Tag: depression

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.10.2021

Drawing dark, thick lines in the sand are, most of the time, invitations to disaster. Too often, the one who speaks vehemently, without regard for their own fallibiity, find themselves on the wrong side of that line. As I studied this week, I found this helpful prayer. I recommend adopting it! 3Take control of what …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.10.2021

I’ve been pondering Jesus’ words to Peter from Luke 22. Before Peter ever drew the thick line in the sand — “even if I have to die, I will never leave you!” — Jesus planned to restore him. He gave Peter the courage to repent before he erred! Are you getting that? Before we mess …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.09.2021

When confronted by my own failures, my first instinct is to lash out. Blaming others, pointing out how others fail or defending myself, I refuse to take responsibility. I am hesitant to repent, missing the blessing of restoration. Jesus has a better plan for me and knows my faith wavers. He is praying for me …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.08.2021

33Peter declared, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.”34Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.”35“No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!”  Matthew 26:33-35 A dark line …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.07.2021

Sunday, May 30, I was privileged to speak in both of our morning services. If you missed it, you can access the sermon on the Maple City Chapel website under the media tab or by clicking the link. I spoke from 2 Chronicles 14-16 which features Asa, the third king of Judah after the split …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.04.2021

If you are like me, you long to be forgiven quickly and completely, with relationships back to “normal” immediately. I don’t like the “I’m bruised and I need a little time to heal” phase. Perhaps forgiveness is difficult for you. I know it is for me. It’s hard to know what exactly it means to …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.03.2021

I have never been to any of my high school class reunions. I moved away right after graduation and never lived in that area again. Relationships weren’t maintained, new interests formed, distance developed. Honestly, it feels like a huge hurdle. I remember my high school years through a certain lens, as do we all. Since …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.02.2021

21Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: Lamentations 3:21 Jeremiah, a prophet to the southern kingdom of Israel before they were taken captive by Babylon, warned the people of Israel what would happen if they didn’t surrender to Babylon. The king, Zedekiah, didn’t listen and the people of Jerusalem suffered needlessly. Lamentations …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.01.2021

32Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! 33If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.  Luke 17:32-33 Remember what happened to Lot’s wife. What happened? Lot was Abraham’s nephew who traveled with him to the land of Canaan. (See Genesis 13) At one point, …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.31.21

Today is a day set aside to remember and honor those who have served our country in the armed forces. Throughout my lifetime, it served as a day to remember loved ones who died. Taking flowers to the cemetery often happens on this day. It is good to remember. As I thought of that, I …