Today I find myself

Today I find myself walking the same path in Moab that I walked five years ago with my soon to be ex-husband — almost to the exact (if not exact) date in late April 2007. Then, even though I had already started divorce proceedings, I had secretly harbored hopes of reconciliation – but by the…

Two kinds of desire

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12 There are two kinds of desire.  The first in this scripture is defined as an expectation that oppresses and leads to fraud or deceit.  That’s the Hebrew word definition of “hope.” Is that “hope” the kind of desire that…

Words that tickle our ears

“And Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not still a prophet of the Lord here, that we may inquire of him?  So the king said to Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man, Micaiah, the son of Imiah, by whom we may inquire of the Lord; but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me…

Broken betrothal

“The word of the Lord came to me:  Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem.  “I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert, through a land not sown.”  Jeremiah 2:2 Jeremiah is reminding Jerusalem of her former love and dependence on God…

Help me to be like you

“I gave my back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide my face from shame and spitting.”  Isaiah 50:6 Christ did not turn away from people even when they persecuted him but presented himself to them in spite of their torment and hate. …

False words bring false hope

Then the prophet Jeremiah replied to the prophet Hanaiah before the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord.  He said, “Amen!  May the Lord do so!  May the Lord fulfill the words you have prophesied by bringing the articles of the Lord’s house and all the exiles back…