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”

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?”

By the Hand

 I took them by the hand and led them out of Egypt…  I will bring you up out of the suffering and oppression of Egypt … to a land flowing with milk and honey… Hebrews 8:9b AMPC    Exodus 3:17 AMP I love to walk hand in hand with my husband, whether we’re power-walking trails at a nearby park or strollingContinue reading “By the Hand”

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”

Light and Momentary?

For our momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison. 2 Corinthians 4:17 NASB For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18 ESV You meant evil against me, butContinue reading Light and Momentary?

God Illumines our Darkness

Even though I walk through the [sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me. Psalm 23:4 AMP Even the darkness is not dark to You; the night is bright as the day, forContinue reading “God Illumines our Darkness”