The issues surrounding the coronavirus—how long this quarantine will last, how the stock market will impact us, and how to pay bills when we can’t work—not to mention what we’ll do if the toilet paper runs out—pose a real threat. In addition to this, the normal cares of life don’t stop with a worldwide pandemic. Added stress strains relationships that are already experiencing more “together” or “social distancing” time than normal. Yet the Bible says not to fear any of those things (Matt. 6:25-34). But it does tell us to fear something I bet you’re overlooking.Continue Reading
Have you wondered what Jesus would say to us about the coronavirus? My inbox if full of emails from merchants and event planners sharing precautions they’re executing to protect me from this virus.
My daughter, who works in airline reservations, had her shift hours doubled to handle flight cancelations. It doesn’t take a genius to do the math on that one. Pay your employees overtime to cancel your source of revenue! The threat of this virus has shaken our economy and our sense of well-being.
So, what would Jesus say? Several thoughts come to mind. Let’s look at one.Continue Reading
I grabbed the phone when I recognized the area code. Our friends were calling from across the country. After a recent visit with us, Lon and Trish had returned home and received the shocking news Lon had cancer in both lungs. This friend is like a brother to my husband. They were born on the same day in the same hospital, played baseball together, and were college roommates.
The doctors were wrong. He didn’t have double lung cancer. In this case, double pneumonia and pleurisy were something to celebrate!
Hours later another call sunk my heart. This time the call came from a dear friend who’s served alongside me in ministry for many years. Continue Reading
I don’t look for worry, but worry knows my number. She worms her way into my dreams. She captures my full attention before I know what’s happened. “Not now,” I moan. “Let me sleep.”
My dark dreams can take various shapes. Sometimes I’m back in school and can’t find my class until the day of the final exam. I walk into the exam totally unprepared.
Other times shadows of doom haunt me. Whatever the dream, worry is the common theme. Worry that I’m not prepared or that I lack what I need.
God’s reassured me that He’s bigger than my worries on many occasions. Here are some biblical pictures that have spoken to me.Continue Reading