Slow Going

“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:9‬ Okay. Seriously. We’ve waited through another tough, long winter, and we want Spring. We really, really want Spring. I’mContinue reading “Slow Going”

Breaking the Ice

“There he told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.””‭‭Luke‬ ‭22:40‬ ‭ It’s just so tempting. Cracking the ice on the puddles, I mean. This time of year, nightly frosts bring mornings replete with a lovely assortment of puddles covered with ice. Some crackles. Some snaps. Some is brittle and lacy. SomeContinue reading “Breaking the Ice”

Experience Wanted

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:19‬ ‭ You’re ready. Almost. Your name is called. Nerves are a factor, but you’ve been preparing for this. Your speech isContinue reading “Experience Wanted”

True Love

“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭ True love. That tingling in the toes, all the stars dancing, butterflies in the stomach? The Hallmark Hollywood version? Nope. Not it. Fun, exciting, exhilarating even –Continue reading “True Love”

Bling

“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.””‭‭Zephaniah‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ Her touch was reverent. Small fingers trailed over the rhinestones in my necklace, tracingContinue reading “Bling”

How to See Everlasting Love

“Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭31:3‬ ‭ He doesn’t say it as much as he lives it. It’s in the way he greets me in the morning. It’s in those wonderful Sunday breakfasts. It’sContinue reading “How to See Everlasting Love”

Caught Red Handed

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭ “Excuse me, Mrs. Lowes.” I turned to face the owner of the polite interruption. I had been explaining something to what I assumed was an engaged andContinue reading “Caught Red Handed”

More Than You Can Chew

“Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:37‬ ‭ I saw the crumbs first. Then the serious intensity that could only indicate a compulsion to chat. “Teacher? Can I tell you something?” Of course she could, I indicated with what I hoped wasContinue reading “More Than You Can Chew”

All Dried Up

“Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’””‭‭John‬ ‭7:38‬ ‭ They don’t look like much. Some of you may not believe me when I tell you all that stands between these dried out lumps and gorgeous flowers is time, soil –Continue reading “All Dried Up”

Of Camels and Needles

“Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭ You see it, right? The sheer impossibility of it? It’s April. It’s time for bunnies and chicks and cavorting in the grass. But – what grass? Oh. That grass. The grass buried under six feetContinue reading “Of Camels and Needles”