Challenge for Spring

Yesterday it was a speck of green; Today, a proud shoot pushes through the spring loam. After winter’s rest, the bulb seeks the light. No hesitancy in its pursuit, visible to all, it grows toward its goal – a flower. The plant is my challenge to make my quest of light as courageous, my growth…

Is it Easy, or is it Important?

I’ve been reading (or listening to) the book What if it’s True? by Charles Martin.  As the master storyteller he is, he weaves Scripture with storytelling and parts of his own testimony to focus on who Christ is, His sacrifice for us, and our response to Him.  Some of the book is intense. One of…

Antidote for a Bad Day

Psalm 3 – You have been there.  I have, too. Surrounded by trouble, misunderstanding, and discouragement,  life can rival Alexander’s day in the book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” I think you can get the gist from the title. Sometimes we blame other people.  Sometimes we blame God. King David…

Questions

Why do we focus so much on how we feel and so little on what God said? Why do we spend so much time preparing for this life and so little preparing for eternity? Why do we spend so much time thinking about our own suffering and so little time remembering the suffering of Jesus?…

My God is Faithful and True

Everywhere I look I see confusion – Conflict in the things we say and do. My heart struggles with the music vocalized by voices untrue. Still, my heart hopes in each morning as dawn’s colors shatter the night. In God’s embrace I am covered by grace, His faithfulness is my guiding light. My God is…

“What a Wonderful World”

Principles from Psalm 15 –  Psalm 15 is only five verses long, but the psalmist packed some important principles for life in those few short stanzas. He begins the psalm with a question for God – “Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?” (Psalm 15:1)  The principles below…

God Is

When the quilt of life unfolds and I can’t understand the intricacies and patterns of the Father’s plan, He calls me to look beyond the circumstances I face and live with confidence, because I know God is grace. When the night of confusion falls and my heart gropes to find and comprehend the path of…

From Rags to Riches

Wrapped in the pharisaical robes of my own perceived righteousness, I fall prostrate before the Face of holiness – realizing my clothing is just dirty rags that fail to cover my nakedness in the light of His presence. I cry, like blind Bartimaeus, “Lord, have mercy on me!” Jesus washes me clean through the blood of…