Shock and Awe

Do you remember the first time you discovered that someone you looked up to had a glaring flaw or made a terrible mistake? Maybe it was a parent, a friend, a peer, a coworker, or someone you idolized in professional sports or popular culture. Sometimes people in our lives do things that shock us. We’ve…

Praise the Lord, My Soul

Psalm 103:1 says, “Praise the Lord, my soul, all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” I am not always in the right mood to praise the Lord.  Sometimes in the midst of life, with all its struggles and heartache, I don’t feel very worshipful.  I like this verse because I relate to it.  It…

Peaceful Rest

6 “Many people say, “Who will show us better times?” Let your face smile on us, Lord. 7 You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. 8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.” -Psalm 4:6-8…

A Royal Celebration

7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. 8 Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces…

Trekking Up Mount Shavano

I was privileged to go on Trek with Wilderness Expeditions this year.  We drove to Salida, Colorado, then for next 5 days we climbed a mountain.  We climbed Mount Shavano which peaked at 14,229 feet.  We needed all five days to do it because…it was a mountain.  It was grueling, long, and at times very steep. …

Quench

“The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 So they quarreled with Moses and said, ‘Give us water to drink.’ Moses replied, ‘Why do you quarrel with me?…

Spiritual Hydration

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 Lord, I seek you today.  I seek your love.  I seek your wisdom.  I seek your guidance.  I seek your grace.  I, like…

Enduring Love

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a…