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
Part 2: When The Tsunami Comes
Recently I have gone through trouble that has had a huge affect on my family and there was nothing I could do to change its course except pray and hold on to God’s promises. It has felt like a huge tsunami has overcome us and, although the worst of the storm has passed we are left with a lot of debris to deal with. This won’t get repaired in the near future.
When the tsunami comes in your life, when you are overwhelmed by the wave of depression and despair and you are rolled under the waves and can’t tell the top from the bottom, when life feels dark, and all strength and hope is gone, that is the time that the Lord will be free to work miracles. When you are so tired, so unable, that is when the Lord can bring a change in you and your circumstances. When you acknowledge that you are at the end of yourself and your ability to affect change everything in you yells for Help. Your help comes from the Lord even when you feel nothing. This is the time to let go and let Him do what He wants to do (without your help). When you feel most vulnerable that is when He does the most work on your behalf.
There used to be a TV show called Mission Impossible and every episode would start with a problem and then the announcer would say “This is your mission if you agree to it.” Our mission for life in Christ can be likened to the Girl Scout motto, “Be Prepared.” The Bible tells us that in this world there will be trouble, but don’t be overcome by the world. How can we not be overcome? Be prepared.
So how am I dealing with my tsunami? Better than times before, as I have prepared for 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
There are mighty comma wars in our house. My husband Alan and I are constantly discussing the proper use of commas. I like to use them to help us pause and take a breath during my writings. I’m not sure how he wants to use them, but I know he likes a lot of them as everything I write comes back with a multitude of commas added to it. (If you have a problem with my use of commas talk to Alan, I just bow to his authority!)
Did you know that Old Testament Hebrew had no punctuation in it? There is nary a comma in the text. Continue reading
Lately I’ve been reading a Psalm a day as part of my devotions. I have once again been blessed by those before me who have cried out (prayed) to the Lord with transparent emotions, yet have great faith in God’s love for them. Since my talks with God are often emotion laden, it helps me to know that I can be emotional and still be full of faith. I have to say that learning how to pray has been a long journey for me. I’ve read multitudes of books and listened to numerous talks about how to pray. I’ve worried about what is the right way to pray. I have also worried about spending too much time in what I call “worry” or “whining” prayers. I’ve wondered what the best way to pray is. I’ve prayed silently as my mind has wandered away, and I’ve tried writing down my prayers which is extremely time consuming. I’ve tried to sit and listen for God and just got lost in my own thoughts. Finally, I’ve come to the conclusion that talking out loud to the Lord is my best way to pray as I tend to stay better focused. I also found that I’m often surprised that God will often interrupt my prayers with His thoughts. I seem to hear Him better when I’m not absolutely quiet and waiting for something to happen since my mind tends to fill up in the quiet time.
At age 67 my mind does tend to forget some of the people I want to pray for and I do find that I tend to send up “postcard prayers” (short prayers) throughout the day as new thoughts of people or circumstances come to mind. This is why I have started Continue reading
We had a scare years ago when my daughter came home from school with a note from the school’s physician. He was concerned that she might have scoliosis or curvature of the spine. We were told to make an appointment with the Shriner’s Hospital in Erie to check it out. When we met with the doctor there he pulled out a weight on a string (a plumb line) and had Debra stand as straight as she could while he compared the plumb line to her back. Thankfully her back lined up with the plumb line.
This was my one and only experience with a plumb line, but it was a memorable one. My understanding is that masons and carpenters use plumb lines as more reliable than eyesight to check the straightness of the walls they build. If the wall is leaning it will not be a reliable and stable part of the building.
You may be surprised to know that God wants us to use a plumb line Continue reading