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Take another step

Exodus 14:22
And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
God opened up the sea for the Israelites to walk through. Yet every step they took, they had to believe that the sea would not come crashing down. I am sure they could hear the Egyptians coming close behind them, and with every step they had to walk in faith. They had to trust that God was not going to have the sea destroy them. They had to trust that God was not going to kill them. I don’t know how long that journey was. I don’t know how many minutes it took them to get to the other side, but every step was a step of faith. They had seen the miraculous that occurred when God delivered them from the Egyptians, but every step they still had to believe. Peter also found himself in that position when he stepped out of the boat and walked towards Jesus. With every step Peter had to believe, that God was not going to let him…

So I went into my room and prayed

These last couple of months have been some of the hardest months of my life. I look at pictures taken from my vacation in December and I think how I had no idea how much my life was going to change within such a short amount of time. One moment we are enjoying our time at the beach and the next moment we are sitting in an emergency room. I still can’t believe that I had to hear the diagnosis of cancer. You never think something like that can happen to your family. But it did. And as I sat in the hospital room looking at my husband laying in the bed as waited for the results of the biopsy my trust was in God. I knew that whatever the situation He could and would help us through it. But it was as if my world as I knew it came to a halting stop.
And even now almost two months later, even though the mass has disappeared and the healing has taken place, the life I used to have has not returned. And even though God has opened doors, there are situations we are still dealing with. The story …

One Day...

One day you will be planning your wedding. One day you will have a collection of magazines sitting on your bed as your pick the color flowers for your bouquet. One day you will be writing a guest list. One day you will walk down the aisle and say “I do.” Or if you are a guy reading this, there will be a day you will be listening to your fiancé planning the wedding. There will be a day you will accompany her to cake testing and gift registry. One day, you will.
You may be wondering when that day will come. Though you haven’t told anyone or many people, you have been consumed with fear. Every year you get older and you wonder when that day will come. As you see friends of yours marrying and people younger than you in relationships, you wonder when your day will come. (I was always a bridesmaid...)
You live for God. You serve Him. You are active in ministry. You lift your hands in worship and praise on Sundays. You shout “Amen” during Bible Study. When people ask for prayer concerning their…

Just because you don’t see it

I love the story of Esther. It is a short book in the Bible, but there are so many lessons that can be gained from reading the story. We typically focus on Esther, but today I want to talk about Mordecai. Mordecai was Esther’s cousin and he raised Esther when her parent’s died. After Esther was taken into the king’s palace, Mordecai discovered a plot to kill the king. He told Esther about this plot, and she relayed it to her husband. The individuals who plotted against the king were killed, and the story was recorded in the book of the chronicles. Some time passed, maybe weeks, maybe months, maybe years. The king promoted Haman to a high position, and Haman demanded that everyone bow to him. Moredecai refused and Haman was outraged. Haman plotted to destroy all of the Jews. Mordecai sent a message to Esther, essentially telling her that she needed to go to the king. Esther declared that she would, even if she perished, she would go to the king. Haman hated Mordecai so much that he con…

I am available to you

There are many “wonders” of the world that people travel just to see. The pyramids and the Statue of Liberty are examples that I think of. While people marvel at the beauty of what they are seeing, I can’t help but think of the sweat and pain that went into building those things. Too often we can focus on the end result, and not realize the hard work that went into the creation. The same is true when we read stories from the Bible. We think of David as king, Joseph as saving the people during the drought, Moses as delivering the people out of the hands of Pharaoh. The road they took though was a difficult one. The road they took involved pain, loneliness, sorrow and tears. It is so easy to see the end result and not think of what it took to get there.
In our own life, we often think of the promise but we don’t want to endure the ride. The Sunday before my husband and I went to California, I remember praying “God I am available to you.” I know God has a promise and a calling for my life…

I have not forgotten you

I can hear God whispering to Joseph while he was thrown into the pit "I have not forgotten you."I can hear Him continue to tell Joseph while he was in prison "I have not forgotten you."I can imagine God reaching down and wiping the tears from Esther's face when she was chosen to be married a king who got rid of his previous wife "I have not forgotten you."I can visualize God wrapping His arms around David while he was on the run for his life "I have not forgotten you."
The situations Joseph, Esther and David found themselves in weren't because of sin. They weren't being punished because of some action they committed. Yet the road they were on was a difficult one. I am sure they spent countless nights crying. They may have wondered why they were in that situation. Yet God never forgot them. He never abandoned them. In the midst of their situation, God was still there. He was still in control. His plan was still going to be fulfilled.

A fork in the road

I posted this blog post in September of 2007. I came across it this evening and thought it was appropriate to post.

We are standing at a fork in the road. There are two roads that we can take; two ways we can possibly go. One road is the road of name-brand Christians. Christians who think the car they drive defines them, the clothes they wear make them, the platform they sit on, describes them. Christians who worry only about title, position, and power. Christians who don’t seek after God, but who seek after what they can get. Christians who please man, but not God. Name-brand Christians stand on the pulpit and act holy, they hold a microphone and act sincere, they sit in the pews and play the part.

Name-brand Christians are not genuine, they are not real, they are fake. The second road we can take is the road to purity. A road filled with no games, no facades, no masks. A road with Christians who will pray. Christians who will read the Word. Christians who won’t be consumed with …