It is a matter of tradition for me at the beginning of a new year to identify one chapter of Scripture for the purpose of daily meditation. I read that chapter everyday for the whole year until its words rise … Continue reading
I love that the story we celebrate at Christmas comes to us in so many voices. Matthew’s gospel begins with a list—at first glance it looks just like a boring, skip-to-the-end family tree. On closer inspection it is a beautiful … Continue reading
“…and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness.” ~Revelation 1:5 “Jesus is called the faithful witness. The Greek word order of placing the adjective after the noun stresses the point emphatically for us in English; this is not just any testifier, … Continue reading
Have you ever done the hard work of obedience only to find that circumstances in your life went from bad to worse? Today I’m talking about that over at Pick Your Portion.
What are you supposed to do when you follow through on your part of the deal, but God doesn’t show up to seal it? God’s command + Man’s obedience = Where’s the blessing? How’s one supposed to react when God can be so wildly disappointing?
Do you still taste the salt from tears you cried wondering why God didn’t show up in power at a moment ripe for his victory? Do you still feel the flush of embarrassment from the time you walked away shamed and shunned by false accusation while the wrongdoers got off scot-free? Does your heart still have cracks from the tremor of the wicked prospering, while the hard working, integrity-filled were laid-off, over-looked, and defeated?
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My heart shrugs. If hope is a stirring that makes the heart look forward to another day, then apathy must be hope’s kryptonite. Maybe it’s fatigue, or the onset of fall, or the fact that my refrigerator smells like death … Continue reading
She has done it again. Back in 2011, I shared with you what a powerful faith memoir Carolyn Weber wrote–in it she drew out doubting places, then tucked in truth, and did it all with the beauty and grace of … Continue reading
Do you struggle with priorities? I do. Often I am over-committed and under-convicted. Not wanting to miss out, I cram in too much life in a day and take away far less gratitude than I ought. I am torn between … Continue reading
Do you ever struggle with trusting God with an unknown future? What about when it seems that you and God have different desires? I confess, I do. Frequently I find myself faced with a very big choice: Will I trust … Continue reading
Hi, my name is Brenda and I’m a control freak. A recovering control freak, but a control freak nonetheless. I’ve spent years wrestling down things that were intended to be free. Things like my husband, my children, and my garden. … Continue reading
Have you ever committed to something that afterwards caused you to do a little fear and trembling? A lot of fear and trembling? Currently I’m having my own little moment like that. Okay. Deep breath. Remember life motto: Freaking out … Continue reading