That’s ridiculous!

Don’t we all worry and think negative thoughts at times? “Negative worry is imagining your future with God not showing up “(from Worrying with God by Steve and Wendy Backlund).  Isn’t that ridiculous to think? Perhaps because worry is based on past experiences in life, right? But what if we imagined only positive thoughts instead …

WORSHIP AND RISE

On a Sunday morning in 2019, my friend Martin saw musical notes rising from the top of my head. He would pen his vision on a 3-hole punch lined paper, and later present it to me at the end of the service. Spelled in large letters in the drawing was the word WAR, an acronym …

Spotting the counterfeit … whatever comes from the fear of man

“While there is a caution born out of wisdom, our challenge is to spot the counterfeit — whatever comes from the fear of man. This kind of fear is an affliction of the heart. It causes us to silence courage by wondering what someone will think of us if we make a bold move. Father, …

Why are you so afraid, you of little faith?

  “You of little faith, why are you so afraid? Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.” (Matthew 8:26) Excerpts herein are from Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest for August 12, The Theology of Rest. “When we are in fear we can do nothing …

Be made new in the attitude of your minds

  Do you let your words of doom and failure defeat you in life? Your words, then, do not agree with God. This may be a challenge to your old self, but it is also a choice to not speak them. Speak only the end result of what you desire. Don’t counteract that which you declare …

God Wants Our Tears

Several months ago, I was going through a tough few months, even struggling to write. And then I read this verse one morning – “This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). But I didn’t feel much like rejoicing, and I didn’t feel much like …

The Peace that Jesus Gives

“You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me” (Psalm 119:114, MSG) The Bible says in John 14:27 “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do …

Don’t Give Up

Background photo: Courtesy of Picjumbo.com Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. – Marilyn Vos Savant Maybe life has dealt you defeat.  You don’t know what to do, and you do not know how to pray.  Don’t feel like you are alone.  I too have faced setbacks, and …

My Hard Unhearing Heart

Those that will not wait for God’s counsel shall justly be given up to their own hearts’ lusts, to walk in their own counsel ….. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul (Psalm 106:13, 15). Can you think of a time in your life when God has allowed you to …

The Impoverished Ministry of Jesus

It is in the night time when I am sleeping that I am especially vulnerable to allowing negative thoughts to infiltrate my mind, telling me “it’s not alright”.  Perhaps it was a life-changing event or events of the day that caused concern.  “You are not going to be able to afford this or that, or …