Through the Seasons of Life

Ruth 2:23 (NIV) – So Ruth stayed close to the women of Boaz to glean until the barley and wheat harvests were finished. And she lived with her mother-in-law. To glean is to obtain, to get, to draw, to take. The biblical concept of gleaning is first found in Leviticus 19:9. When wheat and barley fields were…

An Ongoing Process

Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV) – Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. David had sinned and greatly! When prophet Nathan, inspired…

On Whose Side Are You Leaning On?

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Solomon who had found God to be worthy of being trusted is advising his son to live a life of trust in Yahweh. “The word…

A Disciple’s Agenda

Luke 9:23 (NIV) – Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. Peter has just made his famous declaration of the fact that Jesus is truly the Messiah. Immediately after, the Lord predicts His imminent rejection, suffering, death and resurrection….

A Choice to Make

Deuteronomy 30:15-16: See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. We sure are living…

Come Away With Me

Mark 6:31-32 (NIV): Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He said to them, “Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.  Social distancing! In the face of…

Oil And Water

Romans 12:2 – Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will. Just as oil and water can never ever mix, so also the…

Self – Talk

Psalm 42:5-6a – Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.6 My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you Years of research and study have given today’s psychologist a powerful therapy tool called Self-Talk. Self-talk is the act or practice…

Are You Blessed?

Psalm 2:12b (ESV): Blessed are all who take refuge in Him Does the world around you seem chaotic and out of control? Well, that’s exactly what seemed to be the situation that the Psalmist found himself in. Nations were raging and plotting one against the other. The kings of the world taking their position against…

Battle Offense

Psalm 1:1-2 – Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. Change your thoughts and you change your world – Norman Vincent…