Category Archives: Faith

“Do you believe Him?”

Like many of you, the YouVersion Bible App has become my source of choice for daily reading of scripture and devotional reading. One of the many things I like about this app is the number of reading plans that are available.

I started a new devotional today called “One Word”. You can find more information about One Word on their website. In short, One Word is a 4-day devotional to help you discover the ONE WORD God has for you to focus on for the entire year. The idea is to use this word to cut out the clutter and complexity that can lead to procrastination and paralysis in your spiritual growth.

One question that I have seen in various posts and recently heard in a sermon is, “You say you believe in God, but do you BELIEVE Him?” So, after some prayer and reflection, the word I believe God has for me is “TRUST”. Do I really trust God? Do I believe God is who He says He is? Do I believe His promises? Do I acknowledge His power? Do I believe He really loves me for who I am? Do I trust Him to lead me if I truly let Him? My answer to all of those questions is, “Yes.” Then why do I still doubt at times? Why do I still fear? Why are there still moments when I feel God could not possibly love me? Are His words just nice thoughts or is He truth?

My prayer is that by focusing on TRUST, I will learn to trust Him more everyday and my doubts and fears will dwindle.

Be still and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:10

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Ashes to ashes…

ash.jpgTonight we gather to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. Or, depending what part of the world you are from, also known as Fat Tuesday or Pancake Day. Today is also “Super Tuesday”, but with the gene pool being as shallow as it is for this election I’m not sure what’s so “super” about it. But, I digress… We will have the traditional pancakes, but we also be serving gumbo, jambalaya, and other Cajun delicacies to throw in a touch of the Mardi Gras spirit.

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the holiest time of the Christian year. For centuries, the faithful have gone to church on this day to have their brow symbolically marked with a cross of ashes. Traditionally, the ashes come from burning the palms saved from the previous Palm Sunday. And so, tomorrow, our rector will use his right thumb to apply the ashes to our foreheads while saying the prayer, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” The 40-day Lenten season will then commence.

It’s common for Christians to sacrifice something for Lent. No, not small animals, virgins, or anything of the sort. Generally folks will give up a favorite food, beverage or behavior. It should be something that is actually difficult to give up so the idea of “sacrifice” is real. It’s also common for folks to take on a discipline, such as a Bible study, joining a small group, or new ministry. For me, it’s always harder to take something on than to give something up. I haven’t decided yet, but I actually may do both this year; give something up and take something on. I’m open for suggestions! You know…when I stop and think…how small is my sacrifice compared to the one made for me? Saying, “Thank you, Lord.” is not enough, but, thank you, Lord!

So, if you are so inclined, what are you giving up or taking on this Lenten season?

Input please…

A recent visitor posed a question in response to my post titled The Mystery of Unanswered Prayer. It’s a tough question for me to answer because the response can seem trivial, hollow or trite. I did my best to respond, but I would like to open it up to you all for your thoughts to his question.

You can read his question here and my response here.

There’s a lot of wisdom out there in bloggy-land and I’m looking forward to your responses.

Thanks and God bless.

Peace. Be still…

peace_be_still.jpg Boy…this has been a tough few days for some folks near and dear to me. People I know personally as well as people I have come to know via this blog. I’ve heard phrases like,

“I don’t know what to pray.”…”Where is God in all of this?”…”I don’t know if I’ll get through this storm.”

One friend could only relay his feelings using a lyric,

“The space between the tears we cry is the laughter that keeps us coming back for more. — Dave Matthews.”

Like my friend above, I too find music is sometimes the only way to express what’s on my heart.

Sometimes He Calms the Storm
by Scott Krippayne

All who sail the sea of faith
Find out before too long
How quickly blue skies can grow dark
And gentle winds grow strong
Suddenly fear is like white water
Pounding on the soul
Still we sail on knowing
That our Lord is in control

Sometimes He calms the storm
With a whispered peace be still
He can settle any sea
But it doesn’t mean He will
Sometimes He holds us close
And lets the wind and waves go wild
Sometimes He calms the storm
And other times He calms His child

He has a reason for each trial
That we pass through in life
And though we’re shaken
We cannot be pulled apart from Christ
No matter how the driving rain beats down
On those who hold to faith
A heart of trust will always
Be a quiet peaceful place

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”
— Romans 8:26-27

“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.”
— Mark 4:39


I pray that all who are suffering or facing storms will find the peace and comfort of God.