|Posted on July 4, 2020 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
Is our walk with the Lord anyone else’s business? As much as we would like it to be, the answer to that question isn’t a simple yes or no. We live in a society that can be judgmental, and criticism without understanding often seem to be the rule rather than the exception. No one wants to hear someone else’s opinion about their personal life, and nothing is more personal to us than our relationship with God, so it’s easy to assume that it’s simply no one else...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
Do you wonder sometimes when God is going to show up? I mean, seriously, I say He will all the time… other Pastors, Evangelists, teachers and scholars say it. But, in the midst of your messy life, are you wondering to yourself, ‘Ok, but when?”
Well first of all, let’s level set a bit. Even though we quite frequently use this phrase, God doesn’t have to show up because He never really leaves us. In the pagan cultures t...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
When disasters strike it leaves us feeling vulnerable. Trauma in our lives can mark us and instill us with doubt and insecurities about our place in this world, and our own ability to cope. No matter how strong our faith is or how much we have seen God move in the midst of disaster, we can still have doubts. It’s just human nature to get tangled up in worry about the future. Our anxiety is greatly shaped by the past. You’re not a poor Christian if you are scared and...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 9, 2020 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
How many times have you longed for, prayed for, petitioned God for something – then received it – only to find out it’s more trouble than it’s worth? Maybe that “thing” isn’t a problem all the time, but enough that you start to ask yourself if it’s more burden than blessing. We are just so fickle by nature.
Like all children, we rarely know what’s really good for us. We may think we do in the moment, but th...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 2, 2020 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
In the eighth chapter of Nehemiah, there is a day of celebration documented. The year is about 430 BC, and the people of Judah had returned from exile in Babylonia to rebuild the temple under God’s instruction and direction.
The scene opens as everyone, right down to the women and children, gather together to spend the day listening as Ezra begins reading the law of Moses to the people. He starts out by praising God for the reunion, and for the work that is about t...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 25, 2020 at 8:15 AM||comments (0)|
I love the saying, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” In fact, I did my very best to hold tightly to that thought after my husband passed away. In the initial stages of grief, I had many regrets of the things I wished I had done differently. But, with the passage of time, the pain began to soften into longing and I was better able to celebrate the precious moments we did have together.
I was...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 18, 2020 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
I don’t know how you’re spending your days in isolation, but much of my time seems to be filled with random musings as I sit in my quiet house, watching the families across the street toss around a football or smell the barbecue wafting from others’ back yards.
On the other hand, I’ve had an amazing time of “enforced” staycation. My house is immaculate, my office files are on the way to perfect alignment, even my oven is clean. Most impo...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 11, 2020 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
I can’t remember an Easter that I didn’t spend in church. This year, with a pandemic looming over our heads, and all the resultant confusion, it’s easy to allow it to eclipse what this day really means.
I’m going to miss all the festivities. No Easter production at church, the end to weeks and weeks of planning, no big dinner with my family, eating more than is comfortable, then laughing, playing music and tossing around a ball until we’re hu...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 4, 2020 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
Typically, this is the Sunday we would be sharing the sacrament of Communion together. Communion is an intimate connection. The Latin root of the word means “fellowship, mutual participation, or sharing.” So, it seems like it might be hard to do while we’re “social distancing.” But really, the communion is not with one another, but with God.
We know that the sacrament of Communion is just a symbol – acknowledging the sa...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 28, 2020 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
There’s an old song that Southern Gospel family group, The Whisnants, made popular. It says:
High upon the mountain, the sun is shining bright
My heart is filled with gladness here above the cares of life
But I’ve just come through the valley of trouble fear and pain
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