5Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. 7Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. 8Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your …

While this song is quite lengthy – over twelve minutes – it is worth every moment. May God use this song to restore hope in your desert place! What phrase or description of God in the song meant the most to you? What do you relate to the most in these accounts of desperation from …

In my consideration this week of Hagar’s interaction with the One who sees her and my subsequent delve into how God sees his people, I came across this beautiful picture of how God’s care for his people. 10In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared …

6I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. 7Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. 8Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in …

There is nothing quite like being seen. More than acknowledged, actually SEEN! I know. Sometimes I don’t want to be seen either. Like the morning I decide to run to the grocery store with bed head and sleepy eyes. Then I am glad for anonymity. The majority of the time, I want to know that …

The book of Proverbs always intrigues and challenges me. Proverbs are, by definition, short pithy statements that pack a punch. They are principles at work (if this, then that) rather than promises (provision based on God’s character). Let me illustrate. 3But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who …

Blamelessness – faultless, innocent, unblemished, without blame. In a world filled with shame, blame and pointing fingers, I long to be seen through the eyes of grace. I am not perfect — not by a long shot — but the word of God tells me that I am chosen to be blameless. My heart skips, …

Blamelessness. A quality of Noah, mentioned in Genesis 6, that gives me pause. The same quality is attributed to Job in Job 1:1 and the prophet Ezekiel affirms it described both Noah and Job (Ezekiel 14:14). Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in …

It happened again. Listening to the account of the flood, God told Noah to build an ark. An ark – that’s a really big boat! And it’s going to rain. It had never rained so this was a totally new concept — water falling from the sky. I might have had a few clarifying questions. …

This year the church I attend is undertaking the community task of reading through the Bible in a year. It sounds a lot like a resolution to me and if there is anything I avoid with a vengeance, it is resolutions. I even told my friend I was not planning to participate. Not that it’s …