Holding onto Hope in Advent – Psalm 80

It is dark at my house this morning. The electricity went out at some point during the night, leaving my entire neighborhood shrouded in blackness. I wander about the house, gathering candles, a lighter, and my trusty book light. Without light, my home becomes a frustrating obstacle course featuring various objects ready to bruise my … Continue reading Holding onto Hope in Advent – Psalm 80

Are You Bargaining with God in the Waiting Room? Psalm 26

Hospital waiting rooms are a great equalizer. All who enter join the fellowship of uncertainty. Plans and predictions, once held tightly, slowly tick away with the pace of watched clocks. I have logged many hours in these places over the years. Often arriving flustered and departing relieved, but now I am back again in crisis. … Continue reading Are You Bargaining with God in the Waiting Room? Psalm 26

Can Fearing the Lord Reduce my Anxiety? Psalm 34b

Some families pass down an inheritance of precious jewelry while others share treasured recipes written on weathered cards. Other families gift each generation with stocks or bonds. Some families even pass the ownership of a family business to the next generation. Sadly, my family held on to the tradition of passing down a legacy of … Continue reading Can Fearing the Lord Reduce my Anxiety? Psalm 34b

What Am I Called to Share? Psalm 22:22-31

I spent Sunday afternoon and evening in an emergency room with an elderly family member. God showed up in the kindness of pre-warmed sheets, wrapping us in care. As the hours inched passed, all reports and test results provided much-needed reassurance. Finally, long after sundown, the doctor graciously wrote prescriptions to relieve the most troubling … Continue reading What Am I Called to Share? Psalm 22:22-31

What is Happiness? Psalm 20

*Writer Kendra Cherry defines happiness as, an emotional state characterized by feelings of joy, satisfaction, contentment, and fulfillment. While happiness has many different definitions, it is often described as involving positive emotions and life satisfaction.  How often can you expect to be happy? About half the time. When I heard this recently, I confess that … Continue reading What is Happiness? Psalm 20