You Will Get Through This

“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job 8:21 NIV Sometimes when your heart has been broken, the healing comes first and the answers come later. But when you think about it, wouldn’t you rather walk with God in the darkness than walk alone in the light? It’s doubtful Job ever fully comprehended all the losses he experienced in life or why. But there came a time when he was able to look back and say with confidence, “He will yet fill your mouth … [Read more...]

Step Back and See the Bigger Picture

“A great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” 1Co 16:9 NKJV One day the Chamber of Commerce in a small town invited a successful businessman to come and speak. The local economy was bad and they were discouraged, so his job was to motivate them. He took a large piece of white paper and made a red dot in the center of it. “What do you see?” he asked the audience. One person replied, “I see a red dot.” The speaker said, “Fine, but what else do you see?” Others … [Read more...]

Remember the Overlooked and Forgotten

“Plead the case of the widow.” Isa 1:17 NIV In New Testament times society had no welfare system. That’s why the apostle James wrote, “Religion that God…accepts…is…to look after orphans and widows” (Jas 1:27NIV). This could be the kind of ministry you’ve been looking for! The only qualification you need is the memory of how it feels to “be left out” and the compassion to “do something about it.” The following poignant letter, “The Story of Widowhood,” was written by a … [Read more...]

You can overcome your past!

"Jephthah…a mighty man of valor…was the son of a harlot.” Jdg 11:1 NKJV Sociologists tell us that human behavior is largely determined by two things: our parents and our environment. Judging by that, they’d have written Jephthah off as a lost cause! But not God. His Word says, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing” (Isa 43:18-19 NKJV). When Jesus becomes Lord of your life, neither genes nor environment can prevent you from becoming … [Read more...]

Enjoy Your Life

“To everything there is a season…a time to laugh…to dance…to love.” Ecc 3:1-8 When did you last take time to laugh, to dance, and to love? Can you even remember? In the words of an unknown poet: “This is the age of the half-read page; the quick hash and the mad dash. The bright knight with the nerves tight; the plane hop and the brief stop. The lamp-tan in a brief span; the big shot in a good spot. The brain strain and the heart pain; the catnaps until the spring snaps…and the fun’s done!” … [Read more...]

Stop Putting It Off

“Teach us to number our days.” Ps 90:12 NKJV In a 1985 newspaper essay, Anne Wells wrote: “My brother-in-law opened my sister’s bureau and lifted out a tissue-wrapped package. It was an exquisite silk handmade slip; the price tag with an astronomical figure on it was still attached. ‘Jan bought this the first time we went to New York…eight or nine years ago,’ [he said]. ‘She never wore it; she was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this is the occasion.’ He put the slip on the bed … [Read more...]

A Moveable Alter

“Make the altar out of boards and leave the inside hollow.” Ex 27:8 NCV The altar in the tabernacle was a place where sacrifices were offered in worship to God. And He had definite ideas about how it was to be built: “Make the altar out of boards and leave the inside hollow.” A stone or metal structure would have been heavy to transport, whereas a hollow wooden altar could be carried on poles and travel along with the Israelites. The image of a moveable altar is a reminder that while you should … [Read more...]

“Teach me to receive your love.”

“We love him, because he first loved us.” 1Jn 4:19 We know how frustrating it is to try to give a gift to somebody who keeps refusing it. Insecurity and feelings of unworthiness keep many of us from being good “receivers.” We think we must earn or deserve everything we get. We even go so far as to mistrust the giver and think: “Why would you want to do that for me? What’s your real motive?” Now if we feel that way, imagine how God feels when He extends His love and we refuse it because we feel … [Read more...]

Do Right By Your Children

“Teach your children right from wrong, and when they are grown they will still do right.” Pr 22:6 CEV A mother who smokes passes the nicotine on to her baby in her breast milk. Unintentionally she pollutes her child with her own vices. And it’s the same when we pass on things like bitterness, guilt, and insecurity to our kids. That’s why we need God’s help; only He can bring healing to the root of our problem and break the cycle. No one else can teach faith to your children like you. The … [Read more...]

When You Have a Vision

“I was not disobedient to the vision.” Ac 26:19 NIV When God gives you a vision for your life, you need to know how to: (1) Hold it. Your vision is governed by a time frame: “The vision is…for an appointed time…though it tarry, wait for it” (Hab 2:3). Some of us can conceive a vision, but we can’t carry it to full term because we’re not willing to endure the stretching and discomfort involved. We rush ahead of God and our vision is stillborn, or too weak to survive. Jesus said, “That which is … [Read more...]