Month: July 2016

Impatient With Someone Else’s Weakness

Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them—they are counted among the blessed in the land—he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. Psalm 41:1-2 My … Continue reading Impatient With Someone Else’s Weakness

What Comes With Belonging

I am yours, save me!  Psalm 119:94 Some time ago, my husband was out doing errands when he saw a heavy set older woman lying in a parking lot, bleeding.  She had fallen outside her car.  An even older woman was at her side, trying to … Continue reading What Comes With Belonging

Half Listening

The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.  Psalm 37:30 To be wise, and to be just, requires alertness.  No one can assess things clearly if they're zoned out. I ask myself this morning if I'm fully awake?  Has … Continue reading Half Listening

Mercy and Beauty

Let your mercy come to me that I might live.  Psalm 119:77 The psalmist could not fully understand how his cry for mercy would be fulfilled in Christ.  He saw mercy as a ‘thing’ God would bestow.  Ultimately, God sent mercy as a person.  Mercy … Continue reading Mercy and Beauty

My Quirks And God’s Grace

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise Thee. Psalm 63:3 Mollie, our beautiful golden retriever rescue, has now lived with us for three years. She was two when we got her. Perhaps you remember the story. When we brought her home … Continue reading My Quirks And God’s Grace

Someone Is Disappointed In Me

Look to the right and see: there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul. I cry to you, O LORD; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.  … Continue reading Someone Is Disappointed In Me


My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.  Psalm 119:20 Having my soul consumed with something is not a new experience.  I know what that feels like.  I was consumed with grief when my parents died.  The loss filled my heart … Continue reading Consumed

Where’s My Passion?

Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.  Psalm 119:97 Where does passion come from? For the first 40 years of my life, I wouldn't have been able to answer the question.  I just knew that I felt guilty because … Continue reading Where’s My Passion?

Dealing With My Own Defaults

Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law.  Psalm 119:28 It's so easy for me to live by my own set of defaults.  My behavior has been shaped by my environment and genetics.  However, even though I'm prone to do my … Continue reading Dealing With My Own Defaults

The ‘Help Me!’ Prayer

All your commandments are sure; they persecute me with falsehood; help me!  Psalm 119:86 All God’s commandments are pure, providing a security that can only be found in a strong foundation.  When we are persecuted unjustly, our feet are standing on the stones of the … Continue reading The ‘Help Me!’ Prayer