It’s a Wonderful Life, Job

The book of Job concludes in a most satisfying way. Job’s re-reversal of fortune always makes me sigh with contentment and dash away a tear or two. As I read the last chapter, I noticed a verse that reminded me of the final scene from It’s a Wonderful Life, when George Bailey returns home to… Continue reading It’s a Wonderful Life, Job

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The Best Listener

I do so appreciate a good listener, don’t you?   A good listener hears without interrupting. A good listener focuses on the speaker’s words, not the listener’s next words. A good listener considers his own words carefully before replying, particularly during a conflict. I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.… Continue reading The Best Listener

From Barrenness to Joy, and Beyond

I do so appreciate the thoughtfulness of the Lord when he sends a timely little blessing. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the verses in my daily reading of the Psalms included this: He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord. – Psalm 113:9 If I were… Continue reading From Barrenness to Joy, and Beyond

Nothing Between

We know that David was called a man after God’s own heart (I Samuel 13:14). If we desire that same designation, wouldn’t it be wise to study David’s thoughts and actions? Reading through the Psalms, I’ve noticed that David always poured out his honest, unrestrained emotions to the Lord. If David felt joyful, he lavishly… Continue reading Nothing Between

Distinctively Joyful

When I consider what separates Christianity from all other forms of religion, I see joy as one of our greatest distinctives. Not happiness, but joy:  deeply held hope, contentedness, peace, and optimism, no matter our circumstances. Sometimes, the small stuff can nearly overwhelm our joy: constant schedule interruptions, lack of sleep, friction with family members.… Continue reading Distinctively Joyful

Memorize & Meditate: Philippians 4:4-6

This week, my younger son asked if he and his siblings could memorize this verse. He is learning the importance of having a positive attitude and turning his problems over to the Lord. I trust these verses will encourage you as well! Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation… Continue reading Memorize & Meditate: Philippians 4:4-6

Memorize & Meditate: Isaiah 54:10

When the tragedy and injustice of the world seem overwhelming, I turn the news off and turn to the promises of our dear heavenly Father. This is one of my new favorites. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of… Continue reading Memorize & Meditate: Isaiah 54:10

Memorize & Meditate: Psalm 43:5

I was so encouraged by this verse from Sunday's Old Soul Quotes that I chose it for this week's Scripture. My prayer is that it will be a blessing to you all as well! Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall… Continue reading Memorize & Meditate: Psalm 43:5

Memorize & Meditate: I John 1: 4 -7

These verses have always been uplifting to me. The idea that God is pure light, the source of our joy and the center of our fellowship with Christ and with other Christians, inspires me to keep on living for him in my everyday life. I trust these verses will encourage you as well in the… Continue reading Memorize & Meditate: I John 1: 4 -7