Tag: inspiration

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.25.2020

When Dave and I were first married, we volunteered helping with the youth group in our church. One Wednesday evening, we were late for Bible study. Dave attempted to make up for our tardiness by practicing his Indy 500 driving skills. At my best, that would not have amused me. This particular evening, I was …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.24.2020

6Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8And God will generously …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.23.2020

This week I chose to focus on our faces and the impact a cheerful look or a scornful look can impart. My daughter, Emily, has two daughters. When Emily was less than a year old she learned to scowl. We thought it was hilarious and often asked her to do it for others. Now Emily …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.17.2020

Encountering the stars, I learn of God’s power and strength which helps me to know that His understanding is deeper than I can comprehend. He surely sees my troubles! He knows what I experience! But what is He doing about it? What response does He have? 28Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.16.2020

Monday evening I went outside to look at the stars. I chose the front yard because there are fewer lights there than in the back. Opening the door, I snapped off the porch light and was immediately surrounded by deep darkness. So dark, in fact, that I couldn’t see the sidewalk. I did not let …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.14.2020

As I sit here with my computer opened before me, I wonder what to write. I wonder if others are experiencing the same feelings that plague me. I wonder if I should expose my inner thoughts. I wonder how to make a difference in the lives of my readers. And then my mind starts to …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.11.2020

The center book of the Bible is Psalm 118. Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter of the Bible and Psalm 119 is the longest chapter of the Bible. There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118 and 594 chapters after. If you add those together, you get 1188. Psalm 118:8 could be said to be the …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.10.2020

When I read scripture, I remind myself that most of scripture (a few chapters in the Old Testament address nations that oppressed Israel) was written to people who professed to follow God and live in obedience to his commands. The Old Testament is the theological history of the nation of Israel and the promise of …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.09.2020

One of the most difficult practices to develop is stillness; stillness not only in our bodies but in our minds. Calming and quieting ourselves so we can listen. Moses told the Israelites to stay calm and watch. What would they see? The Lord at work! Psalm 46 is also an invitation to be still. The …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.08.2020

13But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. . . .  14The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:13-14 Perhaps you are like me. Attempting to craft a battle plan to wage war against the “enemy” in your life. This scripture is an invitation to …