For the despondent, one that has lost hope and courage, life is viewed from a lense of gray. Life appears with many troubles, even miserable, everything seems to go wrong, their anxious, foreboding thoughts translate into a life of glass 1/2 empty. (from Proverbs 15:15 NLT, AMPC, MSG, TPT) For the happy heart, those who have the Hope that anchors the soul (Hebrews 6:19), life is viewed through a bright yellow lense. It is a continual feast regardless of circumstances. For tho
Home. A dwelling place. A shelter.
Home. It is where most of us are finding ourselves these days…as things continue to get stripped away and sidelined.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”” Psalms 91:1-2 NIV
To dwell means to sit down (in quiet), to remain, to settle.
God offers us a home. A dwelling place. A shelter from the st
This past week my mind has pondered the “what if’s”, questioned the “whys”. One particular night as I tossed in bed, trying to fall asleep, God sweetly reminded of Job 42:2. His plans, his purpose can’t be thwarted….restrained, hindered, stopped, cut out. We may not be able to control the Coronavirus or the circumstances surrounding it. But, we serve a God who isn’t surprised by any of this. He watches over our coming and going and sheltering in place. Every single moment of
God has taught me so much over the last few years especially when it comes to worry, fear and anxiety. One of the most important things is to build a foundation of trust by thinking on truth. There is no better way than to spend a little time each morning in his word. His word is full of promises. So in this trying time that we are all in, I have decided to do #apromiseaday It’s kinda like an apple a day keeps the doctor away. A promise a day keeps the worry away. ☺️ Believe
Time out. It’s what a baseball coach calls when he needs to head to the mound and get inside the pitcher’s head. The pitcher who has faced batter after batter. He has stared a few down, struck a few out. But, he has also let himself get intimidated, nervous, anxious by that last error, deep line drive to center field or a walk or two. Aren’t we a lot like that pitcher? Some days it seems all is going well. We are throwing strikes right down the center of home plate. Nothing i
“Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” Lyrics from a 70s song by the Carpenters. Anyone old enough to remember it? My hubby asked today “What if Monday is a Rainy Day like today?” Well, I guess that is a double whammy. As the song says “Nothing to do but frown.” Unless, we believe God’s promises like Jeremiah. “Yet I still dare to hope When I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; His mercies begin af
As I began to read Luke at the start of this season, I felt a message for Christmas bubbling up inside. I was so excited that I shared this idea with my hubby. It went something like this… Me: I have this message for Christmas for a blog post. Hubby: What is it? Me: “Don’t be afraid!” As I began to read Luke, it’s the first words that the angels spoke to Zechariah, Mary, Joseph and even the shepherds because they were bringing Good News of great joy. News of the Messiah. A Sa
Paul was on a ship in the middle of a storm. Not just any storm…a typhoon, a nor’easter type of storm. It had raged for many days “blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone.” Everyone feared for their lives. But, an angel of God appeared to Paul and said, “Don’t be afraid…God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone with you.” Then, Paul declared: “So take courage! For I believe God.” How many times in the middle of our storms do we fear and gi
I love warm weather. Wet, wintry weather is not for me. It seems like it will never end. The cold. The gray. Then, even in the midst of the cold, the first blooms appear just like this dandelion or daffodil. Bright yellow, sunshiny blooms bursting through the drab, dreary backdrop of winter. Bringing hope that a new season will soon be here. This one won’t last forever. That is what hope does. It brings a feeling of trust. Of expectation. “Therefore, we who have fled to him f
If I asked you what you ponder most, what keeps you up at night, what would you say? Your marriage, kids, job, health, finances, education? Scriptures tells me that there is a better way than worry. It is trust. “Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5 AMPC Repose here means to lay something to rest on. To unload your cares on God. Committing e
Found this post from 6 years ago when my uncle passed away on my aunt’s birthday, Feb 13. I had lunch with my aunt yesterday and she still exudes much joy and faith. Life Lessons in Difficult Days Over the last several weeks, our family has watched my uncle slowly fade away. Although it has been difficult, there have been several lessons that the Lord has clearly shown me… Sweetness of Love My aunt tenderly and affectionately cared for my uncle each and every day. She took
Lessons from Jesus feeding the 5000 in Matthew 14:13-21 -Jesus just received news from his disciples that John the Baptist was beheaded. Scripture says that when he heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. It is safe to assume that Jesus went away to retreat and pray after the heart breaking news. Jesus did this often. We, too, can take our sorrows, our worries to God in prayer and rest in him. -But, life, work, ministry goes on in even in heartache. Th
I have always been drawn to soothing, comforting nature of water. Whether it is a babbling brook or the ocean deep. Maybe it is a reminder of the Spirit within me. . Jesus said himself that “He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.” John 7:38 AMPC . This living water is referring to the Holy Spirit that would come to all those who beli
Worry is a feeling that I battle some days. Maybe you can relate. . In John 14:1, Jesus says: “Do not let your hearts be troubled, trust in God, trust also in me.” . Trust. Pisteuo in Greek means to believe; to commit unto; to place confidence in. . Trust is the antidote for our troubled, worried hearts and minds. Trust is also the antecedent for peace. Trusting in Jesus, believing in his plan, placing confidence in him; that he has already overcome, counteracts a troubled he
In Isaiah 7, Ahaz, King of Judah, heard news that Syria was allied with Israel against him. He trembled in fear “by the possible” end of his reign, by the possible attack upon his kingdom. He was “shaking as trees in a storm”. By the possible. This had not happened. It wasn’t in the process of happening. It was a possibility…The Lord told Isaiah: ” Tell him (King Ahaz) to stop worrying. Tell him he doesn’t need to fear.” (Isaiah 7:4 NLT) Other versions say: be calm, be quiet