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Your faith could change someone's life

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Look at this cool story in Matthew 9:2-8--


Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven." At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.”Then the man got up and went home.When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.
Some things to notice about this story (and why it applies to you!):

Jesus saw the faith of the whole group and said to the paralytic, "Take heart, son, your sins are forgiven."Jesus told the paralytic not to be afraid. "Take heart&quo…

I feel stuck in this crisis

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Hello, 

It's me again, Lord.

I feel stuck.

There's so much to talk about,
to ask you for,
and to ask you about:

The Coronavirus
the quarantine,
the Chinese,
the economy,
the jobless,
the sick,
the first responders,
the doctors and nurses,
my work,
my home,
my family,
my church,
my community,
my country,
the world.

There is so much.
I know you're not worried.
I know you have a plan.

Of course, your plan is always to glorify your Son, Jesus.
Your plan is always to redeem us, your children.
Somehow, you do both.
It's hard to understand.

Your ways are higher than mine.
Your perspective is broader than mine.
Your purpose is holy, while mine is selfish.
You are working,
and I want to join you,
but I feel stuck in this crisis.

Develop courage in me because I am afraid.
Develop grace in me because I am judgmental.
Develop patience in me because I am impatient.
Develop compassion in me because I am selfish.

I ask you to answer my concerns,
to give me your perspective,
your heart,
and your mission.
Heal and save us al…

When you keep doing the same sin

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Have you noticed that you struggle with the same bad habits,
over and over?
Maybe it's your temper, your insecurity, your selfishness, or your critical tongue.
Deep down, you know they're not even habits.
They're sins.

This happens to me.
I make this happen, by my own choices.

Every time I try to pray,
I feel this weight.
At first, I can't tell why I feel this way
or why my prayers seems to bounce right back.
Then I realize I'm sinning again.
I'm doing the same things I always do when my soul isn't full of righteousness.

Of course, I want to confess it and stop doing it.
But I feel ashamed that I'm about to pray the same prayer again,
confess the same sin,
and enter the same battle.

I have a decision to make:
I can humble myself and confess my sin,
and start working to change,

or

I can give up.
I can say "This is me.
This is just the way I am."
I can pretend that change isn't possible,
even though I know it is.
I can assume that God is tir…

Praise & Fear

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A paraphrase of Psalm 34

I won't stop bragging about God and what He's doing all the time.
Praising him will be my normal conversation.
I will boast about God's goodness,
even to people who are suffering
because it will encourage them.

Join me in singing about God's goodness--
He always designs the right futures for us!

When I am afraid, I pray to God--
specifically asking Him what His will is
and what He wants to do in my life right now.
When I am afraid, and there are no answers.
My fear always vanishes.
I can move forward with courage and purpose,
even though I don't know what will happen next.

Anyone who depends on God
can face hardship and crises
without feeling ashamed or depressed.
Their faces will be joyful and radiant.
I am safe in God's hands.

I have called on God many times.
He always hears me.
He always saves me.
He always changes my troubles into blessings.

Like an army, God camps out all around me,
guarding me from the enemy
and delivering me at j…

Today I'm thankful for ...

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Oh, Lord,

Today I'm thankful for...

tulips
the sunshine
doing a craft project for someone
a repaired A/C
chocolate chip cookie dough (and eventually cookies)
adult kids working from home
two freezers full of food (for the adult kids working from home)
my she-shed (because adult kids working from home are not always quiet)
a computer to keep me connected
Scripture--it never gets old or irrelevant
Clorox wipes (although I don't have any)
Amazon (to get the off-brand wipes)
flowering cherry and pear trees (dogwoods are next!)
a warm bed
French toast and syrup
my childhood memories
a recently-organized garage and potting shed
verdant green grass
the smell of stained wood
trash pick-up on my street
the diffuser with lemon grass oil (to off-set the smell of the stain)
books
students of all ages
people who have poured into me
Friday (it's tomorrow!)
this blog.

All these things are therapy for me today.
They are reminders of your infinite goodness,
some of the many reasons you don…