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I have to admit I was worried, Lord. It was such a big challenge! I wasn’t sure if I was up to it. Remember all those prayers? Of course you do. Nothing escapes your notice or memory. It took such a long time. I admit also that I was worried. I thought maybe I was on my own. But you taught me a lot through this whole thing—you taught me patience, tenacity, and toughness. You made me wait, but you... Read More
Mother's Day
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When God needed to impress on Adam and Eve how their sinful rebellion was going to hurt their lives, he had a different message for each. To Adam (and all men) God described how work itself would become frustrating and difficult. To Eve (and all wives and mothers) God announced that their children would cause them pain. The “Song of Simeon” has become a powerful hymn in the Christian liturgy, and its text has furnished comfort to thousands of Christian... Read More
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Why do I do it? Lord, I am so sorry for what I said. If only I could put those words back behind my teeth and swallow them back down. But they’re out. Why is my tongue so loose? Why do lies come out when I know I should tell the truth? Why does gossip come out so easily when I know I should be building other people up? Why do I sound bitter so often when I know I... Read More
Thank You, Lord, for Forgiving Me
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I appreciate being given some slack. I love it when my friends overlook my bad behavior. I am relieved when my boss understands and gives me some extra time. I know I can be hard to live with sometimes and appreciate it when my spouse doesn’t keep score. But I am grateful most of all when you, O Lord, choose not to hold my many sins against me. I will never stop praising you for your gospel. If I had... Read More
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Okay, Lord, time for some honesty. When I look at the people around me, the people I’m related to, work with, and live near, they all seem to be doing better than I. I want to be happy for them, but to tell the truth, inside I envy and resent how successful they seem. Why did you ordain such a hard road for me? Did I do it to myself? Or am I the victim of the neglect of others?... Read More
I love to worship you, Lord
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I love being in your house, Lord. I know I can worship you anywhere, and I do. But there is nothing like being in your house with other believers. I love the choirs and instruments. I love the hymns and the prayers. I appreciate the messages that come from your Word, and I love giving gifts, acknowledging you as the ultimate Giver of all. I love being with other people who care about you as much as I do. “Praise... Read More
I Feel So Overwhelmed
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Lord, help! Some days I am so overwhelmed and exhausted that I want to give up. I’d run away, but I am too tired. I can’t keep up. I don’t know how much longer I can keep juggling my job, marriage, children, house, bills, and all the other demands put on me. Many days I feel like a failure in each area of my life. I can’t work on improvement when every day I’m just reacting to the next crisis... Read More
Cinco de Mayo
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The 5th of May has always been a big deal to people who trace their ancestry to Mexico. Now it’s attracting the notice of Anglos as well, but generally only as an excuse to party with nachos, guacamole, margaritas, and Mexican beer. Whether or not you choose to go to a party on May 5th, I hope that you will take just a little time to learn something about Hispanic culture. People from the majority culture often notice and remember... Read More
There Is Joy in Humble Service
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Lord, I know some people who are absolutely miserable. They know they have made some terrible and selfish choices. They feel depressed and guilty all the time. They have found out the sad truth that Satan is lying when he promises happiness and satisfaction. But I have found the reverse to be true also. When I listen to you, when I adjust my values to you, when I dare to do your will, my life is good! I love that... Read More
Why Am I So Impatient?
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Who do I think I am? I must think I am the supreme commander of the universe. I want everything, and I want it now. It’s good to have a plan and move forward in life. It’s good to dream big and not settle for the status quo. But I hate it when other people expect me to get in line with their agendas. So why do I do that to other people? You must think I’m pretty ungrateful, Lord.... Read More