Courage

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 There’s certainly a lot of courageous people in the Bible. After Moses’ death, God commands Joshua to take the Israelites into the promised land – not knowing whatContinue reading “Courage”

Fresh Fire

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:12 I don’t typically pull Bible verses from the King James version.  But in one of my devotionals this version of Hebrews 6:12 was the focus of that day’s study.  It got me thinking about my own faith andContinue reading “Fresh Fire”

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?”

Faithful Healing

I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners. Isaiah 57:18 In our lives we all have had instances of brokenness, despair and desolation. Those times when we feel we are on our last leg, at the end of the rope about to loseContinue reading “Faithful Healing”

A Tug-o-War

“Come now, let us settle the matter,”    says the Lord.“Though your sins are like scarlet,    they shall be as white as snow;though they are red as crimson,    they shall be like wool.19 If you are willing and obedient,    you will eat the good things of the land;20 but if you resist and rebel,    you will be devoured by the sword.”For the mouth ofContinue reading “A Tug-o-War”

Amazed By His Will

After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly. Jesus commanded themContinue reading “Amazed By His Will”