I love the absolutes of the promises here:SURELY - for certain, truly, undoubtedly- God’s goodness and love (perfect and never-failing) will follow me…ALL the days of my life- not just the easy, successful, not confusing ones-And I SHALL - I will, this is my future- dwell in the house of the Lord FOREVER- eternity and… Continue reading Absolute Certainty
Saturday Song: the silence before Easter
I wonder what Christ’s followers were thinking the morning after his crucifixion. While they were together, did they pray? Did they sing? Did they feel overcome with fear? Did they discuss what might befall them next? Did Christ’s final words to them (John 14-17) echo through their memories? “Whatever befall” is a mystery, but it… Continue reading Saturday Song: the silence before Easter
Celebrating Through April
With quarantine in effect around the world, including my little corner, I’ve thought about how much light-heartedness and mirth were missing from daily routine... This got me to thinking, what other ways could I celebrate through the quarantine of April? Below, I’m listing my favorites I found. Happy April!
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.
Burdens and luxurious love
Somebody must carry these cares. If I cannot do it myself, can I find any one who will ? My Father who is in heaven stands waiting to be my burden-bearer. With broad shoulders, with omnipotence as his strength, he says “ My child, roll thy burden upon thy God.” Blessed privilege, dare I neglect… Continue reading Burdens and luxurious love
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
This mug makes me laugh. “But first, coffee” resonates with my feelings today, even though I’ve already been up for close to an hour. This mug also gets me thinking... If I look closely at the patterns of my living and thinking, what would be my true “But, first”? When waking up... When making decisions...… Continue reading But first…?
Perfect faithfulness... As he has been, so he is, and so he will be. As his promises have been fulfilled, so they are being fulfilled, and will be fulfilled for eternity. As his plans have come to pass, so they are coming to pass, and will be completed.
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
Psalm 33 and the Presence of Jesus
Blessed is the fact that Christians can rejoice even in the deepest distress; although trouble may surround them, they still sing; and, like many birds, they sing best in their cages. The waves may roll over them, but their souls soon rise to the surface and see the light of God's countenance; they have a… Continue reading Psalm 33 and the Presence of Jesus