Sunday Scripture ~ Psalm 46:7

There’s a reason why, In the architecture of Your perfect poetry, You ordained that this foundation of a phrase Should bear repeating: “The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”  (Psalm 46:7 and 11) Pausing at Your command to reflect on words that should stop me in my tracks everyday (but, often enough, do… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Psalm 46:7

Sunday Scripture ~ Jeremiah 23:24

"Do I not fill Heaven and Earth?" says the Lord.

Jeremiah floats the question, and I almost miss the impact. Coming as it does in the midst of a firestorm of holy fury against the false prophets who are Jeremiah’s contemporaries, the question sounds rhetorical:  “’Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Jeremiah 23:24

Sunday Scripture ~ Psalm 32:8

Strong promises come with strong verbs, and Psalm 32:8 delivers both: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you."   When I need wisdom, I want to know that my Counselor knows what he's talking about. When I'm looking for advice,… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Psalm 32:8

Sunday Scripture ~ 1 Corinthians 5:17

Tired metaphor though it be, the transformation from chubby caterpillar to seemingly inanimate chrysalis, and then to elegant and dainty flying monarch is new again to me in this late summer season of 2019, because it is new to my tiny grandchildren. “Leafy” had no idea that the milkweed he munched in a retired goldfish… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ 1 Corinthians 5:17

Sunday Scripture ~ Luke 12:48

God will not hold you accountable for what you do not know. This is good news. It is true of the unreached people groups from Operation World, and it is true of you and me in our earlier, perhaps untaught, and perhaps more reckless, less scripturally grounded years. Everyone to whom much was given much will… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Luke 12:48

Sunday Scripture ~ Matthew 6:1

The Sermon on the Mount changes the way we practice righteousness.

I've raised a couple of trumpet players and the one currently in residence is often inspired to practice at about the same time that I am inspired to go to bed. That's fine with me, because I value the musical endeavors of my kids whenever they happen, but as the sound waves bounce off all… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Matthew 6:1

Sunday Scripture ~ Isaiah 41:10

When fear threatens to extract all the air from my dreams, I’m thankful for the courage and strength that come from an upholding God. 

Anxiety is a chronic and pervasive problem for most of us. We fear what we do not know, so, today, let’s get our hearts aligned with the truth of God’s sovereignty. Anxiety about the unknown becomes an opportunity to reaffirm our belief in God’s good intentions toward us and to purposefully put our trust and… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Isaiah 41:10

Sunday Scripture ~ Romans 15:13

 "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."  (Romans 15:13) With this verse, Paul is winding down a letter to the Romans that included his travel plans and instructions for the gritty process of doing life… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Romans 15:13

Sunday Scripture ~ Psalm 119:18

A review of Journaling for the Soul by Deborah Haddix

August overwhelms the senses with brilliant hues of color and light; the vibrant aroma of growing things alongside their fresh taste and crunch; bird song in early morning; the persistent peepers in the evening; and the haunting cry of a loon after dark. Maybe it's because of all this--or because we fill our summer daylight… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Psalm 119:18

Sunday Scripture ~ Psalm 90:17

Celebrating the Labor and the Love in the Spiritual Discipline of Housekeeping

"Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands."  (Psalm 90:17) In his book Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer reminded his readers that “without the burden and labor of the day, prayer is not prayer, and without prayer,… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Psalm 90:17