Waiting and Wanting To Go

It has been nine days since a massive earthquake hit the coast of Ecuador causing much devastation and loss of life. Our hearts broke as pictures and messages poured-in on television and across social media. As you know, Ecuador and its people are very close to our heart.  Allison lived there from age nine toContinue reading “Waiting and Wanting To Go”

40 Days of Focus: Day 26

Day 26: The Privilege of Righteousness  Reflect On: Psalm 17 “As for me, I shall behold you face in righteousness; when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness” Psalm 17 is about deliverance from persecution.  many Christians face real persecution from enemies hostile to the Gospel of grace. But sometimes the greatest persecutionContinue reading “40 Days of Focus: Day 26”

40 Days of Focus: Day 25

Day 25: Worship In The Temple Reflect On: Psalm 84 “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere…” Psalm 84 is about the joy of worshipping in the temple of God.  The psalmist describes the temple as a lovely place of longing where the soul sings for joy.  The temple isContinue reading “40 Days of Focus: Day 25”

40 Days of Focus: Day 24

Day 24: Longing For God Reflect On: Psalm 42 “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.” Psalm 42 reminds us of what it means to truly long for God’s presence. When our thirst for God has lessened, fasting is a great way to re-establish our soul’s greatestContinue reading “40 Days of Focus: Day 24”

40 Days of Focus: Day 23

Day 23: A Word of Knowledge Reflect On: 2 Samuel 7:18-29 “…your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you…” In 2nd Samuel 7:18-29, David is responding to a word from God given through the prophet Nathan concerning his rule and his family. Much of what the prophet said would not happen inContinue reading “40 Days of Focus: Day 23”

40 Days of Focus: Day 22

Day 22: The God Shepherd- The Divine Presence Reflect On: Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd…I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long” The 23rd Psalm contains six of the most recognized verses in all of scripture.  Many people take comfort in the poetry describing God as the GoodContinue reading “40 Days of Focus: Day 22”

40 Days of Focus: Day 21

Day 21: The Triumph in the Agony Read and Reflect On: Psalm 22 “They will tell a people yet to be born about His righteousness- what He has done.” Psalm 22 is a a psalm written by David centuries before Christ, but one that Christ quotes while hanging on the cross.  The sentiments of theContinue reading “40 Days of Focus: Day 21”

40 Days of Focus: Day 20

Day 20: Ready or Not… Reflect On: Matthew 26:36-46 “Get up. Let us be going.” In the Garden of Good Intentions, the disciples were not ready. As we have seen, they were sleeping.  Never the less, the time had come. Jesus had heard from the Father.  It was time. The disciples would have heard fromContinue reading “40 Days of Focus: Day 20”