In the Dark

“The woman (answered) the serpent, ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” Genesis 3:2-3 NIV (my emphasis) A stir-fry was on the […]

5 Hope Filled Thoughts on Suffering

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) “Hearing aids, the one thing that’s not normal on me,” our ten-year […]

Lists and Prayers

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  Ph 4:8   Shut up, already!!   Can you just be silent for a nanosecond?   How do I listen for God’s answers to my quiet prayers […]

A Lesson From My Vacuum Cleaner

“But as for me, it is good to be near God.  I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.” – Psalm 73:28 (NIV) Recently, I bought a new vacuum cleaner after the last one caught on fire (we’ll save that story for another day).  So far it’s done […]

Beauty

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”  Genesis 1:27 (NIV)  “God saw all He had made, and it was very good…” Genesis 1:31a (NIV)     Just within view through the kitchen window, I catch the lavender plants, blooming in […]

Working Out the Weeds

“So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. –  James 1:21 (The Message) Weeds, one of those curious creations I often wonder about.  Why do we have them, what is their purpose, and how […]

Go On Now…

“So now, go.  I am sending you to Pharaoh, to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.   But Moses said to God,  ‘Who am I, that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’  And God said, I will be with you.” Ex 3:10-12a  (NIV)  “….Moses answered, ‘What if they do not believe me or […]

Letting in the Son

“Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.”  – Psalm 43:3 (NIV) The first hints of daylight peek through the windows calling me awake.  I lie there in the fading shadows of the night thinking of all that […]