White As Snow

White As Snow

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Isaiah 1:18 (ESV) It’s snowing outside today. Our first snow. Big flakes coming down at an angle in the wind. Snow reminds…

God is a Man of His Word

God is a Man of His Word

“God is not man, that he should lie,     or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it?     Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” Numbers 23:19 (ESV) There were so many emotions going through my mind and heart that day. I…

When You’re Mad At God

When You’re Mad At God

“I would have lost heart unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord.” ~ Psalm 27:13 (NKJV) Have you ever been mad at God? I had just watched several videos where people shared their stories…their pain as they struggled through issues, the rejection they felt from family and friends, and…

How to Rejoice in Hope

How to Rejoice in Hope

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12) My twenty-something-old daughter invited me to Washington, DC, for breakfast last week. Which meant flying nearly 3,000 miles for some scrambled eggs. (Actually, the visit had been planned, and the breakfast invitation was thrown in as a bonus.) Besides, it was more…

A Magnet for God’s Grace

A Magnet for God’s Grace

What does God’s grace look like for a weary, worried mom? But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  (2 Corinthians 12:9a ESV) I ran half-marathons when our children were little. I’m not an athlete (my goal was to stay ahead of the sweeper car…

Why Prayer is So Hard

Why Prayer is So Hard

“The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer.” (Psalm 6:9, ESV). When I was a baby Christian in my early 20s, I decided I wanted to be a prayer warrior … someone who really knew God and saw lots of results from their prayers. It was a lofty and very naïve goal….

Waiting Makes You Strong

Waiting Makes You Strong

“but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (ESV) Waiting is a hard process but not impossible with God. I remember staying up all night long on Christmas Eve….

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