The Darkest Hours

The Darkest Hours

“It’s such a hard and holy thing (in our minds), when Jesus took it (every sin) by Himself, all the lights went out.” ¹ Perhaps it’s too deep to think on. Perhaps this part of it all, is too much for us as humans to comprehend. Perhaps it’s why we fixate on the physical part of the crucifixion—His death—but we can’t stare at the spiritual part of it. Beaten. Ridiculed. Spat upon. Nailed to a cross. Unrecognizable. They continued to mock Him as He hung there for everyone to stare at. Still...there is one agony remaining I think we truly miss.
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Voyages, Pathways and Passages: Traveling with God Day by Day

Voyages, Pathways and Passages: Traveling with God Day by Day

An intimate and inspiring chronicle of a triumphant journey of faith. Her name is Traveler, and she comes from a long line of Sojourners. Accepting a compass from her father, she sets out on her own journey, on the usual path. Her travels take her on a new direction, however, when she meets a faithful Companion who invites her to leave the broad path on which she is traveling. She simply has to choose to go through the little narrow gate waiting in the distance. Traveler does not realize that this choice will take her to new heights of jubilation but also will bring new experiences of desperation and fear. From the amazement of Long Look Mountain to the hesitation at the City of Rest, Traveler continues to learn. Soon, though, her path changes. Now spinning in the midst of pain and self-doubt, she searches for strength and understanding from her new Companion. Will this new assurance be enough to get her through The Forest of Fears and experience the supposed joy awaiting her at the Homeplace? Traveler must face the reality that to succeed in her journey, she will be forced to endure heartbreak and testing unlike anything she has yet experienced.
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Prepare the Way

Prepare the Way

So often we fear the road ahead. We become afraid of stepping out and doing what God is asking us to do. But, look at our verse for this week and notice what the Lord says in Joshua 3:4 (and I’m paraphrasing): Stay a ways back from the ark. Keep your distance because you haven’t gone this way before. You need to be able to see which way to go. In other words, what Jesus is saying to us through Joshua is, “Follow Me so you can see clearly which way to go because you have never gone this way before.” Fear not. Be strong and courageous. And go in the strength of the Lord.
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The Adversity of Change

The Adversity of Change

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9 Reveal Your heart to me, O Lord, that I may see You everyday in everything and in every way. Hold me close encircle me with Your presence that I might stand against all evil. God’s ways are not our ways and God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. So when we face a decision that impacts our life in a major way, we must remember to make the decision in the framework of prayer. Prayer becomes the focus of whether we go or we don’t go. Whether we do or don’t do. Whether we speak or don’t speak. Prayer can lead us on the path we think we should be going on; or, it could point us to a detour.
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In the Stillness

In the Stillness

In the stillness of the day Lord, breathe Your breath on me bring me comfort, bring me peace whisper words of love serene. In the stillness, in the quiet, whether morning, noon, or night Lord, breathe Your breath on me may I hear each whisper that You speak. Lord, remind us to remember that You care. Remind us that You love us and that You're thinking of us.
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A Loving Message Just For You

A Loving Message Just For You

I want Jesus to whisper into your ear, no, your heart the truth. The unvarnished truth of who you are and what you mean to Him. You are special. Beyond compare. You are loved more than the birds of the air. You are important and you are needed You are a gem still being created. You are a treasure worth more than gold You are a gift to all.
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Just a Whisper

Just a Whisper

There is a hush. A calm. Swish, swish, swish. A gentle breeze floating across the water. Minutes ago a storm raged billowing the sea. Tumultuous waves bore down upon the boat causing it to careen dangerously to the side. The men on the boat clung to whatever they could get their hands on in their frightened state. Could this be the end of their lives? Will they survive?
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The Call of Thunder

The Call of Thunder

It started low. Off in the distance. The bass line to a symphony in minor keys. Mournfully winds began to sing the opening lyrics. Time slowed down. The rumble got louder. A flash across the sky. Earth, inhales God’s breath exhales His voice speaking His words setting poetry within the soul. God in all of His majesty, in all of His authority, is commanding me through the orchestra of His creation to give Him attention and to praise Him even in the midst of the storm.
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Quiet Relief

Quiet Relief

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 What do I say? What do I write you haven’t heard before? What words would make you open this email instead of that one? What emotions can I relay causing your heart to beat a little faster, a little harder, and tears to come? Forsaken is a word that comes to mind. Abandoned. Disappointed. Broken. Depths of despair. But not hopeless. Never hopeless. Because when hopeless enters the room that is when it is time to pack our bags and go...
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