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Where is Your Hope?

“O love the Lord, all you his Godly ones! The Lord preserves the faithful And fully recompenses the proud doer. Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:23-24 “We who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil where Jesus has entered.” Hebrews 6:17-20 Where is your hope? In your mate? In your children? In a job? In a house? In... Read More

Deeper Into the Closet of Prayer

Knowing the character of God and how He views you is the foundation of victorious Christian living. He is holy, compassionate, loving, patient, and kind. He delights in you and extends grace to our humanity. He is a good, good Father. Go to Him; speak to Him; cry out to Him. He will meet you where you are and bring joy and peace. “Communion with God is the essential secret of all holiness of character, conduct and service; and that meditation on the divine character and perfections prepares us not only for prevailing supplication but for reception of divine blessing.... Read More

Forgiveness Starts Here

Oh wonderful forgiveness! There is no sin that God cannot or will not forgive if we call upon Him in repentance! He is a God who desires to express His lovingkindness and compassion towards us. He never changes. He brought you to salvation, and He desires to bring you into fellowship daily with Him. I often tell a story at my retreats, but you may not have heard it. When Garrett and Nathan were 2 and 3, I found myself yelling a lot. I didn’t want to be a yelling mom, so I posted verses written on cards about anger... Read More

When Life Hurts

When life hurts, I can… Trust God – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust His call on my life – “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Phil. 1:6 Take one day at a time – “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own.” Matt. 6:34... Read More

Those Darn Emotions

Those Darn Emotions  “Stop that!” I yelled. “Arghhhh!” I uttered. “But that’s not fair!” I cried. Are emotions running amuck at your house, too? What are God’s views on emotions? How can we tame emotions? Are we sinning if we get angry? Throughout Scriptures we see God displaying emotions: He gets angry; He has compassion; He loves; Jesus wept; etc. Therefore, emotions are not sinful. We are created in God’s image. Emotions are part of the human package. “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female.”  Genesis 1:27 The key to managing... Read More

Daily Daddy

If I only want a relationship with my husband the day of our wedding and when I need someone to lean on to share my burdens, we would not have much of a marriage. Instead, I want to share every day with him. I want to share my joys, my mundane, and my sorrows. We live life together each and every day no matter what that day brings. “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation.” Psalm 68:19 God wants to daily carry you–not just at the time of your salvation; not just... Read More

God’s Enduring Grace

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful… Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.” Hebrews 10:23, 35-36   Endurance. Hang in there. Don’t let go. Help is on the way! Sometimes though, that rescue seems impossible or too late. But our God is faithful! He will uphold His promises of eternal life and of being there with us in the meantime. One day... Read More

Chaos into Order

“The Lord sat as King at the flood; Yes, the Lord sits as King forever.” Psalm 29:10   The Great Deluge of Genesis wrought chaos upon the earth like we have never seen since. The Creator of all destroyed His masterpiece. Thousands of people drowned along with all the animals except those on the ark of Noah. The skies were opened up and the mantle of water that had lain over the earth began to pound upon the ground. The Garden of Eden was destroyed–that place where God had walked intimately with Adam and Eve.  The depths were opened up... Read More

In Times of Trouble

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance, and perseverance, proven character, and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:3 Tribulations in any form are not fun, but they will produce blessings if we lean on God through them. It is through tears that we find healing. It is through fear that we find mercy, grace, and love. It is through troubles that we find God’s compassion... Read More

Trust=Peace

“Blessed be the Lord, Because He has heard the voice of my supplication. The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him. The Lord is their strength, And He is a saving defense to His anointed. Save your people and bless Your inheritance; Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.” Psalm 28:6-9   Are you struggling with life? Are changes on the horizon? Praise the Lord we can call upon God. He is our Shepherd and will carry us... Read More
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