Jerusalem, Israel

A tale of two lives

“But that is not the way you learned Christ! —  assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit…

Wildflower, Sandy River Delta

You have not abandoned my soul

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.  I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” Psalm 16:1 I am thankful for the good fortunes brought upon my life by my God, my Father, my Jesus.  I am thankful for your word which lights up…

Comfort in the unknown

“As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.”  Matthew 17:22-23 The disciples didn’t want their time with Jesus to end.  Even…

Flower seller, Hanoi, Vietnam

We must all thrive

“Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who…

Praying for a sweet, simple reunion

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 A.W. Tozer’s prayer resonates … and has become my own. “O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both…

Surrender

“She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly.” 1 Samuel 3:10 The one thing in the world Hannah deeply wanted she couldn’t make happen.  In grief, she cried out to the Lord in final surrender and acknowledgement of her own inability and weakness. Hannah laid down the idol worship of her…