Foiled Plans
Is it possible for people, those in a position of power for example, to foil the plans that God has for me? Can man interfere with the road laid out by God for me?

In the book of Acts we read, 
Then Paul declared, 3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but raised in this city. I was educated at the feet of Gamaliel in strict conformity to the law of our fathers. I am just as zealous for God as any of you here today. 4 I persecuted this Way even to the death, detaining both men and women and throwing them into prison, 5 as the high priest and the whole Council can testify about me. I even obtained letters from them to their brothers in Damascus, and I was on my way to apprehend these people and bring them to Jerusalem to be punished. (Acts 22:3-4)

If God can change Paul, a man who was a thorn in the side of the church, He can deal with the situations of life where we are inflicted by others or where people seem to have the ability to delay or derail the plans of God in our …
What's the Point?

You may be asking yourself, "What's the point?" I work, I raise my children, I care for the home, but I don’t really feel like I have any big or lasting impact in this world.

It has been suggested that the efforts of Ezra and Nehemiah would not have been possible if it had not been for the role of Esther in biblical history. She played a foundational part in the plan of God to return His people to their home. In her imperfection God made her what she needed to be for the time she was in. And her life made it possible for Ezra and Nehemiah to have their impact.

The mother of John Newton, the ex-slave trader and writer of the hymn Amazing Grace, died when John was just a child. Yet the seed of faith that she planted in her son never left him and grew into a great faith that influenced and impacted many. 

John the baptist made a way for the Savior of the world. He had his place, but realized that it was not about him. He decreased while Jesus increased (…
I Know That My Redeemer Lives

Back and forth goes the sparring, the accusations, the reasonings, the theories as to why's and what's of what is going on. Job, a man of integrity, sits in his pathetic and helpless condition being schooled by his so-called friends why his life has taken a turn for the worse. Job, further burdened by the bitter words of his "comforters", grasps for relief, and searches for reasons for his current condition. 

Life's big question remains unanswered - "Why?"

But not really, for we have the curtain drawn back, the blanket lifted, on what is really happening here. Played out before us is a heavenly sparring, a battle in the celestial arena, a fight over the truth that Job belongs to God ("Have you considered My servant, Job?") Here we gain insight into the source of Job's difficulty - a battle between accuser and Defender. And in the end, we will see that Job is lifted from his depths to his rightful place by his Def…
When God provides, He also protects

There's a story of Peter and some of his friends doing some night fishing on the Sea of Galilee. It was a long night, desperate for a miracle, for they had caught nothing. But they were fishermen and so that is what they did. They fished. After all, Jesus had been crucified, Peter had denied Him, and they probably felt pretty directionless - even though Jesus had made an appearance at one point to them.

 Sometimes our miracles come after our night.

After their night, their fish-less, fruitless night, a familiar voice called from the shore out to the empty boat they were in. "Friends, haven't you any fish?" No sir, we don't. We've got nothing to show for a long night of laboring. And again, the voice sounded from the shore, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." And so they did, and so they pulled a net full of large fish that could hardly be contained. What a miracle. The man behind…
We all wear name tags.

You may not be wearing one of those sticky paper, red bordered, name tags on the top left corner your shirt right now, but I know there are names that have been assigned to you. Good or bad. Maybe both.

Before I was born, while my mother was pregnant, she was told, "Don't tell anyone you're pregnant, you haven't been married long enough and people might get ideas." Shame was the name assigned to me before I was even born. What was supposed to be an occasion for joy, was covered in shame and fear. What names have you been tagged with?

In Babylon (modern day Iraq), thousands of years ago, a group of young Israelite captives were undergoing cultural indoctrination, and as part of that inclusion into Babylonian society and service, they were assigned alternate names. They already had names given to them by their Hebrew parents; names that reflected who they were and who the God they trusted in was. But that didn't stop the king of Babylon (Neb…
I'm excited to share these words from my guest blogger, Hannah Grace Furcinitti - 
Honestly, these past two years have been filled with the most intense suffering I have ever endured. Living away from home, coming down with random illness after illness, learning how to disagree with fellow believers whom I love deeply. It has been plain hard, and I am eternally grateful to my gracious God who works this suffering for the good of His saints and the glory of His name. 
I often tell my family that Dengue was the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I mean that. It opened my eyes in a new way. God grabbed my attention and turned me to Himself. I lay on a hospital bed, doubting whether I’d survive this, doubting that I’d see my family again in this life, feeling afraid and alone. And how kind God was to put me exactly there! Where else did I have to go but to Him? The best place to be is where you recognize God as your only hope and treasure. How kind that, as our loving Father, He car…
Hidden Promises

Sometimes the promises of God are hidden away, out of view until the time is right.

Jeremiah saw this principle at work when the Lord told him to purchase (redeem) some land in the Promised Land. It was a risky venture; nonsensical. The nation was under attack, the land would likely be overtaken and possessed by the enemy. But Jeremiah made the purchase anyways, according to the word of the Lord.

He took the deed for the land and hid it away; sealed it up in a clay jar. Dark, sealed, hidden. And that is where the deed remained until the opportune time. Talk about casting your bread on the water and waiting for its return!

But Jeremiah was OK with that, for God had made a promise. “For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.'”
(‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭32:15‬)

And the Lord would bring His people out of captivity. He would give them a heart to serve Him and He would be their God and they would be His peo…