Stop the Noise!

I almost missed the sound as I drove by the church, but then the refrain just barely caught my ear.  I rolled down my window to see if I could identify the tune, but the noise of the cars kept coming, frustrating me that I couldn’t hear well enough. I wanted to listen – to…

You Are Here

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” Mother Teresa Some days the struggle is real.  We bounce from task to task or city to city or perhaps just room to room, keeping up, producing, achieving, looking for place. Recently, in the Memphis airport I came across a…

Hope in the Valley of Life

Psalms 22 – 24 present a trinity of experiences.  We often focus on Psalm 23, but it falls between two important occurrences.  Psalm 22 gives us the experience of Mount Calvary.  Here we read Jesus’ cry from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  In verses 14 – 15 we find…

A Good Dog

He entered our lives fourteen years ago as a wiggling ball of fur leaving a trail of pee in his wake.  We lived through his chewing, his digging, and his loving. He never lost his smile, and his tail, though it slowed in the last few months, never stopped wagging. (I always wondered how that…

Once Upon a Time Destiny

How amazing that as we faithfully pursue our daily responsibilities God leads us into our destinies. We look for the fairy tale, for the happily ever after, but life is in the doing, the meeting of daily challenges, the grub and the grime of everyday obedience to God’s way. The eternal ramifications of this faithfulness…

Can You Iron a Bible?

If you are going to spill coffee on your Bible, Leviticus is a good place for it to land.  Leviticus is an important book in the Bible, but it is not where I spend most of my Bible study time. So, this morning I got up early to finish off Leviticus with my morning cup…

Three Thoughts from Hebrews 11

If we want to leave a legacy, we should live our faith. (Hebrews 11:4) Faith doesn’t always reveal the destination, but it always starts a journey. (Hebrews 11:8) When the patriarchs of the faith left their country, it was no longer on their mind.  Instead, they looked ahead to a new life, a new home,…

Walking Through Lamentations – Day 2

a devotional response to Lamentations 3  Lamentations 3 This chapter appears like a spring in the desert, bubbling forth hope in the middle of judgment and sorrow. Lamentations 3: 22 It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The…