Don’t Implode!

2 Tim 4:5b-6a “Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God.” I am encouraged in these words to work at telling others Good News, doing ministry,…

Be Prepared

So, I made a last minute spontaneous decision to go archery hunting for elk the other day. I hastily threw what I needed into the SUV. My stuff was rather scattered, a survival pack on one shelf, camo clothes in a tub, boots in the corner, bike hanging in the…

Overwhelmed with Gratitude

I am overwhelmed with gratitude today. My heart is thankful. I was reading Ephesians 5 this morning, and came upon that popular verse, v18, “Be Filled with the Spirit.” Before that, v15, speaks of wisdom. “Be careful how you live, don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.”…

Psalm 112, Fear AND Delight

“Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord And delight in obeying his commands.” ~Psalm 112:1~ Praise. Joy. Praise and joy connected with the delight of obedience AND fear of the Lord. Delight and fear seem like contrasting emotions. Or, both go together in some powerful way….

Shed the Strife and Simply Serve

I was reading the book of Nehemiah this week. The work God called the people to do was causing tension for some opposing critics. I am inspired by Nehemiah’s dedication to serving God along with other devoted people and staying on task. The opposition sent a letter accusing them, under…

Faithfully Celebrating

“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’” (Matthew 25:23, NLT) I want to hear those words, don’t you? “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” And…

God Provides

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:19~ I am remembering the day we purchased firewood from a rural man with a very large pile of cut and split…

Spacious

A year ago, a verse in the Bible was a source of tremendous encouragement for us as we embarked on the new adventure of heading to west to Washington. “He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because he delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:19) I have been…

All Aboard

“The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.” (Acts 10:9) I like the picture of this verse, the snapshot of people on a journey. The word “journey” is a word I really like….

It Rains

It rains on occasion here in the Pacific Northwest. I am remembering the time we were painting some new baseboards. We put on a nice primer, bright white soaking effectively into the raw wood. The primer looked like it was infused well into the boards. Then we brushed in 2…