Detours Are Not Always Bad

As I made my way down the street, I came upon a road construction sign. The sign was huge and fluorescent orange; it sure enough got my attention.  The words clearly marked: “ROAD CLOSED”.  Taking heed to the sign, I momentarily paused trying to decide which direction to take.  However, I took a detour to the right and continued to my destination. Why was the road closed?  Was the area flooded due to the heavy rains?  Could it have been trees that had fallen and blocked the path?  I may never know the reason, but the sign was a sure …

Some Heroes of Faith

Day 6   Some Heroes of Faith Already we’ve read that faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen and that by faith God created the heavens and earth. Also we are told by faith the elders obtained a good report. Hebrews 11- 1-3. “By faith Abel made to God a more excellent sacrifice than his brother Cain. By faith Enoch was translated from earth to heaven without undergoing physical death. By faith Noah and his family were spared when God destroyed the earth with a flood. By faith Abraham obeyed God, went to the land of promise, waited …

Praise Him

  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 It isn’t a surprise to God. That thing that blind-sided you out of left field, that sudden loss, personal betrayal or financial disaster is not a surprise to God. Your ongoing, seemingly never-to-improve condition, situation or trying relationship is not a surprise to God. Not one crisis or trial that enters our life is a surprise to him. From our earthly perspective we can’t see over the wall that is our difficulty, but he is looking down and sees …

Trust Him

  Six Steps to finding God When You’re Living With a Crisis Step 3  Trust Him After three miscarriages, I had to face the fact that I might never become a mother. The first loss was the most shocking and heart-rending, but each successive loss was scarier than the last and at age 33, my biological clock was definitely ticking. Between the first and second miscarriages, I had also moved and found a new church. After the first loss, God provided a “safety net” of friends, co-workers and family who surrounded me with love and prayer. After the second loss …

Praying Not Complaining

Another devotional I read earlier today is a good one. In it, the author shares about how King Cyrus allowed the Jews to return back to Jerusalem, to rebuild their Temple. He notes that if God could change The King of Persia, then he could surely change the leaders’ minds of our land, whether city, state, or national. Since we’re coming up to a Presidential election next year, it behooves us to pray for our leaders, rather than complaining. We need God’s guidance in choosing the right person for the job. So far, all I’ve heard is bluster, no substance, …

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Confidence in God

Joshua’s first major task was to get the entire nation across the flooded Jordan River.  Here in Arkansas, we have learned first-hand about flood waters this spring and readily recite the new motto, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”  To enter the Promised Land required crossing the river. Joshua 3: 7-13 “And the Lord said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. 8 You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, ‘When you …

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Things God Taught Me

  “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”  Isaiah 30: 21 Oh, wouldn’t it be nice to have a cloud to lead us by day or a pillar of fire by night?  Too often we wander off God’s path and go our own way, thinking we know what’s best. Perhaps current circumstances have thrown you off course.  You feel lost and abandoned.  You’re in transition and facing important decisions.  The last report from the doctor was not good.  Cutbacks at work …

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 103: 12 reads “as far as the east …

Realize Your Helplessness and Depend on Your Lord

A 6-Day Look at a Desperate Dilemma From 2 Chronicles 20 Overview passage:  2 Chronicles 20:1-30 Today’s study:  2 Chronicles 19:4, 20:1-3, 12 “(King) Jehoshaphat lived in Jerusalem and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the hill country of Ephraim and turned them back to the Lord, the God of their fathers.” “After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to make war on Jehoshaphat.  Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, ‘A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Sea.  It is already in Hazazon …

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Surrendering To Your Purpose

          Mark 14:36 “And He said Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup. But please, not what I want–what do you want?” How many times have you made plans and presented them to God for His blessings and approval? This girl knows all about making plans and asking for God’s grace to carry them out.  As someone who lived by a planner, I tried my best to live a somewhat controlled life. The planner had become my Bible and in so many words, I was asking God to order my steps–according …

Knowing What You Believe

        Scientists haven’t discovered a tool yet to see human beliefs.  It is actually not until we are faced with a situation that our belief systems are called to the forefront and our actions follow suit. I recall the season that I was discerning the voice of God telling me it was time to leave my job.  I distinctly remember trying to find an alternative to His command so “I” could suffice for the income that would be loss as a result of my leaving.  Yes, I was essentially trying to help God help me! And so …

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The Truth About Being A People Pleaser

    In our quest for a perfect life, sometimes we give into the lie we hear from the world that we must please everyone. The truth is we can’t please everyone. No matter how hard we try, we just can’t do it. Often we run ourselves ragged trying to please everyone. This is no way to experience the life of peace God has for us. We must learn discernment to know when we can help and when we need to step out of the way. I think as women we struggle with this more maybe than men do. After …