Deeply loved

Do not be afraid, you will not suffer shame.  Do not fear disgrace, you will not be humiliated.  You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. Isaiah 54:4 God is promising peace to Jerusalem who has been living under the oppression of the Babylonians.  God is…

Abby

Abby’s belly

“When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you…

That I may truly know him

“Then Job replied to the LORD: “I know that you can do all things;  no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.  You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will…

A view of Short Sands Beach, Oswald State Park

You are mysterious

As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed[a] in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Ecclesiastes 11:5 Your works are mighty and incomprehensible.  How vast your work is in the lives of all your children.  Your love for all…

Thinking before speaking

“Hezekiah received the envoys and showed them all that was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices and the fine olive oil—his armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.” 2 kings 20:13 Hezekiah had just been healed…

Secrecy equals intimacy

But you, when you pray, go into your room and when you have shut your door, pray to your father, who is in the secret place, and your father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matthew 6:6 Secret.  Alone.  Things not known to others.  Three times in the sixth chapter of Matthew believers…

A new name

The Gentiles shall see your righteousness and all the kings, your glory. You shall be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord will name. Isaiah 62:2 Those that don’t know God see our right standing with him and the work he’s done in our lives — bringing him glory. He adopts…