I begged God not to take her! But she quietly stopped breathing, her pulse growing more and more distant until it was no more. “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1). We have been given a command and yet we seldom are diligently, actively, … Continue reading Beggared or Refined
Our journey is narrowing but where we turn is the same. We’re thankful for the promise of His sustaining power (Psalm 55:22).
We’ve been dealt a hard blow. Life has changed and it may never, ever be the same. Through a pandemic that includes a cancer journey with my sister-in-law, through loss of jobs or finances for different family members and friends, through loss of caring for grandkids (like my sister is experiencing), or possibly losing the care of foster children after having them in your care for so long they think of you as their safe place (like a daughter is finding). These are hard times. My nephew sits in jail 3 years now and his spouse has regained the responsibility of raising the children. And, unfortunately, the system that works to get the children back to the biological mother doesn’t take the children’s care seriously. Where do we turn?
When many followers of Jesus left because they found His teaching to be too difficult, Jesus asked the twelve if they…
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You can never fully express with words the pain of one’s suffering, for the one suffering as well as those watching. God’s gifts, yes, even the gift of suffering, serve a purpose in our becoming Christ-like (Romans 8:29, 1 Peter 1:6-16). Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered (Hebrews 5:8), Job learned how to … Continue reading A Hope of Rescue!
The last 41 days of 2020, which included Thanksgiving and Christmas, I spent over one thousand miles from home. I had mixed emotions when the idea first popped into my head back in October, but as it grew closer and closer, I felt the Lord confirming this radical decision. And, thankfully, I have a husband … Continue reading GUTS & GLORY
God pasted a rainbow in the sky as His promise to never flood the earth again. He gave a command to Noah and his family, to populate and fill the earth just as He had with Adam and Eve (Genesis 9:1-2). But it was not long before the people began to forget the goodness of … Continue reading Skimming the Peaks: Creation to Christ, Part 11: Babel
“. . . BUT prayer . . . made fervently by the church of God.” Acts 12:5b, NASB Prayer made all the difference for the imprisoned Apostle. Do we understand the power of prayer? Do we realize the weaponry that is at our disposal? Our unbelief or lackadaisical approach may actually be hindering our prayers. … Continue reading Worms & Election 2020
We’ve made it! The last day of the “Cry Out!” Challenge through the ministry of Revive Our Hearts! I’m so thankful for each one who joined and kept me accountable to these 31 days of posting! Sometimes I have posted straight from the Challenge, and other times I changed it up and added my spin … Continue reading Cry Out! Challenge, Day 31
One of my many loves is a loud thunderstorm! Of course, the ideal time is at night in the safety of my home. It makes bedtime so cozy. God’s love is certainly not always felt, but I do love those times when I feel wrapped up in His love just like a thunderstorm effect. But … Continue reading Cry Out! Challenge 30
Have you observed pithy t-shirts and bumper stickers during this election year? Like so many meaningless quotes on Facebook, too often, both the humorous and contradictory messages are not helpful in the least. But the other day I was rewarded with a reflective quote that really preached! “Christ did not die to whitewash us, He … Continue reading Cry Out! Challenge, Day 29
While sitting in Mission BBQ awaiting my lip-smacking meal, I reflected on a quote prominently positioned on the wall in large letters which had caught my attention: “If You Couldn’t Play Tomorrow, How Hard Would You Play Today?” It reminded me, we are never promised tomorrow~ Today is all we can count on (and we … Continue reading Cry Out! Challenge, Day 28