Written Prayers

In the past few years I have incorporated a pen and a journal in my devotional times. I have found the benefit of recording my thoughts and impressions so that they don't escape into the chaos of my schedule, but are written down so I can reflect again on what the Lord has been saying to me.

Waiting

by Eva Bridges

I am not a fan of waiting. At all.

And yet here I find myself a year into the adoption wait for a child. In all actuality, we've been waiting for four and a half years for God to grant the desire of our hearts. This wait just hangs over us—seemingly unending. This wait puts our ministry on hold.

Trusting

by Joy Lively

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6  This has been a favorite promise of mine for as long as I have had my own Bible.  I cannot begin to tell how many times I’ve clung to these verses at times when the outcome looked dismal to say the least.

But God

by Lauretta Payne

Late in July 2010, it started. My breathing had become noticeably short and shallow. Since reaching senior status, aside from moderate exercise, mall walking and vigorous praise and worship participation, I didn’t do much to exert myself. But that’s when the symptoms were most apparent. Two - three minutes into praise and worship, I was struggling to catch my breath and feeling for the seat behind me. Generally active and having never before experienced shortness of breath, I was caught off guard. My normally exuberant praise was reduced to a slow, flat footed sway, back and forth, side to side.

Promise

by Linda Seagears

Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:10-11

In l991, Rob, my husband of 4 years, and I wrote a song, the second song that we had ever written together, although my husband had already written several others. The first song we wrote together was performed at our wedding. This second song, called “Promise,” became the title song for a cassette album that we recorded—yes, a cassette. Lol.

In Trouble I Look To His Word

by Kathleen Poulton

In troublesome times I look to God’s word.

At times the Holy Spirit reminds me of what I have heard.

Giving instruction and encouragementI need to carry on,

When at times I have felt I could not go on.

In his word lies a treasure above and beyond

Any words or wisdom man may offer or can speak.

Promises

EDITORIAL - Johnese Burtram

Somehow a promise holds extra weight. A promise, only as good as the one who gives it, can bring crushing disappointment when broken. The wounds of broken promises rank high on the scale of pain...

Patient Endurance

by Desiree St. Clair Glass

On a whirlwind visit, my daughter Rebekah, her husband Jairo, and their two-year-old son Javier (“Javi”) arrived at my house late on Friday and spent all day Saturday at our family reunion. The next morning they packed up to return to Pennsylvania.

Typical two-year-old boy, Javi loves climbing, jumping on beds and playing outside. He makes toys out of sticks and feathers and is especially fond of animals. Rarely will you spot him without an animal figure in hand.

When he comes to visit, a trip to the pasture is always in order so he can see the cows. But this particular weekend, allowed no break in the schedule for tromping to the fields.

As Rebekah and Jairo packed suitcases in their Jeep, Javi and I followed. In a flash, he took off running, arms flailing, feet flying, straight for the pasture, fenced in with electrified barbed wire.

Hold On to His Promises

by Lois Quesenberry

...Early in our walk in the Spirit we heard the teacher of a Bible study group say, “The gifts of the Spirit are for the church – at home as well as in the church!” This spoke to me and so I opened my heart to actually hear from God. When our children were teenagers, we were concerned about some of their activities and the direction we thought that they might take. We began to seek the Lord about them and He gave us a “faith vision” for each of them...

Book Review: SEE by R. J. Rhoden

Review by Joan Rhoden

How many lessons can be learned from one familiar miracle in the New Testament? R.J. Rhoden (yes he's my son, Rob) will stretch your vision in this powerful little book with a short title. He unpacks the story of Jesus healing a blind man in Mark 8:22-26 by extrapolating six life-changing applications for 21st century living.