A Day in the Life

The 8th chapter of Luke, seems like the year 2020 for Jesus. He got in a boat and a storm arose that was so fierce even seasoned fishermen panicked. He got off the boat and was confronted by a demon-possessed madman who had a history of intimidating the locals. The village where he landed rejected him and asked Him to leave their area. An unclean woman touched him. She not...

It’s been a looooong nine months. When we began this pandemic living on March 13, I, like so many, commanded this virus to end. But after awhile, I felt like the Lord said, “We are going to be in this a while and you need to prosper in the storm.” So I taught that. I tried to live that truth. I was optimistic (most of the time.) On November 3,...

Count it Joy!

🎶 “Count it all joy when the world starts crashing. Hold your head up and keep on dancing.” 🎶 Alright -MercyMe This song has been my anthem this year. But yesterday the phrase, “Count it all joy,” just permeated my soul. Can I just be honest my Facebook friends? “I’m weary.” I’m weary of remote learning. I’m weary of not seeing my children. I’m weary of the political divide. I’m...

Faith or Fear?

My husband is a man of few words. When he speaks, he either makes me laugh or makes me think. Friday, he made me think. Weary from work, the news of protesters killed by a teen, another black man shot by police, learning about Chadwick Boseman, family drama, a feeling of dread overcame me. As I shared my struggle with my husband, he told of his similar struggle earlier that...

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...

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...

Faith

  Do you remember singing, 🎶 “Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had Father Abraham. I am one of them and so are you. So let’s just praise the Lord.” (I will probably change sons to kids when I sing it to my grandchildren, but that’s another story.) I was reading about Abraham in the book of Romans this morning and thought about the truth in that simple child’s...

Lay Hands

Last night, I met a woman in excruciating pain. We prayed for her, but could not get the pain to budge. She left in the same physical pain in which she had come. My heart broke for her. I was disappointed. After our prayer sessions there were so many temptations… Tempted to doubt God. Tempted to doubt who I am in Christ. Tempted to doubt if God still heals. Tempted...

Radical Obedience

God: Noah, I’m going to flood the earth. I need you to build an ark. Noah: Okay God. But what is a flood? God: It’s when it rains so much, the water covers the earth. Noah: Okay. But what is rain? God: Water falling from the sky. Noah: Okay. But what is an ark? I’m imagining the conversation between Noah and God this morning. Noah had no reference point for...

Preemptive Strike – Day 7

I’m reading the book of Exodus this morning. It’s almost comical how the children of Israel vacillated between two opinions: “God is good” and “Why did you bring us out here to die?” The children of Israel had a victim mentality. It’s easy to read Exodus and judge the Children of Israel. They had seen the plaques, the parting of the sea, the cloud and fire guiding them, the water...