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...

Who Shall I Fear?

David was living a nightmare. His former boss and father-in-law wanted him dead. In exile, he found rest at the house of the priest. He had no idea, this action would cause his former boss to slay all of the priest. David was grieved, alone, an outcast. Fear was banging on David’s door. How could he withstand Israel’s army? How could he overcome someone so evil that they would slay...

A Kinder Nation

My oldest son did something dumb the other day. He is a runner and usually runs early in the morning. But this day he overslept and started his run in the late morning. He was about four miles from his apartment when the oppressive sun got the most of him. He found himself sick, vomiting in the bushes and dehydrated. His mind raced. How would he get home? His closest...

Saturday

Saturday. I imagine it was the most difficult day for the disciples. Friday, even as Jesus was hanging on the cross there was a morsel of hope. I imagine the disciples held there breath like we do at end of a climatic movie. The building explodes. Fire and smoke are the backdrop. You think, no one could have survived that explosion. But then epic music is queued and from the...

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...

Door of Hope

Achan sinned. He coveted what was to be set aside for the Lord and he stole what was not his. Because of his actions, Israel was defeated in their next battle. Old Testament judgment demanded stoning. So Achan, his family, his livestock were all stoned. Then burned and buried to appease the wrath of God. The name of that place was called the Valley of Achor or the Valley of...

Keep Hoping

Unjustly oppressed. Forced into labor simply because of their heritage. They had mourned. They had cried out for help. And when someone finally came to ‘help’, he only made things worse. Their oppressors now required the impossible of them. They were discouraged. They felt hopeless. So when Moses delivered a beautiful message of hope from God, they rejected it. They could not see themselves free from oppression. They could not...

Psalm 23

Psalm 23 begins and ends with two amazing promises: I shall not lack. His goodness and mercy follows me. Have you ever felt as if your life is contrary to these truths? I have. I have experienced bounced checks, robbing Peter to pay Paul, debt collection. I am familiar with lack. I have been fired from jobs, had doors closed in my face, and been rejected. Where was the goodness...