Verse Meditation–Daniel 10.12

The Power of Humility “Then he continued, ‘Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them’” (Daniel 10.12 NIV). Daniel’s words to God were heard, and God responded to them. What did Daniel do to deserve God’s attentive ear? Why was Daniel so esteemed by the Lord? The answer is not in Daniel’s righteousness, for the Bible says that ALL have sinned and fallen short of God’s holy perfection (Romans 3.23). God knows Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Daniel 12.1

The Book End “At that time Michael, the archangel who stands guard over your nation, will arise. Then there will be a time of anguish greater than any since nations first came into existence. But at that time every one of your people whose name is written in the book will be rescued” (Daniel 12.1 NLT). We don’t need to know Bible Eschatology (study of end time events) to see what is already a prevalent theme in our culture. Movies, television shows, books, songs and art have all analyzed the topic of “What happens when the world ends?” Whether by Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Daniel 1.4

 Reading Path “…Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon” (Daniel 1.4 NLV). Some people are fearful about consuming literature that is not necessarily designated part of the Christian genre. Indeed, the Scriptures are absolutely the most profound and important work for any of us to read. Jesus is the Word, and His thoughts towards us are found in the Bible (John 1.1). We must drink from His Living Water (the Bible) daily, so our spirits find the nourishment they need to flourish. However, when other “supplemental” writings that are rich in perspective are consumed by a reader Continue reading

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