Category Following Jesus

Running on Empty

I’m scheduled for surgery in eleven days. While on the one hand I look forward to it, on the other hand, I am anxious because surgery is extremely serious. I will be “under” for about five hours. Outwardly, I have lots of energy; I’ve been extremely productive over the past couple of weeks. Inside, however, […]

Three Ways We Know the Truth

1.“If you hear My voice and abide in My words, you are truly My disciples; you will know the truth, and that truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32) These precious days we have on earth, as we scramble to discern the truth from alternative facts, we have an Internal Guide who helps us in this winnowing […]

Imagine

Several years ago, in a Bible Interpretation class, my instructor asked us to close our eyes and imagine what it might be like if Jesus walked in the door at that very moment. He gave us two minutes to fully immerse ourselves in the experience. Then we shared our thoughts and emotions. Many of us […]

Tap on the Glass

Tapping on the glass of our moral compass, those of us who care check to see if the dial still works and see our reflection inside the lid.   When we see someone sneer at the bounds of decency, do we place our compass, registering askew, back into our pocket in silence ignoring the crossed […]

While Chaos Looms

While chaos looms and swirls above and all seems hopeless now, the Lord has your heart in His hands and to you makes these vows:   As He gives power to the weak, He strengthens those who trust. The hopeful soar on eagles’ wings And walk with Humblest.1   “I give you plans for peace,” […]

No, You Don’t Have to Go to Church. Here’s Why…

This post went “live” on Steve Austin’s blog today.  Here are the first couple of paragraphs as a teaser. Read the rest on his blog…(link below) “It isn’t necessary that we stay in church in order to remain in God’s presence. We can make our hearts personal chapels where we can enter anytime to talk to […]

Blame and Division

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Mahatma Gandhi   When atheists blame Christians for the world’s problems, (a lot like Trump blaming Muslims or Hitler blaming Jews) it leads to division and fear. Finger pointing never leads to resolution, solution or unity. We really […]

One Step at a Time

  Dear Father, Thank You simply for being here when I need You and holding me with Your strong and comforting arms, even when I don’t seem to realize You are there. Thank You for sending Jesus to shower me with Your scandalous compassion, Your lavish grace and Your unconditional love. Thank You for breaking […]

One Way Loyalty

It is a mistaken belief that God requires our loyalty. Believing this makes our God a small and punitive God; He is the opposite. The truth about our God is that both His Love and His Loyalty are One Way. Because of our Father’s character, He loves us. Because of Jesus’ character, He bestows Compassion, […]

Breathing Under Water

When circumstances bring me down sinking, thinking I might drown, I call to Father, Spirit, Lord, and listen for his voice’s chords; sweet upside down.   As I abide in daily walk I’m thankful for the interlock of hand and heart and renewed mind. He breaks the chains which choke and bind; He’s more than […]