Tossed, turned, and tumbled

Through the night, moon photo by Lisa Buffaloe

Ever find yourself in the middle of the night tossing and turning? The more you think, the more you keep thinking, and then your brain churns out impossible scenarios of monstrous proportions. Ack! Tossed, turned, and tumbled. Fortunately, we do have weapons to combat this onslaught of onslaughting — prayer, thankfulness, focus, and praise. A song of praise or a verse from God’s word magnifies God and minimizes any problem or issue. So next time you’re up late at night, remember Paul’s words… “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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Loaded up

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Have you ever helped a child prepare for their morning at school? You make sure their backpack has the daily provision – lunch or lunch money, books, paper, pens, pencils, homework, permission slips, maybe a Band-Aid or two for any bumps or bruises, a note for encouragement, etc.. Every day … Continue reading →

Emergency Faith System

Emergency Faith System

Back in 2009, I blogged about going from peace to panic is .02 seconds. Two years down the road, we’re facing rather unexpected and unwanted news. It’s one of those times where faith is tested to the max. It’s so easy to say I have faith. So easy to attend church, read my Bible, and smile through life when the checkbook is balanced, health is good, family is fine, and all is right with the world. However, in this world we have trouble, real trouble, and sometimes really bad trouble. Jesus warned us we would. Yet we still wail and stumble when life hits with below-the-belt punches. As I pondered the continual difficulties of life, I realize these are the times when we discover if our faith is real. We say we believe in God, but will we believe in God even when nothing is going our way? Will our emergency faith system click into gear when everything implodes around us? Or will we just implode?

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Why won’t you trust Me?

Why won't you trust Me .

Why won’t you trust Me? My love never fails. My promises never fail. My strength, might, and power is more powerful than any other strength, might, or power. My desire is none should perish. My forgiveness forgives in abundance. My grace is sufficient. My presence is with you.

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Needing rest

Return, rest in the quiet and trust

Our world is so unsettled. Our country is so unsettled. Life is so unsettled. Everyone seems restless. Or maybe it’s just me. Ugh. Between the media and unsettling news at home, I’ve been restless. Yes, I know God is in control. I really know that, but goodness it’s hard not … Continue reading →

Revival

Praying for revival. Photo by Lisa Buffaloe

Do we request revival because we want everything in our country and world to be “good”? Do we ask for revival so our life can be pleasing to us? “And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure” (James 4:3 NLT). Do we seek revival so that lives can be saved for eternity? Do we desire revival to drive us deeper into God’s heart?

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Turn your eyes

Turn your eyes upon Jesus

I was angry, all-out furious at what is happening in our country and world. I’m mad that my black friends are afraid. I’m mad at those who target the police because of the actions of some of the police. I’m mad that racism exists, and I’m mad at people and … Continue reading →

Cross-Time Race

Running in the shadow of the Cross

Have you ever watched a cross-country race? At the starting line, people gather to cheer and encourage the runners. However, as the journey lengthens, the well-wishers decrease and are only sporadic. There will be a few refreshing stations along the way to rehydrate and reenergize, but companionship is virtually non-existent. … Continue reading →