Tag: daily devotional

OUT OF THE CHAOS 12.07.2020

1Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. 2And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3He will delight in obeying the Lord. He will …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 12.03.2020

1“Comfort, comfort my people,”says your God. 2“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the Lord has punished her twice over for all her sins.”3Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,“Clear the way through the wilderness for the Lord! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 11.25.2020

8I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. 9No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. Psalm 16:8-9 I am grateful for the continual presence of God by my side. He is always with me, teaching me, protecting me, changing …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 11.10.2020

Thirty years ago on this day, my day began as every other. We were in the final stages of building our first house, planning to move in just before Thanksgiving. I was pregnant and due November 25. Yes — we were supposed to move on my due date. Then everything changed. About 6:30 p.m., as …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 11.09.2020

I am writing this before the USA election is decided. In a few days or maybe hours, fifty percent of the population will be disappointed. I don’t know which side of the fence you are on, but I’ve been thinking how I want to respond regardless of the outcome. “The king’s heart is like a …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.28.2020

10Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, imprisoned in iron chains of misery. 11They rebelled against the words of God, scorning the counsel of the Most High. 12That is why he broke them with hard labor; they fell, and no one was there to help them. 13“Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.21.2020

Loss. The topic for this week because it is everywhere. It isn’t just death, the loss of a loved one, but the hard things that visit us out of nowhere. Job changes, health crisis, family difficulty, unmet dreams … the challenges of life. Looking to the psalms and David’s writing in particular, we learn how …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.15.2020

Contronym – a word with multiple meanings where one meaning is the reverse of the other. The third: screen (v) Screen: to protect of conceal Screen: to show or broadcast 20After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard. 21One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.12.2020

32That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. 33The whole town gathered at the door to watch. 34So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak. 35Before daybreak the …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.09.2020

David spent many hours as a young man in the fields tending sheep and listening to God. Evidence of knowing himself was displayed in his first interactions with King Saul when he volunteered to fight the giant, Goliath. Yesterday I highlighted his choice to forego the armor Saul offered because it wasn’t him. He knew …