Finding What You Need

There is a place I go to again and again. In the lowest moments of my life, this sacred place has been a sanctuary and a place of healing for me. When I felt like I couldn’t measure up or questioned my value, this place has often restored my hope and given me reason for being.

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Jesus Is…

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God (John 1:1). And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth (John 1:14). He is eternal (John 8:58 NLT): “Jesus said, I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am.” He is unchangeable (immutable): Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is creator: Through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16 NLT). Read more…

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What is Essential? Really?

We can get by without a great many things that we consider ‘essential’; just ask anyone who was born several decades ago. Some people still remember when electricity was first installed into their homesteads; they jokingly tell of out houses, milking cows, and the ice man delivering a large block of ice to make ‘refrigeration’.

I remember when the first cell phones became common, only business owners were known to have such. Regular people didn’t seem to have a just cause to even entertain the thought of needing a telephone with them at all times.  Our first cellular phone was the size of a small handbag housed in a zippered case; we thought we had arrived! Now even many elementary aged children sport the latest in telephone technology. Yes, times have changed. Read more…


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The Heart Of The Matter

A number of years ago, during my personal prayer time, a God impressed thought came to my mind: ‘the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart.’ I sensed this was an important phrase and promptly recorded the words in my notebook. Obviously, my first response was to search my heart, to examine where I might be allowing things to park or take up residence. Read more…

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Great Expectations

You may have read the popular story of the African king who had a good friend he had grown up with and his friend had the habit of always saying “this is good” whenever anything happened.

One day while they were out on a hunting mission, the friend, having prepared the guns for the king as was customary, gave him a loaded gun that misfired when the king used it. The misfire blew one of the king’s thumbs off, to which the friend stated, “This is good.” Read more…


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Under Construction

Have you ever made such a mess of things that you just felt like the ‘mess’ was beyond repair? Possibly a relationship blunder or fiasco on the job and the residual fallout left you feeling like perhaps you should just leave or quit. If it were possible, you would just start all over with a new identity. The problem with that is, ‘wherever you are, there you will be.’ You are always the common denominator. Read more…


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Put Fear In Its Place

In his commentary on Matthew 14:24, Matthew Henry states the following: In life the wind is often contrary. There are times when we are up against it and life is a desperate struggle with ourselves, with our circumstances, with our temptations, with our sorrows, with our decisions. At such time no man need struggle alone, for Jesus comes to him across the storms of life, with hand outstretched to save and with His calm clear voice bidding us take heart and have no fear.  Read more…

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When God Is Silent

There are times in each of our lives when it seems that God is silent. Especially during a time of sustained trial or when it appears that our prayers are not being answered. And unfortunately, there are some situations that we face that will not change. For instance, when a loved one has passed away and the reality settles in that they are not coming back. Perhaps a child born with a mental or physical limitation and nothing can be done to reverse it, we are required to come to terms with a different reality than we expected. Certainly life is not fair. Read more…

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Looking Back, Moving Forward

There are a lot of famous people from the past that I admire, but they like all of us, are a mixed bag. Not ‘all’ their qualities were admirable, not all the decisions they made were perfect. We have the tendency to examine their lives and decide we would not have made the same mistakes. Psychologists call that hindsight bias; it’s how we as humans have the tendency to overestimate our ability to predict an outcome. Read more…


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The View From Here

When I was a little child, a neighborhood friend a few houses up the street, lived in a home with a steep driveway. It was the delight of each of us to ride our bikes down that ‘very high mountain’. I remember having to work up my courage the first time or two down. Once I realized I wouldn’t die, it was all the more fun. Many years later we drove through the old neighborhood. While surveying old landmarks, I laughed at myself when I saw the ‘steep driveway’ for it was nothing more than a slight incline. It was hardly a ‘very high mountain’. That’s perspective.  Read more…


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