If You Want to Hear God, Get Still and Listen

“Pause a moment, Job, and listen; consider the wonderful things God does” Job 37:14 (GNT). Sometimes as adults we get spiritual wiggles. We cannot get still and be quiet. But you have to be quiet in order to hear God speak. If you want to hear God’s vision, then you’re going to have to turn … Read moreIf You Want to Hear God, Get Still and Listen

I Will be With You

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your … Read moreI Will be With You

My Foot is Slipping

“When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul” Psalm 94:18-19 Thoughts on today’s verse While we are amazed at the vastness of God’s reach and the awesome breadth of his power and the glorious sweep of his … Read moreMy Foot is Slipping

Called to be What He Made

“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth — everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:6-7 I remember talking to one of my ministry leaders at church a few years ago about service. He explained to … Read moreCalled to be What He Made

Pluck It and Bag It

I learned a godly truth from a bunch of cilantro. Sitting in my fridge for a week or so, I noticed some of the leaves had rotted before I got to use them in my food. My first instinct was to chuck the whole thing.  But I love cilantro, and it isn’t cheap. So I … Read morePluck It and Bag It

Anxiety

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 ThoughtSo often our worries are so heavy because we refuse to put them down. Let’s cast our burdens on the Lord. Let’s consciously put our future in his hands. Let’s trust our worrisome fears to his care. We know he loves … Read moreAnxiety

Steadfast in a Fearful World

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 There are a lot of angry people out there these days. I see it all over the media. People are upset over perceived betrayal, injustice, and prejudice. I think some of the anger is justified. We are, … Read moreSteadfast in a Fearful World

When Panic Attacks

“For I have given them the words you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.” John 17:6 Once, during a time of acute anxiety, I chose to confide in my doctor. After listening to me, … Read moreWhen Panic Attacks

Christ Crucified

This is the last week of Lent, also called Passion Week, and I have been reading and reflecting on the last days of Christ and His crucifixion. I will be forever grateful for Christ’s willingness to go through the agony of carrying our sins (the sins of more than six billion people), and to suffer … Read moreChrist Crucified

Jesus Prays for You

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.” John 17:20 (NIV) During the Last Supper, Jesus prayed for himself and then he prayed for the disciples. And then, with the hour of his death approaching, he took time to pray for you. He … Read moreJesus Prays for You

Unoffendable

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh”  Ezekiel 36:26. God has a new heart for us that cannot be offended, an “unoffendable” heart. Beloved, possessing an unoffendable heart is not … Read moreUnoffendable

Time to Tell Yourself the Truth

“The Lord gave us mind and conscience; we cannot hide from ourselves” Proverbs 20:27 TEV). The best way to get off a guilt trip is to first admit your guilt. Don’t bury it, don’t deny it, and don’t ignore it. Just own up to it! Even when we know this truth, we still try to … Read moreTime to Tell Yourself the Truth

Forgiveness and the Risen Christ

Lent is upon us.  A time when we reflect on our own lives as well as the death and the resurrection of Christ.  On that glorious Easter morning our sins were forgiven and we were granted eternal life.  However long we live we can never grasp the true meanings of those words or the sacrifice … Read moreForgiveness and the Risen Christ

Resting in the Faithfulness of God

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed … Read moreResting in the Faithfulness of God

True Praise

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Hebrews 13:15 When is praise to God a sacrifice? It is a sacrifice when I feel like complaining about my circumstances, but I choose to accept them. If I want to truly … Read moreTrue Praise

A Vast Army

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight … Read moreA Vast Army

Who Stands With You

“But Lord,’ Gideon asked, ‘How can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh and I am the least in my family.’ The Lord answered, ‘I will be with you …’” Judges 6:15 How often do I look within or to another before I look up? Gideon looked at where he came from. … Read moreWho Stands With You

The Height of God’s Love

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:38-39 (NIV). There is … Read moreThe Height of God’s Love

Clutter

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” – Proverbs 16:3 Are you weighed down by the clutter in your life? I mean lots of little chores to do sometime in no particular order. If you focus too much on these petty tasks, trying to get them out of the way, … Read moreClutter

How to Get Past Regrets

“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands” Isaiah 43:18-19 (MSG). How often do you play the “If only” game? •    If … Read moreHow to Get Past Regrets

Deception of the Heart

“Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them.” Deuteronomy 11:16 Our God is so amazing. Majestic. Gracious. Loving. We may think, “I would never serve another.” But tragically, it happens all the time. People who have known and loved God — sometimes for many years … Read moreDeception of the Heart

How to Cry Out to God

“And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Matthew 14:29-30 The phone rings, and you answer. A sullen voice informs you of a tragedy. Your heart … Read moreHow to Cry Out to God