Faith that Pleases God

I’ve been meditating on this scripture the last two mornings: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NKJV Steven Furtick said, “Faith is God’s love language.” I want to speak God’s love language. As I meditate on this scripture, I’m asking God, what does...

Taste and See

“God is good,” that thought awaken me this morning. The simple yet profound, the trite yet deep, the spoken often yet oft forgotten, the taught to children but foundational truth- God is good -permeates every iota of my soul this morning. God is good. Everything about Him is good. He gives good gifts. (James 1:17) He has good plans for us. (Jeremiah 29:11) He has good things stored up for...

Our Shepherd

When you are full of worry and angst, remember the majesty of the Lord our God as found in Psalms 23. He is Jehovah Raah, our Shepherd. He protects us, leads us guides us. We shall not lack. He is Jehovah Shalom, our Peace. He bears our burdens and our sorrows. He leads us to green pastures, quiet waters providing times of refreshment. He is Jehovah Tsidkenu, Our Righteousness. He...

The Hunt

“The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Psalm‬ ‭34:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬ This promise is consuming my thoughts this morning…Well actually, I awoke this morning thinking of my needs, my desires, my lack. I awoke this morning and was bombarded by my to-do list. Does anyone else ever awaken and as you are turning off the alarm, your mind has already begun...

We Win!

The King of Assyria was a bully. His army had invaded nations. Like locust, his army had decimated kingdoms, plundering their goods and killing thousands. And now, this vast army was threatening King Hezekiah and the nation of Judah. They sent messages bragging how they were going to destroy Judah. They mocked King Hezekiah’s reliance and trust in God. “What makes you think your God can save you. No other...

At Odds with God

“Lord, you have to change my situation or change my heart. But please, change my situation,” was my prayer as I struggled with feelings of anger and abandonment. I want growth without growing pains. I want fruit without the darkness of being planted. I want revelation without intimacy. I want wine without crushing. I want my situation to change. God wants my heart to change. I want a quick fix....

Pruning

I have been looking for a word to describe the last 6 months of my life and while reading Cushing by TD Jakes, I think I found it – PRUNING. ““I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” John‬...

Let God Finish His Sentence

Mary and Martha were confused, distraught, grief-stricken. They could not understand why the One whom they loved, the One with whom they had entertained in their home, the One who had opened blind eyes, caused the lame to walk, and healed countless would not come when their brother was sick. As their brother became worse, they must have remembered how he healed Peter’s mother in law and thought “He will...

Surrender

Many of my single friends are praying for their Boaz. As I hear them speak, it seems as if Boaz has become this mystical creature, this perfect husband, who completes this long list of requirements. But when I read the story of Ruth, Boaz was simply a man who was honorable, kind, and generous. (I don’t see all the other characteristics we attribute to Boaz.) I guess in some aspects,...

Trust

“He took Jesus at His Word.” That phrase stood out to me this morning as I was reading. This bible describes this man as a Royal Government official. He had clout, influence, wealth. I imagine he was self-reliant and powerful. But with all of his earthly authority and money, he could not heal his son. He humbled himself and this rich, influential, government official found himself at the mercy of...