Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 ESV When was the last time you mourned over someone or something? There are days my heart is heavy over the things I see in this world–in politics, in the church, or in our country. I have mourned over the death of family members and pets, and the loss of relationships. Sometimes as I mourned, I felt Jesus mourning with me, and other times … Continue reading →
As my car crawled along the automated car wash track, my thoughts drifted to times past, when my husband and I would take our children through the car wash for the express purpose of playing, “Watch the Bubbles.” “Daddy, my bubble is racing yours!” our son would say. “Mine is turning swishy circles!” our daughter would say. I stroked my silver-steaked hair and prayed, “God, why do I still want to watch bubbles? My children are driving their own cars … Continue reading →
When I taught the elementary grades, my litmus test for the children’s well-being was to observe them during recess and ask, “Are they skipping?” Even a child at rest will swing a foot, shrug a shoulder, or sway. I’ve learned skipping is a universal expression of joy. In Song of Solomon 7:1-2a, the Bride of Christ is allegorically pictured as a princess wearing gorgeous shoes, and with jeweled thighs. Why? She is spiritually adorned with these so she can … Continue reading →
We were singing loudly, the evidence of joy shining on our faces.
Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, which He gives to believers.
When I taught the elementary grades, my litmus test for the children’s well-being was to observe them during recess and ask, “Are they skipping?” Even a child at rest will swing a foot, shrug a shoulder, or sway. Sometimes, I would skip with the children, and we would laugh. I’ve learned skipping is a universal expression of joy. In Song of Solomon 7:1-2a KJV, a bride is pictured as a princess wearing gorgeous shoes, and jeweled thighs. Who is this … Continue reading →
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. ~Psalm 150:6 NKJV I was having a “woe is me”day, recounting all the problems in my life. Can you remember having a day like this when you counted “woes” instead of blessings? The enemy of our soul is happy when we are distracted by the trials that we are experiencing. Then we won’t notice God’s beauty surrounding us. My mind was on me and all I needed to accomplish, instead of … Continue reading →
I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. Song of Solomon 2:3 KJV “Would you like a slice of apple?” Angela asked. “Sure,” I replied, not knowing she had already asked others, who sat at the conference table, the same question. Angela sliced the apple into equal sections, carefully, precisely, and distributed them. By the time she served her husband Victor, there wasn’t much left! I do not recall how many … Continue reading →