Valuable Lesson Found in the Sun

Valuable Lesson Found in the Sun

  Ecclesiastes 3:1 “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: … 11 He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” Baby, it is hot outside!  Summer is a season that seems to bring the best out in people.  The warm sun on our face makes us feel rejuvenated from the cold of winter.  We feel better physically, are in a better mood and are on …

Valuable Lesson Found in the Thunder and Lightning

Valuable Lesson Found in the Thunder and Lightning

Job 37:4-5 “After it, a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard. “God thunders with His voice wondrously, doing great things which we cannot comprehend.”     “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” John [8:12] Have you ever thought of all the different sounds thunder makes?  As I have gotten older I find myself listening more attentive to the things of God.  Thunder is …

Valuable Lesson Found in the Rain

Valuable Lesson Found in the Rain

Joel [2:23] “Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully and He will cause the rain to come down for you — the former rain, and the latter rain”. Rain, when I think of rain I think of good sleeping weather.  I just recently had a new tin roof put on my home.  As I lie in the bed at night listening to the ping, ping, ping of the rain drops on my roof I get very sleepy.   There is just something about the rain …

Valuable Lesson Found in the Ice

Valuable Lesson Found in the Ice

Job [37:10] “God’s breath sends the ice, freezing wide expanses of water.” Not only did we have snow this winter, we had ice as well.  I never thought about the ice being the breath of God until I read this scripture. I remember watching the television news stations and hearing about all of the people in the state that were without electricity because of the ice.  I was fortunate enough to have only lost power for less than a day.  We had about an inch and a half of ice in the Arkadelphia area. I sat in my living room …

Valuable Lesson Found in the Snow

Valuable Lesson Found in the Snow

  Spring is here and winter is just a memory.   I find myself thinking of the seasons trying to decide which one is my favorite.   As I think of one and declare it my favorite there is something that comes to mind about another and it suddenly becomes my favorite.  I have come to the conclusion that each one has something special that makes it my favorite, at least for a season. As a pastor’s wife I find myself making spiritual applications to the things I come in contact with.  Seasons are no exception. As I remember winter, I think …

Sweet Release

Sweet Release

  Family curses are real. My family tree is a tangled up mess. Generations have battled depression, bitterness, shame, sickness and more. For years, when I thought of my paternal grandparents I couldn’t even bring myself to say a prayer. When I knew they needed prayer, I delegated. I asked my husband or my children to do the work because my heart couldn’t find the words. I’m not sure how, but I didn’t see this as unforgiveness. God knew my limitations though. He understood that years of rejection had left me speechless and hard. There had to be grace for …

Forgiveness is Just the First Step

Forgiveness is Just the First Step

Ephesians [6:10]-16 describes the Armor of God and instructs us how to wear and use it. Let’s begin by looking at verse 11. It reads: “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Would you not agree that the issues in your life that you need to forgive were events when the devil used humans in his scheme to take you down? Of course this is true. When you choose to forgive, you are taking a stand against the devil’s schemes. To do this, you need some heavy duty armor. …

I Can Forgive but I Can’t Forget

I Can Forgive but I Can’t Forget

Do you feel held back in the area of forgiveness? Are you worried that forgiveness would somehow condone the past or excuse a serious wrong done to you? How can an abused wife forgive her husband or a child victim offer forgiveness to their molester? Even if a person’s forgiveness is deep and all the hard work of healing done, can it you ever forget? These are big questions that often leave us stuck on the forgiveness issue as we cling to our offenses, too scared to put them down. Psalm 1[03:12] reads “as far as the east is from …

But I Don’t Feel It!

But I Don’t Feel It!

Feelings lie. They tell us we are secure when we are headed for judgement. They tell us we are reliable when we are as shifty as the waves. They tell us we are on the right path when we are headed for death. They cannot be trusted. Feelings lie. Many times in scripture, God asked his people to act against their feelings. He told them to be brave. He pushed them to trust. The beauty of faith is the act of taking God at his word. Faith in God led people to leave their lands for a promise they couldn’t …

Waiting on An Apology

Waiting on An Apology

“I’m sorry” is a phrase that I have hungered for on more than one occasion. I want to know that the person who wronged me recognizes the damage done to my person (or to my heart) and repented for it. I want to see the person’s regret. I want their shame exposed and set in my hands so I can decide if they are worthy of my forgiveness. I want to be the judge. Is that too honest? I find that, when I have that mindset, the apology and any potential restoration are often delayed. I’ll find myself waiting on …

Forgiven Much

Forgiven Much

In Luke chapter seven we can read about a woman with an alabaster jar filled with expensive fragrant oil. When she learns that the Messiah is nearby, she rushes to the scene. In an act of absolute worship, she wipes his feet with her hair and anoints his feet with the oil. Such a pricey sacrifice was immediately noticed by the Pharisee. The observation and criticism of her actions leads the Messiah to offer a powerful teaching on forgiveness. Luke [7:47], reads: “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven–as her great love has shown. But whoever has …

Praise God Throughout Your Crisis

Praise God Throughout Your Crisis

  A 6-Day Look at a Desperate Dilemma From 2 Chronicles 20 Overview Passage:  2 Chronicle 20:1-30 Today’s study:  2 Chronicles [20:18]-30 “Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord…. As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah and they were defeated….. When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on …