The ache of lonely

Luke 10:38-42 It was Martha who welcomed Jesus into her home. ‘Lord do you not care …my sister has left me to serve alone…’ I hear loneliness in Martha’s plea to the Lord. Typically, this verse is interpreted to juxtapose busy preparations with quiet learning to teach a lesson about work with faith. however, when…

Made Alive

I woke up at 4:00 a.m. this morning and turned to Ephesians 2. "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the [a]course of this world." It's a truth I need to hear.  10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that…

Face to Face

There's a story in the bible about Jacob wrestling with God. Jacob was fleeing his father n law's deception and preparing to meet his brother, Esau, whose murderous vengence he fled as well. Jacob was alone and he was afraid. Esau was approaching with 400 men of war.  It got darck and silent. In the darkness,…

Its OK to be Different

Its OK to be different, and in fact it's necessary. Albert Einstein was smart but it was his different-ness  that catches my attention.  His intelligence isn't what impresses me,  but his quirkiness totally does, His unusual and uncommon ways of being and doing that gave him an advantage, His ability to hyper focus on things…

A Thousand Roads

Has Thou deceived my heart That I may know Thy grace; Torn me apart To fill me with untainted praise Led me through the driest land Let me hunger deeply Haunted me with tender hands Which others felt so sweetly Has Thou deceived my trusting heart With truth i cannot conquer and years have gathered…

Just a little bit longer

I waited month after month to see that little pink line show up in the small plastic window. I stored soft blue booties in my top drawer to remind me to have faith. I begged God to give me a child, And he said, “Just a little bit longer” After my second child was born,…

That we might live

Lord sustain us by and by save and sow each tear we cry hold out your hand with crumbs of faith to feed our souls with saving grace carry us when our feet would fail and the path we walk is trimmed with nails hold us up when at once we fade when shame becomes…

Morning Prayer

A Morning Prayer Dear Lord God, Help me today, do Help me succeed, at the work I’m called to Put my hand to the plow, and my foot to the path May you cause me to obey, all that you ask May the fruit of my labors abound and increase and the past I can’t…

Turn You Northward

“Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward.” — DEUTERONOMY 2:3 There comes a day like today and 100 days before it when I am bloody tired of circling the same mountain, moving the same pile of bricks, traveling the same road around and around observing the same scenery and encountering the same…

is there any value to failure

One time I heard a varsity volleyball coach tell a group of girls before tryouts, that he would "put them in positions where they could not succeed in order to see how they would respond." that has always stuck with me in particular when I am failing. It is good to remember that failure doesn't…

Have Mercy

Photo by Jenna Richardson on Pexels.com I was vacuuming my living room floor, under chairs, over rugs and between tables legs. The sound of the vacuum was loud and the canister heavy, it kept falling over if I moved to far away. Must clean – oh God clean my childrens hearts. AS I ran the…

Sexual Sin Weakens Faith

Judges 16 I have read the account of Samson and Delilah many times, it is a sad tragedy of a mighty man losing his strength to deceptive beauty and a lover who betrayed him. Its so perplexing and incites many questions in my heart every time I revisit this particular story. Such as why was…

Humanity’s Holy Thirst

Photo by Julia Volk on Pexels.com Does God need to be reminded that human’s thirst? This seems like such a silly question, and yet its valid because over and over again we see desperate people petitioning an omniscient God. Is the human need of thirst more important or apparent to our dehydrated lips and sunbaked…

Final Feast

Oh the mighty hand of GodI never can resist,The compelling voice of Christ my King,Seldom ceases to bring me rest, His all consuming fiery loveConvincing my heart to beat,His pure untainted words of lifePenetrate each time we meet, Oh the seeing eyes of GodThat fix upon my state of humble dustHis divine nature teaching me…

Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving begins in the heart not at the table. For all of us this year thanksgiving looks different. But when I read from chronicles this slightly overused but true verse, give thanks to the lord for he is good. I realize we are not instructed to give thanks for our good things, but for HE…

Thanksgiving a Heart Condition

Thanksgiving begins in the heart not at the table. Thanksgiving looks different in 2020. Chronicles offers us a slightly overused but true verse, GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD FOR HE IS GOOD. God’s word never ceases to reveal new thoughts to my thirsty spirit even the overused verses when we seek, we shall find. As…