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A Steadfast Focus on Jesus

At the conclusion of 2020 many of us (myself included) were optimistically looking forward to the fresh start a new year brings. Hoping to put political and racial tensions behind us, encouraged by the announcement of vaccines to help protect us from COVID, we anticipated a respite from the unending anxiety and stress of a…

Trusting God with the Future

Lately, I’ve struggled to trust God with the future. Listening to the news, I’m challenged to believe for a better tomorrow – or at least one that’s no worse than today. Sometimes I slip into worry. I have to remind myself that God is sovereign. Over and over I recall Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know…

Courage to Believe

Last year we received three surprises: both our daughters were pregnant, they were due in the same month, and both babies were diagnosed with serious health issues. Wow. I have anxious moments during pregnancies, struggling with “what if” fears. But when tests reveal something is wrong the hovering “what if” becomes an identifiable, sharp-toothed monster.…

God Keeps His Promises

Obedience and blessing. Years ago, I decided to “go,” to accept a job in another state. Going was my idea. I had doubts but couldn’t identify a “good reason” why I shouldn’t go. It was a great job; it would be a step up in my career. Despite repeatedly sensing I should stay (which I…

Prayer Warriors

Abby is a faithful prayer warrior. Every day Abby spends hours in prayer. We met almost thirty years ago when she facilitated a women’s prayer group, a fellowship that gathered  and prayed for many years. Over fifteen years ago Abby became a widow, losing her husband to a sudden, fatal heart attack. We talked one…

Don’t Be Afraid or Discouraged

A quiet pause. Regina had already decided to accept the task the Lord called her to, to live the dream of her youth. She chose to ignore the scary thoughts (most whispered by the enemy) that begged for her attention: “How will you get this done?” “Do really you think you can learn all the…

An Old Dream, A New Life

A big dream. Have you ever had a “big dream”? A hope of your heart, a desire you knew the Lord Himself had planted? A promise you restlessly waited to be fulfilled? Regina had a big dream. Decades had gone by and she still hadn’t seen it fulfilled. It seemed one thing after another had…

Enough Money?

Can I trust God? Do I have enough of money? My car decided it didn’t want to “go”. In bright orange letters, it announced “Immobilizer Issue, Check Manual.” I tried again; little power accompanied by lurching. Unsuccessful in maneuvering to the curb, all but the orange parade died.   Keep calm… put on the flashers.…

Unanswered Prayers

Unanswered prayer.  Unexpected answers. We pray, hoping the Lord will change something: a circumstance, a situation, a heart. With frustration, we realize it seems nothing has changed. But we’re wrong. The “something” the Lord has changed is the heart.   I prayed for decades. I knocked, asked, and prayed for a couple of decades. Sometimes…

Forgiveness

Amy asked Rachel if we’re called to forgive a person who has offended us but who has not repented or express  sorrow for their actions. Amy had been hurt. She believed there is no forgiveness without repentance, and since  repentance is between the sinner and God, she was off the hook. “It’s not my job…