Slaying the Discouragement Dragon

Discouragement can seem as overwhelming as a fire-breathing dragon. It singes your body, saps your energy, and steals your very breath. Like Smaug in The Hobbit, its speech invades your mind and twists your thinking. How can you defend yourself against such an insuperable enemy? Several recent events have discouraged me in my work. In … Continue reading Slaying the Discouragement Dragon

Slow learner

Some life lessons we're slow to learn and God keeps teaching. Lessons like waiting, trusting, and resting. Even at my mature age, I'm still a novice. I try to wait patiently on God's will, trust completely in his provision, and rest calmly in his care. But when urgent matters continually pull me from my work … Continue reading Slow learner

Dwelling in the Land, Psalm 37

As I've blogged my way through the Psalms, I've noticed over and over how God's promises are for the here and now as well as for the future. While Psalm 37 repeatedly assures believers that they will inherit the land and dwell in it forever (which seems to refer to our eternal future), it also … Continue reading Dwelling in the Land, Psalm 37

New Year resolved

Resolution. We hear a lot about it at the beginning of a year. People make New Year's resolutions to lose some weight or spend more time in personal devotions. But often the year comes and goes and we end up making the same vague resolutions at the beginning of the next year. Perhaps the trouble … Continue reading New Year resolved

Trusting in God’s Name, Psalm 20

In God's perfect timing and following recent discussion with friends about trusting in God, Psalm 20 becomes more meaningful than ever. Do you feel that today is your day of trouble? Read and rejoice in this psalm! The psalm begins with seven exclamations pleading for specific actions and outcomes (Psalm 20:1-5, ESV): May the¬†Lord¬†answer you … Continue reading Trusting in God’s Name, Psalm 20

Drought relief

Temperatures in the Midwest cooled during the last week and especially the last couple of days. After the hottest July on record since the dust bowl days of 1936, the cooler and crisper weather has been a huge relief and definite blessing. We've also been blessed with a little rain. It's too little, too late … Continue reading Drought relief