You Have It In You!

I have to be honest with you…I had a very, very difficult time with emotions a week ago. I think a lot of us did. The tragic events that played out on live television cut to my core. The loss of our valiant protectors, the lawlessness, the vitriol comments on Social Media, the endless commentaries that […]

A Question Worth Asking

“Then the woman said to Elijah, ‘Now I know that you are a man of God…” 1 Kings17:24  NIV   He wasn’t in the wind. He wasn’t in the earthquake. He wasn’t in the fire. But He was there. God promised Elijah he would show up, and that He did. The Lord decided to make […]

Hope When You’re Needy and Captive

“The LORD hears the needy and does not despise his captive people.” – Psalm 69:33 NIV   No one likes to be needy. The word even sounds ugly. Needy. Have you noticed, it’s a word you tend to say with either a whine or a sneer? Ugh. We’re so against being needy, we do much […]

God, I’m Disappointed …

“Those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” – Isaiah 49:23 NIV I knew her name before I ever saw her.   Mama was yelling her name across a busy parking lot. Poor Mama. She looked frazzled as she raced along with one baby strapped to her chest, one on her heels, and another […]

Going Around What Hurts

“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.” – Hebrews 12:12-13 ESV I spend a lot of time going around what hurts me.   I move and evade, and go […]

Lord, Remember Me…

“Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me.” – 1 Samuel 1:11 NIV I sat on my bedroom floor praying into the darkness with tears streaming down my face.   Lord, please don’t let their words be true. Vindicate me. Let me prove them wrong! So long we’ve tried, […]

Ditching Despair

“Arise, let us go.” – Matthew 26:46 NIV   February.  The time of year when resolutions start to fade and the possibility of another chance at “greatness” starts to get fuzzy.   What am I doing?  Where am I going? And why do I feel like the wheels are turning, but the road just isn’t […]

Gray Days: Thoughts on Discouragement

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 When our children were little, we spent many hours reading together.  One of their most favorite stories was Dr. Seuss’ My Many Colored […]