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”

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”

What’s Your Paper Trail Look Like?

For we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]— 2 Corinthians 5:7 Amplified Bible For our light and momentary affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory that is far beyond comparison. So we fix our eyes not on whatContinue reading “What’s Your Paper Trail Look Like?”

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…”

Because You Prayed

Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, “Because you have prayed to Me …” The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Isaiah 37:21a NASB     James 5:16a NASB In the middle of the crisis, it just didn’t occur to me. Busily making decisions and finding solutions as I dealt with the realityContinue reading “Because You Prayed”

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”

When “Giving Thanks” isn’t so Easy

Through Him, therefore, let us at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.    Hebrews 13:15 AMP In every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is theContinue reading “When “Giving Thanks” isn’t so Easy”

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”

God is for You

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me? You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? This I know, God is for me. Psalm 56:3-5,8-9 NASBContinue reading “God is for You”

Promise Boxes

So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should entrust their souls to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. 1 Peter 4:19 NKJV Indeed, all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 2 Timothy 3:12 NRSV Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. PsalmContinue reading “Promise Boxes”