In the Midst 2 (Too!)

It is definitely an In the Midst day! It is one of those days where just getting out of bed is a chore. The weather is cold, and my body does not like cold weather! I woke up at 5:00 in severe pain after spending hours earlier in the night fighting a stomachache from the medicines. Finally, I took more medicine at 6:30, and am again fighting a nauseous stomach. Yuck!  But, my day will not be based on feelings (physical or emotional), but rather on God’s promises. I am fused five levels in my lower back and both SI joints.... Read More

In the Midst

Our God is so good; so faithful and true. I love the word “but” throughout Scripture. Over and over again in Psalms we see David crying out to God, feeling that God has left Him, or that the situation is dire and then we see the but.  “But God…” And we find Him in the midst. I found it in Isaiah 64:8. Isaiah confesses the sins of his people in verses 6-7, “There is no one who calls on Your name…For you have hidden your face from us.”  Then verse 8, “But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We... Read More

Grace and Holy Living

I have been thinking about the balance between grace and holy living lately. Does grace erase holy living or holy living usurp grace? As Paul would say, “May it never be!” (Rom. 6:1-2) So God gave me a word picture. When we accept Christ as Savior we are a new creation. We are able to soar above life’s circumstances. Holy living is the experience of a trapeze artist. Each choice is a strong hold on the bar. We swing effortlessly from bar to bar as long as we are making holy and right choices. Grace comes into play when we mess up... Read More

God’s Enduring Grace

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. His enduring grace will see you through if you cling to Him. Hebrews 10: 23, 35-36 says, “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... Read More

Chaos into Order

God can bring the greatest chaos into order. 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 and the source of the life-giving mist of Genesis 2:6... Read More

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