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But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.’”
Luke 8:41-42

I’d love to say I am like Mary. However, in truth, I have been a “Martha” most of my life. Like Martha, I tend to do too much of a good thing.

Was it good for Martha to welcome Jesus into her house and show him hospitality? Of course! But while Jesus was teaching inside her home, Martha did not sit at his feet and listen like her sister Mary did. Martha forsook that incredible opportunity to hear — in person! — the blessed words of the Son of God. Instead, she focused all her energy on preparing a meal. She chose physical bread over the Bread of Life!

With the fast pace of our electronic world, it’s easy to get caught up in the frantic busyness and the pressures of modern life. Even if everything we’re doing is something good, such as making a living, spending time with family and friends, or even being a worker in the church, if we’re not spending time at the feet of the Master, we have not chosen what is truly good.

Everything we see in this world is temporary. Only the spiritual things are eternal. Jesus himself said, Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away (Matthew 24:35).

A simple way to make the good choice daily is to spend time reading, studying, and meditating on the word of God. This quiet time will strengthen your relationship with God, and that is a very good thing!

Heavenly Father, help me daily to remember to step back from the distractions of this life. I want to spend time listening at your feet, like Mary, so I can make my relationship with you my top priority. In the name of Jesus, amen.

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

I haven’t watched television since 1994. I used to listen to the news on the radio and read the newspaper headlines until my cancer returned with a vengeance in 2015. After that, I decided I didn’t want to focus on all that was going wrong in this sinful world, especially since I could do nothing about it anyway.

If we listen to the daily news, it can make us feel hopeless — if our focus is on the things of this world. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit has inspired (breathed) a precious book we call the Bible. It contains the redemption story of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was God, he became flesh so he might fulfill God’s promise to save humankind from their sins. This he did by sacrificing himself on the cross for our sins and rising to eternal life to demonstrate that death no longer has power over us. We now have the hope that we can live forever with him in heaven! What good news!

Christians never have to feel hopeless 

— no matter what is happening in their lives or on the news. The Holy Spirit has made sure the Bible will help us abound in hope through the power of the Gospel (or good news) about Jesus. All we have to do is read what the Spirit has written! “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his Word I hope” (Psalm 130:5).

Dear God of hope, thank you for the gift you have given us through your Word inspired by the power of the Holy Spirit. May we treasure this gift and not take it for granted so we may abound day by day in hope. Amen.

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We are filled with the Holy Spirit by faith alone. However, true prayer is one way of expressing your faith. The following is a suggested prayer:

“Dear Father, I need You. I acknowledge that I have been directing my own life and that, as a result, I have sinned against You. I thank You that You have forgiven my sins through Christ’s death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled, and as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. I now thank You for directing my life and for filling me with the Holy Spirit.”

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If so, ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit right now and trust Him to do so.


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The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. Ezekiel 18:20

My father was a good man in many ways, but he was an agnostic. While he lay dying from lung cancer, I tried to talk to him about spiritual things. He refused, saying, “I’m not convinced there is a God.”

As much as it broke my heart when he died denying Christ, when my oldest son renounced his faith in God in his mid-thirties, I was devastated. I had wrongly believed that all I had to do was train him up in the faith and he would remain a faithful Christian. Though my heart will always be pained at the choices my father and my son made, I can’t let their unfaithfulness destroy my steadfast faith and hope in my Savior.

In the Bible there are many instances of godly parents who had ungodly children. But there are also wicked parents whose children become faithful to God. Each of us has free will to choose or deny the Lord, apart from what our parents or children decide. God is our heavenly Father, and we are his spiritual children. That’s the family relationship that matters most.

If you have unbelieving parents or children, keep putting God first in your life.

Your example of faithfulness may be the way to shine the light of truth for them. Our relationship with God is not dependent upon what our family members believe. We are one-on-one with our Father in heaven.

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving your creation enough to give us free will to choose to love you and devote our lives to you. Please, give us the strength to remain faithful, even if beloved family members choose otherwise. Amen.

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“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

For years I puzzled over the meaning of these verses in 2 Corinthians 12. They didn’t make sense. How could power be made perfect in weakness? And why would anyone boast about being weak?

Then I had to subject myself to nuclear-bomb strength chemo in order to save my life from aggressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 46, and these verses became crystal clear. Before cancer, I boasted in my own strength. I was a control freak and fiercely independent. I didn’t “need” anyone’s help.

But when chemo made me helpless as a newborn kitten, I finally realized control was an illusion. I humbly learned that I had no power of my own. I had zero strength and learned to lean fully on God for the first time in my life.

