Monthly Archives: November 2013

Voluntarily Yoked?

By |November 25th, 2013|

Are you continually tired and worn out? Do you need relief? Rest is available – but we must acknowledge that we need help and take the steps necessary at our own initiative to receive it.

[Jesus speaking] “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”—Matt 11:28-29

Jesus is speaking to a crowd (and to us). He offers for all who labor and are heavy laden (or weary and burdened, NIV) to come to him. Jesus doesn’t say if you are or when you might become. It’s a condition […]

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Mountaintop to Wilderness

By |November 20th, 2013|

Have you ever had just an awesome experience or spiritual high at some point in your life – and then you seemingly woke up to a nightmare of a situation soon afterwards? Are you there now?

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” – Matt 4:1

Okay – we know Jesus was perfect. But, he must have done something somewhat wrong or that God was a little upset about for this to occur, right? (I mean – he was lead into the wilderness AND allowed to be tempted by the devil?!) Well, actually–no, just the opposite. Jesus is led by the Spirit of God to the wilderness to be tempted by the devil after he was […]

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Mirror Image

By |November 14th, 2013|

Seeking God. Do you know him? How well do you know him? Do you have a clear view of him, or is it clouded by your past experiences or limited by your finite thoughts?

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”—1 Cor 13:12

Circumstances and situations around us can be, and usually are, ever-changing and demanding our attention. Yet, first and foremost, I want my mind concentrating on: seeking God. He will provide answers or direction for everything else. With that in mind while reading today’s scripture passages, 1 Cor 13:12 jumped out at me.
Numerous times in the Bible […]

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Is It Possible?

By |November 10th, 2013|

When you hear that “all things are possible with God,” how does that make you feel? Do you feel anything? Is it just a platitude you hear about God or does it influence how you live your life?

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.’”—Mark 10:27

Jesus had just told the disciples, in Mark 10:23-25, that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. Obviously, a camel can’t go through the eye of a needle… So, is Jesus saying it’s not even possible for someone who is rich […]

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Expectations vs. Reality

By |November 8th, 2013|

Does your soul and heart ache for those you love when they are hurting? Are you a source of strength for them?…Is someone there for you? Did your expectations become your reality?

“Did not I weep for him whose day was hard? Was not my soul grieved for the needy? But when I hoped for good, evil came, and when I waited for light, darkness came.”—Job 30:25-26

We find Job arguing with his friend Bildad for the third time. Can’t you just hear Job’s desperation and frustration? He compares his previous life–the one before he lost everything–to now. He speaks of times in the past where he wept and grieved with those who were struggling and hurting. Yet now that he […]

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Who Is Your Keeper?

By |November 2nd, 2013|

As caregivers, you are caring for, loving, watching out for, helping, protecting and aiding another. You are either the primary or at least one of the keepers for that person. So, who is your keeper?

“’The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.”—Psalm 121:5

The psalmist discusses who our protector is – our lord. He is our keeper. He is our shade or shelter on our right hand.
No one knows better than a caregiver what this verse means for us. You know what you do to care for another. You know how much you care for and love that person – so think how much more God cares for and loves you! You want to […]

I Believe – Help My Unbelief!

By |November 1st, 2013|

I believe; help my unbelief. Is this statement a contradiction? I don’t think so. I can SO totally relate, can’t you? Have there been times you have felt this way?

And Jesus said to him, “’If you can’? All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”—Mark 9:23-24

A father brought his son who was possessed by a spirit to Jesus for healing. He said to Jesus, “if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Jesus, responded incredulously, “If I can?” He then said that what is needed from us – belief. Jesus said that everything – not certain things, not some things – […]

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