Stand Firm

Stand Firm

Danny’s first visit by a physical therapist involved a belt. It was so colorful. It reminded me of a belt Danny had in the 70’s. The therapist put it around Danny and then they stood up together. Huge victory! He was standing firm. I now find myself having to stand firm. And I realize that it’s in the big mountains of life where we learn to stand the most firmly. Oh beloved, this is no ordinary day. This is the day when you can stand firm in your faith. You can stand for righteousness. You can stand against evil. And …

Freedom in Jesus

Freedom in Jesus

Freedom in Jesus…three words that hold a multitude of meaning. Once you meet Jesus, the freedoms you experience are innumerable. One that has been on my mind, recently, is the freedom to dream. I’ve been thinking about it more than I ever have, so believe me when I say, that’s a LOT! You see, most of my life has been spent dreaming. When I was a kid, I would literally spend hours at a time just letting my mind create scenes that I hoped would someday come true…some were feasible, but others were just plain outrageous.  I suppose it could …

They’re Working

They’re Working

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” ~ Romans 8: 28 This is one of my life verses, so it shows up a lot in my, um, life, lol, and probably my writing, too! There is a lot of freedom in this verse, because the bondage of “the here and now” is a dream-killer! I love to just think on the journey I’ve had following the Lord and my dreams, because I can see how all the details, even the little ones …

Reflecting on the Red Sea

Reflecting on the Red Sea

“…They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.” I Corinthians 10: 1-2    Exodus 14 concluded with the incredible miracle of God parting the Red Sea and delivering His people. The Israelites have just seen God do the unimaginable for them, the undeserving.  They have witnessed the faithfulness of God to them, the unfaithful. They have seen Him make a way…where there was no way. Paul refers to the passing through the Red Sea as being “baptized into Moses.”  When we hear the word baptism, we think water, but the Israelites went through on dry …

Pausing to Praise Him

Pausing to Praise Him

…He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. Exodus 15: 1-2   An experience like the parting of the Red Sea calls for – it demands – a pause in the journey to worship, acknowledge, to praise their deliverer – a time to stand in absolute of AWE of the magnificence of Almighty God, the El Shaddai – God Almighty. And that is exactly what the Israelites do. In verses 1 and 2 of Chapter 15, the Israelites sing with Moses and Miriam, “…I will exalt him.” The Hebrew word for …

Why the Long Way?

Why the Long Way?

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea… Exodus 13: 17-18 We all know the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but God’s route for leaving Egypt was to lead the people the LONG way around rather than the shortest. The short route would have taken them through Philistine country. He chose to avoid …

Class Is In Session!

Class Is In Session!

When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.)  So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?” Exodus 15: 23-24   The desert became a classroom for the Israelites in their journey to the Promised Land. God chose Moses as His professor and mouthpiece to teach them His truth. He sent tests to examine their faith and give them opportunity to behave they like they believed. This passage includes one of many tests the Israelites will be given in their desert classroom. …

Hearing From God

Hearing From God

And the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not go up the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. Exodus 19: 10-12   God issued very specific instructions for the people to follow as they …

LOOK and LIVE!

LOOK and LIVE!

The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” Numbers 21: 8 No real surprise to see the Israelites, yet again spiral downward to grumbling and complaining in the wilderness. (Lest we criticize them too harshly, invite the Holy Spirit to highlight your own thoughts over the last 24-48 hours. We have much more in common with the whiners than we would like to admit.) God responds by sending venomous snakes. These snakes bit the people and many of them died. Perhaps regretting the …

Feeding Hungry

Feeding Hungry

I just wanted to share a lesson of mine with anyone who might enjoy or relate to it.  It sure was an eye opener for me.  Have you ever been really irritated about a situation and ended up taking it out (justly or not) on someone else?  Well that was my week last week.  I was in a mood and everything anyone did would set me on edge.  So as I am praying my morning prayers the Lord showed me Ephesians 6: 12  “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers …

Talk What You Know

Talk What You Know

We tend to remember exactly where we were and what we were doing whenever a tragic event occurred. I clearly recall reddish dust on my hands and knees from the elementary school playground where my world forever changed. I was seven years old and lost a tooth. Literally, my tooth fell out then I lost it on the playground. I recruited my fellow second graders to join my search so I would not miss a visit from the tooth fairy. That’s when Angela showed up. She always was the smartest one in the class. She casually broke the news to …

A Christ-centered Approval Process

A Christ-centered Approval Process

“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians [1:10]  People-pleasing! It is epidemic among women. No matter what a woman’s age, background, or social standing is, she longs to be loved and accepted by others. While this desire is natural, it becomes sin when the desire controls a woman’s life. People-pleasing inhibits freedom because it keeps us bound up trying to please others instead of Christ. In Galatians [1:10], Paul draws …