“Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear…” (Psalm 10:17) The word “prepare” means to get ready, or to put oneself in readiness. It also means to assemble, brace or strengthen. In my years of working in disaster services, emergency preparedness was
Seeing Your Blessings Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! (Psalm 34:8) The Greek word often translated as “blessed” is makarios, which means “fortunate,” “happy,” “enlarged,” or “lengthy.” I’ve often heard people say “God has blessed me with…” and it ends with material things. And
As we come to the close of another day, and we wind down before bed, take some time to think about your day. Was it stressful? Was it joyful? Did you carry worries and concerns that caused you anxiety? Did a memory trigger some sadness in you that you found hard to shake? No matter
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Recently, I watched a movie called “13 Lives”. This was based on a true story where 12 boys and their coach went exploring in a
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6) It’s easy to get ourselves worked up when difficulties and problems arise. Our minds can play out scenarios like a TV show.
19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for
“If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?” (Jeremiah 12:5) It’s easy to become discouraged from doing good when
10 This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and
17 “If you should say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?’— 18 you shall not be afraid of them, but you shall remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt: 19 the great trials which your eyes saw, the signs and the wonders, the
There are days I can so identify with Martha, the sister of Lazarus. Sometimes I’m so concerned about what needs to be done or how something looks or “smells”, that I can neglect the quiet times with the Lord.