God’s Strength in my Weakness

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10  (NLT) I have endearing names for our dog, Buster.  “Mouse hunter” is just one of many.  Buster has a knack for […]

Accepting Responsibility

“So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.  Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another.”  Romans 14:12-13 (NIV) A group of teenage boys decided to have a little fun by toilet papering a classmate’s yard and used post-it notes to leave behind a message.  My first thought was […]

Spiritual Warfare – A.D. 2013

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13  (NIV) Be on your guard!  I thought about the relevancy of those words as it relates to our military men and women.  Tours of duty often put loved ones in dangerous conditions for weeks or months at a time; […]

Fruit of the Spirit…PEACE

“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”  2 Corinthians 13:11  (ESV) “What Peace Means to Me” by Nichole, Age 14 When I hear the word peace, the first thing I think about is world peace.  […]

Fruit of the Spirit…SELF-CONTROL

“You must understand this, my dear brothers.  Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.  For human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”  James 1:19-20  (ISV) From Nick’s Life, Age 17 Since I didn’t have a job at the time, I’d wash my parent’s car to […]

“Let Go” and “Let God”

“When people’s lives please the Lord, even their enemies are at peace with them.”  Proverbs 16:7  (NLT) A Story from Mara, Age 55 I was the 2nd oldest in a family of nine; I grew up with five brothers and three sisters.  When my husband, John, and I decided to start a family of our […]

The Story of Joseph, Part 2

“When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. “Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.”  Genesis […]

The Story of Joseph, Part 1

“When his brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than he loved them, they hated their brother so much that they would not speak to him in a friendly manner.”  Genesis 37:4 (GNT) Joseph’s Perspective at Age 17 My name is Joseph.  I was born 11th out of 12 sons to my father, Jacob.  […]