Simple Trust

John 3:16 (AMP) “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.  John 3:16 is probably the most well-known and highly exploited Bible verse of all time. Rightly so – it is the basis of the new…

Cuts Like a Knife

Hebrews 4:12 (AMP) For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature],…

Teach Me

Psalm 143:10 (AMP) Teach me to do Your Will (so that I may please you), For You are my God; let Your Good Spirit lead me on level ground. Oh, this little nugget of a verse for today can speak volumes to the overwrought mind and overwhelmed heart. In fact, David wrote in the very…

Conscious Love

I John 4:19 (AMP) We love, because He first loved us. Twenty years. Two decades. Two people. Five children. One grandchild. A legacy of love formed by two individuals who despite overwhelming odds and staggering statistics decided to try. Not just with human effort but invited God on the journey to take broken people and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Undeliverable

Romans 5:5 (NKJV) Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. It’s Christmas Eve. My mind woke up the rest of me with all the preparations for our family gathering this evening. Our family is growing. God is…