Years ago I spent the night at my childhood home. Seeing a light on, I knocked on my Dad’s door after he had gone upstairs to bed, and when I peeked in, I saw him kneeling at his bedside saying his prayers. It’s a beautiful picture of reverence to God that I carry in my memories. It was comforting to know that each night he would take time to pray. I’m thankful for this aspect of prayer that I was raised with. When I first experienced a Protestant conversational prayer, my eyes were opened to a whole new world of prayer. This was a conversation really, but with God. As I began an in-depth study of the Bible, my spiritual and prayer life grew by leaps and bounds.
My sister is here visiting me and I had planned to take a week off as a “vacation” from my blog. But I recently had a wonderful reminder of what can happen when we simply turn to his Word and I wanted to share it with you. So here’s a mini-devotion about God’s peace.
It could be the best 3 minutes of your day!
I woke up one morning last week with just a heavy feeling of burden. I couldn’t pinpoint why or what was causing it. But there have been so many, many times when I turn to his Word and am led to exactly what I needed to hear. So I opened my Bible app for the “verse of the day” and here’s what I read: Continue reading “God’s Peace”
It’s time to celebrate! We’ve moved through a time of anticipatory waiting and focusing on Jesus’ birth. We’ve reflected on the meaning of Immanuel- God with us. We concentrated on the aspect of the Light of the World coming to dispel sin and darkness forever. Now it’s time to turn to Scripture to hear why Jesus came at Christmas. Continue reading “Why Jesus Came at Christmas”
If you know me, you have heard me rail against the cold weather. To add insult to injury, it is now the season of cold and dark. As of right this minute, we have only nine hours of daylight. I think that’s why I take such delight in Christmas light displays. They completely change my outlook on the darkness. The lights transform the long hours of darkness into a swirl of warmth, color, and cheer. They also point us to the reason for the season- the Light of Christ has come! Continue reading “The Light of Christ”
We just celebrated Father’s Day with my husband. Our children are adults, and we have called a moratorium on gifts. We don’t need more “stuff” and the best gift is to spend time with them. Even a phone call or a video chat with the far-flung children is a great gift.
My Dad passed away seven years ago, and I spent his last Father’s Day with him in hospice. He was hardworking, loved my Mom dearly, and treasured his family. But no matter what great characteristics our earthly fathers have, I know we have one perfect Father, and that is God. And then my mind wandered… Why do we call God by the title “Father”? Continue reading “Why Do We Call God Father?”
We all have doubts at times. One of my favorite quotes about doubt comes from C.S. Lewis: “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” We don’t want to doubt God, but they can creep in. Is doubting a sin? What does the Bible say about doubt?
It’s hard to believe Ash Wednesday is this week! Our church is having an Ash Wednesday service, and that brings back childhood memories. It was a big deal back then, as we always went to Ash Wednesday service and received the ashes. I remember wanting to wash them off. I didn’t understand their true meaning. The phrase “from dust to dust” sounded scary and I didn’t want to think about death. (Thank goodness for spiritual maturity!) Continue reading “From Dust to Dust”
Please bear with me this week as we tackle a topic in a different way. I’d like your help with something that has been on my mind of late- angels in our lives. (More on the “why” later…) I rarely give much thought to them. When I was in elementary school, our teacher instructed us to slide over in our desk seats to “make room for our guardian angel.” I used to love sleeping under this picture at my Grandparents’ house. It made me feel safe. Back when I was afraid to fly (I’m better now), I used to pray for God to send his angels to protect my plane and flight. Seriously. But beyond that, I wouldn’t say I give them such consideration.