Send Me!

Now if you obey me fully  and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.  Exodus 19:5 A prayer to act when directed by God Dear God, I used to think that my faith was solely a personal, spiritual pursuit.  But I keep hearing the word “obey.”  I admit that obeying isn’tContinue reading “Send Me!”

The Quiet Captain

My dear brothers and sisters,  take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19  A prayer to speak only when needed LORD, I would like to make this brief but I seem to have an issue with words.  They flow freely from my mouth without filters.  AtContinue reading “The Quiet Captain”

The Sword of the Spirit

For I am the Lord your God,    who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—    the Lord Almighty is his name.16 I have put my words in your mouth    and covered you with the shadow of my hand—I who set the heavens in place,    who laid the foundations of the earth,    and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’” Isaiah 51:15-16 When we pictureContinue reading “The Sword of the Spirit”

The Smoothest Path

A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare     the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert     a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up,     every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level,     the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,     and all people will see itContinue reading “The Smoothest Path”

His Amazing Peace

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion andContinue reading “His Amazing Peace”

To Be Amazingly Singleminded

Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,Continue reading “To Be Amazingly Singleminded”

Wheat or Chaff

Before I sat down to write this final word on the Book of James, I re-read through the five chapters and my highlighted notes.  What struck me was how perfectly James’ words speak to the state of our current world.  In February 2020, as news of the Covid19 virus started coming in from around the world weContinue reading “Wheat or Chaff”

A Helping Friend

When my youngest daughter and I started working on our relationship I prayed, a lot.  I prayed what to say the first summer she was home from college.  I prayed each time I visited her.  I asked God to put the right words in my mouth at the right time, with the right heart.  I prayed to have myContinue reading “A Helping Friend”

Powerful Prayer

Last Christmas, my new son-in-law sat reading a large paperback book.  I asked him about it.  He introduced me to “Spurgeon On Prayer & Spiritual Warfare,” a 575-page book filled with Charles Spurgeon’s sermons on prayer.  There are prayers on why to pray, how to pray, what to pray, and even when to pray.  After skimming over my son-in-law’sContinue reading “Powerful Prayer”

Yes, No, Kinda

As I sit here typing I am enjoying the sounds of my neighbor’s roof being ripped apart by workers.  Yes, enjoying.  You see my new neighbors moved in about two months ago.  And then they moved out.  I haven’t seen them much over the two months because they had their flooring all re-done.  And then re-done.  The person they originally hiredContinue reading “Yes, No, Kinda”