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”

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?”

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?”

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”

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”

That’s Impossible

This is what the LORD of Hosts says: “If this is impossible in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be impossible in My eyes?” declares the LORD of Hosts. Zechariah 8:6 BSB He (Jesus) said, “The things impossible with men are possible with God.” Luke 18:27 BLBContinue reading “That’s Impossible”