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Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” - Matthew 11:28 (NIV) When my children were young, I homeschooled them. Lunchtime was usually my first … more
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. - 1 John 5:5 (NIV) On September 28, 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of … more
The parts of the body that people think are the weakest are the most necessary. - 1 Corinthians 12:22 (CEB) I recently joined a church choir. At my age I can no longer hit the high notes, so I’ve … more
[Jesus] looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). - Mark 7:34 (NIV) At a recent parish retreat we were asked to share a personal story … more
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. - Proverbs 31:30 (NIV) My life has not been the same since my breast cancer diagnosis. When I look in the … more
Seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. - Matthew 6:33 (NIV) Many years ago our family went on a holiday trip to continental Europe. … more
[The Lord] satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. - Psalm 107:9 (NIV) My prayer partner lives in a different state. When we lived in the same city, we prayed with each other … more
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) Years ago, I spent a great deal … more
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. - 1 John 5:14 (NIV) Last year our church welcomed a new pastor. I was immediately … more
The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” . . . Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. - Matthew 8:25-26 (NIV) … more
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. - Psalm 96:12 (NIV) I enjoy walking my dog in a nearby neighborhood built around a series of small … more
Cast all your anxiety on [God], because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:7 (NRSV) My Boston Terrier, Fester, loves the game of fetch. Often when he brings the ball back, he will not let go of it and … more
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. - Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV) One of my favorite Bible stories is that of Samuel. His mother, Hannah, had … more
Even if our bodies are breaking down on the outside, the person that we are on the inside is being renewed every day. - 2 Corinthians 4:16 (CEB) I love to walk on the beach looking for seashells. … more
The Lord says, “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” - Isaiah 65:24 (NIV) Moved by the power of the Holy Spirit, I had asked Jesus to be the Lord and … more
Jesus said, “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” - John 14:13 (NRSV) At the age of 23 I married a man who was not a Christian. Our lives … more
Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray. - Proverbs 22:6 (NRSV) Growing up, I watched and listened as my grandma read her Bible aloud every night before she went to bed. … more
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. - Psalm 4:8 (NIV) One Saturday night as my wife and I were babysitting our grandsons, I learned a valuable lesson … more
Having loved his own who were in the world, [Jesus] loved them to the end. - John 13:1 (NIV) I suspect that all of us have felt let down or disappointed by someone. When this happens, we may be … more
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory. - Isaiah 6:3 (NIV) As I sat at my window watching the rain fall on the leaves, I reflected on how much I had been through … more
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