Category: Lesson from the Bible

Heal Me!

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Reading through Max Lucado’s book “Before Amen” I came to chapter Five: Heal Me.

This one is very close to my heart. I’ve read it many times since.

“Heal me,” is a prayer I have prayed more than any other.

“Adam and Eve had a falling out with God and a falling out with each other. Nature fell out of whack, and the human body out of balance. The Fall was exactly that: a fall from wholeness. Sin opened the door, and sickness walked in.”  (page 49, “Before Amen”)

 

Heal me! Is that an unreasonable prayer? Read more

When You Go Through Deep Waters…

Isaiah 43 2-3

I have clung to these words with super glue. When you’re a single mom of three, you know you will face deep waters. I will face rivers of difficulty. Oh, and the fire of oppression is no cozy, warming fire.

I will never forget the dark, starless night when I stood at the living room window of our country house in the middle of nowhere in Manitoba. I saw the taillights of my husband’s vehicle turn left at the end of our long driveway. He left never to return.

Deep waters. Rivers of difficulty. Fire of oppression.

I was in “deep waters” when I moved after my divorce from Canada to Germany. My kids were 6, 4 and 2. I needed to find employment, a place to live, enroll my oldest in school, find daycare for the two youngest.

Yes, the waters were deep. Many times I felt like I was drowning, I feared I wouldn’t have the strength to come up for air again. But you know what? I didn’t drown.

I didn’t drown because I was never alone!

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you!”

I get goosebumps just taking in this promise. God is with me!

When I felt I was losing my mind and couldn’t go on anymore, I remember uttering the only words I could think of: “God, please help me!”

Even though family and some friends helped along the way, they could not get me out of the deep waters I was in. At the end of the day they went to their homes, and I was left with my little children to fight yet another night, another day to survive the deep waters.

“I will be with you.”

I am living proof that God is indeed with us! Whatever deep waters you are facing today, look up to the One who will guide you through. God will even carry you, if necessary.

God with us. Emmanuel.

 

Are you looking for peace?

Turmoil

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“The key to peace is authority. When we allow the Prince of Peace to govern our lives, peace either immediately or ultimately results. Peace accompanies authority.” Beth Moore

This quote from this week’s Bible study “Breaking Free” by Beth Moore got me thinking about times in my life when I was completely at peace, though my circumstances were difficult, complicated to say the least.

Why am I anxious and restless in far less complicated situations but have peace when the world around me is crushing?

Is it because I think I can handle smaller “situations” myself but need God for the real big ones?

God offers peace to us in any and all circumstances. However, there’s a condition: I’ve got to put my trust in Him and have my mind set on God. God wants authority over my life.

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.”    Isaiah 26:3

To surrender my life under God’s authority is not a price to pay. His peace is a gift that results from our surrender and the knowledge He is in control of our circumstances, our families, all of it.

Jesus told his disciples in John 14:27:

“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

What is it you’re facing today? Are you in need of some peace of mind and heart? It’s a gift! Go to Jesus and receive this gift!

 

When Healing Doesn’t Come…

The year I turned 40, things changed. One sickness chased another. I’ve been diagnosed with several chronic diseases. Most of them are what I call “invisible diseases.” It’s hard to explain Ménière’s disease or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Interestingly enough, on days I feel the worst I get the most compliments on how good I look. Read more

Is Lent Tempting You?

Today it’s three weeks into Lent. Did you decide to give up something three weeks ago? How is that going? Have you been successful?

Let me tell you about my Lent experience thus far. It’s not been going well at all. The first two weeks were not bad, but then the third week hit… There were so many temptations left and right and… yup, I confess, I couldn’t resist. The food category got to me once again, what else is new, hey? And the interesting thing was that it wasn’t even in an area that meant a whole lot to me. My struggle is with desserts, baked goods. But fast food? Really? Where did that come from? I have been able to say no to fast food before. Why not now?

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At night I would beat myself up and vow the next day would be different. Read more

A Prayer of Confession During Lent

Recently we celebrated communion in our church. But before we did, our pastor preached a pretty powerful sermon on communion. (I wish it were online for you to see and listen, but it was not posted.) He explained the importance of communion in different denominations and how we should view communion according to Scripture.

One thing that came to my mind during his sermon was: CONFESSION.

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I pulled out my iPad and started typing my prayer of confession. Read more

Glorious Impossible

This morning I woke up with this phrase in my head: Glorious Impossible. I couldn’t quite understand why these words were playing in my mind. Then it hit me: Glorious Impossible! Just the combination of these two words seems conflicting. What’s so glorious about impossible?

GLORIOUS IMPOSSIBLE. Can you hear it? Repeat it out loud if you need to: Glorious Impossible!

As I kept repeating these two words over and over during my morning routine I was reminded of the circumstances I’m facing, problems I’m dealing with, dreams I have. It occurred to me that most of them (if not all) have the word “impossible” attached to it.

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It’s interesting how God Read more