Joy of Serving

Recently at a family gathering, I found I would be almost done with one task when someone would holler at me, “hey, it’s time for you to do the one thing!” Then I’d nearly be done with that when someone else would holler at me, “oh, it’s time for the other thing-You’re in charge of…

If not for God…

“Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” -1 Corinthians 6:11 NLT Paul describes in this chapter of 1 Corinthians, about the wide variety of…

Heavenly Reward

I was reading the Sermon on the Mount today (Matthew 5-7) and kept thinking about how counter-cultural everything was that Jesus said! He spoke in such a way like he was not bound by the world’s ways. It’s crazy! Then all the sudden it hit me like a ton of bricks. The way this man…

Is God Random?

She got into her car after being at the mall, and a tree fell on her car and killed her. What? Such a random way to die! Our Bible verse today seems pretty random too. John the Baptist had been in prison for a while. Even though he preached against what the king had done…

Crowd Control

When Indianapolis hosted the super bowl, many preparations had to be made to accommodate the crowds. Beyond the hotels and stadium built just to be able to win the super bowl bid, roads needed repaved, more restaurants moved in, and everyone already there staffed their businesses like crazy that week! Restaurants had to make even…

The Great Physician

Sometimes, our lives can feel out of control spiritually. We feel like every area of our lives need prayer. What we need prayer for doesn’t fit on a prayer card. It seems like nothing is going well and everything is spinning out of control! If only we could simplify our lives and just work on…

Need an Anchor?

“Lord, help us to trust that if you have not given it, then we do not need it,” came the prayer from the worship leader. Her prayer was coming from her experience being single. Yet I heard it as someone needing sleep! After that prayer, the Lord did provide a way for me to catch…

Releasing it to God

She recalled after losing her full term baby how she struggled with the fear that God would take one of her other children too. Wanting to hold them especially close and protected, she had to daily trust them with the Lord. It seems Jacob in the Bible had a similar fear. Genesis 42:36 NASB “Their…

Craving Milk

1 Peter 2:2-3 “Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.” I have a friend who’s first child was always small and did not grow much her entire first year of life. By the time she had her second…

Impossible Prayers

“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13 NASB One year, I am sort of ashamed to say, I actually wrote a Christmas list for God. Our house had never had a dishwasher. Well, except for the brand new one we…

Prayers

Ever wonder after spending time with someone why it didn’t go better? Ever follow that up with, “Why didn’t I pray about our time together first?” More and more I am realizing that I need to be praying at the start of each day for my interactions with others that day. I am simply too…

World Events

Mark 13:7 NASB “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end.” I wore my soccer uniform to school that day because we had a game scheduled after school. On my way between first and second period, one crazy student was going through…