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,…

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…

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…

Experience the Glory of God

Exodus 33:18 (NKJV) And he said, “Please, show me Your Glory.” The cry of the modern day church for revival is heard by God. Many have personal opinions on the absence of the event called out for. What is God waiting on? Why doesn’t He just pour out His Glory on the Body of Christ?…

Old Scars Beautiful Reminders

Lamentations 3:20-24 (NKJV) My soul still remembers and sinks within me. This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s Mercies we are not consumed, because His Compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your Faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” Never forget. It gets me every year. This is the seventh anniversary…

Way of Suffering

Romans 8:10-18-19 (ESV) For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. How could a good God allow suffering in the life of those He loves? Why…

In Step

Proverbs 20:24 (ESV) A man’s steps are from the Lord; how then can man understand his way? The struggle in life to understand the sovereignty of God. To know that each one of our steps is from the Lord even in the darkest night or lowest valley. How does it all work together? When will it all…

In Our Midst

Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV) The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. This has been a favorite passage for a long time. When our oldest son was overseas, I imagined…

So We’re Not Giving Up

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (Message) So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming…

At the Carwash

Psalm 19:7-8 (NLT) The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. Thankfully my to-do list for Saturday was not too long, but on it was the task of…