In my search for more and more depth of understanding of the Lord and my responsibility in my walk with Him, I began to hear an answer to my question on how to please Him. As I sat once again with my agenda for Bible reading I felt the Lord’s nudge toward spending some lingering time in the Gospels. Although I do read the Gospels each year with 66 books of the Bible and a hunger to know it all, I must say I don’t spend much time lingering in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. But isn’t that “running to and fro in search of knowledge” rather than making the main thing the main thing? I’m also afraid I spend a lot more time running in and out of the throne room, then sitting on Abba Father’s lap, rather than really getting in touch with my first love, Jesus, once again. So to follow God’s nudge the last few months I have spent some time seeing Jesus as a baby, a boy, and a man: God wrapped up in human flesh. How could that be? Which then brings me to the question Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:15, Mark 8:29, Luke 9:20) Continue reading
I heard a story recently that has tugged at my heart. A minister was telling of a trip to Africa where he was taken to a mud hut to visit the home of a fellow Christian. He saw the wife patting several brown dough patties and placing them on the fire. When the American asked what they were his American guide told him that they were “dirt cookies.” These “dirt cookies” were made from mud and oil and cooked over the fire, then eaten by the family since they had no other food available to them. Though these “cookies” had no nutritional value they did keep the hunger pangs away for a time and helped to calm their crying children. This story made me very sad, but then the Lord said, “See it as a parable.”
As a parable speaking into our spiritual lives I think that there are times when we too are eating “dirt cookies” to fill our spiritual needs. Do you ever struggle with your devotional life? Continue reading
As you might have expected, the Christmas season was different for me this year. From experience I knew that the first of any holiday without a loved one is usually very hard and as Thanksgiving approached I began to experience a feeling of dread. As I prayed about it I felt that I heard the Lord whisper in my heart, “Give yourself grace.”
As Christians we understand the concept of the grace of God as when the Lord freely extends His undeserved kindness of forgiveness to us for our spiritual revival and restoration (salvation) and for the process of becoming more like Jesus (sanctification). Continue reading
In every circumstance, victory or defeat, our thought should be, “For this I need Jesus,” but I’m afraid I more often think it when times are hard. This past month I have been thinking it often as I have suffered physical and emotional attacks to the point of almost drowning in the water of depression once again. As I have clung to Jesus this past month I have been reminded of how to climb the ladder he’s given me to experience his peace and joy once again.
Paul talked about his thorn in the flesh (2 Cor. 12:7-10), and although we’re not sure of his thorn, I’ve discovered that one of my thorns has to do with the sensitivity of my emotions. Continue reading