Aaah Spring

by Johnese Burtram

Aaah, spring… Late February teased us with warm temperatures and the definite expectation of spring. But March 2018 blew in with a mighty roar of the lion that shook the atmosphere. Even as we picked up singles and downed branches in our yards and endured the inconvenience of power outages, we continued to nurture hope for change.

New Seasons, New Day

“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘“The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’”  Lamentations 3:22-24

by Brittany Jones

I love this bright spot in the book filled with lamentation regarding the destruction of Jerusalem. These words almost jump off the page as a reminder that, amid the chaos and brokenness of life, His compassions never fail. These verses have echoed loudly in my ear for many years as I have endured a great amount of pain and heartache. But, because of the Fathers love, none of these things can consume us.   

Between Places and Seasons

by Carrie Burns PhD

During a long Jerusalem lunch with a dear Jewish friend who devotes her life to Jesus, I learned about a concept she had been exploring called Liminal Space.  I had never heard of it, so after lunch I Googled it to discover that there is a lot out there on this interlude of time between seasons in life.

Advent Blessing

by Johnese Burtram

The Christmas songs, dramas, poems, and devotionals bombard our attention with the blessings of Advent. God’s promise to bless all nations through the seed of Abraham dawned in the fullness of time…she gave birth to her first-born son, wrapped him in clothes, and placed him in a manger…a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. The story, poignant and sweet, also unfolds in harsh and terrible horror when we look beneath the tinseled surface.

Blessing Defined

by Johnese Burtram

Jesus speaks blessing that sometimes catches us off guard. The Kingdom approach to living; the blessing Jesus would speak into our lives comes from His blessings found in the Sermon on the Mount, manifesto of the Kingdom of God, gold standard for godly living. Matthew 5:3 - 9

Mommy, Bless Me

by Maria Donnelly

Blessing my sons at bedtime in one of my favorite memories. We would read Bible stories, say our prayers—prayer for everyone we could remember—and then tuck the children into their beds. “Mommy, bless me?” My middle son, James, would ask while tucking him into the top bunk. He shut his eyes as I laid my hands on his head.

A Thousand or More Favors

by Ruth Pabon

Thousands or more times I have felt the favor of the Lord working in my life. First, my father abandoned his wife and four young children.  A neighbor came over and invited us to church. At four years old, I heard the Sunday school teacher say, “God is your father.” Something in my soul ignited with hope and so the process of becoming a child of God began.