“When they began to sing and praise.” 2 Chronicles 20:22

I didn’t know what to do. Feeling pulled in a thousand directions, I started cursing, yelling at the tiniest details of every-day life. All the inessentials, niceties, trivial stuff that won’t mean a hill’a beans in the end. Is anyone going to notice dried rosemary in their soup as opposed to fresh? Must every flowerContinue reading ““When they began to sing and praise.” 2 Chronicles 20:22″

“Inquire first for the word of the Lord.” 2 Chronicles 18:4

I can’t count the decisions I’ve made in haste. Choices to go, stay, do, take, give without a single inquiry of what God—who alone is wise—would have me do. As if I haven’t made a million wrong moves! I’m tired of me, friends—because I’ve done it again. Opened my mouth to do something that appearsContinue reading ““Inquire first for the word of the Lord.” 2 Chronicles 18:4″

“Without the true God.” 2 Chronicles 15:3

Distress is a warning signal that we need God. Better communication skills, a change of scenery, a tighter budget, increased exercise, refocused goals, diet changes will not bring the peace we so desperately seek. These may be a result of our turning to God—but they are not the true God. This morning I need toContinue reading ““Without the true God.” 2 Chronicles 15:3″

“Teach us to number our days.” Psalm 90:12

What a grave eternity awaits those who hold in highest regard numbers of years, friends, income, efforts, abilities—shrugging off the inner treasure of everlasting wisdom the Author of life offers to those who love Him. Let us not forget the words of 130-year-old Jacob, whom God renamed Israel. A deceitful man he was until theContinue reading ““Teach us to number our days.” Psalm 90:12″

“My own eyes had seen it.” 2 Chronicles 9:6

Do you need to see Jesus with your own eyes? You’ve heard the stories, witnessed the change in people’s faces, felt the pull to see for yourself if what they’ve said is true. But you’ve refused. For whatever reason; fear, apathy, stubbornness, pride—you’re holding fast past convictions that what they spread is too good toContinue reading ““My own eyes had seen it.” 2 Chronicles 9:6″

“They abandoned the Lord.” 2 Chronicles 7:22

I think these the saddest, most frightening words in scripture. I remember the days before the Lord saved my hopeless, helpless self. My life like a roller coaster—thinking highs and lows were all there was to live for, terrified of what waited at the end of the ride. But I could never have articulated thisContinue reading ““They abandoned the Lord.” 2 Chronicles 7:22″

Pray, Seek, Turn 2 Chronicles 7:14

There is a misconception that God hears everyone who prays. That’s not what the bible says. The devil deceives us into imagining, as I have imagined, God some sort of naive father figure able to be suckered by any manipulating kid for ten more minutes at the park. Other unrepentant souls think, as I haveContinue reading “Pray, Seek, Turn 2 Chronicles 7:14”

“Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 1:3

Does Monday feel like a mountain to you? Does it look like the start of a race you haven’t the legs for? We don’t have to roll this way. If our schedule owns us, it’s because we’ve paid into it. Our pride buys the lie that we are everything to everyone—when that is God’s job.  Continue reading ““Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 1:3″

“Be strong and courageous.” 1 Chronicles 28:20

King David, in preparing for his death, is giving charge to his son Solomon to know and serve God with a whole heart and a willing mind.  I wondered this morning why Solomon would even need strength and courage? David had pretty much put everything in place for Solomon’s kingship. All expenses were paid forContinue reading ““Be strong and courageous.” 1 Chronicles 28:20″

“Arise and work!” 1 Chronicles 22:16

King David was a man of war, his son Solomon was to be a man of rest. But not the kind of rest we typically think. Solomon wasn’t called to sit on a beach, tour Italy, or indulge in french food. Rest, meant peace and quiet from all his enemies—an appointed time to build aContinue reading ““Arise and work!” 1 Chronicles 22:16″

“Do you think…” 1 Chronicles 19:3

Upon reading this morning, I am sorely convicted and wholly enlightened. Have you ever slipped suspicion into a conversation against someone you’ve never really trusted? I thought it justified. I didn’t want someone I loved to be taken advantage of. But planting suspicion in the thoughts of another is nothing more than manipulation. It’s notContinue reading ““Do you think…” 1 Chronicles 19:3″

“For You Know Your Servant.” 1 Chronicles 17:18

King David just heard the words God had for his ears. It’s mind-boggling when I consider how well the Spirit of God knows me. All the fears I hate to admit, the shameful ideas that pop into my head, the dreams I wish would come true—God knows His servant inside and out. Truly this knowledgeContinue reading ““For You Know Your Servant.” 1 Chronicles 17:18″