Fully Present

“And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, ‘The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.’” (Judges 6:12) The Lord often asks us to endure difficulties, engage in actions that require a storehouse of courage with bushels of his mercy and grace thrown in the mix. We stutter […]

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Unheard Of

“He answered and said, ‘But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” (Daniel 3:25) It is a small consideration in a remarkable story. Just another incredible feature alongside the extraordinary details of […]

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Christmastime

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Colossians 3:16) Our six-month grandson Joshua came over recently while his mom ran some errands. Kimberly left instructions for his next feeding and an ample supply of bottles behind. It was Christmastime, and the tree twinkled in the background as I enjoyed the sweetness of Joshua’s […]

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Presence

“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.” (Psalm 91:4) The gray sky sagged over the ocean as if burdened by its bundles of low, soggy clouds. Our grandchildren didn’t notice that the sun had slipped away for an afternoon nap […]

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Spill Over

“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’” (Mark 4:35) Of course, you could sleep. The water filling the boat would not terrify you. From your viewpoint, what’s the difference between calm or turbulent seas? The prevailing ocean winds are yours to command. Of […]

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Helper

“Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 124:8) Heavy-hearted and under siege, we hunker down and hide, fearful of the onslaught from the enemy intent on our destruction. At the very least, he plots to capture us in his cavern of discouragement by providing a hundred reasons […]

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Like Me

“Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness.” Psalm 143:1 David the shepherd boy turned giant-slayer teaches us a thing or two about what to do when we are in a pickle. Left to our own devices, we groan and grumble before figuring […]

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Alongside

“May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!” (Psalm 20:1) On occasion, even sovereigns slip off crowns and don battle garb; regal wear is not suited for wrestling in wartime. David bows before the Lord and begs help, conscious that his title topples […]

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Prompt

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) Shepherds sacrifice for their sheep. Good shepherds sacrifice everything. Jesus is the greatest Good Shepherd of all. Every sheep in his pasture knows that firsthand, and he longs for the lost ones to know it, too. Psalm 23 […]

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Turn Toward

“Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!” (Psalm 55:1) Whining rarely benefits the one enduring the gripe or the complainer intent on unloading her prevailing mediocre circumstances. Who really even cares when the boss is unjust, the landlord greedy, or the neighbor’s piercing accusation slices like […]

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