Epiphany Comfort: The Hopeless Heart

“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful,  a puzzle that no one can figure out,  But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human, I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, Not as they pretend to be.”  Jeremiah 17:Continue reading “Epiphany Comfort: The Hopeless Heart”

Epiphany Joy: The Comfort of Home

For a day in your courts is better     than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God     than live in the tents of wickedness. -Psalm 84:10 For me the feeling of being truly at home is one of complete peace.  Perhaps it is a feeling of comfort orContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: The Comfort of Home”

Epiphany Comfort: Being Unpopular

“He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”. . .All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throwContinue reading “Epiphany Comfort: Being Unpopular”

Epiphany Joy: Take a picture!

“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee… He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone…he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me toContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Take a picture!”

Epiphany Joy: Bulbs

“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!     People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house;     you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life;     in your light we see light.” Psalm 36: 7-9 Sometimes it is allContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Bulbs”

Epiphany Comfort: Jesus is Baptised

“When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21-22 While mostContinue reading “Epiphany Comfort: Jesus is Baptised”

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)”

Joy for Rest: Self care (Psalm 91:4)

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.”  Psalm 91:4 I believe that God looks at us with kindness.  Not in a wishy-washy way, just with sincere kindness.  Depending on your personality type or the family system you grew up in, you may have more or less successContinue reading “Joy for Rest: Self care (Psalm 91:4)”