(View this devotional thought on YouTube here: One little word–“immediately.” I read it, read past it, and then the Holy Spirit prompted me to back it up and read it again. Like a bolt of lightning, my heart leapt within me, and my soul was charged. “But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid…Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him…’” (Matthew 14:27, 31). We know the story from Matthew–the disciples were alone on the sea while Jesus was away praying. A storm came up and tossed the… Continue reading

Again I Say, Rejoice!

I learned something new from the Bible this morning: the phrase “rejoice in the Lord” is only found twice in the New Testament (Philippians 3:1 and 4:4). Also, did you know that Philippians 3:1 and 4:4 are a command? You can put the words “You shall” before “rejoice in the Lord” based on the language of the words. “It’s a command to obey. It’s a part of obedience and righteousness, and neglecting it is a sin.”* Paul’s letters indicate that he likely suffered from anxiety to some extent, so to come to the point of telling us to rejoice in… Continue reading

Life Under Construction – Aroma

When I was a little girl, our step-father took all us kids to a Christmas Party sponsored by the American Legion. At some point in the program, the host called all the children at the party up to the stage to sing “Frosty the Snowman.” Once up there, everyone developed stage fright and the only person who actually sang was me. I remember standing there while a photographer took my picture for the next day’s paper and thinking how neat that was. Other than that instance as a child, I would say I have sung in public maybe a total… Continue reading

I Just Do What My Mind Tells Me

When they were little, both of our children knew they had to stay in their rooms until their dad and I awoke each day. Our daughter, who was an early riser, tried to be patient and wait on us. But after sitting quietly for a few minutes in her bed, her little self grew impatient to get into the activities of the day. So she began her chant, “It’s time to get up. It’s time to get up. It’s time to get up. May I please have a get up?” This was repeated continuously, until one of us gave her… Continue reading

“It Is Written”

As I read my Bible this morning, i was struck once again by the fact that the enemy knows the scripture. When attempting to tempt Jesus after His 40 days of fasting, the enemy said, in Matthew 4:6, “…it is written…” and then he quoted Scripture.

This is just another reminder to me that even folks who don’t trust Jesus as Savior know the Word and that I must be careful to search the Scriptures and not be deceived. Unfortunately, some false preachers make their living off of trusting and Scripturally uninformed Christians. It is imperative that we Christians study the Word for ourselves and trust the Holy Spirit to teach us, so that when someone preaches the Word out of context, we are immediately struck with such a sense of dis-ease that we step back until we can research the Word for ourselves.

There are wolves in sheep’s clothing out there–knowing the Word will help us to avoid being taken in by them.

Thank God for His Word.