February 20, 2017

What If God Chooses Not to Heal?

We've been talking about seeking physical healing lately, and have covered the basic means God has provided for us to seek it. But what if we do all those things, and yet God chooses not to heal us? We may be persistent and passionate in our prayers. We may remain strong in belief, sound in doctrine, and steadfast in faith. We may seek God’s help first and medicinal help second. We may even patiently wait with a confident expectation that God will heal. Yet all this does not guarantee healing. All this does not determine whether God will remove our afflictions. When He does choose to heal, the healing is merely temporary — death has spread to all of us, because we are all sinners. Yet [...Read More]


He Who Keeps You

When you feel hopeless or helpless... When you feel utterly alone... When your heart breaks... When you shrink under fear... When you almost drown in grief... When you fall down again and again... When you can't see the light... When you're blinded by the pain... When you need courage, refuge, hope... Look to Jesus. He is your creator, your light, your shield. He who keeps you will never falter. He will cherish you in His everlasting arms. Know someone who needs this comfort today? Tweet about it! Psalm 121, Psalm 84:11 [...Read More]


You Are Not Alone!

Did you know that even Christ suffered physically, during His time on earth? I find that so encouraging! It helps to know that others have gone through whatever we’re facing. It helps to know that someone else has experienced the same challenges – and come out stronger on the other side. It helps to know you’re not alone. I know this firsthand. I have a long-term illness that keeps me housebound most of the time. I don’t get out for coffee with friends, or girls-days-out, or late night get-togethers with other couples. Some days, I feel really alone! But I’m not alone. And neither are you. I have a Bible... and I can look through that Bible and find person after person who [...Read More]


Who Is God?

Who is your God? (click here to read part 1) Our view of God colors our view of circumstances, of people, and of life itself. So what is your view of God? And how does it compare to what God Himself says He is? Let's look at a few attributes of God which are detailed in His Word: God is unchanging. He is the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. He is called our rock, an immovable part of nature which remains stable, even when the land or sea around it is tumultuous and wind-blown.  This is the very basis of His nature – for if He changed from one day to the next, how could we trust anything else about Him? He is eternally the [...Read More]


Runaways

It's a blessing to have friends to help out when your own load is a little too heavy. And it's an extra-special blessing when those friends are firmly planted in God's Word and able to share His timeless wisdom and life-giving encouragement. Barefoot Hippie Girl is one of those friends, and I'm honored to share her words with you once again. ******************************************** Last week, on Facebook, I kind of bragged that I had most of my own posts written already for the upcoming week. And Elizabeth asked me if I wanted to write a post for her. It took me all of about 2 seconds to say yes. Then I wondered just what I was going to write about.  But, I prayed about it, and God [...Read More]


Comfort from Psalm 63

If you need extra encouragement today, spend some time in Psalm 63. Meditate on it. Pray it back to God. Let it be your heart's cry to your Savior. Cling to Him. And find comfort in the shadow of His wings. Read Psalm 63   Share with me! What's your favorite Psalm of comfort?   Want more comfort? Read God's Word with me this week: Tuesday: Judges 1-3, Psalm 69:1-18 Wednesday: Judges 4-6, Psalm 69:19-36 Thursday: Judges 7-9, Psalm 70 Friday: Judges 10-12, Psalm 71 Saturday: Judges 13-15, Proverbs 18 Sunday: reflection or catch-up day Monday: Judges 16-18, Proverbs 19:1-14   [...Read More]


Your Very Own Shepherd

I've always loved Psalm 23. There's so much comfort packed into 6 little verses. It's beautiful and reassuring, but it also reminds us where our focus should be. It puts this life into perspective.   The LORD is your shepherd. The one who spoke our universe into existence, the great King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who is holy and awesome and mighty and powerful -- HE is YOUR very own shepherd! He leads you, and guides you, and cares tenderly for you. Isaiah 40:11 tells us that "He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young." Isn't that a tender picture? And it's [...Read More]


The Rock in My Soul

My soul is weary. My heart is aching for friends who are struggling through difficult things right now. Loved ones are hurting, physically and emotionally. Friends are in seasons of uncertainty, of dim haziness. And so I pray. I pray for their hurt, their frustration, their need for clarity and direction. I pray that the Spirit would give courage and comfort. I pray for grace -- for God's grace is more than enough for every one of us, every moment. I pray for strength -- for God's strength is shown most perfect in our weakest moments. I pray that my friends would be made more aware of blessings. That their hearts would be filled with gratitude -- for life, for salvation, for the [...Read More]


Preparing for Eternity

It always surprises me how what you read in one section of God's Word affects what you see in a different section. For instance, right now I'm reading through Psalms and 2 Corinthians. And as I absorb the comfort and refreshment of the Psalms, I find similar encouragement in Paul's epistle. And they just tie so perfectly together, even though they were written centuries apart. For example - Psalm 119 and 2 Corinthians 4. In Psalm 119:9-16 (the second section), David writes about seeking after God. And seeking hard, seeking purposefully after Him. Notice the action words he uses: Guard Seek Store up Declare Delight Meditate Fix upon Not forget These are all definite [...Read More]


Where is God in all this? – and a LinkUp

Horrific unconstrained wildfire in Colorado. Land and homes ruined beyond repair. Scary decisions regarding healthcare. Uncertainty in our country's future. In light of the past week's national headlines, you might be wondering where is God in all this? He is still here. Still with us. Still guiding us. And yes, still protecting us. Things could be so much worse. There is so much evil in this world, sin is so prevalant - can't you see the restraint of His Spirit in our country, even amidst the most unsettling of events? Man is so utterly depraved, evil could be so much more rampant than it is. Psalm 145 gives us a great reminder for times like these [8-9]: The Lord is gracious and [...Read More]