Life is Good

I Thessalonians 5:16-19 (NIV) Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. “Life is good.” The first words scribbled in my journal this cold January morning. Who am I telling? Me, I guess. Sometimes in the chaos and craziness of life…

Stuck in the Middle

Proverbs 13:12 (NKJV) Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. Life with Jesus is a process. It is a perpetual learning cycle of trust and obey met with experiencing God’s Goodness and Favor as a regular occurrence. Such a life has nothing to do with me changing His Mind…

Pressures of Life

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 (NLT) We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed,…

Fruitless Faith

Luke 17:5-9 (TLB) One day the apostles said to the Lord, “We need more faith; tell us how to get it.” “If your faith were only the size of a mustard seed,” Jesus answered, “it would be large enough to uproot that mulberry tree over there and send it hurtling into the sea! Your command would bring…

Becoming

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. I have been following a family whose preschool daughter went into sudden heart failure. She recently received a donor heart. As the family posts updates on social media, I continue to pray for their child’s…

Lifter of My Head

Psalm 3 (NIV) Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and…

New Year – New Thing

. Isaiah 43:1-2 (NKJV) But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire,…

If Only We Believed…

Psalm 27:13 (NKJV) I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Stumbling across this passage the other day, I could feel the hot tears behind my eyes forcing their way down my face. This is my testimony. I would have lost…

Time To Pack

Matthew 11:30 (NKJV) “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Christmas is now over. The torn open boxes and piles of paper all thrown away. Decorations all put away and a brand new year in just a few days. I love the coming of a new year. The turn of a historical page and…

Jesus – Human & Hero

Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV) For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to…