In Christ, our joy and peace have nothing to do with our circumstances! Our hope, joy, and peace have everything to do with Jesus! He is our hope, He blesses us with His peace, and He supplies us with unending joy even in painful, difficult times. What's trying to steal your joy today? Is a painful circumstance or a challenging situation threatening to rob you of your joy and peace? The God of hope wants to fill you with all joy and peace! He wants to fill you so … [Read more...] about Seeking Joy and Peace
"Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distress. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins." (Psalm 25:17-18, ESV) My friend, are the troubles of your heart looming largeand threatening to rob you of joy and peace? When painful trials and difficulties arise, you still have hope. You are not alone to fight for yourself. You have a Champion, a Savior, a Warrior King who is fighting for … [Read more...] about Deliverance From Distress Through Faith in Him
Condemned No More The woman accused in John 8:1-11 was in trouble; there was no question of her guilt. She was caught in the very act of her sin and she stood before Jesus condemned by the religious leaders. John 8:3: “As he [Jesus] was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.” She had been caught. There was no question that her behavior was sinful. Her actions were disobedient … [Read more...] about Condemned No More
Life in The Light Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness (Genesis 1:3-4). Life can get dark. Whether it's struggles and circumstances, or negative emotions and anxious thoughts, life can be difficult, and, yes, life can get dark. In those difficult times, remember who God is. Focus on Him and on His power, remember His love, and meditate on His goodness. He has not left you alone to face this … [Read more...] about Life in The Light
Today is a day of rejoicing! It has been one year today since Connor's life-saving, life-changing surgery and he is doing amazing! We are praying and thinking about his future--and we rejoice in the goodness of God! We rejoice and celebrate life and are so thankful that God answered our prayers with "yes," but even more so, we rejoice and are thankful simply that God hears and answers our prayers! God is not good because He gives us what we want. God is good because...God is just good. … [Read more...] about The Beauty of Hope
I can't do this. But God can! This is true for absolutely everything we do. But, the bigger the dream, the loftier the goal, the harder the challenge, the more we realize just how true it is! Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4, NASB). ~*~ This verse does NOT mean He gives us everything we want. We can't claim this verse for a new car, or quote it when we want new shoes. "Well, God wants me to have the desires of my heart … [Read more...] about But God!
We all have pain, hurts, mistakes, and regrets. We have been hurt, and we have inflicted hurt on others. We have pain, and we have caused pain. And It doesn't matter if the offense is intentional or accidental, it still hurts and we want, we need, relief. Whether seeking relief from mild discomfort or debilitating pain, headache or migraine, a hurtful word spoken or a horrible deed, we can only find real, lasting relief in one way...it's not necessarily the shortest way, and it's often not … [Read more...] about Real Relief
My son spent a few days in the hospital last week. He has rare and potentially serious health risks so his doctors tend to be extremely cautious, and because of his symptoms, he was admitted to the hospital . Thankfully, it wasn't serious and he was able to come home yesterday where he is recovering quickly. We rejoice and praise God! There is nothing I have experienced in life harder than watching my child, my son, suffer in pain, endure medical tests, procedures, and surgeries, and fight … [Read more...] about Growing Pains
Jesus died on "Good" Friday. He suffered in pain and anguish as He was beaten, tortured, and crucified. His family and friends watched in horror as He died an excruciating death while others mocked and spit at Him. So how can we possibly call it "good"? It is the most horrific day in history when the Savior was brutally killed because of our sin! If the story ended on Friday, there would be nothing "good" about it. It would be the saddest, most depressing story of … [Read more...] about Why is Good Friday “Good”?
***(Reposted from May, 2011. Such a sweet memory from a painful time that was filled with God's hope, peace, and love!) It was Garrett's second to last game of the season and he came up to bat with bases loaded. He got a great hit, right over the 2nd baseman's head into the outfield. The centerfielder threw it in to the infield who threw it to the catcher just a second or two too late- Garrett slid and was safe for a grandslam!! The whole team went crazy and hugged him and James … [Read more...] about God’s Perfect Timing and a Grandslam