Experiencing His Lovingkindness

“The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.” Ps. 42:8, NASB Earlier today, I reflected on how regularly I mull over negative realities. Current news reports like the Iraqi invasion, ongoing litigation concerning a Christian ministry, the release of five Taliban commanders, Pastor Saeed Abedini’s imprisonment, abortion heartaches, and so on effectively grab my attention. Sometimes I’ll spend hours reading up on these devastatingly sorrowful situations … while the truth of God’s […]

Marvel with Me

“These things Jesus spoke; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son, that the Son may glorify Thee.’” John 17:1, NASB “Only two months away,” she happily commented. Anticipation brimming, my sweet friend referred to her upcoming wedding. Excited? Yes. Joyful? Indeed. Her dreams of being a bride shortly will become reality. In the meantime, she plans and prepares with twinkling eyes. Love motivates, propelling her closer and closer to wedding day. My mom used to say […]

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 […]

The Price

“For you have been bought with a price … You were bought with a price …” 1 Cor. 6:20 & 7:23 Diligently, sacrificially, lovingly he worked. Under the sweltering sun in humid heat, he landscaped long hours to earn money for a diamond ring. For me. Though years have passed, this memory has grown sweeter. Picturing my beloved Mark giving his time and talent so I could wear a sparkly diamond truly warms my heart. Thinking about his tender love that fueled his efforts refreshingly touches […]

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 […]