Solidarity

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 I was having lunch the other day with a friend and she shared with me a disturbing trend in her two Bible study groups.  She said to me, “I’ve had it.  I’m exhausted.  I don’t want toContinue reading “Solidarity”

I Call Him “Lord”

From the west, people will fear the name of the Lord, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. Isaiah 59:19  I admit it.  I have a difficult time with authority.  I don’t like being told what to do and when to do it.  I’m not sure how this developed in me.  It’s not like, as a child,Continue reading “I Call Him “Lord””

Battle Strategy

Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.  Psalm 144:1 I have a very strong personality.  I’m a fixer and a doer.  I’m a creative problem solver.  So, for me to sit back and let God take control or direct me has been one of my greatest challenges.  A few years ago,Continue reading “Battle Strategy”

Retire Our Gavels

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. Romans 14:10  A prayer to not be judgemental of others Holy God, we live in a world that judges us on a photo that gets scrolledContinue reading “Retire Our Gavels”

A Mustard Seed

Do not repay evil with evil  or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing,  because to this you were called  so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9  A prayer to be a blessing to those around me and my community Holy Spirit I get so wrapped up in my everyday problemsContinue reading “A Mustard Seed”

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!”

Pessimist or Pollyanna?

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. John 15:11 A prayer to live a joy-filled life. Gracious God your gifts and blessing to me cannot be counted.  And yet so often I turn to the negative parts in my life and place myContinue reading “Pessimist or Pollyanna?”

The Addition of Peace

The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears     from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace     from all the earth. The Lord has spoken. Isaiah 25:8 As I write this, we are only a few weeks away from Christmas.  Around this time, we frequently see the phrase, “Peace on Earth!”  But like so many popularized snippets in the Bible theContinue reading “The Addition of Peace”

Amazing Presence

As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem whoContinue reading “Amazing Presence”

His Amazing Word

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 This week, on one of the Instagram accounts I follow, the site owner posed the question: What good thing happened to you this year?  She added, “Let’s spread some gratitude vibes.”  My answer? That my faith has gottenContinue reading “His Amazing Word”