Never Settle

Never Settle

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.  (Psalm 42:1) The absence of bad does not equate to good. After sampling new cuisine, I sometimes say, “That’s not bad.” This can mean I either enjoyed it or tolerated it. But there’s a big...
Silence

Silence

The fruit of [God’s] righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. (Isaiah 32:17) Silence is golden—except on an elevator. There must be an unwritten rule somewhere that prohibits talking in elevators. An uneasy, awkward...
God Wants to Know – Part 7

God Wants to Know – Part 7

When Jesus saw him lying there … he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6) Picture yourself walking through a hospital, surrounded by sick, hurting and scared people. Some have been recently admitted; others have been there days, possibly weeks. Now imagine...
Transforming a Troubled Mind

Transforming a Troubled Mind

What troubles your mind today? What distressing thoughts or concerns are stealing your peace and joy? Poor self-image? Negative self-defeatism? A wayward child? A prodigal past? Unanswered prayers? God’s silence in the midst of your storms? Job stress or possible...
Let’s Paint a Masterpiece

Let’s Paint a Masterpiece

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.(Ephesians 2:10, NLT) We are all brushstrokes in God’s overall masterpiece. Admittedly, I’m no artist. At best, I can conjure up some...
God’s Amazing Work of Transformation

God’s Amazing Work of Transformation

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6, NIV) Sanding and refinishing an old piece of furniture takes time and effort – but the final product is astonishing. Yesterday...