Who Do You Seek When Grieving?

By |April 27th, 2016|

How do you react when you are grieving? Where do you turn for help? We all experience grief – but we don’t all react to it the same way. Some withdraw. Some seek help from friends. Some seek help from books. Some drown their sorrows and pain in alcohol or by taking drugs. Some lash out or try to find relief or mask over their pain in their own wrong way. They just want the pain to stop or the situation to change. Yet, when we are hurting and grieving, God tells us to seek Him.

“And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons […]

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Help from God

By |October 25th, 2015|

Are you down trodden? Are you in trouble? Is a person out to hurt you or a situation seemingly hopeless? Have you sought help, but just cannot seem to fight it? Don’t lose hope. Others may have let you down or are unable to help you, but you can trust in God. Don’t put your trust in yourself or others – put your trust in God.

“Oh grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man! With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.” – Ps 108:12-13 (ESV)

This is the exact same verse as Ps 60:11-12. Word for word. Any time we see a word, much less a verse or verses, repeated […]

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Eyes on Him

By |June 24th, 2014|

Have you had a time in your life, when you didn’t know what to do? You didn’t know the direction you were to take? You see a huge challenge in front of you – no, it’s even more than a challenge. You see a situation or battle or circumstance that seems unbeatable or even hopeless for you – and you just don’t know what you are to do?

“O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” – 2 Chron 20:12 (ESV)

Here we see Jehoshaphat, the godly fourth king of Judah after the […]

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Hearts Melting

By |March 22nd, 2014|

Have you ever done something that you thought God wanted you to do, only to have it turn into a disaster? Did you question where God was? Did it scare you? Did you seek him for answers?

“and the men of Ai killed about thirty six of their men and chased them before the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them at the descent. And the hearts of the people melted and became as water.” – Josh 7:5 (ESV)

The Israelites were in shock and despair. Now they were scared – the hearts of the people melted and became as water. What just happened? Where was God? They weren’t supposed to lose a battle! They had God, Almighty God, who […]

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Raining Manna

By |February 23rd, 2014|

When we are struggling-for whatever reason-in our current situation, isn’t it amazing how we can look back on times in our past and remember them in a much better light than they actually were? Or maybe we don’t make it seem better than it was–but we only remember the good and not the bad when we are comparing it to our now difficult circumstance.

“When the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell with it.” – Nu 11:9 (ESV)

Earlier in this chapter (Nu 11:4-6), the Israelites were complaining about what they were eating. They were sick and tired of eating the same thing–manna. They were upset and reminiscing about not having the delicious variety of foods they used […]

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Dad

By |January 10th, 2014|

Today is my dad’s birthday! Happy birthday dad – I love you more than words can say! Thank you for loving us, providing for us, modeling for us traits such as loyalty and integrity – thank you for being you!

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.” – Ps 103:13

This verse is so comforting! To know that the God of this universe – the one who created the heavens and earth and everything in it – shows compassion to those who fear him just as my dad shows compassion to me! That really is amazing! Now, I realize that not everyone is blessed to have an earthly father to […]

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Bigger Picture

By |December 21st, 2013|

Have you ever prayed to God for healing, yet healing didn’t come? Do you wonder why? Do you wonder if God hears you or cares? He does. God loving us – and our being God’s child – does NOT mean we will be shielded from difficulties or heartaches in life.

“Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’”—John 11:14-15

From John 11:1-6, we learn that Jesus receives word from his friends, Mary and Martha, that their brother Lazarus is ill. Yet rather than going immediately to his friends or even healing him from afar (which is what we would […]

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Flip the Switch?

By |December 12th, 2013|

The mind is a powerful thing. Thoughts. What do you find yourself dwelling on or meditating on the most? Are they uplifting and positive thoughts? Or do you have trouble with negative thinking?

 “and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds.”—Eph 4:23

As Christians, we are to put off or put away our former deceitful way of life (Eph 4:22) and put on our new self – living a righteous life created after the likeness of God (Eph 4:24). We are made new not just at one specific point in our life, but continually. It starts in our heart and mind. We are renewed continually in the spirit or attitude of our minds. We are what we think. Proverbs […]

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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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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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