I need a pastor, and the Lord is my gracious shepherd.
I need one who fulfills. I desire what I desire. I desire good things, I desire wrong things, and I desire good things at the wrong time. However, I do not need to overthink this, for my shepherd always provides exactly what is best at any particular time. Therefore, I can say with confidence, I am lacking nothing.
I need rest, and he is the one who makes me lie down in green pastures. He encourages me to Sabbath — externally and internally — with him.
By Mikka Susanti
Sitting at a coffee shop with a cup of hot cappuccino in hand, observing people around me…and suddenly I get lost in my own thoughts.
Wondering…“what would have happened if five years ago I chose to say no to God and not obey when he said; go to the nations and share the good news to the lost?” hmmm…..” I would truly regret it”, my mind uttered. “I agreed” and my heart responded.
On New Year’s Day this year I was struck by two texts and decided to make them a kind of theme texts for living during the year. I didn’t really make a plan or a resolution. I was just impressed to keep these two texts available and look at them. I’ve found that I actually end up looking at them at random times. They are Philippians 1:27-30 and Ephesians 5:1-2. At some point I’ll talk about the phrase “be imitators of God” in Ephesians 5:1, which I find challenging, or perhaps intimidating would be more the word.
by Chad West
Waiting is the hardest part, sang the late, and pretty stinking great, Tom Petty. I’m feeling that lyric lately. I’m going through some major changes involving some brontosaurus-sized decisions. And, as you know, scientists have proven through complex formulations that change sucks. Even good change can stink up the bathroom. Most of my friends also happen to be going through some major life changes right now. So I’ve been thinking a lot about change from a lot of different angles lately, and I think I have some decent advice.
Have you ever hesitated to do something because you didn’t think the impact would be very good or lasting? Or, you worked at something and didn’t see a return for all the time and money you invested? Is it just me?
I wonder, how far will we go when we don’t know how far it will go? Will we give what little we have to God, trusting that He will take our small offering and make something amazing?
By Wendy Alsup
I’ve been waiting to update readers on my health because I myself have been in a holding pattern for weeks waiting on test results. After my mastectomy September 25, chemotherapy was scheduled to begin October 27. Then, right before I was to start, a CT found a mass in my stomach that does not appear cancerous, yet may be.