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…

Great Gain – Working the Plan

Jeremiah 29:11-14 (TLB) For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. You will find me when you seek me, if you look for me in earnest….

Suit Up

Ephesians 6:10-12 (TLB) Last of all I want to remind you that your strength must come from the Lord’s mighty power within you. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand safe against all strategies and tricks of Satan. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood,…

Fresh Faith

Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Spring is on the way. The azaleas in our yard in full bloom. Pollen covering cars and bothersome to allergies. The time…

Casting

Psalm 55:22 (AMP) Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail). When I was a kid, my brother and I visited my grandparents on the weekends. My grandpa had a compost pile in the backyard that grew some of the…

All Purpose Promise

Psalm 138:8 (NKJV) The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands. (ESV) The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. (NIV) The Lord will vindicate (clear of blame) me; your love, Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands. (AMP) The Lord will…

He Knows My Name

Luke 10:19-20 (NLT) Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.” Was that the doorbell? I know it was the…

A Gift for You

Psalm 23:1-3 (TLB) Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need! He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him the most. My eyes flew open without an alarm today. Well before my usual…

Sing Little Sparrow

. Matthew 10:29-31 (TLB) Not one sparrow (What do they cost? Two for a penny?) can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t worry! You are more valuable to him than many sparrows. “I sing because I’m happy… I sing because I’m free……

Do Not Be Afraid

2 Timothy 1:6-7 (AMP) That is why I remind you to fan into flame the gracious gift of God, [that inner fire—the special endowment] which is in you through the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination]. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He…