“I lie in the dust, revive me by your words.” Psalm 119:25 It was two in the morning, and Janet had been tossing and turning all night. She had tried everything to help her sleep, warm milk, a heating pad, and even some melatonin. Yet here she was still struggling, with morning just around the corner. This wasContinue reading “How Not to Stay Lying in the Dust”
When we face roadblocks along the path of life, it’s good to stop and realize that our human ingenuity or sheer willpower may not be enough to resolve the problem. Jill Briscoe I am teaching my final lesson today from my book, Pack Your Baggage, Honey, We’re Moving to Paris! for a 3-week Zoom BibleContinue reading “What is your plumb line?”
Isaiah 55:13 says, “Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the LORD’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.” Renewing how I think, is the best part of digging deeply in Scripture. Every timeContinue reading “Don’t Settle for Being a Nettle!”
I loved snow skiing as a kid. Having grown up near the Adirondack mountains made skiing an easy and fun “fit” for me. During one winter break from school, my parents splurged on a week of ski lessons for me. I was excited and had the time of my life, discovering more about skiing. During one of my earliest adventures in skiing, I concluded the trip by wrapping myself around a fence at the entrance to the ski lodge. I had figured out how to ski but hadn’t quite perfected stopping yet. And so, you can see why I required those lessons! Part of the entire skiing experience was always getting out-fitted for the adventure. The first 45 minutes or so at the ski slopes were always spent at the rental shop getting fitted for whatever you happened to be missing from your collection of equipment. The “out-fitting” was an essential part of the experience.
This Psalm was penned by an older man who knew his days were numbered and was overwhelmed with the struggle his country was going through, but he had no personal strength left to make it better.
“In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From theContinue reading “Get OFF the Roof!”
John 17:33b. “Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world.” I don’t know about you but these words, “take heart, I have overcome the world,” bring a sense of peace to my soul that is refreshing and soothing. Truly a peace that is hardContinue reading “A Bag of Money!”
“We pray that you will become mature.” 2 Corinthians 13:9b We have two highchairs at our house. One is from IKEA. We bought it while living in Paris and transported it home on the metro. There is a story to be told about that adventure, but I will leave that until another time. The highchair is white plastic,Continue reading “The Old Wooden Highchair”
“For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within.” 2 Corinthians 7:5 This has been a tough season, one with way too much quiet, uncertainty, and emotional turmoil- a season of the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope to never see a time like thisContinue reading “Battles on the Outside, Fear on the Inside”
They said to each other, Did not our heart burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained Scriptures to us? LUKE 24:32 Several months ago, during the sermon our pastor said we should ask open-ended questions when we talk to God. Rather than telling God how to fix our problems andContinue reading “A Burning Heart”