The Weather of Relationships

Just like the weather in Arkansas, things change. Sometimes they change quickly. Just this evening the weather was hot and dry with dust blowing in from Africa of all places. The weatherman had warned us, but really? Africa? Sure enough. Then the thunder and lightning began just at dusk. When we went out to wave the last of our children good bye for the evening my hubby noticed the rain gutter bucket was full of muddy water! A relationship that seems clear and perfect can run aground without anyone really doing anything. Personalities, differences of opinions and just plain humanity …

The Key is Love

If you’ve lived in this world longer than a few years you have inevitably learned that relationships are not easy. Whether it’s marriage, family relationships, or friendships, the truth is most of the hurt and damage in society today is a result of relationships gone wrong. Relationships were given to humanity as a gift from God. In Genesis 2: 18, God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” In giving Adam a wife, God allowed him to have someone who could relate to him, talk with him, and have …

Encounter Light in the Darkness

I woke up in the night and as I customarily do I took a look outside our bedroom window. It was so moonlit that everything was clearly seen. It was almost as bright a daylight. We had seen the moon rising as we came home earlier in the evening, but I had no idea just how bright and clear it would all be in the middle of the night. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t understand everything that I encounter in my life. Some things are especially hard to deal with. But as I focus on His light …

It’s All About Jesus

  An evangelist friend of ours coined a phrase “It’s all about Jesus” for his region several years ago. Although we’re not in the leadership of this evangelist anymore, we still use the phrase often. Especially times when we feel that things are chaotic or we get into issues. Breathing this simple phrase can be a prayer of sorts to remind us, “It’s all about Jesus”. Oh beloved, for the believer “It’s All About Jesus” is more than a phrase. It’s our banner! It’s our comfort, our shield and our fortress. When the gates of hell whisper prevail we say …

Jesus

  “Now that we know what we have-JESUS, this great High Priest with ready access to God-let’s not let it slip through our fingers.We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality.He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all- all but the sin.So let’s walk right up to him and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.” Hebrews 4: 14-16 When I am overwhelmed with shame about my past, difficulties in my present, or fear about my future, I would love to say I always go to Jesus and pour …

Jesus: Exceeding Expectations

  It was all too familiar. Here she was walking the stony rugged path outside the city gate once again. A familiarity she never wanted, never asked for but yet she was retracing those same steps that she had taken before. A trip that seemed to had only been yesterday. Just like the last time, she kept her eyes averted to the ground. She could sense all the people around her but at the same time felt completely alone. She could barely even hear the professional mourners over the cries of her heart. “What now?” “How could this have happened?” …

Battle Between Flesh and Spirit

Paul did not understand the war being waged in his heart after his dramatic experience on the road to Damascus. He wrote: “For we know the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want., I agree with the law it is good. So it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is in my flesh. For …

Broken Heart?

Funny but this morning I remember a time when one of my favorite vases was broken by one of my children. I was heart broken. Now I can say that I wish that was the most heart breaking thing I’ve ever endured. But we all know about broken hearts. Each of us has our own endurance and have overcome much. Your broken heart and mine might look different but broken is broken. Oh beloved, you would love to be able to just pick up the pieces and put your broken heart back together again. But God wants you to know …

Not Just A Name Change!

Danny’s mom loved and listened to what was then called Country and Western music all the time. One of her favorites was Freddy Fender. Now Freddy wasn’t his real name. He was actually born Baldemar Garza Huerta but changed his name legally in 1958. He thought he could sell records better with a simpler name. Those years and that style of music are pretty much gone now. But changing names in music and acting are still going on. Why would anybody want to change who they are? Oh beloved, this is the amazing thing of faith. Jesus comes and saves …

You Can Have Some Flowers

I remember my uncle working in his garden. He took very good care of all the vegetables contained there. I know that they canned, froze and dried everything. I also know that my aunt had no flowers whatsoever. The reason being “you can’t eat flowers”, my uncle would say. This morning I hear the Lord speaking and He says it’s okay to have some flowers in your garden. They may take up space but beauty in amongst the work is always allowed. Oh beloved, you are one blessed woman. As you tend the garden of your life, you don’t have …

Life’s Storms

The I 30 corridor…not a pleasant phrase when the storms are kicking through in East Texas. I watched them all day yesterday, first one tornado warning and then another. It was the positioning of the storms that gave me pause. So often in the past those East Texas storms would fly up the interstate and cause us problems in Arkansas. At one point I got a text from a precious cousin, whose daughter and husband were on their way to a storm shelter near Texarkana. We prayed together via text and asked God to watch over them. Finally, the storms …

Remember The Recipe

We’ve all done it at one time or another. Forgotten an ingredient in a recipe or mixed an unnecessary element or even whipped it all up wrong. I remember a sponge cake my niece and I made together when we were just kids. We ended up with a flat block of something far removed from sponge cake. All because we didn’t follow the directions. God speaks to my heart. Successful outcomes happen when My people follow My directions. Any concoction of ingredients added to or taken away from My Word spells failure for My Word stands alone and has all …