Father Knows Best

Proverbs 20:24-25 (NLT) The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost. We made it! The last child has reached the age of vehicular operation. She has been driving for a year now on her permit and…

Change of Heart

Ezekiel 11:19-20 (AMP) And I will give them one heart [a new heart], and put a new spirit within them. I will take from them the heart of stone, and will give them a heart of flesh [that is responsive to My touch], that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do…

Something New in You

2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP) Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a…

The Litmus Test

Proverbs 30:5 (NIV) “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” In the 14th century, scientists discovered litmus. It is a mixture of organic compounds extracted from lichen that turn red in acid and blue in alkaline solutions. It was used as an acid-base indicator for centuries….

Are You Listening?

Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV) While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the Lord came to him a second time: “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name:  ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’” My husband…

Simply Obey

2 John 6 (NIV) And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. Here’s a crazy thought! God’s Power and Blessing follows someone’s obedience. If you don’t believe me, think about this. Great miracles of God followed commands such as:…

Courage to Wait

Psalm 27:13-14 (NIV) I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Confidence. Courage. Be brave. Wait. What are you waiting on today? Is there a promise or purpose that that seems to stubborn to come? Waiting…

Stressing Me Out

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT) Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear,…

It’s Personal

I Peter 2:9-10 (NIV) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have…

Be Bold

Acts 4:31 (AMP) And when they had prayed, the place where they were meeting together was shaken [a sign of God’s presence]; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness and courage.  A long time ago, my church friends and I would sneak away from our Sunday Night…