Not Good Enough? Me Either

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.—To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.—Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.—I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in […]

Prayer Partners: Trusting in My Shepherd

The LORD is my shepherd… Gracious God, You are the One who guides me, cares for and protects me… I shall not want… You meet me in every desperation, lovingly providing for all my needs. He makes me lie down in green pastures… You cause me to rest—physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally—in pleasant places… He leads me beside quiet waters… You envelop me with peace that resembles the coolness, the gentle lapping of undisturbed water. He restores my soul… You grant me breath—life in my deepest being… […]

Closer to Him

“Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.” 2 Cor. 3:5, NASB “What storm are you facing?” This morning as I chafed under a particular burden, Anne Graham Lotz’s comforting, wise voice spoke directly to me via the radio. I always love to hear what she shares: a thoughtful combination of God’s Word and corresponding, applicable wisdom. For my life. At that moment. Especially today. Without hesitation I audibly answered her question, paraphrased above. My storm? […]

Faith, Obedience, and the Impossible

“‘And, behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus’ … And Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you … For nothing will be impossible with God.’” Luke 1:31, 34-35, 37, NASB “Okay, God, I really don’t see how this is going to happen.” Have […]

Embracing the Process

“Now may the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NASB). Disliking the Presidential Fitness events of junior and senior high, I dutifully but half-heartedly participated in the process. Achieving awards for athletic accomplishments didn’t interest me much, and engaging in the various sports didn’t overly appeal to me. I was always glad to finish that particular week and put it behind for another year. My […]

Need a Refill?

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13 I remember my mom pulling up to the gas station when I was a child and telling the attendant to “Fill it up.” Now that I’m an adult, there are important items I like to fill up–such as my morning cup of coffee. And I think about how my kids always want their soda or […]