Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Peace


In this time, may we accept this otherworldly peace that Jesus can give us. 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Bones, Sacrifices, and Gold

When the bones in the valley before Ezekiel get more dry, and the sacrifices on the mountain before Elijah get more wet, we can remember that God delights to bring glory to Himself through the impossible situations in our lives.

The dry bones can be brought back to life, and the wet sacrifices can be burned up. When we trust and obey God in the impossible situations of our lives, God is glorified. 

In these times, our faith is tested and refined like gold. Refining will come, whatever impossible form it takes. Gold is not beautiful without it.  And our faith is much more precious than gold. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

" What Ifs " for Christmas

"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (God with us)." 
Isaiah 7:14


My Mom's " What If " questions for Christmas - 


What if Isaiah's prophecy means God is true?


What if the star's heavenly body was the Body of Heaven shining down that night?


What if the shepherds whose home was the hills, showed God's honor for the lowly?


What if God's choice of teen Mary meant that the young and inexperienced can be used as His vessels?


What if a dark cave says that pomp and palace mean nothing?


What if nameless magi from faraway bringing gifts, are the picture of all people coming from afar to offer their hearts?


What if God's vulnerable baby Son coming to earth, speaks volumes about mercy and love to all in darkness?


What if Jesus' life, death, and resurrection is the cure for the curse? 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Give Hope



Click the link below for some ways you can give hope around the world this Christmas!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

How do we pray?

As I was reading Jesus' parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15, I was thinking about how we pray when we face difficulties. 

Knowing the beautiful end of the parable, would we have prayed that the son not suffer physical hunger, or that God would satisfy the son's physical hunger in the place with the pigs?


If the son did not face any difficulties, would he go back to his father? 

When he goes back, his father takes care not only of his physical need, but all his needs, including reconciliation and restoration. 


If the son did not feel need on the physical side, would he have taken the steps to receive what his spirit needed?

The son's hunger brought him to his senses to humble himself, and to go to his father. 

Knowing the end of this parable and what God wants for all of us, wherever our difficulties come from and whatever form they take, how should we pray when we face them?

Should we pray that the difficulties go away, or should we pray not to have them?

Yes, we can pray this.

But could we also pray that we come to our senses and that we humble ourselves?

Could we pray that our difficulties would drive us to the waiting embrace of our loving heavenly Father?

Could we thank God, as terrible as our difficulties are, because He will take care of all our deepest needs? 

Saturday, October 26, 2019