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Friends, I haven’t been writing here much as I’ve been ill the last few months, but one thing that I have been able to keep up with is our weekly prayer group. I want to invite you to join us in that again if you need/want some companionship in remembering our persecuted family in prayer. Subscribe here. Each week we have a particular Scripture(s) that launches the direction of our.. Read More
Our prayer group this week will meditate on the words, Christ is all and in all. Then we have to make a choice—do we believe it? Not, do we say it, think it, regurgitate it. Do we believe it? “Let us make revolutionists and terrorists a matter of prayerful concern, asking that they may use their energies in the service of peaceful reforms.” — Richard Wurmbrand When I get too.. Read More
My beloved is mine, and I am his; He pastures his flock among the lilies. ~ Song of Songs 2:16 God’s story is a love story. We can read His story in the Scripture, behold it in the seasons, wonder over it in the oceans and maybe more than anywhere else, we can catch glimpses of His great love in our relationships, the completely broken and the less broken ones. The completely broken ones point the way, even.. Read More
“Do not keep on babbling like the pagan…they think they will be heard because of their many words.” (Matthew 6:7) It’s true, Jesus said that. It’s also true that this often gets taught or caught (?) in a confusing mess in-between our ears. On one hand we are taught to imitate the widow who “kept bothering the unjust judge”, (Luke 18:1-8) understanding God wanted us to “always pray and not give up”.. Read More
The accuser comes against the productive, alive, soul. Job, of the Bible, in the land of Uz, was one of these. The first thing we learn of him, that is repeated by God himself, is that he, “was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.”(Job 1:1,8) What does this kind of life look like? Here’s a picture of it from the book of Job: “… I delivered the poor.. Read More
Hello Friends! The Scripture that our prayer group focused on this week was, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” (Colossians 3:16) It was the word “dwell” that really caught my attention. It catches me different right now than at other times in my life, maybe due.. Read More
This kind of peace belongs to people with grit, people who trust in the middle of darkest darkness—their own or the world’s. Pollyanna wishing can’t survive here, optimism blows away in the wind.
Friends, I’m writing to you today, choosing to believe that trust and hope do not disappoint, even in weakness or hardship, because it is in the power of God, and not my own. I trust today. I do not write you here, all of the below, because it is perfectly in place in my life. No, it’s not, not even after nearly 20 years of really trying. I am writing.. Read More
Forgiveness broadens our territory, a wonderful thing and sometimes frightening as well. It can be like turning the corner on a new road, unfamiliar, our breath may shallow or halt altogether if we can’t discern whether we’ve turned the wrong way on a one way or not. Having recently moved I regularly find myself realizing that there are many places where I simply cannot see beyond my current location, I’ve.. Read More
Hope can seem elusive. It’s shadows are long ones draped across the landscapes of our lives but often instead of perceiving an invitation to adventure chasing toward the light, we hesitate at the darkness of the shadows, as though it is a darkness to be avoided. Children and adventures seem to go hand in hand, they are good at leading the way. I often need their help. Before I ever had.. Read More