Life Changing Events

Life Changing Events

  Life Changing Events         We’ve had a few life changing events in our life. The birth of children and the passing of parents are at the top of the list. Nothing compares to this most recent event. The illness of a spouse, however short in length it may be, tops all. It changes a couple. Suddenly those things that were important become a narrowed list. Oh beloved. God wants you to know this morning that even in the midst of your life changing events He is with you. He never changes. He never leaves you. You …

Even A Sandwich

Even A Sandwich

    Even A Sandwich     It’s always true that it’s a small world. One of our nurses was born and raised in a town near where we live. Her dad owned the local teenage hangout that all of us went to back in the 70’s. You could say we hit it off. Yesterday I was looking online thinking about supper. I thought about ordering something and having it delivered to me. I saw Jason’s deli and remembered how good a muffuletta sandwich is. But then I thought how silly it would be to have just a sandwich delivered …

Do You Have Some Questions?

Do You Have Some Questions?

  Do You Have Some Questions?       We had to attend a stroke education meeting. As I looked around the room feeling very uncomfortable I tried to pretend I did not belong there. Just then I heard the voice of another woman pierce the quiet conversation of the teacher. “Excuse me. I have some questions. Who sent me here? I don’t belong here. I did not sign up for this.” Oh beloved can you relate? When we sign up for this life of faith it looks pretty easy. After all we aren’t being burned at the stake nor …

Conforming Discomfort

Conforming Discomfort

    Conforming Discomfort       Each night as we prepared for sleep in rehab, I would get my pillow and blanket. I draped it across the “recliner” and then I pushed and pulled to get settled in. One night I was just right when Danny realized he needed something. It was no inconvenience though because I love him and I have much to be thankful for. Oh beloved. Life has been quite comfortable hasn’t it? You’ve enjoyed restful nights and calm days. But now you’ve been removed from your nest. What does God want? Why has He allowed …

Time Wasters

Time Wasters

    Time Wasters       We didn’t have much time to waste. Danny was in the facility to learn as much as possible quickly. His goal was to walk out of there and he concentrated on that and made effort to do so. How he walked and how he stepped had to be done right so that he wouldn’t learn a poor way of walking that would cause him problems later. You and I don’t have any time to waste either. There is much to learn in the Kingdom and we need to be as ready as ever. …

Joyful Call to Worship

Joyful Call to Worship

  Joyful Call to Worship       We hadn’t been in a church building in nearly a month with hospital and then rehab hospital. But we had church. Fellowship with Jesus becomes so much sweeter when He’s all you have to hold onto. Danny and I have watched more music videos from VTN and enjoyed various preachers. We also took communion together after hearing a televised pastor talk about the importance of it. Just like at our wedding it was just the two of us – only with cranberry juice and saltines. It was the most touching event I’ve …

Unanswered Prayer: Feeling Invisible to God

Unanswered Prayer: Feeling Invisible to God

    Unanswered Prayer: Feeling Invisible to God     For this Faith Post Friday, I want to focus on something that truly stirs my heart – unanswered prayer.  I know each of our stories is different, but I’m going to bet you have experienced a time when you felt invisible to God.  When we are desperate for Him and we cry out for help and He doesn’t rescue us, how do we move on from that? How is a Believer in Christ supposed to process that?  How do we trust that God loves us and sees us when we …

Train Up A Child

Train Up A Child

Challenge from the Book of Judges: Train Up A Child         “After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel.”  Judges 2: 10 The new generation neither knew God nor what he had done for Israel. The new generation not only does not know God — no personal relationship – but they do not even know about Him. Learning about God – factual information – can draw others in. We can think of it as tilling up the soil of …

Declared Righteous

Declared Righteous

Declared Righteous         “When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”   Judges [6:12]   Two houses.  Similar in size.  Both ranch style, three bedroom  and two bath. One in Newport Beach, California and the other in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Their prices: $1,069,000 and 69,900, respectively. That’s $599 per square foot versus $43 per square foot! An inventory list of how many 2 x 4’s, windows, doors, and shingles would be needed to duplicate each house would most likely be about the same. The value has more …

The Affirmation Idol

The Affirmation Idol

    The Affirmation Idol     “You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20: 3 In the book of Judges God’s people continued to return to idol worship. They bowed down to graven images as they served the gods of the people living in the promised land.  We as 21st century believers are just as prone to idol worship but instead of Baal or Ashteroth, ours may be called comfort, control, or affirmation. Have you considered praise from others to be an idol? Of course, there is nothing wrong with receiving or releasing encouragement.  It’s Biblical to …

The Prayer of a Father-to-Be

The Prayer of a Father-to-Be

    The Prayer of a Father-to-Be       “Oh Lord I beg you.  Let the Man of God You sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.” Judges 13: 8 Isaac. Samson. Jesus. The miraculous announcement of each baby was provided in advance.  The response by Manoah, the father of Samson, is recorded in Judges 13:8. When told of God’s plans for Samson, Manoah responded in prayer. Two key points in his prayer provide prayer prompts for us. First of all — He begs the Lord.  Do …

Do We Take God Seriously?

Do We Take God Seriously?

  Do We Take God Seriously?       “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.” Judges 17: 6, 21: 25 Judges 21: 25 is the last verse in Judges and it summarizes well the content of this sad book. “Doing as one sees fit” – at first glance is a definition of FREEDOM – -something we Americans revere and value.  But like many values and traits – -it becomes perverted, distorted and no longer a value when taken to an extreme.  Unconstrained freedom becomes anarchy with no rule of law.  Unchecked freedom with …