April 28, 2017

The Secret of Endurance

Once upon a time, there was a young boy named Joseph who was his father's favorite. He came from a large family -- eleven brothers (ten older, one younger) and one sister -- but he was the beloved one. He had all the richest comforts his father could provide, the best robes and the easiest work. He had been chosen above all the other sons to be his father's successor. He innocently (or perhaps naively) shared this knowledge with his siblings -- which, of course, made them jealous. After all, he was only a teenager. He hadn't done anything yet to prove his worth. But eventually they got so jealous, they sold him to some foreigners who happened to pass through the area. Suddenly he went [...Read More]

Trust God With the Hard Questions

If you've ever studied the life of Abraham, you could probably identify his passion fairly easily. His long, uncertain journey of faith; his willing obedience to God's extraordinary commands; his unwavering confidence in God's direction and provision... everything that is recorded for us about him points to the passion that characterized his life: knowing God intimately. He lived out that passion as his highest priority. Even thousands of years and hundreds of cultures later, it is easy to see that everything he did was for the purpose of knowing God fully and obeying Him completely. One part of his life that speaks powerfully to this passion is his patience in waiting for a [...Read More]

So Easy to Worry

Sometimes, it's so easy to worry... And if you have a chronic illness, or some other prolonged trial, it's even easier. So many possibilities of things going wrong, so many situations to be prepared for. For instance, when... your spouse is a few minutes late getting home, the emergency sirens start going off for a test, you wake up with a sore throat, you have some unexplained muscle pain, your parents don't answer the phone, your best friend hasn't replied to this morning's text messages, your boss wants a conference with you (etc, etc, etc). Sometimes we even want to stew over a problem for a while. We don't want to hear the hard, but true, admonitions to be surrendered to God's [...Read More]

Is God Asking You To Wait?

I'm so grateful to be sharing my space with Barefoot Hippie Girl today! She graciously offered to contribute during this crazy-busy time for me. And I love what she offers here: wise advice from God's Word about waiting on God. It also happens to corresponds with the post on her own blog today {here}. So read away -- and please be sure to leave some comment-love for her! Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. (Psalm 37:7) But those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. (Psalm 37:9) Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalm 27:14) Who likes to wait? Not I, said the fly. I think our [...Read More]

Do Not Worry About Tomorrow

  Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life... Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to his life? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.     If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little [...Read More]

Election Day 2012

  Choose not to be anxious today. About anything. But bring every aspect of the day -- and of the elections -- before God in prayer. Do not worry, but pray with thanksgiving in your heart, because that is God's will for you. Pray continually with earnest pleading and thanksgiving, according to the Holy Spirit's leading. And trust God to answer in His perfect way. Do not place your hopes in a man, some human who is destined to fail. After all, the day he dies -- or leaves office -- his plans are done. He is finished. So do not trust in man, but trust in the great unchanging I Am, whose purposes and ways are beyond human comprehension. Trust in the One who has all authority in heaven [...Read More]

Master, the Tempest Is Raging!

  Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side... And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, 'Save us, Lord; we are perishing.' And he said to them, 'Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?' Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, 'What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?' Matthew 8:18, 23-27   Praying peace for you in the midst of crazy [...Read More]

Fighting against Boundaries

As I sit writing this, I'm listening to the soundtrack of my dog barking in the back yard. There's currently three neighborhood dogs wandering loose down the street {why their owners don't keep them in their yards, I'll never understand}. And my dog wants to be with them. Those three dogs have all sorts of fun. They play with the kids, run alongside the four-wheelers, and wander around the neighborhood at their own free will. And my puppy doesn't understand why she has to be chained up in our back yard, instead of running and playing with the other dogs. She doesn't realize that, if she were loose, it would be so easy for a car to come careening around the curve and hit her. She doesn't [...Read More]

How to hold on to your dreams…

There's been so much on my mind lately. God has been reshaping my priorities, planting ideas in my mind, sparking dreams for future opportunities of things I never thought would be possible for me... things I never thought of period. I have all these words and ideas rolling around in my mind. Thoughts about writing, and ministering, and leading, and encouraging. Comparisons of online outreach versus traditional communication. Ideas of building upon the things I already do - blogging, networking, interacting on social media - and weaving those into something bigger, something larger in scope and outreach. I feel like I'm finding all these puzzle pieces, but I don't know yet what the overall [...Read More]

Being Abraham: revisited

School is starting up again for my husband. He's about 33% of the way through his M.Div program (4 more years to go, maybe?). And every semester has been a challenge in many ways, but especially financially. But though it's been difficult and uncertain, God has been so faithful to provide just what we need, just when we need it. And every semester, I think back to when he first enrolled in seminary, in August 2010. I wrote a post at that time about what we were anticipating, and how we were (not really) planning to get through it all. We were walking by faith, just like Abraham did when he set out to an unknown country. He only knew that God had called him to go, but he had no idea where [...Read More]