In weakness I finally rested solely in Christ’s power and could honestly “boast” in the grace of God rather than in my own feeble efforts. As a result, my faith grew stronger than it ever would have if I’d remained in my “independent woman” state.

What are you struggling with today? You are not meant to go through this alone. Draw closer to our Lord instead.

In your weakness, lean on God’s holy strength. He won’t let you down. Instead, he will lift you up and may bring people into your situation to help you. If so, thank him, and them.

Father, I thank you for all the times I am weak and helpless so I can be reminded how much I need your strength. Help me never to rely solely on my own meager efforts, but only in your all-sufficient grace. Amen.

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Would you like to know God and have him walking beside you, helping you, as you go through this tough journey?  You can begin this personal relationship with God today if you sincerely want Him to give you direction from now on.

Why don’t you ask Jesus Christ to come into your life,

“Lord Jesus, I need You!  I am hurting, confused, feel rejected and emotionally scarred. Will you please come into my life, forgive my sins, heal my body, soul and spirit and walk beside me as I walk through this tough journey.  Would you please direct my life from now on?  Thank you! Amen”


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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17

When I was a girl, I was fascinated with biology. I put a caterpillar in a jar and fed it daily, hoping to see it change into a butterfly.

One day, I came home from school and found the caterpillar had attached itself to the side of the jar by a tiny anchor. It was squirming and writhing, as if it was in pain. The caterpillar’s body seemed to melt while its skin was pushed down. Before my eyes, it transformed into a chrysalis. Then the old skin fell off while the new continued to change into a firm casing. Inside the protective shell, its body kept changing over the next few days before the butterfly emerged.

In the same way, our lives of sin and rebellion are cast aside when we are transformed by God’s love and mercy into a beautiful vessel recreated by the Master’s hand, for his use. It can be painful to give up the desires of the flesh and submit our will to God’s, but he lovingly protects us during our transformation. Our new creation can be a source of inspiration to others, leading them to Christ.

Heavenly Father, help us to seek to be transformed into a beautiful reflection of your love and glory. And once transformed, help us never to forget to offer thanks for making us more like Christ. Amen.

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“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

In the space of a few short months, it felt as if rocks were crushing me one after another. I lost my mother unexpectedly. My husband suddenly lost his job of 24 years. We had to uproot from our comfortable small town and move to a huge, unfamiliar city to find employment. Once there, we still had to be caregivers for two elderly relatives.

My health finally crashed from the weight of all these stones. Then our oldest son dropped a boulder. He had turned his back on God and wanted nothing more to do with him, mocking him and his Holy Word.

I believed the promise in 1 Corinthians 10:3 and had seen it fulfilled many times before. But how could I handle the spiritual death of my firstborn? Did I fail as a mother? I cried out to God from the anguish of my heart.

God faithfully provided a way of escape in a most unexpected way. A ten-year-old boy in our new church had recently lost his beloved grandmother. He swiftly “adopted” me as a surrogate, even sitting next to me in the pew. That physical contact from a bereft and loving child saved my faith from being hopelessly crushed.

While our prayers may not be answered in the way we want, God will respond to our cries. Instead of despairing that things are not turning out as we hoped, let’s keep our eyes open for the ways he begins to lift the weight from pressing on our lives and brings relief, stone by stone.

Lord, help me to grow in my faith and trust that you will always provide a way of escape when I am tempted to despair. Help me remember to simply look for it! Amen.

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“When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.” Jonah 2:7

Just like the prodigal son had to lose everything in order to “come to himself,” Jonah had to hit rock bottom in the dark belly of the great fish.

In the same way, my husband lost his job in a painful and humiliating way at age 26. He spiralled down into a dark depression. We spent our meager savings moving to a bigger city, hoping to find a better job, but he was too depressed to look for more than a part-time security job. His angry, hateful words were devastating. In desperation, I took our two-year-old son and moved out.

As I’d hoped, our leaving was the shock he needed to realize he’d hit rock bottom. He humbled himself, returned to the Lord, and agreed to see a marriage counsellor. After several weeks of talking and praying together daily, we renewed our marriage vows and have stayed happily married for more than forty years.

People “hit rock bottom” when they reach the lowest point of their lives and realize they have nothing else to lose. For some, it’s the only place they can clearly see themselves and their situation and understand how much they need God’s love and mercy to pull out of the rocky pit.

If you find yourself in what seems like a hopeless situation, look up! Jesus is always present, reaching down to give you a hand up.

Lord, may I never have to hit rock bottom in order to see you clearly, but if I lose my way in the dark, please help me look up and find you again! Amen.

