…And That’s Final

John 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. Here it is, Easter-eve, and I never did get those plastic, pastel eggs out on the tree.  I never got any other ‘Easter’ decorations out like every year before.  I can’t…

Pull Your Weeds

Proverbs 4:23  Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.  Well, it’s finally kind of spring in the Northeast.  Birds are chirping, grass is green and trees are blooming-even though one day it’s 60 degrees and the next is 38?! Even so, it sure does not take long for pesky…

Spring Cleaning Your Life

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. I have spring fever. Even though the temperature was in the 20’s the other night. Why is it that during your winter hibernation you can’t see those sneaky dust webs that suddenly appear in spring? I’ve been walking around making…

Rebel With a Cause

Matthew 6:27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? I was about 6 years old.  I remember looking out the window to the driveway.  Wondering when she’d ever get home.  It felt like she was gone forever.  My mom went for groceries.  Yes, groceries. For as long as…

Right Hand Man

Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. I have a very large picture of The Creation by Michelangelo in my dining room.  I just love it.  Recently, several scriptures I’ve read mentioned God’s right hand…

Undefeated

2 Chronicles 15:7 For as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. Do you know how many times the Bible says ‘do not fear’?  365 times.  Not a coincidence.  I think that proves God knew fear would be an issue with a lot of us, so He…

Walking the Tightrope

Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. I hate waiting.  Seriously.  I like to get things done, multi-task.  Be efficient. Waiting just does not fit into my plans.  It’s hard for me to wait on the Lord.  Lately, I’ve been reading an awful lot about God’s…

Refuse to Lose

Luke 21:19 Stand firm, and you will win life. So, did you make a New Year’s resolution? I usually do. But this year I haven’t really defined any specific goal…I know one thing, I am making more of an effort to CHOOSE joy. It’s a little strange. It seems to me like a lot of…

Now What…?

2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Christmas…it came and went.  We rushed, shopped, cooked, baked, visited….barely keeping our heads above the water. Then, just like that…it’s over.  The day after Christmas,…

No Room 

Luke 2:7 …and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. I was admiring all the photo cards she had displayed on her bulletin board. Every card was a perfect, festive picture of one beautiful…

Surprise Present

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  I was about 11 years old when I spotted it.  We were at the mall. And there she was, Mandy, the giant stuffed panda bear. I loved pandas. But…

Make the Best of the Rest

  John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”. I have some shocking news. Here is it is…God wants us to have a great life. Anyone surprised by that? I was….