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February 2016 Archives

“Delight yourselves in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”   (Psalm 37:4) Our assignment is simple: celebrate God! The rest follows. The big objective we seek is deep change “for good” and a paradigm […]

“Ask me and I will give the nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as your possession.” (Psalm 2:8) “Nothing will be impossible for you…” (Matthew 17:21). How big is too big? How much is too much? Yesterday […]

In prayer there is always an ask which makes the matter inter-personal. My desire, even if that desire is simply to be heard, or to express my gratitude, must be addressed to a Person, otherwise I’m only ruminating, daydreaming, whining or […]

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” (Isaiah 55:8) “For, ‘Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?’ But we understand these things, […]

“I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) Mustard seed faith will do. Just a bit is enough to begin. As a cup of water poured down the old well can prime the pump and set the water flowing, all I […]

“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength […]

“Now give me this mountain…” (Joshua 14:6-15) Caleb was an 85 year old man when Joshua led Israel into Canaan. (Read his story in Joshua 14:6-15, 15:13-19, 63, and Numbers 14:24.) Joshua and Caleb had been prayer partners for 40 […]

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!  Let […]

“At your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11b Father, I miss my right-hand friend. My darling and beloved companion’s absence is sorely felt in my soul. Would you hold me now? Part of me wonders if I’m making […]

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with […]