Verse Meditation–Ezekiel 36.35

  Giving Up Control “And when I bring you back, people will say, ‘This former wasteland is now like the Garden of Eden! The abandoned and ruined cities now have strong walls and are filled with people!’” (Ezekiel 36.35 NLT). Something truly stunning happens when we finally give God the mess of our lives: He turns our “wasteland” into a “Garden of Eden.” But when we allow our pride and shame to prevent us from giving our lives fully to God, we stop God’s amazing work of redemption from transforming us and our situations. The truth, however, is that if Jesus’ Continue reading

Internet Cafe — Forgotten Groceries

I went grocery shopping for a few items, and I when I put my car into park on the driveway, I did what is very typical of me: I tried to carry every single grocery bag into my house in one trip. Since my hands were both draped with bags of heavy groceries, I was unable to close the car door. From the start, I knew I would eventually have to make a trip back to close it. Once I made it to my front porch, I had to set down some bags so I could unlock and open the Continue reading

Verse Meditation — Lamentations 3.22-23

New Mercies “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (Lamentations 3.22-23 NLT). The worst thing that could happen had happened. Israel’s Promise Land had been taken from them. Reading how God established His children in the Promise Land through the demonstration of His love and power in the Old Testament, makes the destruction of the Chosen Nation that much more heart-wrenching. No wonder Lamentations’s description of Israel’s affliction is so passionate and outspoken. The people of Israel had forsaken their God, and the full force of Continue reading

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

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

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


  The following is a repost from April 2011. May the name of Jesus resonate in your life this Easter! I’ve seen movies and heard descriptions of Jesus’ crucifixion. The physical torture that Jesus experienced is explained in detail, and we see each lash ripping His flesh, the excruciating walk to Golgotha, and the nails hammered into His hands and feet. Many times the pain is our sole focus, and we assume that the fear of this pain explains why Jesus petitioned God at Gethsemane to “take this cup from me.” However, the physical sacrifice is only one aspect of Continue reading

A Ransomed Inheritance

“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life your inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God” (1 Peter 1.18-19 NLT). No matter how amazing our childhood and upbringing, we will always inherit a standard that is not aligned with God’s Word. And no matter how horrible our childhood and upbringing, God is more than able to align us with His righteous standard. Through Jesus’ work on the cross, every area of emptiness in Continue reading