Honor

Honor: Noun: high respect; great esteem. adherence to what is right or to a conventional standard of conduct. Verb: regard with great respect fulfill (an obligation) or keep (an agreement) I recently read a Bible devotional that talked about how God honors us.  Initially, it rubbed wrong and I had to stop and ask myself... Continue Reading →

Renewed: Day 39, Keeping an Outward Focus

"Healthy churches have an outward focus. Healthy ministers and church leaders do too.  Inward-looking churches think about their own wants more than the world's needs. Insulated and cut off from what God is doing in the world, they often wind up devouring themselves from within. . . . Keeping an outward focus can help prevent... Continue Reading →

Renewed: Day 32, Redemption

"...those lessons were costly. And the church - have they learned anything from this? Or will they repeat the same process with another pastor two years down the road: hope, disillusionment, blame, conflict, gone? It's out of my hands now.  God, I want to believe nothing is wasted with you. But what was the purpose... Continue Reading →

Resting

This past Autumn, a few of us at our church prayer meeting were given similar thoughts on the need for healing in our church and community. We weren't sure what it all looked like, but my pastor-husband began to research different options and we all began to pray about it. This week, we are holding... Continue Reading →

Renewed, Day 21, Silence

"God's silence can be painful. We can experience seasons of silence for different reasons. Sometimes people can't hear from God because they have never surrendered to Christ's lordship. We may experience God's silence because we are harboring unconfessed sin or have rejected a clear calling from God. Yet sometimes none of those apply. God's silence... Continue Reading →

Renewed, Day 19, Moving Forward

I am so glad that I've had these past few weeks of Christmas and all of the busy-ness that goes with the December seasonal activities. I had made it half-way through this day's devotional and just wasn't at the place to be able to process and write about it until now. We had been presented... Continue Reading →

Renewed: Day 11, Loving Your Enemies

"Loving your enemies seems easy until you have one." (Renewed, pg 45, Leigh Powers) In theory, it is easy to forgive. It is especially easy if we no longer need to have a relationship with the person who wronged us. The depth of forgiveness is most severely tested when the relationship is continued. "Forgiveness doesn't... Continue Reading →

Feet in the Water

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. ... For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior..." Isaiah 43:2,3 God often speaks to me through pictures when I pray. At last night's prayer... Continue Reading →

Overloaded

Well, that title about says it all. 🙂 I am smack in the middle of planning for my son's 15th birthday party this coming weekend; am still organizing and heading up a family reunion for my mother's side of the family - long distance from the location - which takes place in a few weeks... Continue Reading →

The Burden of Joy

I've struggled with depression for what seems like forever.  It is not an easy admittance and even typing the letters for all to see makes me feel like snatching them back and stuffing them into a dark corner somewhere in my heart's closet.  I am choosing to be brave and honest and just leave them there. It... Continue Reading →

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