Do Not Fret

“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm” (Ps. 37:8). Easily said. Not so easily done. How do I get past my feelings of anger and chewing on the things that make me angry? The action words in this verse tell a story. Cease. Stop. If you allow anger to grow, it is virtually impossible to stop it. If it builds up, you will blow up. Stop it before it gets out of hand. Forsake. Forsake implies that the use of anger has become a belief system. It is no longer an impulsive action, but the one who is wielding the anger believes that it makes a positive difference—perhaps he even believes that it is the only thing that will work in the situation. Fret. Someon

Reality Based Faith

Reality based and faith don’t seem to fit together. It is as if they sit on the opposite sides of a wide canyon screaming at each other. The two voices never quite meet up, but dissipate into nothing before they meet in the middle. The idea of reality based faith grew up in front of me as I sat with a group of women from broken families who had just endured Mother’s Day. Some actually had a good day comparatively. Some had just survived. Some were in shock. Expectations. When expectations are high and they go unmet, it is devastating. Comparisons. They often drive expectations. When we look around and we see others who seem to have so much or seem to have it all “together,” we belie

Resting Place

God desires a resting place. Psalm 32:14 says, “This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it” (NKJV). In this verse, He is speaking about Jerusalem. Jerusalem was at the center of the land. It was the place of meeting. It was a “resting place” for God. In 1 Corinthians 6:19, God declares that we are now His temple. We are the new resting place … if we will allow Him that space. What does that mean that God desires a resting place in us? He is a Father. In my study of the spiritual gifts, I have found a significant crossover between the idea of father as provider and the spiritual gift of giving. Many times those who love to give are “spiritual fathers”

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