Endurance

Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. (Hebrews 10:36 NLT) Times are difficult. Things can be confusing. The world is mocking us. But we shouldn't be surprised by this. God told us exactly what to expect. And... Continue Reading →

Choose Today! Today is the Day!

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord]. (Matthew 6:24 - Amplified Bible) Still on the fence? It... Continue Reading →

Shut the Door

I have to begin here. In 2 Kings 4:33 (NLT): "He went in alone and shut the door behind him and prayed to the LORD." The beginning is to know what it means to shut the door. In this particular verse, translated from the Hebrew word sâgar, shut means to surrender. (Check out the entire... Continue Reading →

Reckless Love

"Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn't you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying... Continue Reading →

Hanging in There

Written by Mary Foulger The last time that I saw my son alive, I told him to go to hell. Of course, that was never what I wanted him to do, but I was so frustrated with him. I felt like he expected so much of his father and me, his mother, but so little... Continue Reading →

Encourage Each Other

"Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them." (Ephesians 4:29, NLT) I have seen how, if someone is criticized and belittled, they want to give up. It breaks them. It causes them to actually NOT work... Continue Reading →

The Little Foxes

I have learned the hard way. Foxes will stalk their prey for days...weeks even. They study their habits. They learn the weaknesses of their prey. See a fox - scare it away - it will return. You must catch it. You must eliminate it. Or it will kill. A single fox can take out an... Continue Reading →

Why Are You Downcast Oh My Soul

Written by Anna Sojourning   My depressed thoughts would go like this: "I want to be alone, but I don't want to be lonely.  I'm afraid of failure, but I feel unable to do anything anything.  I know I should be peaceful and happy, but I just want to fall on the floor and lay... Continue Reading →

WHEN You Fall

New years often bring resolutions for change, whether to stop a “bad” habit or to start a new “good” habit.   So often we start out strong, only to find ourselves fail shortly thereafter.   Thinking of all of this got me thinking about a familiar passage of scripture, found in Matthew (14:25-31a, NLT):  ... Continue Reading →

The Joy of the Lord Is My Strength

Written by Casey Johnson   Joy. We sing about joy often. Joy to the World. Ode to Joy. I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy.  These are a few examples.  We talk about joy. But what does joy mean? Many misunderstand that joy=happiness and happiness=joy. Sadly, with this misunderstanding many good people miss a wonderful gift... Continue Reading →

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