Our Quarrelsome World

And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, whoContinue reading “Our Quarrelsome World”

His Grand Orchestra

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12 The other morning my husband and I were out for an early morning walk.  The clouds were building to the east and IContinue reading “His Grand Orchestra”

Busy or Fruitful?

Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Matthew 7:20 For much of my life I sought busyness.  If I wasn’t “doing” then I was not worthy.  It didn’t matter what that doing was, I just needed to do something.  When I quit working to be a stay at home mom my greatest fear was to be seenContinue reading “Busy or Fruitful?”

Bucket Of Joy

You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. Psalm 4:7 Have you ever ridden on a carousel where the operator, at some point, drops down a metal arm toward the riders and a brass ring drops toward its end?  The riders on the outside stretch and strive toContinue reading “Bucket Of Joy”

He Knows My Name

I will not forget you!  See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;  Isaiah 49:15-16 The other day my Bible study girls (or BSGs as I like to call them) were once again talking about praise versus thanksgiving.  I had already been pondering over my praise life when we started talking about how we so oftenContinue reading “He Knows My Name”

Retire From Self Care

“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 “I believe Jesus died to deliver ourselves from ourselves.  How many of us are just fed up being ourselves all the time?” Joyce Meyer The darkness, fury and despair of the young woman sitting next to me grew with each passing minute.  We wereContinue reading “Retire From Self Care”

Step: 5 Wise Counselor

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 The day I sat on the edge of my bed whining to God about my miserableContinue reading “Step: 5 Wise Counselor”

Listen Up!

Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. John 5:25 Today’s Fresh Fire is our last in this series.  It’s been a great adventure finding and studying verses that have helped me bolster my faith.  IContinue reading “Listen Up!”

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”

Out of Our Minds

If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.   2 Corinthians 5:13 There’s a lot of criticism of Christians these days.  We get called any manner of names from freaks to racists and dumb to science deniers.  And we shouldn’t be surprised.  NoContinue reading “Out of Our Minds”