Comfort for Fall: Autumn Praise (Psalm 19:1-4) NIV

Scroll to the bottom for a link to listen to this post on our Some Comfort and Joy podcast! The heavens declare the glory of God;     the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech;     night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words;Continue reading “Comfort for Fall: Autumn Praise (Psalm 19:1-4) NIV”

Comfort for Fall: God’s Inevitable Kingdom (Psalm 54:1&7)

Scroll to the bottom for a link to listen to this post on our Some Comfort and Joy podcast! “For your sake help me! Use your influence to clear me. Listen God – I’m desperate. Don’t be too busy to hear me. . . .Thank you God – you’re so good. You got me outContinue reading “Comfort for Fall: God’s Inevitable Kingdom (Psalm 54:1&7)”

Fall Comfort: Cry for Help (Psalm 116: 1 & 12-13)

Scroll to the bottom for a link to listen to this post on our Some Comfort and Joy podcast! “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.How can I repay the Lordfor all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call onContinue reading “Fall Comfort: Cry for Help (Psalm 116: 1 & 12-13)”

Comfort for fall: Signs of Creation (Psalm 146:1,3,5-6)

“Hallelujah!  O my soul, praise God!  All my life long I’ll praise God, . . . Don’t put your hope in the hands of experts who know nothing of life, of salvation life, . . .Instead get help from the God of Jacob. . God made sky and soil, sea and all the fish inContinue reading “Comfort for fall: Signs of Creation (Psalm 146:1,3,5-6)”

Comfort for Rest: Peace In Our Bodies (Psalm 16:5,6,9)

“You make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; Surely I have a delightful inheritance. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; My body also will rest secure.”  Psalm 16:5,6,9 (NIV) Many of us live with disquieted spirits, unsure of our futures. And we are not alone;Continue reading “Comfort for Rest: Peace In Our Bodies (Psalm 16:5,6,9)”

Comfort for Rest: God’s Provision (Psalm 23:1)

“God my Shepherd!  I don’t need a thing.” Psalm 23:1 (The Message) Recently, as my husband and I were in our yard, we heard the cows on a nearby hill munching on grass.  They must have been in just the right spot with the wind blowing just so.  What a simple, yet profoundly peaceful, moment. Continue reading “Comfort for Rest: God’s Provision (Psalm 23:1)”

Comfort for Rest: A Gift (Psalm 91:4)

“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge.” Psalm 91:4 “It’s pretty pathetic when a day off for the colonoscopy prep and procedure feels like a vacation,” I nervously joked with three people surrounding my gurney as we waited for the doctor to arrive. Shivering and self consciousContinue reading “Comfort for Rest: A Gift (Psalm 91:4)”

Comfort: Sisters in solidarity (John 11:21)

“‘Lord,’ Martha said to Jesus, ‘if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But I know even now God will give you whatever you ask.’” John 11:21 NIV Mary and Martha were sisters who lived in the same house.  They worked side by side each day completing a myriad of tasks.  TheContinue reading “Comfort: Sisters in solidarity (John 11:21)”

Comfort: How Can This Be? (Reflection on Luke 1)

“Mary said to the angel, “How can this be?” -Luke 1:34  After the shepherds arrive and share with the new parents the angelic message they received, Mary ponders. It’s striking to me that her response is not rejoicing but reflection. She is beginning to understand the complexity of how can this be.  When Joseph andContinue reading “Comfort: How Can This Be? (Reflection on Luke 1)”

Comfort: Hagar, seen by God (Genesis 16:13)

“She answered God by name, praying to the God who spoke to her, ‘You’re the God who sees me!’” Genesis 16:13 The Message Each of us has beautiful qualities, just like all women throughout time. And we each have those ugly moments, character flaws, and circumstances beyond our control, that raise their heads. Not unlikeContinue reading “Comfort: Hagar, seen by God (Genesis 16:13)”