Look But Do Not See

Look But Do Not See

Sometimes my husband will go to the kitchen cabinet looking to locate something he needs. Often he will stand and stare at each shelf searching with his eyes to find the needed item. Then in final desperation he calls for me to come and help. More often than not, the desired item can be found at eye level right in front of his eyes. It is as if he is surrounded in total darkness with eyes closed. I will also admit that there have been times when this same thing happens to me. I search and search and then suddenly …

To Fear or Not to Fear

To Fear or Not to Fear

    To Fear or Not to Fear     I frequently travel nationwide for business.  When I’m across country alone, I’m always watching over my shoulder, taking caution in my attire and body language, and making sure my hotel is located in a safe area.  It’s sad that the world has come to this, but a lone female must take extra safeguards in protecting herself. I’m sure I’m not the only woman to consider all the worst-case scenarios.  But when I do, I also contemplate my reactions.  I recall the lady in The War Room when she was about …

No Fear

No Fear

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1: 7 There is one major similarity between godly dreams and worldly dreams: the path we take to get to them will have some fearful twists and turns! There’s always the fear of failure, lack of money, lack of supporters…you know, all of the “what ifs”. Now, the major difference is that when we’re working on something God’s given us, we have HIS support! When all of these scary scenarios pop into our mind, think on …

Facing Your Fear, Doubt and Unbelief

Facing Your Fear, Doubt and Unbelief

“Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God—soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God.” (Ps. 42: 5 The Message) When my husband sensed God’s call to move our family to a city we’d never even visited, I agreed to go because I believed it was the right thing to do. But it didn’t take long for my emotional connections to my past to deeply trouble me. I thought about the loved ones I had left behind. Looking back with regrets …

Calming Your Mind

Calming Your Mind

Six Steps to finding God when you’re living in a crisis Step 1 Calming Your Mind What do you do when your situation is so intense, so completely mentally absorbing, that your mind is constantly racing and you know you need God’s help, but you can’t feel him anymore?  It seems like he’s just not around. You know you need to pray. You know you could use some time in his word. But there isn’t time right now. Your home is in a state of upset. Your husband drinks too much, raging at you and scaring your children. A close …

The Unseen Battle

The Unseen Battle

Have you ever experienced a feeling of heaviness in your chest accompanied by a convincing feeling that God doesn’t love you or has abandoned you? Even though intellectually you know it isn’t true and you know that God promises He will never leave you or forsake you, it still feels very much like truth. That’s just one example of my own spiritual battle I often face. There are many more examples. Fear is another one I struggle with. Satan can have me so paralyzed with fear that I become convinced I’m worthless. One thing I’ve learned from my years as …

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. …

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 …

Understand Whose Crisis It Is

Understand Whose Crisis It Is

A 6-Day Look at a Desperate Dilemma From 2 Chronicles 20 Overview Passage:  2 Chronicles 20:1-30 Today’s study:  2 Chronicles [20:14]-23 “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem!  This is what the Lord says to you:  Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.  For the battle is not yours, but God’s….You will not have to fight this battle.  Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you….Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.  Go out to face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with …

When Faith Falters

When Faith Falters

  Grace can find you in the mundane. It captures you in the most difficult moments and stops you in awe. It sneaks up on you in snapshots of children playing, it guts you as you hold the hand of a loved one breathing their last, it never abandons you even when your faith is not strong enough to hold on. In moments of pain, loneliness, or insurmountable odds it is sometimes difficult to see purpose. It takes great faith to surrender to providence. We learn to hope and find encouragement from our own experiences of grace as well as the …

Let the Praises Ring

Let the Praises Ring

DAY SIX: We should start each day with praise.  We have no reason not to do so.  Matthew 10 says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”  He protected us while we were sleeping; He gave us the breath in our lungs; and He awakened us in the morning.  Before our feet hit the floor, we should give Him praise.  He knows the numbers of the hairs on our head.  He knows …