April 20, 2018

What Better Reason to Give Thanks?

I hope you're praising God for all that you plan to enjoy this Thanksgiving -- a warm cozy home, a nourishing and satisfying meal, laughter and fellowship, family and friends, break from routines, new memories in the making. I hope you thank Him specifically for all the blessings of everyday comfort and happiness, and all the intangible joys of this life. In the midst of all that joyful gratitude, take some time to meditate on God alone. Praise Him for who He is at the very core of His being -- aside from all the tangible things He has done for you -- and exalt Him for His sake alone. Praise Him because He is GOD, and greater than we can comprehend. Praise Him because He is KING [...Read More]

In Search of True Peace

Let's face it, we live in a stress-filled world. We excel at being chronic worriers. We fill our minds with anxious thoughts of everything that might go wrong. Our souls are less than tranquil. We have all these pressures piled on us. Getting our next paycheck, keeping the car running smoothly, preparing for bad weather, following politics, paying for healthcare, fighting illness and exhaustion... And then there's the holiday season, when we face an unwritten competition to do everything "just right."  We're supposed decorate a picture-perfect house, play the perfect hostess, find the perfect gifts for everyone, send the perfect Christmas cards, and attend everything with a perfect [...Read More]

Choosing Gratitude: Chapter 6

Welcome to the Choosing Gratitude study! If you’re not sure what this is all about, we’re studying through Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. See the Introduction for more details. How Can I Say Thanks? We're finally getting to the heart of having a gratitude attitude -- how can we make it happen? Here are some practical steps we can take to make it an actual lifestyle. 1. Speak Up Tell people when you're thankful for them, or for something they've done! If you don't voice it, they don't know. For example, thank your pastor when he preaches an exceptionally encouraging or convicting message -- he won't know it was effective, if you don't say anything. Or thank that neighbor [...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]

And Again I Say, Rejoice!

I love catching glimpses of unifying threads between the Old and New Testaments. Like seeing pictures of Christ in the historical and prophetic books. Or realizing Israel's significance in the Pauline epistles. Or seeing God's overarching plan of redemption all the way from Genesis through Revelation. And lately, I've been noticing another common thread -- the command to rejoice. As New Testament Christians, we have so many reasons to rejoice! We know the more blessed side of the cross -- Israel merely had a promise that the full atonement would someday take place, but we can look back and see how God brought it all together. We have the complete canon of Scripture. We have centuries [...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?   [...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]