Monthly Archives: July 2016

…and Peter…and Jill…and you


This blog is longer than I like to write, but I think it might be worth the read!

I have had the privilege to come to know many hurting women (and men who have been in our home seeking help) who were honest about their place in life, their thoughts, their feelings, the hurts they can’t seem to get over-even years after the pain first came.  Women, including myself, who sinned a sin (or many sins) that in their minds made them less loved by God, less a part of the body of Christ, just less as a person.  If you feel “less” today, unforgivable, damaged, fearful of the future, unsure of your standing as a believer, this is for you.

It’s from Mark 16:7.  But before we go there, let’s remember that Mark was a type of newspaper writer.  Get the facts out, but use as few words as possible!  So, Mark was only going to write what was absolutely necessary.

In view of this, it’s especially significant that he wrote 2 words in this verse that don’t appear to be all that vital to the story.  Oh, but they are, and these words will cause you to raise your head today and look to the hills…the hills of God where we find strength.  These two words will help you reach out today to another sinner, Christian or not yet.  They will make you fall to your knees and worship a God who knows your heart better than yourself and sees ALL your sins (something we couldn’t bear ourselves) and loves you still.  HE LOVES YOU STILL.

The words are from the angel who tell the women at the open tomb that Jesus is alive.  Then the angel instructs the women to, “Go tell the disciples AND PETER: Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee.  You will see Him there…”

Think about this.  Peter and Andrew were the first two disciples Jesus called.  Undeniably, Peter was the most passionate in his faith.  Jesus changed his name from Simon to Peter, which means the rock.  Peter was the first to declare Jesus as the Messiah.  Peter was in the “inner circle” of the disciples. Peter walked on water in a storm!  He was the ultimate follower of Christ!  There was no doubt then, that Peter was a disciple of Christ.

So, why then, did the angel say to tell the disciples AND PETER.  Was it because he was not considered a disciple any longer?  Definitely not.  He became the first preacher–his first sermon leading 3,000 people to become believers, indeed he was the rock of the church. 

So, why “AND PETER?”  That would be like saying to our family, “Tell the Hoopers AND JILL.”  Strange. Definitely odd. Or is it?

Peter’s last action before this was to deny his Messiah, his dearest friend, the miracle worker and patient teacher.  Jesus said he would do it 3 times and he did.  The unspeakable sin…denying Jesus.


 But Peter belonged to God and God had huge plans for him.  God knew Peter would deny him 3 times and the fact that Jesus said the number ahead of time and then said, “But I will pray for you…” is significant.  Jesus comforted Peter before the denials, even when He was foretelling Peter’s great sin.

Jesus knew Peter was still a disciple after those denials, but did Peter know?  Picture Peter—all the shame and blame and guilt he was experiencing after his denials as the memories of his times with Jesus flashed through his head.  It’s easy to assume that he didn’t feel much like a disciple and that he might never forgive himself.  Then someone told him what the angel said…”No, Peter, the angel really said ‘and Peter’, I promise!”  Peter, in the pit of what sin does to us, probably thought, ‘No way.  Not me.  It can’t be.’

But the angel said, “AND PETER.”  God knew Peter needed to hear that.  Hear the tenderness of our Lord.  Understand the foreknowledge, the omnipotence, the forgiveness, the plan and hope for a future that is our Daddy.

So, when Satan, or the world, or your own unbelief start your mind down a faithless trail, remember, “AND PETER….AND ME.”



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the power of the prayer of powerlessness….


Powerlessness is part of the human condition.  Yet, as God’s children we have great power.

Powerlessness to gain power.  This is a paradox that displays God’s character as we release control to Him.

I’ve made a practice each morning to write down my fears, worries, regrets, hurts.  Looking at the list, I realize there is no way I can alter any of the situations on my mind, except my perception of them and my response to them.

Praying through the list, I admit my own powerlessness to the ability to control almost every situation in my life.  Whether it’s someone’s health, a child’s future, a marriage struggle, financial challenges, the state of our country, the behavior and words of others, I cannot control it, but I know Who does.  When I admit my powerlessness, I am able to walk in His mighty power.  He’s  got everything under His great and good power.  Rising from that time with God, my burden is light, my vision for service renewed, hope returned.

Throughout the day what a joy it is to do this same exercise mentally.   Going to the ever-present, ever-loving God when the worries and regrets flood in. Casting my anxiety on Him, for He cares for me, I  experience the freedom of faith each time.  To take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, it is wise to:

  •  Pause.
  •  Pray.
  • Admit Powerlessness.  
  • Ask God to show the Positives.
  • Persist in faith.
  • Experience His Power.  
  • Praise our God whose ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts (Is. 55:9).

Letting go of holding on is hard work.  Peace, contentment, & love are of great gain.  We can start our day over right now by releasing our grip & clasping His very great &  precious promises.







ashes & bird droppings…


“I’ve had enough!  Take my life!”

A foreign concept to some, this may be all too familiar to many of us.  Anger, depression, despair, frustration, apathy, grief, stress.  When the trouble of this world overwhelms us, when uncertainty and loss feel a part of us, sometimes the only thing we might know to pray is, “Let me come on home, Lord.”

Feeling that our best days are behind us, lacking strength and lagging behind, even feeling a bit guilty for the ungodly utterance, we just want to give up.  One’s of God’s greatest servants can relate.

Surprisingly, it was after a great victory that Elijah prayed, “I have had enough, Lord.  Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.”  He had just been the master of a dual of two gods–the true God and Baal.  He called down fire from heaven to set fire to the altar he had built, and in one of God’s finest moments, fire came and lit a drench wood pile.  The 450 prophets of Baal were silenced.

Yet, the ashes hadn’t even cooled  when Elijah was so overcome with fear that he ran for his life!  Huh?  This guy had not only just seen a huge miracle, but had also commanded God’s people to seize all the prophets of Baal and they did.  But as smoke rose from the ashes, he ran in fear and despair.

Then he prayed for God to take him home, commenting that he was no better than all his mess-up, faithless ancestors.  When will I ever get it right?  When will I believe You, and believe You again, and believe You again.  When will fear lose to faith.  Maybe never.  Never.  Hopelessness sets in as we see our failures and we see no way out.

Out in the desert, alone, after his prayer full of shame, Elijah hears a voice of hope.  “Get up and eat,” said the angel of the Lord.  And birds brought Elijah food. That’s God. That’s Him.  That’s His voice.  Listen and it will replace your tapes of despair and defeat, fear and failing.  He might be whispering something very simple to you:  just get up and eat, rest, hope, relax in my love.  At our lowest point, we might expect God to  respond to our lack of hope and faith with rebuke.  Or we might expect some great and wonderful call to help us get out of the pit.  But as we sit in the bird droppings of our situation, he provides for us, loves us, encourages us.

Listen.  Get up.  Just eat.  And know He’s there.