An Outpouring and not a Sprinkle

But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to the God who gives me life. (Psalm 42:8 NLT)

The Lord showers us with his love — not just some days, not only when we act right or deserve it, but every day. Yes, even on the days we don’t deserve His love He is still pouring it over us.

The New King James Version of the Bible has translated this verse a bit differently. It says ‘the Lord will command his lovingkindness.’ What does this mean for us…


Scripture Prompt

Opposite Sides of the Same Coin

Faith and fear are two sides of the same coin. But we don’t have to flip this coin each day, hoping it lands in our favor. With this coin, we get to choose which side is up — always.

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. (Hebrews 11:1–3 NLT)


The ups and downs of long-term care

My baby brother is in the hospital again. Baby…my 42-year-old baby brother.

He is in many ways still a child. Multiple health problems have left him severely disabled and unable to live a normal life.

Sometimes I feel like death would be a better option for him. He has been losing his vision and is now, for all intents and purposes, completely blind. He is deaf thanks to injuries caused by seizures. The Cochlear implants help; they make communication possible, but it is by no means ideal or easy.

His epilepsy is generalized and difficult to control. He cannot walk…


Jesus wants to be your BFF

Our God is not some distant being. He no longer resides behind the tabernacle curtain, unapproachable by anyone except the high priest. Our Lord is nearby, always accessible, seeking you day and night, waiting patiently for an invitation to live in your heart.

Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. (Revelation 3:20 NLT)

That invitation is only the first step in building a lifelong and fulfilling relationship with the God of our salvation. Once you’ve come to…


Scripture Prompt

John 1:5

In the stillness of the woods
Nature comes to life

Fireflies dance in the distance
Cicadas sing a song of dusk
Birds call out from treetops
Mosquitoes buzz, and frogs croak

A lone coyote howls in search of his pack
And I sit, silent, motionless, watching

The light is waning
A sparrow swoops in, lighting on a branch nearby
She sees me not

The rituals of the wilderness unfold around me
As the wildlife prepare for nightfall
And here I sit
Hiding in plain sight, listening, waiting
Anticipating movement in the shadows

Darkness is falling
An owl hoots
And still, I wait…


Scripture Prompt

Meditations on Exodus 14:14

Life feels overwhelming sometimes, so heavy, pressing down on all sides.

Other times it feels like you have been struggling to climb a mountain for days; your body is weak and exhausted. The rope above you is dangerously close to splitting in two, and there is nothing below but jagged rocks.

Crisis, or maybe a series of crises. These are moments when our minds and bodies make a decision — either fight harder or give up.

Perhaps you’ve been having financial troubles. Maybe you or a loved one is battling:

  • Medical issues.
  • Relationship troubles.
  • Loss of work.
  • Trauma.
  • Death of…


Scripture

A poem inspired by Psalm 58

The news bombards me on all sides
Overwhelms and terrifies me
Hate seems to prevail
Killings, stabbings, theft

Smug politicians parading their lies
Taxation
Inflation
Deceit
Trickery

Anger and violence, riots and looting
Cancel-culture has taken over

The evil ‘plot injustice in their hearts
and spread violence through the land’*

But the day will come, and yes it is near
‘Injustice will be avenged
The Godly will rejoice at the sight of the Lord
judging the wicked on earth’**

He will pour out his wrath***
and evildoers will know that He has been watching all along;
He sees all and knows the…


Scripture

‘Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for me’

“For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always.” (Mark 14:7, NKJV).

The story of Christ’s anointing at Bethany is told in Mark chapter 14 and Matthew chapter 26. This might be a section of scripture that we read over quickly as it occurs just after the plot to kill Jesus and before the betrayal.

It seems like a simple anecdote on the first pass, but I have found this passage to have much deeper implications than just a woman “doing a good work” for…

Andrea Cannon

Wife / Mother / Christian / Author

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