God: Our Savior

  We all need saving, and every story must have a hero. This is a truth that even the world recognizes. We can see that in the great success of Super Hero movies and how well they always do in the box office! Spiderman, Superman, Batman, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor – these are just a few of the guys we all know and love.   Recognizing our need for a Savior is the first step in identifying our own human mortality. Although made in God’s image, we cannot save ourselves from a world so full of danger and despair. …

God Our Healer

  “For I am the Lord who heals you.” – Exodus 15: 26 NLT Often when we hear scriptures about healing, our mind shifts immediately to the physical – sickness and disease. We hear testimonies of miraculous healing from cancer or autoimmune disorders. We hear how God spared a life that by all natural circumstances should have been lost. Jesus died for us, and by His stripes we ARE healed; this healing goes far beyond physical ailments. As I sit here in Starbucks, typing away on my laptop, I cannot help but overhear the conversations around me. I’m not making an effort …

God-I AM

  God is I am. How we individually interpret that statement will have profound impact on how we perceive God. He is the One God who already IS and the only God who is to Come. He spoke this revolutionary truth to Moses when He appeared as a burning bush. God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you’” Exodus 3: 14 The Israelites had just made wooden idols to worship. They were frustrated and tired of waiting on the Lord. We’ve all …

Your Source

My wonderful husband takes such good care of me. He made it so my feet would be warm at night. He placed our electric mattress pad on the bed for me. I turned it on and wow it was nice. The next night I thought I turned it on again, only it was just the small heating pad lying on the floor beside the bed. Well the spot on the carpet was warm but not my feet! Finally after turning things off and on and not feeling warm at all I realized something. The heating mattress pad was not on …

Experiencing His Holiness

It started out as a normal day.  Jim and I went out for breakfast and had blueberry muffins and a sweet time visiting with our favorite waitress.  He was going on to play tennis and I had driven my car so I could do some errands afterwards. I was feeling very carefree and very thankful.  It had been 4 years since my bout with uterine cancer and radiation treatments.  Each day was a gift.  I had seen a sailboat on the bay named “Seas the Day” and after a chuckle, I decided that was to be my motto.  Be thankful …

Adoration

  Dear Jesus, sometimes I fail to express my adoration to You, But to be like You some day is what I’m truly trying to pursue. Thank You for gladly paying the shameful debt of sin for me, Now my life is blessed and happier since I’ve been set free. Father, Jesus rescued me from a life full of sin and disgrace, And since my salvation wasn’t merited, it was by Your grace. Although You abhor sin, You let Jesus  give His life for me: For You sacrificed Your only Son to set sinful mankind free. Good works had no part with God’s plan of man’s salvation, Because we were saved according to God’s divine election. Now that we are saved by grace; …

Awe

          Dear heavenly Father, when all around me the beauties I see, I stand in amazement at Your marvelous creation around me. It’s awesome that a holy God can love sinful woman and man, And always be willing and ready to lend them a helping hand. At night when I view the luminous moon and star-studded sky. I am truly thankful a loving God takes note of one as lowly as I. But every living creature of our Lord has significance unto Him, He proved that by allowing His Son Jesus to die for sinful men. …

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 …

Desiring God

  Desiring God       The word on the street today is desire. I have been studying Genesis 22 lately and the lesson today is from verse 16.  After the test, God tells Abraham that because you have not WITHHELD your son, your only son I will bless you.  Then God spoke to me and asked what have you withheld from Me that I might withhold My blessings?  I went through a list in my head… time, relationships, attitude, money, talent, etc.  Then He showed me when all my desires are filled I wait longer before my next encounter …

Never Alone in the Storm

It has been a very stormy night in Arkansas. It began earlier in the day with heavy rains all during the day in the northern half of the state. There is thunder rumbling in the distance even now in the early hours of the new day. Nobody minds a spring thunder storm but this has been an intense amount of weather. It’s gone on for too long and it hasn’t let up yet. It is relentless. Friends have even spent time in their safe places and some are still there at this hour. Thousands are without power. Oh beloved, the …

Communicating with God

“And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive—only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.” (Mark 11: 25 The Message) I felt a roadblock in my communication with the Lord. I prayed about it, but I didn’t find inner peace or direction. My tattered red flags whipped in my emotional wind. I asked, When did this feeling of isolation begin? A conversation I had with my husband, Dan, the previous day started it. A difference of opinion grew into …

Focusing on God’s Presence

“I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!” (Ps. 139:7 nlt) Do you sense you’ve lost your way in your spiritual journey? I walk through one door and find the next door padlocked. Yet, as I turn around, the door behind me has closed, too. I find myself plagued by indecision and doubt. How did I get here, Lord? When I finally get past my distress and ask this question, I’m reminded that the Lord promises to always be with me. In Matthew 28: 20, Jesus promised, “I’ll be with you as you …