Tag: Holy Spirit

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.23.2021

Everyone has trouble sleeping at one time or another. It might be due to the stress of life, a change in your body or too much pizza. Whatever the reason, it is distressing. There are a couple of verses in Psalms that really help me to relax when my mind is buzzing with sleeplessness. 5I …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.22.2021

34“The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. 35You, too, must keep watch! For you …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.21.2021

Asleep at the wheel. An idiomatic statement meaning not alert or attentive. To be asleep at the wheel isn’t a statement of one actually sleeping but rather being in a state of unawares. This week, as I listened to a podcast, I had a sense that it is possible to devote time and energy to …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.20.2021

Sleep. “Sleep is an essential function that allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. Healthy sleep also helps the body remain healthy and stave off diseases. Without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly.”1 While sleep is an essential function, it can also be an escape from reality. 4But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.19.2021

On Friday, I said I would be preaching at Maple City Chapel sharing our experience of The Best Worst Year. If you didn’t have an opportunity to listen live, you can access it here. What does one do when she lays it all down over the course of several hours and two services? She follows …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.16.2021

8And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.  2 Corinthians 9:8 6Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 1 Timothy 6:6 In the two verses above, the underlined word(s) are translated from the same Greek word – …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.15.2021

In the New Testament, Paul writes a letter to his protege, Timothy. Paul left for Macedonia and Timothy remained in Ephesus to give leadership to the fledgingly church. Specifically, Paul wanted to Timothy to stand guard against teaching that was contrary to the truth of Jesus. It seems people then were like people now and …

out of the chaos 07.14.2021

9Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind. Ecclesiastes 6:9 As I browse scripture to see what it says about contentment, I landed in Ecclesiastes. The wise teacher’s perspective is challenging for sure. I don’t go shopping very often and I go …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.13.2021

Contentment is feeling or showing satisfaction with one’s possessions, status or situation; to be pleased. It certainly behooves me to be content in the place I am. Sometimes, though, I am prodded to move out of my situation into something different. It might be “better” or maybe it’s just the next step in God’s good …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.12.2021

I moved to Indiana in 1985. For many years, I hailed from Montana moving to Indiana only when I married. I remember many times looking longingly at other places to live. We would dream of settling in some more romantic space with opportunity, scenery and, to be honest, a starting over. It certainly wasn’t that …