Tame the bear!
Last night I dreamed about a bear attacking a boy! Not fun. This morning, as I listening with the Lord about it the Lord reminded me of the boy, David, who killed the bear that was hurting his sheep with his own hands (1 Sam. 17:34)! Hard work, I’d say! Then I heard the Lord say about my own opportunities and work to not be defeated or give up. Instead, grab it with my own hands and take it down...
Barefoot and in a desert? Great start!
“The Lord is my shepherd…” (Psalm 23) This is the very first time The Lord reveals his personal-intimate-friendship name, “Lord” (YHWH in Hebrew, written Yahweh in English), to the shepherd Moses. It means I AM. “God said to Moses, “I-AM-WHO-I-AM. Tell the People of Israel, ‘I-AM sent me to you.’ ”” (Exodus 3:14, The Message) The Lord’s going to “shepherd the shepherd, Moses (former Prince of...
I enjoyed God's Word Translation this morning.
I enjoyed God’s Word Translation (GWT) this morning. I read Romans 14, one of my favorite chapters. GWT seems clear and concise. I’ve read Romans 14 in Greek and in many Bible versions. Still, GWT’s take caught my attention. For instance, verse 16: “Don’t allow anyone to say that what you consider good is evil.” I like the concise call to clarity and courage. Here
Fight Anxiety! Choose!
In our Group of Two (GOT) this week we decided to read anxiety-combating Bible passages! The first one we read was Matthew 6:24-34. After reading and reflecting, the other GOT member picked verse 34. They shared, “Choosing to get closer to God is the key to overcoming anxiety about future stuff like school, money, and health issues. I want to do that.” After hearing that, I was startled because I...
Used or Useful?
“My God will supply all of your usefulness (Greek chreía – need, employment, business, usefulness)…” — Philippians 4:19 Trust this. Even when you don’t feel useful. Even when you feel used, unwanted, resented, or in the way. Trust that God is making you useful. Let go and don’t try so hard to figure it all out. You can’t. God can and is. Trust God!