When Fear Takes Hold–3 Points To Remember

“But you, LORD, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.”  Psalm 22:19 It seems fear has taken up residency in my life. It’s been spining and swirling all around me. It’s as palpable as my heartbeat. One moment I’m not concerned about a thing, the next, fear […]

He Kept His Promise

  The day she was born, he held her using both hands. His right cupped under her delicate head and the left at her little feet. As in a Lion King moment, he raised her high up into the air, presenting his bundle of joy to the world.   As he lifted his tiny daughter, the […]

Giant Slayer

“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty.” 1 Samuel 17:45 NIV       I had always envisioned David’s Goliath as this huge giant that was bigger than any oak tree.   But he wasn’t. By most accounts, he stood probably […]


“Yet God is my king from of old, Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.” Psalm 74:12 NASB     The daily onslaught of the troubles of the world has troubled my heart.   From the atrocities of the Middle East, to the human suffering in Africa, to the lawlessness in […]

Tap Out

“Blessed is the man you discipline, O Lord, the man you teach from your law; you grant him relief from days of trouble.”  Psalm 94:12-13 NIV   I picture a referee on his hands and knees, slapping the mat as he counts, “1-2-3-4…”  When he reaches ten, he grabs Jacob’s arm and thrusts it into […]

How Joseph Are You?

“They said, ‘Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?” John 6:42   Mary’s husband, Joseph, has always captivated me.       He gets lost in the story.   He seems insignificant.   His account is minimal.   Yet…   His impact was huge.   He was important. […]

What Consumes You?

“and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”  Ephesians 3:19 ESV   Teriyaki.  Definitely, teriyaki.   It’s the family’s favorite.   If the chicken doldrums kick in, or the steak is a cheaper cut, I know exactly what to do to the […]

Fear, Foolishness and Freedom

I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. – Psalm 119:45 NIV   Bees used to scare me, and it was all my parent’s fault.   At a tender age I learned two things about bees. One, they’re necessary to nature, and two, they can potentially kill you.   And […]