Choose Your Weapon

I Samuel 17:38-40 (NLT) Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested to…

Heavenly Wisdom

James 3:17-18 (TLB) But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure and full of quiet gentleness. Then it is peace-loving and courteous. It allows discussion and is willing to yield to others; it is full of mercy and good deeds. It is wholehearted and straightforward and sincere. And those who are…

Bereft

Isaiah 43:18-19 (TLB) But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I’m going to do! For I’m going to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Don’t you see it? I will make a road through the wilderness of the world for my people to go home, and create rivers for them…

Let Him Win

Proverbs 21:30-31 (TLB) No one, regardless of how shrewd or well-advised he is, can stand against the Lord. Go ahead and prepare for the conflict, but victory comes from God. Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lord spoke to my heart to “be still and know” accompanied by Psalm 46:10. It was a call to…

Unfriend or Unfollow

Colossians 4:5-6 (TLB) Make the most of your chances to tell others the Good News. Be wise in all your contacts with them. Let your conversation be gracious as well as sensible, for then you will have the right answer for everyone. I was disturbed to find a post by my sister referring to those…

To Be Honest

James 5:13-16 (TLB) Is anyone among you suffering? He should keep on praying about it. And those who have reason to be thankful should continually be singing praises to the Lord. Is anyone sick? He should call for the elders of the church and they should pray over him and pour a little oil upon…

Never Empty

Philippians 4:6-7 (TLB) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at…

Never Forsaken

Deuteronomy 31:6 (TLB)  Be strong! Be courageous! Do not be afraid of them! For the Lord your God will be with you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you.” I have come to realize that for most of my lifetime that I have struggle with fear of abandonment. Most people have been let down…

Move On

I Peter 1:8 (TLB) You love him even though you have never seen him; though not seeing him, you trust him; and even now you are happy with the inexpressible joy that comes from heaven itself. The thought of inexpressible joy may seem like a foreign concept to us and I guess in a sense…

Facing Fear

I John 4:18 (MSG) God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the…