What Goes In Will Come Up

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On last Sunday, a day before my surgery on Monday, June 18th, I found myself studying the words of Psalm 91 (a favorite of mine). During that study time, the words of verses 14-16 jumped out at me (I’ve always loved them), and I stayed there. The next morning, before heading out for the surgery, I set my sights there again, as I readied myself for the road ahead of me.  Continue reading

For These Trials I’ve Prayed

1 Peter 1-6

“The very thing that seems disastrous to you, may be the answer to a prayer prayed by you.”

The above quote stems from something God revealed to me some years ago on my college graduation day (concerning some things that had happened sometime prior to it), and it’s something He continues to remind me of even now. Continue reading

From Emptiness to Wholeness in Christ

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While reading through a recent devotional, I was struck by the author’s take on the life of the Samaritan woman, a passage I’ve read several times during this journey, and it brought some truths from my own life to mind. If you don’t know who the Samaritan woman is, we meet her (and it’s the only time we’ll see her) in the book of John, chapter 4. It’s there that Jesus brings to light the truth of the woman’s life. Continue reading

The #MeToo, #ChurchToo Movements

Romans 12v12

Not too long ago, I learned that a Me Too movement was trending on Twitter (via an article); on Saturday, I learned that a Church Too movement had also been started. I’m not one to get involved in the online trends and debates (however true/factual they may be); nevertheless, this latest movement really saddened and bothered me, and I felt that I should speak (briefly) on it.

Let me start by saying that I can relate to both the Me Too and Church Too hashtags. However, that doesn’t make the Church Too hashtag any less bothersome for me. Continue reading

Your Gift to the Body

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Recently, I was listening to a newly released (or what I believe to be a newly released) Gospel song on the radio, and one of the background singer’s voices took center stage for me in the song. All of the singers could sing really well, but that one lady’s voice truly made a difference in the song… it stood out. The song, being one of truth about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and one that I can relate to wholeheartedly, would have been a great one without this particular singer’s voice, but, it wouldn’t have sounded quite the same. Her gift to that song was essential, just as your gift to the Body is as well. Continue reading

The Opposition Before the Promise

Isaiah 41v10

Has God ever made you a promise that you were eager to see come to pass, but before it could ever manifest, everything that could go wrong did? Maybe you’re in this place now. God has given you a surefire word to stand on (like He did Abraham regarding Isaac), but everything’s hitting the fan. In short, everything going on around you seems like it will make null and void the promise of God, so what should you do and believe? This very thing is what I’ve come to talk to you about today: the opposition that occurs before the promise.  Continue reading

Bloom

Bloom

Bloom where you’re planted…  These four words came to my mind on Wednesday.  I’m always reminded of the stranger who told them to me some years ago when they come to mind.  I was working in a pharmacy at the time; she in a doctor’s office.  She told me how she’d been with that one doctor for 15 (or 17) years, but on starting the job, she had no idea it was where she’d be long term.  But, she said, God had put her there, and “you’ve got to bloom where you’re planted.”  Continue reading