No Sugar-Coatings

Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.Continue reading “No Sugar-Coatings”

Even if He Doesn’t

We had hoped He was The One… Luke 24:21 Lord, if You had been here…. John 11:21 Even if He doesn’t… Daniel 3:18 NLT And we know that God causes all things to work together for our good and His glory. Romans 8:28 Becky’s version Though the following story occurred several years ago, the emotionContinue reading “Even if He Doesn’t”

Rock of Ages, Cleft for me

Lean on Him I called on Your name, O Lord, Out of the lowest pit. You have heard my voice… O Lord, You have seen my oppression. Great is Thy faithfulness. Who is among you who [reverently] fears the Lord, who obeys the voice of His Servant, yet who walks in darkness and deep troubleContinue reading “Rock of Ages, Cleft for me”

How’s Your Rope?

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!” “BecauseContinue reading “How’s Your Rope?”

From Christmas Cookies to Counting Calories

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10 NKJV I can do nothing on my own.  John 5:30aESV I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians s 4:13 ESV And God is able to make allContinue reading “From Christmas Cookies to Counting Calories”

Lord, If You Had Been Here…

The sisters sent word to Jesus saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” John 11:3 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was. John 11: 5-6 Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed atContinue reading “Lord, If You Had Been Here…”

Strength for the Weary One

Encourage the exhausted, strengthen the weary, say to those with an anxious heart, “Take courage. Fear not.” He gives strength to the weary and to him who lacks might (strength), He increases power. God is our Refuge and Strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Isaiah 35:3-4a   Isaiah 40:29   Psalm 46:1   NASB It’s been said that most of us can endureContinue reading “Strength for the Weary One”

Peanut Butter Cups

“…to the hungry soul any bitter thing is sweet.” Proverbs 27:7 AMP God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my Portion forever. Psalm 73:26 AMPC Yeshua (Jesus) said to them, “I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Bread of Life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever trusts in meContinue reading “Peanut Butter Cups”

Does Your Life Bring Glory to God?

Recently, I came across this years-old devotional I wrote several years ago and couldn’t help but think of those walking through knee-deep trials right now. As you read the devotion, think of how differently God defines the events of our lives and perhaps where you and I might be tempted to doubt His goodness alongContinue reading “Does Your Life Bring Glory to God?”

Salsa and Life

“Lord, do You not care…?” Luke 10:40 ESV (38-42 for entire story) “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”  Job 13:15 NKJV This year, our daughter’s small backyard garden produced a bumper tomato crop, so with great anticipation, we set aside an entire day for me to show her the finer points ofContinue reading “Salsa and Life”