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God’s Self-Portrait

The Lord says: Let not the wise man bask in his wisdom, nor the mighty man in his might, nor the rich man in his riches. Let them boast in this alone: That they truly know me, and understand that I am the Lord of justice and of righteousness whose love is steadfast, and that Continue Reading…

Seeing God in the Storm

Thou hast been a defense for the helpless, A defense for the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm, A shade from the heat. Isaiah 25:4 Will your imagination work today? Can you close your eyes and be very still for just a few minutes . . . placing yourself in the pictures Continue Reading…

Finding Joy and Peace

Isaiah 26:3 Philippians 4:6-7 My joy, my peace are no one’s responsibility but my own. I place too great an expectation on any person (including myself) if I hold them responsible for being my joy and my peace. No. That joy and that peace are too fragile. They are shallowly rooted in an imperfect source Continue Reading…

After Jesus Was Gone

Matthew 28:1 They were huddled together, almost as one, hands locked, arms intertwined, looking dully at the tomb. Their faces were streaked with the tears and dust of the day. THUD! The stone fell and covered the opening, and the sound seemed to draw the last ounce of strength from their weary bodies. They slumped Continue Reading…

Blazing a Trail

Take a new grip with your tired hands, stand firm on your shaky legs and mark out a straight, smooth path for your feet so that those who follow you, though weak and lame, will not fall and hurt themselves, but become strong. Hebrews 12:12,13 tlb But, Lord, I’m hurting. I need direction. How in Continue Reading…

How Long Have You Walked in Grace?

For by grace you have been saved through faith. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NAS) What is generally the first thought that comes to mind when you think about God’s grace? The first thought that comes to my mind is His “Salvation Grace.” Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.” God gives us Continue Reading…

Fixing Our Eyes

. . . to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:8 . . . fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of [our] faith. Hebrews 12:2 Sunny lifted her head and twisted just slightly until she was staring straight at him. From the very beginning — when she was a tiny Continue Reading…

Sowing in Tears

The pain was almost more than he could bear. He had never realized that a broken heart could hurt so terribly, but he couldn’t just sit down and cry. It was planting season. So he took his bag of seed and went to the field. But there was no joy in his work. He didn’t Continue Reading…

In the Midst of Your Pain, God Wants to Use You

We who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake… (Can You tell me why this must be, Lord?) that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. (Thank You for Your prompt answer.) 2 Corinthians 4:11 I wonder. For those who give God glory and praise and Continue Reading…

A Troubled Soul

Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, “Father, save Me from this hour”? But for this purpose I came to this hour. John 12:27 The hour had come. The culmination of His purpose here on earth; the culmination of His ministry, of His relationships as He had known them–walking the dusty Continue Reading…

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