March 31, 2014
We’ve all heard definitions of God’s mercy. None of them can describe that attribute of God adequately. Here’s a truth that might give us a small picture of God’s mercy.
God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love. He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever. He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs. As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who fear him. And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins (Psalm 103:8-12 MSG)
Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah (Ephesians 2:4-6 MSG).
What About You?
How would you define mercy? What’s your favorite Bible verse that describes God’s mercy?
It’s Your Turn
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December 16, 2013
Today is the 16th in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas Prayers celebrating the names of our precious Lord. Featured today is Jehovah-Raah, The Lord Our Shepherd. I hope these simple prayer blogs will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason of Christmas. (I’ll be returning to my regular, weekly posts after Christmas).
Day 16 – Jehovah-Raah, the Lord My Shepherd
December 12, 2013
Today is the 12th in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Prayers for Christmas celebrating the names of our precious Lord. Featured name today is Adonai, the LORD. I hope these simple prayer blogs will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason for Christmas. (I’ll be returning to my regular, weekly posts after Christmas).
Day 12 – Adonai, the Lord
It’s so easy to call you “Lord,” yet sometimes difficult to follow You in complete obedience. Jesus, some see You only as a man; others call you Savior. But You are also our “Adonai, Lord,” the blessed controller of our lives every day. Read more
December 5, 2013
Today is the fifth in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas Prayers celebrating the names of our precious Lord. I hope they will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason for Christmas.
Day 5 – Immanuel – God with Us
Lord, how is it that a righteous God could be “with us?” We are sinful. You are holy. You are in heaven. We live on earth.
Yet the very essence of Christmas is rooted in an eternal, loving plan that brought You here to live in us, with us, and through us.
Because of Christmas, You are now “with us.” Long ago men housed Your “presence” in a tabernacle made by human hands with supernatural instructions. But Christmas ushered in Your presence here on earth, walking among us, living with us.
You no longer live in columns of clouds or pillars of fire. Read more
November 4, 2013
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)
Bible Promise: God’s Grace
Do you ever feel like you’ve hit an immoveable wall? Like change will never come? Read more
October 21, 2013
It’s easy to form the wrong opinion of ourselves when we listen to the wrong voices. But there is one voice that rings true every time. You are indeed beautiful to Him. Read more
August 19, 2013
What would make an 18-year-old teenager, class president, and homecoming queen leave her family, boyfriend, and comfortable lifestyle to become a single “mommy” to thirteen Ugandan children? Sound like the American dream? An exciting book to read? A great American novel?
But Kisses from Katie is not a fiction book. It’s not just a “good book read.” And Katie Davis is just as real as your own daughter or granddaughter. Katie would be the first to tell you this journey is not what she planned. And no one would call it the great American dream. It’s certainly not what her parents envisioned. Then what’s her explanation for such a radical decision–to give her life away to strangers on the other side of the world? Read more
August 12, 2013
The “stuff” of life consumes us, confuses us, and clouds our perspective daily. We try to write the pages of our lives our way, but we end up with volumes of unnecessary rewrites. When we add the most important story ingredient daily, not legalistically, but with a dry, thirsty spirit, God enters, and changes us–and our story. We all need a divine appointment.
The Divine Appointment
by Rebecca Barlow Jordan
A thousand voices beckon me:
“You must do this today!
No time to pause and rest awhile,
no time for God to say
those gentle whispers in your ear,
those words you think you need to hear–
such foolishness–no way!”
But longing deep inside broke through.
With boldness I knew what to do:
“Get out! Get out! Go far away!
And then His gentle voice I heard,
So strong I could not speak a word,
“I’m waiting here for you.”
A divine appointment called my name.
With dry and thirsty heart I came.
“Speak to me,” I whispered,
as other voices died away…
“I’m listening, Lord, it’s our time now.
What do you want to say?”
In my heart, I am thirsty for you, the living God (Psalm 42:2, CEV).
Do We Ever Outgrow Our Need for Divine Appointments?
I wrote that simple poem several years ago, but ran across it recently. All of us experience distractions and droughts–times when we need to drink deeply of God’s grace, His love, and His Word. In fact, is there ever a time when we don’t need those divine appointments? I don’t think so.
Even though I write about God’s character often, if I focus solely on what to feed others and neglect my own spiritual disciplines, my own spirit will suffer. I need huge “gulps” of God daily!
The “stuff” of life shakes out differently for every person. Sometimes we experience stretches with no end of change in sight. Other seasons catch us off guard but trip us up only momentarily.
Whatever you are dealing with, God is able to handle it. Make a divine appointment today.
My Personal Prayer for You
Lord, only You know what readers are dealing with today. You know the “flesh patterns” of each heart–the things that draw us away from You and keep us self-sufficient, instead of depending on You daily. Thank You for Your availability, for sweet whispers of grace and mercy. Help us to keep our divine appointment with You daily, so You can write the story of our lives, not us. The journey is always sweeter with You as the Author. We thirst for you, God. Fill our hungry, thirsty hearts with Yourself.
On a Personal Note
The last two weeks brought technical challenges for me. New software updates for my computer started a chain reaction of problems: programs hanging and not responding, no shutdowns (manual only), and a few days later someone maliciously attacked my website. (So if you noticed a break or some changes in my blog/website recently, that’s why). The website’s fixed, and software technicians have reinstalled the updated programs repeatedly. Hopefully, they’re working now. Thanks for your understanding and patience.
It’s Your Turn
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July 22, 2013
Has anyone ever asked you, “Is the light on in your marriage?”
About 17 years ago, a single young woman bought a cocker spaniel puppy from us. (We already had two grown dogs at the time and had agreed to sell this one for our older daughter).
Unfortunately, I had already become attached to it. When I watched that sweet puppy walk out of our lives, I couldn’t hold back the tears. Can you believe that? Before she left, my husband reached over and gave me a tender reassuring hug–nothing unusual.
A Marriage Like Yours
The young lady brought the dog back the next day. Her landlord refused to allow it into the apartment complex. As we talked, she said something totally unexpected: “Someday, I want a marriage like yours.”
“What do you mean?” I hardly knew the girl, and she knew nothing about my marriage. Read more
June 24, 2013
Job loss, financial crisis, rebellious children, disappointments, rejection, unexpected illness–the list goes on. The list that is, we call bad. Is bad ever good? That depends. Can we find hope in impossible situations? Absolutely!