Expecting the Voice

Personal journal entry, June 26, 2023: “Even after all these years of growing up in Christ, I still have knotholes of doubt that God will speak clearly to me.” Both the Old and New Testaments emphasize Jehovah as the God Who speaks. I’ve read, heard, and memorized it, but in some situations, I don’t expect to hear from God. Why is …

Seen, Known, and Loved

By Magen Thetford Selling used items on Facebook brings zero joy to my heart. I’d rather not deal with the hassle of communicating back and forth several times with someone over an item that I’m going to sell for a few dollars. But I had a bulky crib stacked in the corner of a closet for the last year, and …

How to Self-Feed during Seclusion

Have you noticed that what once seemed enough for spiritual needs, is now lacking to keep you anxiety-free? Without exception, everyone I talk to honestly admits a daily struggle for a peaceful mind. I struggle to maintain a sound mind myself.  European pastors notice the same difficulty in their congregations. Gripped with fear and unable to find a refuge, these …

How Can This Be?

  As I read the Christmas story afresh this year, two questions reverberate within me.   “How shall I know?” and “How can this be?”   Zachariah, an elderly priest asked the first (Luke 1:18).   Mary, a simple, teenaged girl, the second (Luke 1:34).   Obviously Zachariah was a man of prayer for the angel assured him, “Your petition has …

Return to Sender

In middle school, I discovered an ad for a “free book”. Excited, I filled out the information and awaited its arrival.   Turned out, it wasn’t that great of a book and I don’t think I even finished it.   The following month – you guessed it, another book arrived addressed to me. In my ignorance, I opened it, glad to have …

On Mount Moriah: Entrusting our Children to God

Carrie Vipperman has done it again. Written straight from the heart on an issue that will stir us in the core of our being. No matter what the mountain looks like that you are currently scaling, this post will challenge and inspire. Thanks, Carrie.   ——————— I have a sweet, spunky, extremely girly, completely fearless, two-year-old girl named Moriah Faith. About a …

Praying on Faith

Holy Father,   How suitable it is that You should include the shield of Faith in our spiritual gear – because without faith it is impossible to please You (Hebrews 11:6).  I believe that faith is Your gift, measured out to all that will receive (Ephesians 2:7-8; Romans 12:3) I pick up the spiritual shield of Faith as a barrier …