Comfort We All Need

  Every quiet moment my thoughts drift to problems with no answer. They tumble over and over in prayer until the weight creates an avalanche. I examine them like a stone cutter searching for the perfect point to strike open and reveal the gem locked inside the rugged, unpleasant exterior. Some passages in the bible need to be approached that way. Within the unpleasant exterior, there is a gem locked inside. The genealogy in Genesis 5 is long, detailed and easy to skim. He was born, he had a son, he lived more years, he died. Repeat. The only two people with description were Enoch, who was miraculously taken to heaven without dying and Noah. He walked with God is a beautiful description of their relationship. Noah is designated with a special prophetic name by his father. Noah sounds like the Hebrew word for comfort. I’ve never associated Noah with comfort. The name he was blessed with spoke of the role his life would play-easing the agony of hard work in a cursed land. There is not more explanation about how Noah was a comfort. Did he have the gift of encouragement? Maybe he worked harder than everyone else. Movies come to mind, but scripture give us little information. Nevertheless, God chose Noah’s path before He breathed life into his body. He was destined to be the lone patriarch who survives the cursed land. In a land that brought much pain and sin, Noah stood apart. Our land today is much different than the days of Noah. And our land is much the same. We struggle with sin and... read more
We’ll Finish This Together

We’ll Finish This Together

We are studying perseverance this week in our ladies bible study. The illustration is the story of Derek Redmond in the 1992 Olympics. I chose the video without narration. You can watch more on YouTube. Derek lost the race, but won the victory. The story and images are an incredible parallel to our heavenly Father. His father said, “We’ll then, we’ll finish this together.” Our Father says that too. ... read more
Chosen for the Team

Chosen for the Team

  I remember lining gym walls in elementary school as captains began choosing teams for kickball. I tried to look like I didn’t care when other names were called, but thoughts of  Please don’t let me be last!  raced through my mind. Today we read about the time God called Saul’s name. He was chosen for the Team. Paul’s conversion is likely the most dramatic in Scripture. Many people thought Paul should have been left on the sideline. After all, he was on the enemy’s team. Or was he? On the other team, he was born of a Pharisee from the tribe of Benjamin, circumcised a Jew, and yet a Roman citizen too. During his education, he became a Sadducee, opposing both the Pharisees and Jesus’ followers. Paul was a legalist in the strictest sense of the world. But the Lord said, Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. ~ Acts 9:15 How do we feel when God chooses someone else–particularly when that someone else appears to have a less-than-noble history? God uses shady characters. He relishes in using scoundrels, while we look on in confusion . . . and sometimes envy. When someone else is chosen for the Team, we can’t compare our journey. God prepares in different ways. For some, it’s a lifetime of earnestly seeking Him, growing in wisdom and obedience. For others it’s a character building path in the school of hard knocks. Either path is equally valid. It was easy for the disciples to follow Jesus when He was the... read more
From Broken to Beautiful

From Broken to Beautiful

A quiet door opened to a beautiful place recently. Deeper Waters is a restful gathering of women who love each other and love the Word. It is a place to talk about faith, friendship, marriage, motherhood, and creativity. I have been blessed and honored to become a part of this amazing group of women who want to encourage through words. I wrote a message at Deeper Waters Ministry.   I’m a scavenger. I have an unexplained urge to tuck seemingly useless things away until I find a scrap of something else that fits just right to create something new. That is why the work artist John Lopez fascinates me. He can take a pile of iron rubbish and transform it into something beautiful—welding piece to piece, until it becomes a genius work of art. God is the ultimate Artist. . . If you want to read what God taught me in brokenness, click on over to Deeper Waters to read the rest of the post. While you are there look around. It is a beautiful place to grow together. In His Delight,... read more
Brittle Dry – God Says, Harvest Will Come

Brittle Dry – God Says, Harvest Will Come

    It is amazing how often driving to church brings unwanted and poorly timed emotions. My heart churned as frustrated prayers begged God to bring me close to His Holiness. I arrived late for worship team warm up. When I entered the sanctuary, It is well With My Soul filled my ears and made an escape down my cheeks. You see, it is not well with my soul. Things are amiss and the Holy Spirit says we are going to deal with it. I came home from church with a pull the covers over my head kind of feeling. I was exhausted, but the afternoon glorious so I decided to walk Maggie, my dog, along the newly opened field. It was an unexpected appointment with God. October is not a pretty time in Nebraska. It holds a different beauty; one pregnant with hopeful anticipation. Miles upon miles of brittle brown fields lay ready for harvest. To the unfamiliar eye, the nondescript rows hold nothing of value. To the one who is waiting to harvest, the field is full of bounty. The farmer prepared the soil, planted seed, provided nutrients, protected from damage and watered. He has invested much. All as he waits for the proper time to harvest. Maggie searched for bugs and I searched for God to speak. The wind-pushed leaves scratched brittle against each other. I am brittle too. God speaks. This field is you. I am waiting to harvest. Maybe you are brittle dry waiting on God also. It is not an easy place to be. I get that. Do you believe you have nothing... read more
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