Dealing with Stress

James 1:2-4 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. ESV               I bought my daughter some hermit crabs. As we drive home, I’m seeing crab arms,… Continue reading Dealing with Stress

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Worth the Thorns

Isaiah 43:4 “Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.” ESV I find deep satisfaction and joy in picking wild Missouri blackberries. With almost every blackberry I find myself asking, “Is it worth it? Is it worth the… Continue reading Worth the Thorns

Financed, Delivered, and Satisfied

 (an oldie but goodie!) Hebrews 6:17-18 “So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the prom the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have… Continue reading Financed, Delivered, and Satisfied

While You Were Sleeping

Acts 12:6 “Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison.” ESV               Two comical occasions of sleep recorded in the Bible despite the backdrop of peril amaze me.  In Mark four Jesus asleep… Continue reading While You Were Sleeping

When You Want to Throw it all Away

Isaiah 44:22 “I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.” ESV                 What do Stephen King and Jackson Browne have in common?               Answer:  Some curious soul redeemed the very work that would jettison their careers from a trash can.… Continue reading When You Want to Throw it all Away