HOPE FOR TIRED HEARTS

Our hearts get tired.  The world spins, life rushes, and we sometimes don’t know how we will keep up.  We want to slow everything down just long enough to get caught up on rest so that we can carry on.  If by some happy circumstance we actually feel like we’re not running behind, it’s not…

ANOTHER NEW YEAR

It’s a new year, Lord. Again. I have far fewer years ahead than behind, yet there is so much I still have not attained in my life with You. I tend to depend on learning in order to grow, but I’m coming to realize that is not the way of Your Spirit. Real change and…

DEEPER ROOTS

I have been guilty of collecting books on my Kindle, putting off reading them, and then getting sidetracked and forgetting all about them.  Lately, I found a gem just waiting for me to rediscover it, and the timing was perfect.  It’s another book by Andrew Murray (I highly recommend any book he authored!) titled “Spirit…

CHOOSING AGAIN

Lord, I don’t respond like You do. I get frustrated. I get hurt. I compare. I lay blame. I get annoyed. I give up. I worry. I criticize. These are often my first reactions. What’s worse, it’s not just situations I’m responding to, but people. When will Your life and love supersede mine? How will…

BROKEN HEARTS

It breaks my heart, Lord, to see and hear all the anger and hatred from all sides these days. The world ridicules and demeans Christians. So-called Christians mock and vilify everyone outside their circle. Truth is, we’re all guilty and have a sin nature at our core. At the same time, most are decent and…

SURROUNDING GRACE

Grace surrounds us. On the most ordinary days and in the most ordinary ways, the Lord is pouring out His grace. We think of grace as that which forgave our sin and made our salvation possible.  That is true.  God’s grace was among the forces at work when He provided Jesus as Redeemer and Savior….

Lessons From My Puppy

I tend to learn from the everyday, common things that are around me, and I’ve been spending lots of quality time with our miniature schnauzer puppy.  Zoe will be four months old in a few days, and she’s been with us almost two of the four.  She is a pretty smart little puppy and has…