Reflections

I love the end of the year.  We’ve celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas, gathered, eaten good food, laughed, played, hugged, and eaten again.  It has been a good year, a really good year.  I relish the chance to remember the blessings. I also love looking forward to the new year that’s almost here.  What are the…

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Christmas is approaching!  I love this season…lights, music, movies, concerts, snow, cold, comfort, families gathered, traditions observed, and even the craziness of getting it all done.  But my favorite moments are the quiet ones…the times when I look at a manger scene and am struck all over again with the vastness and scope of God’s…

FACING ADVERSITY

  Father, it’s hard sometimes to not be fearful when we wonder what the future holds. How will we face the trials that may come? We have been used to comfort and ease, and we do not easily let that go. There are many possible pitfalls, and it’s easy to go into self-protection mode. What…

MORE THAN ONE THING IS TRUE

I’m struggling, Lord, to understand what You say about healing. Some passages seem to say that we should expect healing and health as part of Your provision. Other passages indicate that suffering, hardship, even illness may be brought, or at least allowed by You, and if we are not healed, we should accept and receive…

Time and Eternity

Time marches on, and we feel the weight of it day by day.  It is the same in each season of life.  The pressures of the day may feel like they will never end, but the years fly by with alarming speed.   Just about the time we think our babies will never sleep through…

THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Show me Your shepherd heart, Father. Help me to remember that I am a sheep, both individually, and as a part of Your flock. You have promised shepherds after Your own heart for Your people. How will we recognize them and not be led astray? Any shepherd that I call to lead My people will…

NORMAL LIVING

Teach me, Father, the difference between my own efforts to please You and Your Holy Spirit living His life of obedience in me.   The difference, My child, between your life and Mine cannot be measured.  They are as different as hope and despair, as love and hate, as life and death.  Your efforts to please…