“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 (NIV) Even in the darkest and most trying hour of our lives, God is near. Not long ago, tragedy struck Pastor Walters’ … Continue reading
“And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:2 On the final evening of our time in Haiti we experienced what would be recognized … Continue reading
For this post to make any sense, you need a little background information about me. In 2004, I gave birth to an extremely premature little miracle named Gavin. He was 15 weeks early and had seemingly endless medical challenges related … Continue reading
During my childhood, one of my most memorable times was during the long, hot days of summer. Each evening, the neighborhood kids and I returned to the outdoors after dinner for one last game. At dusk, we would meet at the dead-end street to play “Hide and Seek.”
This was a very serious game. The goal was to hide from your seeker until it was safe to run for home base without being seen and tagged out. That is why we played under the cover of twilight. The darkness of night kept you concealed as you dashed from object to object until finally you made it to home base unseen.
Those were the good ole days when I was young enough to still enjoy the game, but old enough to play with the cleverness that it took to keep from being found.
As I recall, it was my dad who first introduced me to the game of “Hide and Seek.” Although, my father and I played the game differently than the neighborhood kids did.
When dad would hide, he would often leave clues on purpose so I could find him. Sometimes, I would spy his wiggling toes sticking out from under the living room curtains. Others times, I noticed a lampshade sitting atop a very large stand in the shape of his silhouette, or I would hear noises coming from behind the couch. For dad and I the game was not about staying hid. It was about a developing a trusting relationship.
Our reunion brought joy, laughter, and sometimes tickling. Mostly, it taught me that whenever I needed my Dad, he could always be found.
I think the same is true with our heavenly Father. Continue reading
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come” John 16:3
Have you ever experienced a lack of peace that kept you from moving forward? I have. My husband and I were about to purchase our first home. After viewing several houses, we finally found a perfect fit. Or so we thought.
When closing day came, I couldn’t bring myself to sign the papers. Although it was natural for us to be both excited and nervous about becoming new homeowners, I couldn’t shake the feeling of uneasiness. I asked to speak to my husband alone for a moment and discovered that he had the same sick feeling in his stomach as I had in mine. We decided not to move forward.
This was a wise decision. A few short months later, my husband died from a tragic accident. Continue reading
“I will sing in the shelter of Your wings.” Psalm 63:7
Isn’t that a beautiful image of security?…being in the protected presence of the Most High!
Several years ago my daughter and I were involved in the choir of a large event at Vanderbilt Stadium called “America Arise.” Several hundred participants joined in a celebration of praise and worship through a mass choir, orchestra, dance and drama. This event took place a month after the death of our family’s oldest son…dear Daniel. We had practiced in remote groups throughout the previous year in anticipation of this glorious non-denominational event. At the dress rehearsal, as all members came together for the first time, the director instructed us all to keep our eyes on him throughout the course of the evening…watching for his direction…following him regarding any deviance from what we anticipated as normal. We prayed together and at this time, the director called upon our Father in Heaven to guide all us through this demonstration of praise for His glory!
Mid-way through the evening of praise and pageantry, an unexpected, interruption in the scheduled program took place. As we ended one of the songs and were getting ready to begin the next, a holy hush came over the massive crowd of participants and spectators. And the proceedings that took place will forever be forged in the recesses of my heart. Continue reading