How Will You Respond?

I’m thinking this morning about Judas and Jesus. Why did Jesus allow Judas to be in charge of the money if he were a thief? When it was discovered he was stealing, why not remove him from his duties? These questions are not meant to question Jesus’ competence but to understand His grace and mercy. Jesus knew Judas was thinking about betraying him, yet Jesus washed Judas’ feet signifying Judas...

We Cover…Jesus Removes

I’m disagreeing with my editor about the word guilt. Are feelings of guilt productive in the believer’s life? Does God use guilt to motivate us into righteous living? Adam and Eve were frolicking naked in the Garden of Eden. God would come down in the afternoon and they would visit while sipping on lemonade. (I picture them living in the southern part of the Garden.) They felt no shame (Genesis...

Let God Finish His Sentence

Mary and Martha were confused, distraught, grief-stricken. They could not understand why the One whom they loved, the One with whom they had entertained in their home, the One who had opened blind eyes, caused the lame to walk, and healed countless would not come when their brother was sick. As their brother became worse, they must have remembered how he healed Peter’s mother in law and thought “He will...

Surrender

Many of my single friends are praying for their Boaz. As I hear them speak, it seems as if Boaz has become this mystical creature, this perfect husband, who completes this long list of requirements. But when I read the story of Ruth, Boaz was simply a man who was honorable, kind, and generous. (I don’t see all the other characteristics we attribute to Boaz.) I guess in some aspects,...

Melissa’s Psalm

God is good. His mercy endures forever. God is good. His faithfulness knows no bounds. God is good. His love overwhelms. I will praise Him. I will dance and shout before Him. I will sing of His goodness. When chaos comes, I will praise Him in the midst of it. When I don’t understand, I will sing his praises for the world to hear. When darkness abounds, I will shine...

Overcoming Bitterness

Naomi and her husband began like most couples. In love. Hopeful. But before long they were faced with a famine in the land. They bravely moved to a foreign land to provide for their family. Only to face more tragedy. Naomi lost her husband and then her two sons. This is a heartache no one should ever have to bare. Dejected. Alone in a foreign land away from family and...

Recognize the Dream

I spent most of yesterday assuring smart kids that they did well on the AP exam. It’s normal with this population. After a test, they focus on all the problems they missed instead of all the problems they got right. As I was walking to my car to go home, I thought, “I wonder why kids are so prone to focus on the ones they missed. The Holly Spirit asked,...

100 Proofed Grace

Sunday, I missed church. Instead of church, I spent the morning in a friend’s garage trying to get my files off a hard drive. But since I’m a walking church, our conversation landed on the topic of grace. Is the church teaching grace in such a way that we are simply giving people a license to sin? What is the role of discipleship in this new grace movement. My friend...

He is Enough

This morning, I was asking God for direction on a certain situation. I’m contemplating making a change and I asked the Lord, should I try something new. The first thing I heard was something my wise husband says all the time, “No matter where you go, there you are.” That saying is my husband’s constant reminder that happiness is not external, it’s internal. What is the external circumstance that you...

Peace at 4:12 am

This year, 2019, has been filled with deadlines, disappointments, and distractions. Every time I finish one pressing project another one pops up. All of them demanding my attention. Now, don’t get me wrong, the deadlines are good things and a fulfillment of God’s promises. But sometimes I allow the distractions and disappointments to overshadow the dream. Yesterday, I discovered I am missing some much needed paperwork for my next deadline....