Enough

“Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him.”          (John 11:45) During our struggles we may believe our lives void of significance. Pinned beneath cancer’s aggressive hold, squeezed tight by financial difficulties, or drained by depression’s tiresome company, we may think […]

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When

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1) When the sky shouts blue, umbrellas wear Sunshine in their canvas hair, Hardly a hint of clouds in sight Winds whisper wondrous delights, Doubts disappear with hardly a trace Praises ascend, joy flushes our face. But corners […]

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Never Disappoints

“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32 At the end of a scrumptious meal prepared by my sister-in-law, my husband declared, “Jill, we […]

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Just a Minute

“I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1 Waiting patiently for the Lord means we don’t try to cajole an answer out of him or force our wants and wishes on the Creator of the Universe. It means we do not act like unruly children unaccustomed to hearing […]

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Slip Away

“When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet….” (John 11:32) Jesus is four days late, and his friends Martha and Mary are not exactly pleased. Knowing their desperate need, he has not bothered to respond. It seems that Jesus is totally indifferent to their predicament and has […]

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Pivotal

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12) The disciples could have scattered in a dozen directions after Christ ascended to heaven. Yet, as an act of obedience, they listened to Jesus’ final instructions to return to Jerusalem until they were “clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49b). Huddled […]

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Hide Out

“Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters they shall not reach him.” (Psalm 32:6) In our modern world, the rush of great waters threatens. That same overwhelming rush was part and parcel of the lives of the […]

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Perfect Plan

“He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.” (Psalm 18:16) In an attempt to explain life, we toss inaccurate phrases randomly into our conversation. “God never gives us more than we can bear,” is one such repetitive fallacy. For many of us, life dumps situations that are completely […]

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Morning Muddles

“If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:9-­10) Believing a lie is easy at times. When pain is pressing down our backs, bill collectors are breaking down our doors, or […]

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