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“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21

While we were driving from Florida to Texas on I-10, our planned schedule came to a screeching halt in Louisiana. After waiting for an hour, we crawled en masse to the next exit where law enforcement diverted all westbound traffic off the highway. We saw why. An 18-wheeler lay on its side, blocking all lanes.

In that swampy area, the only parallel road had two lanes. We kept crawling for another hour, sandwiched between other vehicles, until the next exit was accessible. At first it was maddening to get so behind schedule. Then we started noticing trees, flowers, birds, interesting houses, and yard art, things we wouldn’t know existed had we kept driving 70 mph on the highway.

In the same way, our lives take unexpected detours when we experience job loss, a forced move, serious illness, or death of family or friends. We have choices: we can grumble, curse, or scream about the unfairness of changing our plans, or we can trust God, pray for wisdom, and accept the new route open to us.

For all we know, God might have placed that detour in our path, either to prevent a worse tragedy from occurring, or to experience unforeseen blessings along the way.

Lord, help me put my trust in you when my plans fail and grief and disappointment result. Let me accept the unexpected detour graciously, with faith that you will guide me safely through my journey. Amen.

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Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.” Mark 1:30-31

An elderly Christian I once knew had multiple health problems, the worst being his heart, which caused him pain and shortness of breath. As a young man, he’d been a country preacher, and for several years he was the chaplain at a tuberculosis sanatorium. He loved to talk about the “olden days,” and I loved to hear his stories!

Though Brother Neal lived with constant suffering in his final years, he never complained. He kept looking for ways to serve and encourage others, both large ways and small. He did more than always greet everyone with a friendly smile; when it came time to move into assisted living, he found a struggling young couple who needed a place to live and sold them his small house below market value, carrying the note for them.

Neal went home to be with the Lord several years ago, but his example of a servant’s heart still encourages and inspires me today, especially in my health struggles. Simon Peter’s mother is another example that reminds me I can be of use to God’s Kingdom no matter what my physical state is.

When we’re sidelined by illness or other trials of life, we shouldn’t allow it to keep us from serving God and one another in every possible way. Even if it’s just the encouragement of a friendly smile.

You never know who will benefit from the faith you show, especially when things are not the best at the moment. You can always be used by God. It just may be the healing you need as well.

Lord, help me to love you and your people so much that, like Simon Peter’s mother-in-law, my desire is to serve rather than make excuses why I can’t. Amen.

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“He said to them,Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”  Mark 4:40

Did you ever play any “trust games”? I remember being blindfolded once and having to trust that the one leading me would not allow me to trip on an unseen hazard and break my neck. It was an anxious several minutes as that person “led” me around.

In Hebrews 11:1, the Bible defines faith as this,

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Both things hoped for and things not seen imply future events, things that have not happened yet. Through faith we have assurance and conviction that God knows what the future will bring. We can be sure God is real and that he loves us. We can have confidence that he will keep his promises, since he always has, and will guide us through the obstacles that life holds, even when we cannot see them in our path.

But fear of what might happen in the future can suck the courage — and the faith — right out of us. We’re told over and over in Scripture not to fear. I have heard there are 365 references to not being afraid, one for each day of the year.

We can wholly trust Jesus while he’s leading us through the unseen hazards of life because he already knows where they are. We can be sure that no matter what happens, he has promised salvation to those who put their faith in him.

Lord, help me not to fear the unknown future. Let me remember you already know what lies ahead and will safely lead me through it. Help me banish fear and grow in faith and trust in you. Amen.

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“One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

Grief is more than losing a loved one. We grieve the loss of anything that was important to us, including a home, a career, or our health. In the space of a few months, I lost my mother, then my music career, my home of 24 years, and what was left of my health. I had to move from a small town where I knew everyone to a large city where no one knew me or cared that I could no longer play the flute and piccolo in a symphony because I didn’t have the breath or the stamina. Nor would they know the places I held in my heart so fondly, or meet the loving parents I was privileged to live close to for so long.

During the dark months that followed these devastating losses, God patiently taught me not to look back. My previous life was gone forever. Now I look forward, toward the end of my journey and what awaits there, where my focus should have been all along. Nothing we do or have in this life lasts forever; only our soul is eternal.

If we keep that one truth in mind, it will keep us from looking back with regret. That way we can eagerly press forward toward the finish line.

Don’t let grief stagnate you. The best is yet to come. Believe it.

Lord, forgive me for looking back with longing at the past instead of keeping my eyes on the finish line. Give me the strength and discipline to persevere in my walk with you, until my very last step. Amen.

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