“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 What a relief! Instead of a warning about some dire event on the near horizon, God was telling me to trust Him as a blessed reassurance. However, over the previous week, as I had received His messages to trust Him, my own human inclination to see problems where there were none had taken over and become a vicious cycle.
"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Romans 7:15 Do you have a dirty little secret? Some habit, activity or attitude that seems like it has always been part of who you are, but you could never admit it? An area of your life where you just cannot get control? It is something that would bring you shame if people knew, and might even shock them. I think we all have at least one thorn in the flesh we feel we must hide; but o
“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.” Psalm 19:1-2 The night is permeated with the scent of wood smoke, and the Milky Way paints a ghostly swath across a sky so clear the stars are startling in their brilliance. We huddle close around the campfire’s blaze, hands and faces burning as our backsides freeze in the cold, crisp air. My grandson softly plays his guita
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” John 14:12-14 (NLT) (Emphasis added) Our conversation went like this: Me: “Lord? I always thought that verse meant anything I ask in accordance with Your will would be gr
“But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” - 1 Peter 4:12 “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7 The pine-laden fragrance of the forest’s canopy is fresh and clean as I trek up the mountainside. Cloudy grey skies overhead reflect my emotions; I guess I’ve climbed the mountain to try and esc