He is There

Yesterday, as I was preparing to go to the grocery store, the local News was playing in the background. The Newscaster said, “This is Holy Week for Christians but Social Distance is changing the way they celebrate this year.” For some reason, this caused a righteous indignation to arise in me. I was reminded of a scene in Spanglish. The daughter was angry with her mom, and said, “I need...

Before

Before the crowds gathered Palm Branches to lay at His feet. Before the crowds recognized His majesty. Before everyone yelled, “Hosanna, Glory to God in the Highest.” Before His triumphant entrance. Before… There was a private party, away from the crowds, where the Guest of Honor was Jesus and a young woman worshipped. Mary loved Jesus. She loved Him before He raised her brother from the dead. But now her...

My Shepherd

David had a history with God. He had experienced first hand God’s faithfulness, God’s forgiveness, and God’s judgement. David had experienced rejection, disappointment, betrayal. He knew the agony of a deferred dream and the thrill of seeing that dream come to pass. David experienced the highs and lows of life. And as his life was coming to an end, David penned Psalm 23. This Psalm was not written by someone...

Restoration

Last night as I drifted off to sleep, I was thinking about “what would have been” if not for COV19. I would have been all excited about my upcoming trip to New Orleans to vacate, Baton Rouge to see family and Memphis to celebrate James’ dad’s birthday and then at the end of the month to Canada to see my daughter debut a new song. I mourned my lost plans....

Fight for Hope?

HOPE! In the midst of the chaos, the disappointment, the isolation, the loss of income, the abundance of bad news, I keep hearing the word, “Hope.” If I am honest, I must admit, everyday, I have had to fight for Hope. I have had to fight to not give into despair, fear, disappointment. I am not always successful. Sometimes, if I am not careful, I can give in to the...

My Hope

This is what I am standing on, today and everyday. These are the promises to which I cling. If God is for me, who can be against me? He who did not spare His own son, but gave Him up for me, how will He not freely with Jesus, give me ALL THINGS. Who can accuse me? Jesus is my attorney and my alibi. What can prevent God from loving...

Who Can Stand?

If God has determined to stand with us, tell me, who then could ever stand against us?” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:31‬ ‭TPT‬ Now this seems like a simple rhetorical question. We all know the Sunday School Answer is “nothing or no one.” But do we believe? First, do we believe God is for us? Because the promise is predicated on that truth, “God is for us”. Can a generational curse (the past...

It’s Working

I’m meditating on this often quoted scripture this morning: “We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭CEB‬‬ I trust this is true. I believe this is true. But I don’t always “see” that this is true. Perhaps, I don’t always “see” it is because I’m looking for the wrong evidence....

Pray!

Have you ever been so overwhelmed you couldn’t pray? I get that way sometimes and in the last couple of weeks, I have almost lived there. I’m bombarded with concerns for my children, death of co-workers, empathizing with those who are hurting around me, planning to teach, missing my students, the uncertainty…ugh! I go to pray and don’t even know where to start. This summer, the Lord began to speak...

Don’t Waste Your Pain

This statement immediately caught my eye this morning as I began reading: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed.” Romans‬ ‭8:18-19‬ ‭CSB‬‬ I could not help but apply this scripture to our current situation. The teacher within me always...