Is God Kind or Severe?

In the The Jesus Who Surprises bible study #3 video, Dee Brestin shares that God is both kind and severe. Fear of God She reminds us of how Isaiah was filled with fear when he encountered God because he knew he was a man of unholy lips. Then I said, “It’s all over! I amContinue reading “Is God Kind or Severe?”

How to Recognize the devil’s Tactics

Our life is a journey to the Promised Land, but we are challenged every step of the way. While we have chosen Jesus Christ to be our Savior and we are following His ways, satan is watching for an opportunity to attack us when we grow weary. Tactic One- Stop God’s Word Jill Briscoe inContinue reading “How to Recognize the devil’s Tactics”

How to Respond to Bitterness?

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD. Romans 12:19 When I turn on the television, I see our world as a battlefield. Not only are people being harmed, but community businesses are burning.Continue reading “How to Respond to Bitterness?”

Dealing with Anger

As long as I can remember “anger” has been an unavoidable emotion that rears in me whenever something does not set right with my values or expectations. According to Psychology Today, anger is a normal healthy emotion. Depending on how we respond to our “healthy anger” makes all the difference. Once one of my fifthContinue reading “Dealing with Anger”

Dealing with Suffering

This past week many have suffered in great agony and despair. During times like these we are tempted to wallow in self-pity, bitterness, and even shout out at God. But let’s not get stuck there. Despite all the despair, let us look into the face of our Heavenly Father and Son, Jesus Christ. May weContinue reading “Dealing with Suffering”

Relieving Stress With Music

Stressors appear in many shapes. Work, financial, and even illness all affect us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. One strategy to relieve stress is listening to music. So this past week as I read David’s psalms I reflected how stressed he must have been when he wrote these psalms. David played the harp, so this weekContinue reading “Relieving Stress With Music”

Hope for the Hospitalized

It’s easy to follow quarantine guidelines until your loved one is sick. You know you’re not supposed to travel due to the pandemic, but this is an emergency. Isn’t it? Doubts creep in and you wonder if the Emergency Room is still open? Maybe I should call the doctor first. But they are so swampedContinue reading “Hope for the Hospitalized”

Why We Should Ask For A Blessing

Photo by Flickr User Jeff Adair. Used via Creative Commons attribution licensing. Standing in line at the Publix grocery store, the little girl’s hand reached for the Hershey bar. Her mom’s piercing eyes stared down like a laser beam. Her shaking head reminded her not to ask for the chocolaty goodness. The little girl’s head droppedContinue reading “Why We Should Ask For A Blessing”

How Should I Respond to the Corona Virus?

“The media is just making a really big deal about this Corona virus”, I thought while driving to Wal-Greens on Feb 28th, 2020. Packing my bags for air travel, the only necessary precaution needed was Dial soap for hand-washing. After all, Alaska is part of the United States. It’s not like I’m traveling to anContinue reading “How Should I Respond to the Corona Virus?”

Encourage the Disheartened

Are you afraid to fail? So terrified your knees buckle and you fall to the ground drawing in huge gulps of air? Do your paralyzed legs and arms feel heavier than a elephant? Are you stammering excuses why you couldn’t possible do it. “I don’t speak well.” “Nobody will listen to me,” rolls off yourContinue reading “Encourage the Disheartened”