Tag Archives: Jesus

When I Pray

When you pray, go to your room and close the door. Pray privately to your Father who is with you. Your Father sees what you do in private. He will reward you. (Matthew 6:6) I most often pray in private these days. I used to pray out loud for my group in Bible Study. I […]

Falling Short

“I often fall short of my own standards.” Senator John McCain There is a desperation in the faces of the boys reaching upward. It is I’m certain how Senator McCain sometimes feels when he falls off his own path; yet he courageously gets back up and trudges back to the path of his own standards […]

The Woman at the Well is Me

First, I didn’t know what to write in this blog, so I remained silent for a time and asked the Spirit to lead me. This is the title that came out, and I had to ponder why. And this blog is filled with whys. But the Spirit answers them all by revealing the intention of […]

Running on Empty

I’m scheduled for surgery in eleven days. While on the one hand I look forward to it, on the other hand, I am anxious because surgery is extremely serious. I will be “under” for about five hours. Outwardly, I have lots of energy; I’ve been extremely productive over the past couple of weeks. Inside, however, […]

Imagine

Several years ago, in a Bible Interpretation class, my instructor asked us to close our eyes and imagine what it might be like if Jesus walked in the door at that very moment. He gave us two minutes to fully immerse ourselves in the experience. Then we shared our thoughts and emotions. Many of us […]

While Chaos Looms

While chaos looms and swirls above and all seems hopeless now, the Lord has your heart in His hands and to you makes these vows:   As He gives power to the weak, He strengthens those who trust. The hopeful soar on eagles’ wings And walk with Humblest.1   “I give you plans for peace,” […]

One Step at a Time

  Dear Father, Thank You simply for being here when I need You and holding me with Your strong and comforting arms, even when I don’t seem to realize You are there. Thank You for sending Jesus to shower me with Your scandalous compassion, Your lavish grace and Your unconditional love. Thank You for breaking […]

One Way Loyalty

It is a mistaken belief that God requires our loyalty. Believing this makes our God a small and punitive God; He is the opposite. The truth about our God is that both His Love and His Loyalty are One Way. Because of our Father’s character, He loves us. Because of Jesus’ character, He bestows Compassion, […]

A Fearless Moral Inventory, Part 2

My moral indiscretions are countless. Before I was diagnosed with bipolar 2, during the hypomania cycles the decisions I made were reckless. I stumbled often; my choices were folly at best, dangerous at worst. I used drugs, promiscuously engaged in unprotected sex, stole clothing from boutique apparel stores, and for over a year dated a […]

A Fearless Moral Inventory

“He wanted her to move out of the lie, into authenticity, but first she had to admit to how she was living her life. People in recovery would call it taking a thorough and fearless moral inventory and then sharing that with another person. Jesus offered himself as a loving listener, a no-judging ear He […]