Tag: courage

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.01.2020

Romance. Chick flicks. Whatever you call them, they usually include a character who pursues someone in spite of great opposition. This person refuses to take no for an answer and is jealous for the affection of his/her true love. Jealousy has a bad rap. Mostly it motivates people to do stupid things that are harmful …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 04.30.2020

What distinguishes you from those around you? Is there anything at all that you won’t leave home without? Something that gives you confidence and courage? Moses was asked to perform an amazing feat: lead a nation out of slavery in Egypt to a land of their own. Considering the number of people and the magnitude …

20/20 VISION

I admire people who overcome great obstacles to become people of character and resilience. I marvel at the fortitude they show in pushing through even when there is opposition of some sort. Dave and I recently watched “Harriet,” a movie about Harriet Tubman. Her commitment to helping slaves find freedom despite peril to her own …

out of the chaos 04.24.2020

Spoiler alert: if you are squeamish about wounds and cuts, proceed with caution. Just saying! Last Friday I cut my finger. While chopping bacon to add to mashed potatoes for loaded mashed potatoes, I successfully chopped the corner of my finger clean off. Not just part way through, but clean off. Interestingly, it didn’t really …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 04.21.2020

My final takeaway, and probably the most important. It matters what I think about. If I want to live in the peace of God, without fear, anxiety and worry as my constant companions, it matters where my mind goes. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 04.18.2020

Jesus is our advocate. He rejects the accusations of the enemy because he is also our perfect Justice. He knows what is true and what is not. When there is change to be made, he convicts our hearts through the presence of the Holy Spirit. He advocates for us before the Father because he has …

Out of the chaos 03.27.2020

Jehoshaphat, terrified by the news that three armies were advancing against him, called the community to prayer and fasting. He appealed to God’s promise to hear and deliver the people when they were threatened by an enemy. He confessed they didn’t know what to do, but relied on God for help. According to his promise, …

Daily Reads 03.07.2020

Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. Romans 8:13 In a society crippled by debt, followers of Jesus have a different mandate. The debt we owe one another is LOVE. Sounds simple, right? But some days it feels …

Daily Reads 03.05.2020

Fear is a liar. It doesn’t know how to discern truth from lie. It overwhelms and immobilizes. It creates chaos. As with all automatic responses of the brain, fear has it’s place. It keeps me from walking too close to the edge. It keeps me out of the street. It makes me cautious at night …

Daily Reads 03.02.2020

God’s love…it’s been on my mind. How do I know that I am loved? Am I really seeing what he wants me to see? Am I experiencing his love in the deepest possible way? God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might …