The Simplistic Beauty of God’s Great Love

How Do I Love Jesus? One night, my young daughter looked up at me with tears in her eyes and told me with great anguish, “I don’t know how to love Jesus. Even though I try and try, I just don’t think it is enough!” As I looked at her sweet little face, cheeks flushed red and eyes filled with sadness, my heart ached for her. I was taken back in time to my own childhood, as I recalled my own feelings of not understanding God’s great love for me. In that moment, I was back in my blue flowered bedroom in the upstairs of my home, tucked under my fluffy white comforter, quietly thinking about Jesus. As moonlight poured in through the windows, the Read More

The Awakening

Some days I don’t feel like getting up out of bed and rejoicing before the Lord. Instead, I feel like crawling back into bed, hiding in the darkness, and sulking about how things haven’t gone my way. Instead of doing my morning devotions, I feel like sitting and stewing about all things negative, stubbornly reflecting upon all of my hardships. Perhaps I feel abandoned by God, or maybe I am upset about another hard lesson learned through my disobedience and his discipline. In any case, I have found it is easy to get caught up in the self-pity of my own unfulfilled plans, instead of believing with confidence “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been Read More

The Faith of a Leper

And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.  Matthew 8:2-3 Do you have the faith of the leper? Are you willing to approach God with full confidence that he can do absolutely anything in his great power? This leper, lacking any power of his own in regard to his physical strength or his standing in society, knew that Jesus could do anything, even cleanse a leper like himself.  Approaching Jesus with humility and faith, he states, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” He doesn’t ask Jesus if he can make Read More