The Summer of … Giving Up Control

“God, God, a God of mercy and grace, endlessly patient—so much love, so deeply true—loyal in love for a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin. Still, he doesn’t ignore sin. He holds sons and grandsons responsible for a father’s sins to the third and even fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6-7 (The Message)   Previously IContinue reading “The Summer of … Giving Up Control”

Exhaustion Breeds Dangerous Cycles

“ The angel of God came back, shook him awake again, and said, ‘Get up and eat some more—you’ve got a long journey ahead of you.’ He got up, ate and drank his fill, and set out. Nourished by that meal, he walked forty days and nights, all the way to the mountain of God, toContinue reading “Exhaustion Breeds Dangerous Cycles”

Not “Why?” but “What?”

“God told them, “I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!” Jeremiah 31:3 (The Message)   I love how personal our God is. When I’m struggling with something and truly want God’s wisdom on the subject, if I ask, He always answers. At the beginning of the summer, IContinue reading “Not “Why?” but “What?””

Regaining the Right Focus

“ … The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter.” Psalm 30:5 (The Message)   We got back from a wonderful, memory-making vacation this past spring. A week-long chance to bond, really bond with each other without the distraction of work, school, paying bills, doing laundry, and cleaning the house. ItContinue reading “Regaining the Right Focus”

Restoration God’s Way is Breathtaking

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 (NIV)   Last time we were together I spoke about how I allowed myself to stay in an abusive relationship for 1 ½ years. When I finally had the courage (and God’s divine intervention) to leave, the question that remained wasContinue reading “Restoration God’s Way is Breathtaking”

Change is Scary, But …

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of yourContinue reading “Change is Scary, But …”

There Are Blessings Even in Messy – Part II

“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7 (NIV)   I spoke last time about how God wants us to praise Him even during the messy we experience in life.  He had reminded me of this truth during my January fast (giving GodContinue reading “There Are Blessings Even in Messy – Part II”

There Are Blessings Even in Messy – Part I

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” I Corinthians 12:4-6 (NIV)   For one of my jobs, I sendContinue reading “There Are Blessings Even in Messy – Part I”