Monday, June 5 – Reflections

Monday, June 5 – Reflections

Psalm 29 King David knocks this one out of the park, doesn’t he? I read this and think, wow, I wish I could write like that. God as strength, power, splendor, majesty. In a lifetime of trying to listen for God’s “still, small voice,” I love reading a passage...

Monday, June 5 – Reflections

Sunday, June 4 – Reflections

Matthew 28:16-20 When they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted. (v. 17) Here’s the big moment for Jesus. Gather up the troops. Offer final words and instruction. It has all led up to this. And there, right in the middle of it: some doubted. Why did...

Monday, June 5 – Reflections

Saturday, June 3 – Reflections

John 14:15-17 Who helps you to love God more? Who encourages you or challenges you in your faith? When you are down, who reminds you of what makes you great? When you are believing the worst, who tells you the truth about yourself? I can talk myself into a lot...

Monday, June 5 – Reflections

Friday, June 2 – Reflections

2 Timothy 1:12b-14 Guard the good deposit entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us. (v. 14) In the movie, The Lion King, a grown Simba struggles to make peace with his past. His guilt over the death of his father, Mufasa, which Simba...

Monday, June 5 – Reflections

Thursday, June 1 – Reflections

2 Timothy 1:6-12a “Kindle the gift of God that is within you” (v. 6). I love the warmth and crackling flame of a campfire. It draws people close and inspires conversation and imagination. One particular night, we had just settled down to make camp after an...

Monday, June 5 – Reflections

Wednesday, May 31 – Reflections

John 7:37-39 Roan Mountain, TN is one of our family’s favorite places. We took our kids camping there many times when they were small, and I have been enamored with the 360-degree mountaintop views for as long as I can remember. Even when we finally pass the...

Monday, June 5 – Reflections

Tuesday, May 30 – Reflections

Romans 8:26-30 As a young minister, visiting someone in the hospital was always a stressful time for me. I felt the weight of the person’s situation and wanted to ease their anxiety and their pain. I wanted them to know the comfort and the peace of God’s...

Monday, June 5 – Reflections

Monday, May 29 – Reflections

Romans 8:18-25 The nurse stood at the foot of my bed whispering, “I don’t know what else to do,” as she and my husband discussed why the delivery of our first child was not progressing. “I can hear you!” I wanted to yell, but didn’t have the energy. Or the...

Monday, June 5 – Reflections

Sunday, May 28 – Reflections

Acts 2:1-28 Several years ago, my husband and I went with a group for a three-day hike on the Appalachian Trail near the Grayson Highlands in Virginia. It is an area with stunning views of mountain ridges and meadows, a place where wild ponies roam free. The...

Monday, June 5 – Reflections

Saturday, May 27 – Reflections

Matthew 5:1-12 Jesus thinks like a Jewish rabbi. Which is great news for underdogs. As a devout rabbi, he believes words take on lives of their own. That’s the idea behind the blessing of firstborn children and the occasional cursing of enemies in the Hebrew...