Guilt-Free Quiet Times

I have busy days when my quiet time simply consists of praying to God and reading a Bible passage. Other days, when my schedule is open, God speaks to me in the leisure hours of the morning. I read several passages of scripture, reflect on God’s goodness in prayer and thanksgiving, meditate and memorize verses,…

Devotionals

Early in my Christian life, my Bible, a devotional book, and my prayer journal were all I brought to my quiet times with the Lord. I leaned heavily on devotionals because I felt I needed the guidance and insights they provided. A devotional is a book with passages from the Bible accompanied by short interpretations…

where my eyes go—there goes my heart

I look at my neighbor’s yard and then at my own—manicured even luscious next to dry weedy patches of green. I look at my friend’s house and then at my own—matching decorations and new paint next to dog-chewed furniture and shoe-scuffed woodwork. I look at her body and then at my own—toned and tanned next…

Quiet Times and the Seasons of Life

Blessed is the one… whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law, day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (From Psalm 1 NIV) In college I joined Christian fellowship whose focus was evangelism…

…to those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death…

“And you, my child (Zechariah on the birthday of his son John), will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by…

Do not be afraid

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying…

they were talking together

Before going into Jerusalem to be crucified, Jesus took James, John and Peter up a mountain and something wonderful happened. The transfiguration of Christ. …as he was praying, Jesus’ face was altered, his clothing became dazzling white, and two other men appeared and were talking to him about his departure and what he was about…

In the moonlight

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy…

Light

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. John 1:4 NIV “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people living in darkness have seen a great light on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light…

Who is this?

A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown? He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be…