From Fear To Praise

Our fathers understood not Thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of Thy mercies; but provoked Him at the sea, Even at the Red Sea. –Ps. 106:7 KJV Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt while Pharaoh pursued them. Feeling trapped by the Red Sea when the Israelites saw the Egyptians approaching, they were afraid. They provoked God by crying out that they should have stayed in Egypt rather than journey to the Promise Land. They were confident that they were going to die. Then God parted the Red Sea, and they crossed over on dry ground. Once all the Israelites had crossed, God caused the Red Sea to return to normal, and all the Egyptians were drowned. “Then they believed His words; they sang His praise.” (Ps. 106:12 NKJV). Now don’t be so hard on...

Joy Unspeakable

Joy Unspeakable

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise…at the appearing of Jesus Christ: whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: -1 Pet. 1:7-8 (KJV) Peter was writing to Christians who were in fear for their lives. Some were burned alive and some were thrown to the lions. We cannot imagine that type of persecution, but Peter wanted to remind them of their reason for joy. Yes – joy – in the midst of such trials. Joy which words cannot describe. These trials proved the genuineness of their faith. Assurance of one’s faith is truly a reason for joy. Peter also reminded them of their future...

Keeping Up with Jesus, Not the Joneses

Keeping Up with Jesus, Not the Joneses

There are a lot of people out there who think I am crazy. I don’t really blame them because the choice I’ve made aren’t typical of our culture. On one hand, I couldn’t be happier, but there is a big part of me that wishes I could give in and stop fighting. I refuse to keep up with the Joneses, but some days, I fall into my bed exhausted and wishing that I could live like them. I struggle with contentment. These two halves of my being are involved in this giant tug of war because I’m fighting, along with my family for something greater than ourselves. We are a foster family and this comes at a cost. I spend hours each week supervising aspects of my foster daughter’s case and caring for her special needs. It doesn’t make much sense to others that I would sign up...

Confident Prayer

Confident Prayer

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. – 1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV) Isn’t it wonderful that God answers our prayers? It amazes me, especially when He answers my small prayers. Last week, we visited a natural habitat for bears at Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. I was straining to see the bear with the only small field of vision that I have left. I prayed a silent prayer for God to let me see the bear. Moments later, the bear sat right in front of me and posed. Nobody knew about my prayer, and my husband was surprised that the bear had sat close enough for me to see her brown face and...

“God’s Ways Are Always Best”

“God’s Ways Are Always Best”

My husband had miraculously survived being hit head-on by an 18 wheeler on a rural Texas highway on January 18, 1989. It had taken 5 1/2 hours for him to finally arrive at Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston. His right kneecap was shattered, his left arm had been lying on the back seat, four inches of femur from his left leg had been ejected from his body and thrown out of the car never to be found. Those injuries were catastrophic themselves but now 17 days later we faced an even more dangerous situation. Following what was suppose to be a minor surgery, he developed double pneumonia. Due to the massive injuries to his legs there was no way to elevate him in order to provide the needed breathing treatments. Don got worse and worse each day. The ICU staff, his...

I Will Pray

I Will Pray

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.    –James 5:16b   Sometimes people are in such a grievous situation that they are not ready to hear the encouraging verses of Scripture.  They may not be ready to consider how God will work all things together for good, or that God’s grace will be sufficient.  They already feel that God has put more on them than they can bear.    What can you say to someone in that condition?  I will pray for you.  You can approach the throne of grace on their behalf. Fervent is similar to fiery or passionate.  Sacrifice time to pray for that person in a passionate prayer.  The verses following this one give the example of Elijah who prayed so faithfully that there was a drought for three and one-half years.  He...