Obedience Releases the Power

“For the Lord says, ‘Because he loves me, I will rescue him; I will make him great because he trusts in My name. When he calls on Me I will answer, I will be with him in trouble, and rescue him and honor him’” Psalm 91:14-15 Pete was the playboy type. He believed that Christ … Read moreObedience Releases the Power

Gratitude

Gratitude gets us through the hard stuff! To reflect on your blessings is to rehearse God’s accomplishments. To rehearse God’s accomplishments is to discover his heart! To discover his heart is to discover not just good gifts but the Good Giver. Gratitude always leaves us looking at God and away from dread. The apostle Paul … Read moreGratitude

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

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

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

The Believer’s Journey to the Cross

“And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone:  but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  He who loves his life loses it, and he who … Read moreThe Believer’s Journey to the Cross

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

After What I Did, Can God Use Me Again?

“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin” Psalm 51:1 & 2 David’s affair with Bathsheba got her pregnant, and to cover up, he arranged for her husband to … Read moreAfter What I Did, Can God Use Me Again?

Prayer to Follow God

So often our hearts want to follow God and yet our feet and our mouths take us in the opposite direction! God’s word tells us that we are actually deceiving ourselves when we know God’s way and yet do not do what it says. The road to freedom is in doing what we hear in … Read morePrayer to Follow God

Dandelions – Rise Above the Circumstances

“I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of His power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead.” Ephesians 1:19 This is dandelion season. Whole fields are covered with bright yellow flowers. They are so cheerful and brighten the landscape. But they … Read moreDandelions – Rise Above the Circumstances

Can We Talk?

As I sit and pen my thoughts this morning, I am reminded of Jesus’s experience in the Garden of Gethsemane.  It was at that place He had to make one of the toughest decisions in His life. Should He go forward to the cross, knowing that this was what He was destined to do? Or … Read moreCan We Talk?

Joyful in Hope

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12: 12 Thoughts on today’s verse Sometimes the key to survival is simply “setting our jaw” and going on faithfully trusting that God is there helping us, despite the outward circumstances. Choosing joy through hope rather than despair, choosing patient endurance in times of … Read moreJoyful in Hope

Shield of Trust Prayer

When you don’t understand, God invites you to lean into Him and to trust. The following prayer guides you how to pray holding up your shield of trust, regardless of what is going on around you. Father, when things are shaky or dark and I don’t understand, I redirect my focus to Your great heart … Read moreShield of Trust Prayer

God in the Storm

“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.” Psalm 108:29-31 In Luke 8:22-25 we have a delightful … Read moreGod in the Storm

Walking Away and Coming Home Again

What causes a person to close the door on their relationship with the Lord? Lose faith? What makes some Christians – walk away? DisappointmentDivorceDeath of a loved oneFinancial lossRejectionSicknessOffense I think most people will experience at least one on this list and probably more than one. I’ve heard many people say one of these was … Read moreWalking Away and Coming Home Again

God is Faithful

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God”(Psalm 145:13b). Do you feel confident today that God is always faithful? That He is exactly who He says He is? Aren’t you glad He doesn’t change His mind or get PMS or forget about His promises? Friends or family may let you down … Read moreGod is Faithful

Risk Believing

When forced to stand at the crossroads of belief and unbelief, God’s people choose belief! God’s people risk believing! Nowhere is this better exemplified than in Joshua’s story. You could argue that the central message of the book of Joshua is this headline: “God keeps his promises. Trust him.” The three verses of Joshua 21: … Read moreRisk Believing

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

Renew Our Strength

There was a time that I endured a season in my life when several uncertain and difficult circumstances were bearing down on me, and I remember feeling the weight of more than I could handle pressing hard on me. I could physically sense a weight pushing down on both my shoulders and my neck grew … Read moreRenew Our Strength

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