σκοπέω - to look, to consider How often do I think only about what I can see? Even in the midst of lesser trouble, how often do I just look at my circumstances and lose heart? When was the last time I contemplated - actually considered in depth- the eternal glory of God and heaven?… Continue reading σκοπέω: consider for yourself
Monday Moments: hygge
Sunshine, heated blanket, kitty, coffee, prayer, and books. I may never get off this couch again. Granted, this is not a normal Monday morning (see last Monday’s post). So, I am thankful for an extra day of rest. This moment, I am relaxing and soaking in the sounds of the clock ticking, laundry whirring, and… Continue reading Monday Moments: hygge
The New Year: Looking to what?
The New Year is fast approaching. I’m keeping up with my tradition of deep cleaning our home. For many (very good) reasons, people seem glad to let go of 2020 and move forward. As old gives way to new, we find ourselves looking forward, drawing hope from our expectation of the new. One of the… Continue reading The New Year: Looking to what?
Longing for more: Nearer my God to Thee (medley)
"Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst." — John 4:14 He who is a believer in Jesus finds enough in his Lord to satisfy him now, and to content him for evermore. The believer is not the man whose days are weary for want of comfort, and whose nights… Continue reading Longing for more: Nearer my God to Thee (medley)
Sunday Song: He will hold me fast
Question:What is your only comfortin life and death? Answer:That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.He has fully paid for all my sinswith his precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil.He also… Continue reading Sunday Song: He will hold me fast
Songs of Hope and Peace: the Sure and Steady Anchor
Trouble is guaranteed in this life, but what a comfort that we need not go through this life without the peace of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He made a way for the disciples’ peace, speaking purposefully to them, and so He speaks purposefully to us through His Scripture. Even in the midst of trouble and great grief, the time and testimony of fellow believers prove that the peace of Christ emboldens Christians to take heart and even sing. Perhaps that is one reason I love both of these songs so much. ‘It is Well’ is one of the songs I would play for my grandma while she lay in bed with cancer. This song was born out of comfort in grief and has in turn comforted so many like me. The second song, ‘Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor’ speaks of the hope He gives in salvation. We hope as those who already know the answer, yes, He has, and, yes, He will.
Rejoice, Pray, and Give Thanks: fighting anxiety
I've learned to recognize the signs that mean it's time for me to sleep. When I was a kid, the signal was me running full steam in circles. As a grown up, the signs feel more sinister. Fear about what will happen in the future. Anxiety about what I need to get done. The accompanying… Continue reading Rejoice, Pray, and Give Thanks: fighting anxiety
Philippians Monday Challenge
Philippians 4 Monday morning challenge: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends… Continue reading Philippians Monday Challenge
Abide and Rest
Mondays can be busy days. Or maybe they only seem more busy because it's the first workday after the weekend. Too often the temptation can be to give in to the tyranny of the urgent and dive willingly into the rush that offers no real rest or relief... at least it is for me. So… Continue reading Abide and Rest
Sunday Song: I Will Sing of my Redeemer
“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.” Psalms 59:16-17 The book of Psalms is… Continue reading Sunday Song: I Will Sing of my Redeemer