2017 Day 146 – Established Plans

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16: 3 Put God in charge of your work,     then what you’ve planned will take place.  The Message What a great promise. If I let God take charge of my work, if I give it over to Him, my plans will be … Continue reading

2017 Day 145 – Who Am I?

David has finally become king of all Israel. God has just told him not to build a temple, but that He can continue to meet with the priests in the tabernacle. David goes in the tent to speak with God and says: Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you … Continue reading

2017 Day 144 – Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled

In yesterday’s Gospel reading (John 13), Jesus washes the disciples feet, predicts his betrayal, tells the disciples that he is leaving – and they cannot follow, and foretells Peter’s denial. What is going on? The disciples wonder what their leader is up to, what this betrayal is about, why he’s leaving and where he’s going. … Continue reading

2017 Day 143 – Obedience and Intimacy

Everybody wants love. Everybody wants to be loved unconditionally. Everybody wants to have deep intimacy with someone. We can have that with God (not completely until we die, but to some extent in this life). That’s the Holiday at Sea to which I aspire – a deeply satisfying relationship with Jesus. Psalm 119 gives some … Continue reading

2017 Day 142 – Ponder, Not Pour

The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,     but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.  Proverbs 15: 28 There’s so much in the Bible about right speaking, and I always need to be reminded of this particular principle. I don’t think I am all that wicked (especially since the Holy Spirit … Continue reading

2017 Day 141 – A Gift to Me

The Lord tears down the house of the proud     but maintains the widow’s boundaries.  Proverbs 15: 25 I like this verse. It reminds me of a gift I got last fall. I am a widow. I have this fence around my backyard. It keeps my small dogs in, and more importantly, keeps the big dog … Continue reading

2017 Day 140 – The Gift of Belief

Chapter 11 of John (today’s reading) is about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.  When Jesus heard that Lazarus was ill, he didn’t rush to help, but stayed two more days where he was, which pretty much guaranteed that Lazarus would be dead when Jesus arrived (in fact, he’d been dead four days). I knew … Continue reading

2017 DAY 139 – He Hears

A friend and I were talking the other day about how sometimes we are surprised when God hears our prayers and answers them. He’s been doing that lately, about very specific prayers. Why should we be taken off guard when our heavenly Father answers His children’s prayers? Maybe we’ve been ignored by humans in positions … Continue reading

2017 Day 138 – The Good Shepherd

There’s so much to unpack in Jesus’ discourse about the Good Shepherd and the sheep in John 10. A couple of things jumped out at me this time through. I had never noticed how often Jesus repeats the phrase “The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (verses 11, 15, 17, and twice … Continue reading

2017 Day 137 – Opened Eyes

The Gospel of John, chapter 9, tells the story of a man born blind whom Jesus heals – and the authorities’ attempt to discredit Jesus. Jesus healed the man’s physical sight, but the man also gained spiritual sight. The man’s answers to several questions reveal increasing insight into the identity of Jesus: Jesus: The blind … Continue reading

2017 Day 135 – The Lord Does It

I’m sad tonight. Very sad. I had dreamed that a specific circumstance in my life would turn out differently than it did. It hurts when our hopes are dashed, our longings left unfilled. But I know this: if God wants to meet my needs in a specific way, He is FULLY capable of doing so. … Continue reading

2017 Day 134 – The Light I Need

…Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8: 12 I took a long walk yesterday, not in darkness, but in light. During that walk, I talked a lot to God about life, work, kids. … Continue reading

2017 Day 133 – Is this the Christ?

I enjoyed reading these verses today: When they heard [Jesus’] words, some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, … Continue reading