Joy on Our Journey

by Jo Umberger Have you ever noticed that some Christians seem to be joyful most of the time? Are they simply happy with their circumstances? Perhaps they have always made it a habit to smile, which makes them appear to be joyful, even if they are suffering inwardly. Or are they truly aware of God’sContinue reading “Joy on Our Journey”

Can I Be Free From Worry?

by Jo Umberger There was a time in my life when I thought I would scream if one more person said to me, “Just don’t worry about it.” “Just,” I thought. “Apparently you think refraining from worry is a simple proposition!” Honestly I had no idea how to stop worrying. “But what if we don’t have enoughContinue reading “Can I Be Free From Worry?”

3 Things to Make Your Heart Brighter

by Jo Umberger If there were three simple things you could do to ease your mind and heart, grow closer to God, and increase your joy, how fast would you run toward them? Consider how our lives would change if we were to practice this Scripture consistently and daily. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in allContinue reading “3 Things to Make Your Heart Brighter”

Awaken Within Me

By Beth Fore “My heart is steadfast, O God,my heart is steadfast; I will singand make music.  Awake, my soul!Awake, harp and lyre!  I willawaken the dawn.  I will praiseyou, O Lord, among the nations;I will sing of you among the peoples.For great is your love, reachingto the heavens; your faithfulnessreaches to the skies.  BeContinue reading Awaken Within Me

Waiting

By Beth Fore “Be patient, then, brothers andsisters, until the Lord’s coming.See how the farmer waits forthe land to yield its valuable cropand how patient he is for the autumn andspring rains.  You, too, be patientand stand firm, because theLord’s coming is near.” (James 5:7-8 NIV) Waiting . . . Sometimes the waiting we doContinue reading Waiting

Delights from the Lord

by Beth Fore “Your love, O LORD, reachesto the heavens, your faithfulnessto the skies.   Your righteousness islike the mighty mountains, your justicelike the great deep.  O LORD, you preserveboth man and beast.  How priceless is your unfailinglove!  Both high and low among men find refuge in theshadow of your wings. They feast on the abundanceofContinue reading “Delights from the Lord”

Joy Comes in the Morning

by Beth Fore “Satisfy usin the morning withyour unfailing love, thatwe may sing for joy and be gladall our days.  Make us glad for asmany days as you have afflicted us,for as many years as we have seentrouble.  May your deeds be shownto your servants, your splendor totheir children.  May the favor ofthe Lord ourContinue reading “Joy Comes in the Morning”

My Heavenly Dwelling

by Beth Fore “Now we know that if the earthlytent we live in is destroyed, wehave a building from God, an eternalhouse in heaven, not built by humanhands.  Meanwhile we groan, longingto be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,because when we are clothed, we willnot be found naked.  For while we arein this tent, we groanContinue reading “My Heavenly Dwelling”

The Mirror of My Soul

by Beth Fore “For we know in part and weprophesy in part, but whenperfection comes, the imperfectdisappears.    When I wasa child, I talked like a child, Ithought like a child, I reasonedlike a child.  When I became aman, I put childish waysbehind me.  Now we see but apoor reflection as in a mirror; thenwe shallContinue reading “The Mirror of My Soul”

Refined and Made Perfect

“In this you greatlyrejoice, though now for alittle while you may have hadto suffer grief in all kinds of trials.These have come so that your faith—of greaterworth than gold, which perishes eventhough refined by fire—may beproved genuine and may resultin praise, glory and honor whenJesus Christ is revealed.”(1 Peter 1:6-7 NIV) Refined and Made PerfectContinue reading “Refined and Made Perfect”