Exodus 33 is perhaps my most favorite chapter in the Old Testament. I love the interaction between Moses and Jehovah God. The people had sinned. God has said they could still have the Promised Land, but He would not go with them. He’d send an angel and they’d get the victory, but His Presence would be absent.  That’s not going to cut it for Moses.  He pretty much tells God that if God doesn’t go, he’s not going either. God had acknowledged His favor of Moses, and Moses begins his exchange with God based on that favor. “You have said,…

Over the past week I have had a personal prayer request. I have asked a few people to pray about it without revealing what it was about.  It’s what we often call “unspoken.”  Some people don’t like to pray for “unspoken” prayer requests; they want all the details. The reasoning is that they won’t know how to pray if they don’t know the situation. I have never minded praying for or asking others to pray for “unspoken” prayer requests. Sometimes the things that are on our heart are deep and private, yet we appreciate and need others to help.  As…

Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely women reading this.  The nurturing hearts of women are one of God’s greatest gifts to this world.  May your day be filled with the grace and joy of the LORD. One of the best gifts God gave me were two aunts who loved me. Neither had children of their own, but they poured out their hearts to me. One was on my father’s side, an aunt who died when I was nine. The other was on my mother’s side, an aunt who not only loved me, but also lived to love my first…

I was reading Psalm 141 this morning. It is a song attributed to David. David cries out to God, asking God to hear his voice and asking that God would regard his prayer as incense rising to Him, and “the lifting of [his] hands as the evening sacrifice.”  Then David says something that I know I need to live by. “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men who work iniquity; and do not let me eat…

I have a plethora of images rolling around in my head from my recent trip to California. I have images of hopelessness and poverty, walls and gates, people living in luxury homes and people diving in dumpsters for whatever they could scrounge. If there is ever a place where the division of the rich and poor can be seen by just traveling a few blocks in any direction, it is California. This last trip it reminded me of the necessity of praying for our nation’s leaders. Paul, toward the end of his life, wrote to Timothy, “I urge, then, first…

My grandsons in California attend a Christian School. It hosted Grandparents Day on the National Day of Prayer. The visitors sat around beautifully decorated tables and listened as the K-5th graders sang worship and praise songs, recited Scripture and prayed. Later we sat in tiny chairs in their classrooms and did a cute cookie project with our grandson. The teacher asked each of the grandparents in the room to give one short “word of wisdom” for the children. She recorded these so she could give them to the class later. One grandparent was thankful for this Christian school. The teacher…

It’s Thursday, May 2, and I woke up this morning in the hotel that is still under reconstruction, traffic whizzing by on Highway 99. I poured a cup of coffee, opened my computer and then stared at the screen. I opened my Bible to a chapter I had finished reading on the way down and stared at it for a while also. I looked up one of the verses in my Greek Lexicon and stared at the words. My mind is a complete blank. I had thought to study and write a bit before we head off for a busy…

I’m laughing this morning over a recent on-line report.  It says that (so-far) 20 Democratic contenders have already jumped into the primary (which is still one year away), including a former Vice President, six US Senators, six members of the House, and two governors. One Republican governor has also declared himself a candidate. So far, 21 people are looking to be elected President of the United States.  Twenty-one, not counting the current sitting President. My, oh my, this is going to be one long year! Each of these men and women are hoping to ascend to the glory of the…

We are preparing for another trip to California. Two long trips in less than a month! With Easter Season in between. This time it will be attending Grandparents’ Day and some baseball games. We are looking forward to seeing our California family again. They bring us such joy. Of course, to get there we must travel about 645 miles.  That’s the not-as-joyful part of the trip. But if we want to hug our kids and grandsons, we’ll even embrace the travel and make the most of that. The rewards come at the end of the journey, not always in the…