Tag: despair

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.25.2021

11But watch out, you who live in your own light and warm yourselves by your own fires. This is the reward you will receive from me: You will soon fall down in great torment. Isaiah 50:11 18When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them. …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.22.2021

10False weights and unequal measures—the Lord detests double standards of every kind. Proverbs 20:10 Recently a friend shared her frustration at work. It seemed that policies were not applied fairly and she struggled to make sense of it. A couple of days later, she purchased some specialty donuts she particularly liked. They were a bit of a …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.20.2021

This week Dave and I are spending some quality time in Florida with our oldest daughter and her children. Dave works during the day while Emily and I hang with the girls. It’s been great! Monday we decided to go to the beach late in the afternoon so Dave could go along. Arriving at the …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.15.2021

15For I am waiting for you, O Lord. You must answer for me, O Lord my God. 16I prayed, “Don’t let my enemies gloat over me or rejoice at my downfall.” Psalm 38:15-16 Once again, I find scripture speaks truth the best. Many times I have cried out to God to remember me, to save me, …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.14.2021

As I meditated on Psalm 38 yesterday, my mind kept turning to the woman in John 8. Jesus is teaching in the temple courts when suddenly the religious people push through the crowd with a woman in tow. “She was caught in the act of adultery,” they say. “What should we do with her? The …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.12.2021

18I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. Psalm 94:18 Speaking through the prophet, Isaiah, God says this about the Lord’s Chosen Servant . . . 3He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged. Isaiah …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.06.2021

Last evening a friend and I were talking and discovered an experience we hold in common. Both of us share the common experience of being cut off by someone we thought was a friend. Not just casually ignored but told with words that we are no longer considered a friend. Many times, relationships do not …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.30.2021

In the writing of Isaiah the prophet, he records the conflict between Hezekiah, the King of Judah and King Sennacherib of Assyria, the dominant world power of his day. Sennacherib sends a letter to Hezekiah that begins in this manner: 10“This message is for King Hezekiah of Judah. Don’t let your God, in whom you …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.29.2021

My phone whistles at me, indicating another new text message. I glance at it and read another no. No, it doesn’t work tonight. I drop my head slightly and hear the subtle, mocking voice – “you should just throw your hands up and quit.” Tempted to agree, I pause on the image that comes to …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.22.2021

4He had to go through Samaria on the way. 5Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 7Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to …