Psalm 3:5

I lie down and sleep;    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. Psalm 3:5 When I am anxious, sleep is the first thing to go. My mind races and plays through my day and every conversation. Or my fears creep in from the edges, almost shaking me awake. It takes faith to sleep sometimes, to let go of… Continue reading Psalm 3:5

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Deuteronomy 4:9

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9 The last five years in our family have been quite a ride. We experienced… Continue reading Deuteronomy 4:9

Sustaining: Thankful for the Story

We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.Psalm 78:4 I don't think it's a secret that there is some contentious stuff going on in the Christian community, especially here in America.  To be fair, a… Continue reading Sustaining: Thankful for the Story

Sustaining: Thankful for the Spirit

Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in your midst?I Corinthians 3:16 There is something about the word "dwell" that I love in this verse.  In the dictionary, it says it comes from an Old Norse word that means to tarry.  It makes me think of the old… Continue reading Sustaining: Thankful for the Spirit

Sustaining: Thankful for God

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.  Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. Psalms 36:5-6 Six years ago, Michael and I went to Paris, France for our wedding anniversary.  I remember the first full day, we got on the metro to go to… Continue reading Sustaining: Thankful for God

Sustaining: Thankful for Hope

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus has entered on our behalf.Hebrews 6: 19-20 I like the idea of hope being an anchor, something that remains steadfast in the winds and waves of life and its cruelties. … Continue reading Sustaining: Thankful for Hope

Sustaining: Enduring Love

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.  - Psalm 100:5 I was reading this passage this week, and the word "endure" stuck out to me.  There are two definitions for the word.  The first is "to remain in existence; last" which I'm sure is the meaning… Continue reading Sustaining: Enduring Love

Comforting: Finding Purpose

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him… Continue reading Comforting: Finding Purpose

Comforting: Seeing the Bigger Picture

Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know."  - Job 42:3 Job had lost everything.  His money, children, reputation, even his marriage was rocky.  And his friends that came to encourage him ended up heaping more coals on the fire by blaming him for all of his… Continue reading Comforting: Seeing the Bigger Picture

Comforting: Won’t Be Forsaken

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.  - Deuteronomy 31:8 It was the end of Moses's life and the end of his time as the leader of Israel.  After he gave a little pep talk… Continue reading Comforting: Won’t Be Forsaken