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 don’t want to go through HARD days….

Jesus takes Peter, James and John up on a mountaintop to pray. And then this happens… “As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease whichContinue reading “I don’t want to go through HARD days….”

The Root Cause of Most of Our Sin Choices

First, I’d like to know what wrinkle cream the aging Sarah used! She must have had timeless beauty like Audrey Hepburn because as I continue reading in Genesis, yet another king (see Genesis 20), has taken notice of her…and here goes Abraham lying again that she is his sister! Abraham is rebuked by the worldlyContinue reading “The Root Cause of Most of Our Sin Choices”

Have you celebrated THIS about Christmas?

So many, who so powerfully and effectively preach and teach the Word, actually have to live it while walking really hard roads. This seems inherently unfair. Couldn’t they be immune from problems and pain? Why do they get cancer, and rebellious kids, and unfaithful spouses? Why wouldn’t a Mighty God protect those who seek Him,Continue reading “Have you celebrated THIS about Christmas?”

I like Christmas, but what about when God does stuff I don’t like?

It’s Christmas-time! We all love reading of the miraculous virgin birth. We like the miracles and power of the Savior. We think it’s so cool that the King of Kings hung out with sinners and find it heart-warming that the He wept with Mary and Martha when Lazarus died. We love that the little childrenContinue reading “I like Christmas, but what about when God does stuff I don’t like?”

Hey, don’t forget where REAL hope is found!!

I can’t remember what had caused me to fear way back then, I just remember her response. Oh, how I miss my wise friend. She’s with Jesus now. She told me, “When the world is crazy, when you don’t know what to do, draw closer to Jesus. Be prepared to give an answer for theContinue reading “Hey, don’t forget where REAL hope is found!!”

When you are disappointed…hold on.

Sometimes, we try to go one way and God sends us another. He did that to Paul and Timothy in Acts 16, and I know He does that in our lives too. Years ago, my husband and I had walked a property dreaming of where we’d build our home. We showed it to others, weContinue reading “When you are disappointed…hold on.”

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”

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”

Have you ever wanted to skip past hard parts of Scripture?

Well, let’s just skip over this next section of Scripture about men and women in the church (1 Tim 2:8-15) . It’s kind of hard and controversial. Except, we can’t do that. We can’t pick the parts of the Bible we like, and understand, and ignore the others. In this section, Paul is teaching soundContinue reading “Have you ever wanted to skip past hard parts of Scripture?”

Why our shaky world keeps shaking us up

There’s that word, “all”. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart” (Prov 3:5) But honestly, isn’t it enough to trust in the Lord with MOST of my heart? Can’t I trust the Lord, and the government, and my bank account, and my health, and …… Does “all” really mean, “all”? Isn’t it okay, toContinue reading “Why our shaky world keeps shaking us up”