Dreaming

When I was a child, I had big dreams—starting with first grade when I wrote that I was going to be a missionary and look like Princess Diana when I grew up. Of course, as I got older those dreams changed; because of my many interests as well as my admiration for my mother, I…

Faith During Persecution

Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the…

Children as Blessings

Sometimes our greatest frustrations can also be our greatest blessings. And I’m thinking of something very specific when I write that statement. In my house, it comes in the form of three little boys. That’s right, my children. Sometimes, I get to the end of a long day in which, for one reason or another,…

Are You Withstanding God?

And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. But Peter rehearsed the matter from…

Sweet Ebenezers

Do you remember the first time you sang these lines in the beloved hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”? “Here I raise mine Ebenezer, hither by Thy help I’m come.” Maybe you were curious about this strange new word that sounded like the name of someone’s great-great grandfather. Maybe you were a little annoyed…

Miracle Money

We are walking into George Müller territory. Recently, I heard a Bible teacher (via DVD) lament that his children may miss out on critical lessons on faith, because God had given them so many physical comforts. We pray that our children would also understand living faith in our living God. Unlike George Müller and his…

Faith of the Gentiles

   And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man….

A Very Present Help

“Your baby is not going to make it. She will eventually die.” Sitting behind his desk, my gynecologist gave my husband and me this difficult news. It was my nineteenth week of pregnancy. Having had only one child after seventeen years of marriage and several miscarriages early in pregnancies, my husband and I were surprised…

Clear Leading of the Holy Spirit

On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending…

The Lucky Counselor

Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole; I want Thee forever to live in my soul. Break down every idol, cast out every foe; Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Lord Jesus, let nothing unholy remain, Apply Thine own blood and extract ev’ry stain; To get this blest cleansing, I…