Whom Shall I Fear?

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 KJV I underlined this life-changing verse In the first Bible I ever owned Its leather binding the color of blood With which Jesus for sin atoned It should have given me…

Hope in the Midst of Darkness

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4–5 NIV. Darkness pours from the TV screen, news of chaos, hate, and death. Hope is a tiny light. It may be dim but the faith it brings gives clear sight. Darkness seeps…

Of Time, Fear, and Jesus

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 59:16 NIV Wrestling with time and grappling fearEnduring the world’s grievous paradigmYet peace be a conqueror when Jesus is near Days spin like whirlpools drowning drearIndispensable tasks an…

What Would Norma Do?

Norma served in the Army Nurse Corpsin World War II,long before we met.I wish I’d known her then, but I wasn’t evena thought in my parents’ minds when sheenjoyed her prime. Norma was a dear friend, a confidant,a prayer warrior with grit and faiththat ran deep as the Mariana Trench.Her wisdom may haverivaled even Solomon’s.Maybe….

Who Am I?

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 NIV From fingerprints to DNAGod made me to follow His wayHe’s the Potter and I’m the clayWe each are uniquely designed Poet is what He says I amThough some days I feel like a…

Jesus, the Face of Love

It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them. Psalm 44:3 NIV The Son of God is Love’s sweet faceBouncing on His father’s kneeHe came to die and offer grace He…

What Is a Decade Worth?

No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12 (NASB) A decade’s worth of familyEnough to fill the heartWith hope, love, and happinessEven when we are apart A decade’s worth of hugsEnough to go aroundAt least one for every dayWill make our…

Once When Emmanuel Came

Once when darkness hovered deepThe Godhead planned our souls to keep True Light shone bright and did not sleep Until all that exists He created Once when He promised Abraham Then provided the sacrificial ram To foreshadow the coming atonement Lamb God prospered his many kindred Once His kingdom under David rose Then later evil…

Wisdom and Might

 “To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released.” Job 12:13–14 NIV. If you lack skills or great knowledgeAnd ponder ivy league collegeThough there you could gain frail insightTo God belong wisdom and might If peace evades your tortured soulMake haste and do not…

Me of Little Faith

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31 NIV Sometimes I doubt God will answer. As I desire, as I require. I dictate methods instead of outcomes. Thinking I know what is best. Revealing my little faith in His goodness. Sometimes I…