Jesus knew the ensuing chaos of a world where He was not welcomed or wanted. He could foresee the world in which we, his followers, would temporarily reside until His return to Earth…and He prayed. “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world but for those you have given me, because … Continue reading Confidence In Chaos, Part Two
Chaos. What images does your mind conjure up when you see this word? Images from your home life? Your job…or multiple jobs? COVID-19? Protests? Political situations? Health problems? A broken relationship? Bills piling up? The ‘poo’plosion your baby did in her diaper just as you were NEEDING to walk out the door for an appointment? … Continue reading Confidence In Chaos
The contrast between the implication of each of these words is momentous. At first glance, both words have a positive connotation. However, within the context of motives and relationship, they differ substantially. To ‘appease’ is: To bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; pacify; sootheTo satisfy, allay, or relieve; assuageTo yield … Continue reading Appeasing Or Pleasing?
Many of us would probably verbally affirm that God is enough. However, do our daily choices reflect the fact that He is enough? Few passages deliver as powerful a blow as II Samuel 12:7, when the prophet Nathan confronts David after he [David] impregnated his loyal follower’s [Uriah] wife and had him strategically placed on … Continue reading When God Isn’t Enough
How do you respond to unexpected occurrences…especially situations that you had every reason to believe would go smoothly…but didn’t? Jacob’s sons returned from Egypt with food in hand…and a story to tell: “Then they went to Jacob their father in the land of Canaan and told him all that had happened to them, saying, ‘The … Continue reading Fear or Faith? Paralysis or Progress?
Ten brothers had journeyed down to Egypt. Famine had overtaken their homeland. They simply needed food. Complications weren’t anticipated; after all, Genesis 41:56-57 informs us that, “The famine was over all the face of the earth…So all countries came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain.” As the brothers approached Joseph, the usual business formalities … Continue reading What Goes Around Comes Around…Or Does It?
Have you ever had a life-changing experience or a transformative encounter with someone? What emotions and memories come flooding into your mind as you recall your experience? As we take time to remember and reflect upon these defining moments, we can often relive the wonderment and reverence felt. Imagine how Pharaoh's butler must have felt … Continue reading Out of Sight, Out of Mind
How did he do it? How did Joseph literally thrive, versus merely surviving, in the life-altering situations he had not ‘signed up’ to be in? What was his secret? He was sold into slavery by his own brothers and he was wrongfully accused by his owner’s lying wife, which landed him in prison. How … Continue reading Thriving Versus Surviving
Aren’t we supposed to seek opportunities to share what the Lord is doing in our lives? Psalms 105:1 encourages us to, “Give thanks to Jehovah, call upon His name; make known among the peoplesHis doings.” Multiple times in Psalm 107, the Psalmist implores, “Oh that men would praise Jehovah for His lovingkindness, and for His … Continue reading When Not to Share God’s Blessings
Do you ever find yourself wistfully longing for life to be less stressful? Less complicated? Less demanding? Less exhausting? Are you hungry and thirsty for something more? Sometimes we can clearly define that ‘something more’ we yearn for; other times, that ‘something more’ is inexplicable, but its absence is felt. I imagine each Israelite that was a part of … Continue reading Where’s My Promised Land?