgets. Our souls become downcast. Our eyes forget to look beyond the here and now. We struggle to remember God can make a way when our limited imaginations can’t fathom any possible way. And we, who possess eternal hope, spiralContinue reading “When you don’t have the perfect picture”

When you want God to explain Himself…

Just in case you are suffering and need some deep truth about our Lord, (and just in case you need to know God is at work through the next generation), read this from my sweet Jenna Mitchum. I’ve been reading the book of Job, a book I continue to come back to, but this timeContinue reading “When you want God to explain Himself…”

Will you be able to stand?

Right now, we are seeing the winds of hard days and our “cancel culture” blowing away those who aren’t planted with deep roots in biblical truth. Psalm 1 compares those who follow God to a strong tree planted by rivers of refreshing water and goes on to say, “The ungodly are not so, but areContinue reading “Will you be able to stand?”

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“”

SILENCE

Silence. That day after the Savior had died. The pounding of the nails, the jeers of the crowd, His cries of pain. Now Silent. His body in the tomb. What now? They surely longed to hear His comforting voice. But Silence. They had left jobs, families, everything to follow Him. Now what? Silence. Nothing.But.Silence. Confused,Continue reading “SILENCE”

Preach the Word! Don’t change the message!

These words were written to those who would seek to follow the Lord, those suffering for the faith, those not yet born, and those who would live in the End of Days. These were the last words of a dying saint who knew his time was short. Don’t miss this! Paul uses STRONG words whenContinue reading “Preach the Word! Don’t change the message!”

God, I don’t understand

It is not popular to say, but God will do things we don’t like or understand. In Luke 6, Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath and the religious leaders were filled with rage. Rage. Not awe and adoration that a miracle had been performed right before their eyes. Not celebration for the man whoseContinue reading “God, I don’t understand”

When you see demonic forces winning…

Paul is talking about the end of days when he suddenly brings up the two magicians with demonic powers who challenged Moses.(2 Tim 3:8-9) Jannes and Jambres were able to turn a rod into a serpent, change water to blood, and bring about a plague of frogs; but in the end, their dark powers wereContinue reading “When you see demonic forces winning…”

“I’m not even mad at God about all this.”

Daddy has dementia. It’s the cruelest and strangest of diseases. He seems to float between moments of complete clarity, and absolute confusion and even delusion. We have had a rough few days as his sweetheart, my precious mom, the best caregiver ever, fell ill and had to go to the hospital. She’s better now butContinue reading ““I’m not even mad at God about all this.””

The Thing Is People Don’t Die for a Lie

If we only study the Bible for intellectual knowledge, or to check off some box, we are missing the point. If we think doing what God says will lead to an easy life, we will be disappointed. Those who have followed Jesus the closest have died martyr’s deaths. They could have recanted their testimonies, theyContinue reading “The Thing Is People Don’t Die for a Lie”

This has NOT changed.

Yesterday, the words of Hebrews 10:39 kept coming to me-“But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” We, who have faith, are not of those who shrink back. We are not of those who draw back. We are those who believe.AndContinue reading “This has NOT changed.”

No matter the season

This is a guest post from my daughter, Abi, originally written two years ago. Her desire back then for a “new season” included the desire for a boyfriend. She just got married two weeks ago. However, the truths in this post are timeless and will carry her (and us) through many longings and struggles. Lately,Continue reading “No matter the season”

What the Bible told us would happen has happened.

The tide has shifted and what the Bible has told us would happen, has happened. Why am I shocked that what is wrong is called “right” and what’s right is called “wrong”? Things are happening just as God told us they would. And no longer can we simply agree to disagree in our culture. EitherContinue reading “What the Bible told us would happen has happened.”