Tag Archives: Quiet Moments

  • 12_being_with_god

    Being with God

    If there is anything that Easter reminds us, it is that “salvation”—God’s wonderful gift of peace with Him in this life and in the life to come—is not something we achieve by what we do. It’s something that has already been done for us. Jesus died on the cross for our sins; He rose again […]

  • 12-arms-around

    Arms around me

    Happiness is made up of many things: it is a smile of a child, the golden glows of a sunrise, the warm hug of a loved one, health after sickness. But such happiness is also transitory: a child does not always smile, the sunrise may be overshadowed with dark clouds, a loved one may leave, […]

  • 11-One-of-the-listening-crowd

    One of the listening crowd

    Again [Jesus] began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea. Then He taught them many things by parables.––Mark 4:1­–2 Imagine for a moment that […]

  • 12.At-the-close-of-the-year

    At the close of the year

    The path of the past year is ending. We can look back at what has passed and recall the happy moments, the unanticipated joys, the good news that arrived like refreshing waters to a thirsty soul.1 Then again, we may also heave a sigh of relief that the troubles of the past year have finally […]

  • 02.the-final-straw

    The final straw

    Answer me speedily, O Lord; my spirit fails! … I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me.”—Psalm 143:7; Micah 7:7 NLT “The straw that breaks the camel’s back” is the final item in a collection of burdens or troubles, perhaps even a seemingly small thing […]

  • 11.In-need-of-a-makeover

    In need of a makeover?

    There are countless people whose lives have been changed by an encounter with Jesus, both within and beyond the context of Bible history. Paul is often rightly cited as an example of the power of Jesus to transform lives. He was a Pharisee (a member of an ancient Jewish religious group) who was so dead […]

  • 13-Faith-floats

    Faith floats

    “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”—Alan Watts (1915–1973) Comparing our relationship with God to swimming isn’t a bad analogy. When you swim, you’re surrounded by water; it’s […]

  • 11.Lighten.Up

    Lighten up

    The ministry of John the Baptist mostly preceded that of Jesus. John’s message was one of repentance; he proclaimed the coming of the Savior. Although some of his followers went on to become disciples of Jesus,1 others evidently stayed at John’s side. John is traditionally recognized as having been a zealous teacher. Perhaps his strictness […]

  • 12.VIPs

    The VIPs

    There are times in life when we each feel like an anonymous unknown. It’s a discouraging realization. You’re a statistic—a woman or a man, over forty or under forty, single or married, able-bodied or disabled. Every so often, you put your vote in the ballot box and wonder if it makes a difference. If you […]

  • 10.Necessary.food

    Necessary food

    Food is one of the most basic needs of humanity, so it makes sense that food would make an early entrance in the account of God’s dealings with us. In Genesis, plants and trees are given for food: “Every seed-bearing plant … Every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours […]

  • 10.A.friend.for.life.and.beyond

    A friend for life and beyond

    I have a great friend, one I can trust completely. He opens His heart to me, and I feel safe doing the same in return. He knows what’s going on inside my heart and understands what’s important to me. I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have […]

  • 11.That-winning-feeling

    That winning feeling

    He considers himself a winner, but some might wonder how he’s come to that conclusion. His body is bruised and scarred from numerous beatings. His life on the road has left its mark too. On top of it all, he’s lost his freedom, and the likelihood of execution is looming over him.1 He had a […]