Running Again

Running Again (Or, “How the Worst Itch Ever Reminded me of the Best Fix of All”) The itch was so bad I could barely stand it. There I was, surrounded by the beauty of a fresh sunrise, sidewalk-jogging past a serene waterway and a meticulously trimmed golf course, and all I could think of was […]

The Time Came (Luke 2:6)

While they were there [in Bethlehem], the time came for [Mary] to give birth.  (Luke 2:6) We live in a world of instant weather reports and apps that let us track every stage of a pregnancy.  Finding our way to a new place is as simple as tapping a button on a smartphone, and knowing what […]

God’s fulfillment will come at just the right time

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Titus 1 GOD’S FULFILLMENT WILL COME AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME …in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began, and at the proper time manifested in His word…  (Titus 1:2-3a) From the time “before ages began” to the time Jesus came was […]

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights (Or, “How I Found Perspective Because My Son Really Had to Pee”) My son really had to pee. We’d been driving for an hour through a display of brilliant Christmas lights in a neighborhood miles from our home. The Christmas music was turned up, the windows were rolled down, the atmosphere was festive… […]

God is your continual salvation

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 71 GOD IS YOUR CONTINUAL SALVATION Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; You have given the command to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress.  (Psalm 71:3) Life is hard. Perhaps you’ve discovered this, that every person sees their […]

Your redemption gets closer every day

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Romans 13 YOUR REDEMPTION GETS CLOSER EVERY DAY The hour has come for you to wake from sleep.  For salvation is nearer to us than when we first believed.  (Romans 13:11b) Have you ever wanted to hide from your problems, or maybe go to sleep and wake to find them all gone? […]

God will bring you justice in the end

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 37 GOD WILL BRING YOU JUSTICE IN THE END In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.  But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.  (Psalm 37:8-9) Have you ever looked […]

God is preparing the perfect answer for you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 2 GOD IS PREPARING THE PERFECT ANSWER FOR YOU I am struck by how an angel appeared to Joseph not just once, but four times (at least) to ensure the safety of Jesus: once to confirm Mary’s pregnancy really WAS from God (Matthew 1:20), once to warn Joseph and […]

God always keeps His promises

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 1 GOD ALWAYS KEEPS HIS PROMISES The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.  (Matthew 1:1) For thousands of years, God’s people had waited for His promises to come true. He had told Abraham, “In you all the families of […]

God is your continual salvation

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 71 GOD IS YOUR CONTINUAL SALVATION Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; You have given the command to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress.  (Psalm 71:3) Life is hard. Perhaps you’ve discovered this, that every person sees their […]