Inquiring of the Lord

Once again David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him. 1 Samuel 23:4 I love reading the life story of King David in the Bible. If it were a movie, it would be labeled one of the greatest action, adventure, and drama movies around- experiencing Saul’s relentless pursuit of David, fuel by his…

Your Life’s Assignment

My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord. Acts 20:24 When I was just out of school, I had the “perfect plan” for my life. I would marry the perfect man, have the perfect children, live a perfect life. It’s almost laughable when I think…

Peace in the Wind and Waves

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 While I was walking the beach with my girlfriends recently, I was moved by the vast beauty and serenity of the ocean. I was also awed by both the peacefulness and the enduing power it…

A Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3 My friend and I were walking on a warm summer evening, catching up on our lives. She asked me if I…

God- Protect Me From Myself

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 Once, in a jail ministry class, one woman shared that she believes she was “rescued not arrested”. The other inmates looked puzzled by her statement. Then she began to…

Jesus Knows Me

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.” Jeremiah 1:5 We’re all familiar with the children’s song “Jesus loves me, this I know”. It was sung to me as a child and I sang it to my two boys. We so often hear about Jesus’ love, I think sometimes, we take His love…

The Weight of Waiting

“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.” Isaiah 40:31 Waiting is never easy. Invariably, when I’m in a hurry, I’ll choose the slowest checkout line at the store or get stopped by every traffic light on my way to an appointment. Patiently waiting throughout everyday life situations can be annoying, but there’s another kind of waiting that, at times,…

The Difference in Joy and Happiness

“The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 I started thinking about joy versus happiness. I pondered “joy” because some of my circumstances were not making me feel very happy. That’s when I realized I was confusing happiness and joy. I can be happy and not be joyful. I can be joyful and not be happy!…