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…

Beside quiet waters

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right pathsfor his name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3 NIV I don’t know about you, but the challenges of this year—COVID pandemic, election campaigning, race issues, rioting, police violence—have made me long…

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice!

Psalm 130 ESV Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice!Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;my soul waits…

Walking in Faith not Fear – think on these things…

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,…

In the midst

Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.                    Psalm 74:12 ESV God my King… I’ve always loved stories about kings, especially the ones where kings disguise themselves as common people and become better kings for the experience. I guess I…

…and I will declare Your greatness

On the glorious splendor of your majesty and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness.  The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is…

Battleground: Are you in the fight or have you surrendered?

Are you defeated in the battleground of your mind – struggling to overcome thoughts which immobilize and discourage? I often give in to the voice which says I am a victim. I allow myself to wallow far too long in self-pity, fear, and hopelessness. Do you go there too? Wallowing in the sludge of disappointment…

Great are the Works of the Lord

Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,     in the company of the upright, in the congregation. 2 Great are the works of the Lord,     studied by all who delight in them. 3 Full of splendor and majesty is his work,     and his righteousness endures forever. 4 He has caused his wondrous…