Digging up the Roots

The weed was small, and I let it grow. I thought the tiny flowers and delicate leaves were pretty, so I ignored it when it first appeared in my garden.  I even weeded around it. After a few days though, I saw my mistake.  The vine of that tiny, delicate weed had started to wrap…

Defensive Grace

II Timothy 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. We are in a battle and the enemy will attack.  God instructs us to be strong. This strength is not just a grit your teeth and muddle through endeavor; it is founded and grounded in the grace that is…

Eternal Thanks

Colossians 3:And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. I Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not;…

Without His Grace

A pauper, cast upon a stone, rejected, dying, and alone. This is my life without Your grace. Broken, drifting, never still. Self at war against Your will. This is my life without Your grace Nothing in me that can atone; only Your mercy, You alone, can fill my heart with hope and grace. Before You…

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…

Walking Through Lamentations – Day 1

A devotional response to Lamentations chapters one and two – Lamentations 1 – 2 Background Jeremiah did not have an easy job.  As God’s prophet, he was called to communicate to Israel their deviation from God’s plan for the nation.  He was to warn of coming judgment and its causes, and he was, therefore, known…

Abundant Life – Not

All of the material possessions I have will one day pass away. This is proof positive that they are not the substance of abundant life. I Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection…

Broken by Your Glory

Lord, I remember when You gently broke my heart As You revealed Your gracious love for me. You shattered into pieces all the pride in my own good, Then You mended all the brokenness in me. Broken by Your glory, Your goodness bought my peace. You reached down in mercy and set my spirit free….