Resting In The Shadow

There are so many places where peace is nothing shy of just plain pretty.  Oh the beauty of a peaceful commute home from work or the beauty of  a calm conversation with the phone company over a discrepancy in the bill.  How awesome to experience the peace in the playroom when 6, 5, 4, 3, […]

Frozen By Fear

Fear has power.  It’s ability to reinvent is comparable only to the force of nature.   Fear is able to change momentum, redirect confidence, sabotage faith, conceive doubt, hijack control and freeze freedom. I’m reminded of a beautiful spring day at a Tennessee wilderness creek.  It was a supremely perfect day.  Just the right amount […]

Forfeit The Grace

Do I really believe the Word of God to be “a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path?”  Yes I do!  God’s word to me has been increasingly more meaningful and His voice, through His word, has been steady, firm and clear.  His promises and assurances fill me with more God-confidence and […]

Calm, Chaos and Christ

In a conversation with one of my sons this past week it was brought to my attention how busy things have gotten for me.  He said it with the best of intentions, but it certainly made me think a bit.  In reflection, I could see his point.  Life was getting busy, bouncing from one fire […]

When God Appears

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.  “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.  But Jesus immediately said to them; “Take courage!  It is I.  Don’t be afraid.”  “Lord, if it’s you,” Petter replied, “tell me […]

When God Prays

After he dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.  Later that night, he was there alone, . . .      Matthew 14:23 In the context of this event with Christ and his disciples, He sent them across the lake in their boat ahead of Him.  He then went to pray. […]

It Matters Because I Matter

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  I Peter 5:7 My understanding of God’s approachability directly correlates with the measure of my belief that my circumstances are both significant and weightless to Him.  When I am able to see God as caring for me despite my shortcomings, I am more likely […]

Press On Through The Gospel

I meet today at the front gates of the Gospel.  And as I enter, I pray . . . This is a recent blog post from a pastor in Nashville, TN — Scotty Smith.  It can also be found at this link:  http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/scottysmith/2013/04/25/a-prayer-for-examining-our-lives-through-the-lens-of-the-gospel/ A Prayer for Examining Our Lives through the Lens of the Gospel […]

Refuse the Refuse

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.  Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.  Isaiah 26:3-4 I recall a moment a number of years ago when I hopped on my riding lawnmower to mow the old retention pond behind […]

How Much To Trust

. . . because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.  II Timothy 1:12 How much do I trust Him . . . really?  Oh man, this question is one I have always avoided.  I would suspect that […]