Verse Meditation–Lamentations 3.24

My Portion “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him” (Lamentations 3.24 ESV). As Christians, the Lord is our portion; and this is a truth that will change every person’s life when he/she fully grasps the weight of it. Although we could never contain the vastness of God–for He is the Creator and beyond our understanding–His grace does enable us to be filled with His presence through the Holy Spirit. Every day we have a mighty portion of the Lord, and He will shape our portion to fit our daily needs. Moreover, when we consider Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Lamentations 1.9

A Harvest of Good “She defiled herself with immorality and gave no thought to her future. Now she lies in the gutter with no one to lift her out. “Lord, see my misery,” she cries. “The enemy has triumphed” (Lamentations 1.9 NLT). Traditionally, Jeremiah is believed to have written the sorrowful, poetic book of Lamentations. It is suggested that Lamentations was written shortly after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. Along with the other prophets, Jeremiah had spent much of his young life warning God’s Chosen People of their consistent disobedience to God’s commands. Instead of heeding God’s conviction through the prophets, God’s people Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Jeremiah 33.3

Confined With God “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come” (Jeremiah 33.3 NLT). We all know those people who always have something to say about what God is showing them. During every conversation we have with them, they describe how God has revealed certain insight to them. Their speech is full of words like “The Holy Spirit taught me this” or “God told me that.” And we wonder how they get their ears so tuned into God. Jeremiah also heard a lot from God. The book named after him in Continue reading

Whispers from the Holy Land — Valley of Baca

The Holy Spirit encouraged me several years ago with the verses from Psalm 84.5-7 about the Valley of Baca. Being able to look over this valley in person will always be a treasured moment for me. I thought of all of us who are spiritually making our way through this valley, and I sent out a little prayer of thanksgiving and help for each of our unique journeys. “How happy is the man whose strength is in You and in whose heart are the roads to Zion! As they pass through the dry valley of Baca, they make it a Continue reading

Whispers from the Holy Land — Hezekiah’s Tunnel

I think one of the adventures I loved most in Israel was walking through Hezekiah’s Tunnel under the City of David in Jerusalem. We walked deep beneath the city, and the cool rock surrounding us was a nice reprieve from the hot summer sun. The chilly water that ran along the tunnel shocked my system, but I soon became accustomed to the fluid, invigorating liquid. I gripped the little flashlight constructed like a harp (symbolic of King David) and followed my friend in front of me, while listening to my tall husband behind me struggle through the sometimes restrictive passages. Continue reading

Granola Bar Devotional — Unwise Tooth

I was talking to a tech guy at a computer store and somehow we got to chatting about my church. I explained to him that I loved my church, and I invited him to attend if he didn’t already have a home church. He was gracious and explained that although he was a Christian, for personal reasons, he chose not to attend church. I desired to explain to him how much the church aspect of the Body of Christ has strengthened and transformed my faith, but no matter how I tried to explain my thoughts, I always came out sounding Continue reading

Whispers from the Holy Land — Take Off Your Shoes

We got to know the people on our flight to Israel very well. What started with bad weather cumulated with switched crew members, not enough fuel, engine problems and crew rest requirements. We were delayed a full 24 hours with the same people. In one instance, we had to leave our plane, walk across the airport, go through screening all over again, only to wait on the runway on a different plane. I sat in a middle seat with my husband to the right of me and a young Jewish man to the left of me. Since we were heading Continue reading

Internet Cafe — Unpacking with God!

My family and I recently moved back into our home on North Padre Island, the barrier island located near Corpus Christi, Texas, which I just learned is the longest barrier island in the world (thanks, Wikipedia!)  Over two years ago after our move off “The Island” (as it’s locally called) and into the city, I vowed never to move again. Moving causes such stress and chaos and enormous amounts of work and patience. But like God does, He moves us when He wants, regardless of our whimsical declarations. As I sit to write this at my desk in my new Continue reading

Whispers from the Holy Land — Skull Hill (Golgatha)

Right inside the busy city of Jerusalem (just outside the ancient city walls) is where many people believe the crucifixion and burial of Jesus took place. One of the most difficult adjustments I had to make in my thinking was how close in proximity the biblical events occurred. So much happened in one little portion of this world. The death and resurrection of Jesus was such a monumental event, and it was hard to comprehend that it was just down the street from a bus stop, market and office building. The other preconceived notion that I had to shake was Continue reading

Whispers from the Holy Land — Wailing Wall

The fact that I walked the city streets of Jerusalem, making my way to the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) for Shabbat (like the Christian Sabbath) still fills me with awe and gratitude. Just before sunset, the Jewish people (including many Christians) gather together at the wall, praying and crying out to God. There is a male side and a female side of the wall, and men and women write their prayer requests on slips of paper and tuck them into the crevices of the ancient wall. Many people sing, dance, read their religious literature and lean on each other for Continue reading