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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
Thank You For the Rescue, Lord
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You know, Lord, that I try to be responsible and take care of my own business. I don’t want to be a burden on anybody. I try to handle everything, and I mean everything. Maybe I am a little too confident in my ability to tackle every problem. Maybe that’s why it takes me so long to ask for help. I don’t want to seem like I’m begging. I admit it—I’m proud. But when I needed big help for a... Read More
I Keep Doing the Same Sins
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I hate having to scold my children repeatedly for the same acts of disobedience. Why do they still track mud through the house? Why do they still throw their clothes all over, “forget” to make their beds, and expect the maid to do all their dishes? I get so frustrated when I have to correct them over and over and over. And then it dawns on me, Lord, that you might be letting me experience how you feel about the... Read More
I Love Quiet Time in the Word
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You know, Lord, I have done enough complaining about the aches and pains of aging. But there are some terrific advantages to getting older. I am far more patient than I used to be. I enjoy people more and accept them as they are. And I have grown to appreciate regular quiet time with your Word. I used to be too busy—or thought I was too busy—to read my chapter a day. Now it’s the best time of my day.... Read More
I Feel So Lonely
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It’s me, Lord. Here I am again. We’ve had this conversation before. When I was single, I was so lonely—remember? I would ask you for a decent man to marry, and I waited a long time. Well, I’m married now—why do I still feel lonely? I try to tell my husband all my feelings and emotions, but even though he tries to be polite, I can tell he doesn’t really get it and doesn’t see how important these conversations are... Read More