Reflections #8: Messy Middles

Thank you for joining us for Reflections, short meditations on scripture intersecting life.

“I have set my face like a stone determined to do His will.” Isaiah 50:7

Show Notes

When I am starting something new, there’s the excitement and freshness of this new thing. Perhaps I’ve been thinking of it, dreaming of it, praying for it for a long time. I bring energy, zest, and enthusiasm to the table. I’ve researched and planned and am ready to go.

And then when I’m nearing the finish line of said dream or project, I receive a fresh burst of energy because the end is in sight. I’ve almost reached my goal.

But it’s in the messy middle that dreams fade, marriages fail, jobs lose their luster, and parenting seems not quite so fun.

“It’s in the messy middle that we must “set our faces like a stone and determine to do His will.” 

If you’re in the middle of a messy middle, take heart. Mary and Joseph had to deal with them in their lives too. Join me on this short podcast today to reflect upon messy middles and how we can persevere through them.  And remember,

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May your soul’s meditations be fuel for Spirit-led actions today.


Reflections #6: For Those Who Mourn


Thank you for joining us for Reflections, short meditations on scripture intersecting life.

Show Notes

In today’s Reflections we are meditating on Isaiah 61:2-3

To comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor.

The loss of a loved one is the most devastating loss we can endure. It shakes us as nothing else can. We are left bereft, dealing with a toxic swirl of emotions.

Like many of you, I know grief. I lost my second daughter when she was just 11 days old. God inserted Himself into the midst of my suffering, and walked through that time with my family and me. It was not easy, but as I held on to Him, He held me.

For those of you who know grief as your constant companion right now, I want to give you hope. You will get through this. I hope today’s podcast encourages you in this journey.

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Pray on!


i pray: new life


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Show Notes

Today we are praying about new life. Jesus is the only one, the only Savior who beat death and rose again. He is the difference. When we accept His sacrifice on the cross, taking the penalty of our sins upon Himself, then we also get to experience eternal life! When we die, we have the assurance that we will be with Him in heaven.

Abundant Life Today

But this promise is also for abundant life right now. God wants to do something new in us and through us. Today let’s pray through Isaiah 43:18-19 for this new thing to spring up within us. Feel free to add your prayers or ask for prayer in the comment section.

Pray on!

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Advent Podcast

Happy Advent! Mary and I would love to have you join us as we discuss Advent and how you can get ready for Christmas during this time of preparation.

We’ll be discussing the background of Advent, ways you can celebrate it with your family, and the meaning of Isaiah 7:14. Don’t let the busyness of the season prevent you from truly celebrating Christ’s birth.

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Podcast Notes

Isaiah 7:14

Nathan: to give, to entrust, to bestow
Sign: owth: a distinguishing mark, a miracle, proof, a remembrance, a warning
 Son: Ben: banah: to build, rebuild, establish, make permanent, to be built up
 Name: Shem: name, reputation, fame, glory
 Emmanuel: el Emanuel: God, God with us




Also, here’s a link to last year’s Christmas podcast on Christmas Story: God Uses Everyday People

More Than A Baby devotional:  http://onlybyprayer.com/our-products/more-than-a-baby-an-advent-devotional/