Out of the Mire

Dear God, save me from my trouble and sin!

For the floodwaters are up to my chin

And I’m quickly sinking in the quicksand,

Unable to find a footing on land.

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To the Discouraged Soul

I believe one of the greatest tools that Satan uses against believers is discouragement. And I am about to be very honest with you about my own struggles with it, because I know there are others out there who have the same struggles. I know some of you personally  who have battled or are battling this area. And if my stories can be of any encouragement to you, I believe it would be a blessing on all sides.

I had my own bout with deep discouragement just last month. For about three weeks straight I was so discouraged, I was probably close to being depressed. Continue reading

1 Samuel 16: The New King

david_anointed_king1 Samuel 16 introduces David, and there were a number of things in this passage that I never really noticed before, so I’m excited to share them with you.

The chapter starts off with God telling the prophet Samuel to stop mourning over Saul and to look to the future – the LORD has chosen a new king for Israel: one of the sons of Jesse the Bethlehemite. Samuel gets a little scared when he hears this – how is he supposed to go to Bethlehem and anoint a new king without King Saul hearing about it and coming after him? But God gives Samuel a good alibi – the prophet is going to Bethlehem to perform a sacrifice, and he will invite Jesse and his sons to come along. Continue reading