Posts by Stephanie W (Page 2)

Posts by Stephanie W (Page 2)

Brothers

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity (Proverbs 17:17). They are brothers though they come from different families. By ties weaved together under conditions of stress and difficulty, a group of people can become so tightly connected that they regard each other as true brothers, even if they are not related by blood—unless one counts spilled blood. Civilians have heard about the Band of Brothers and have been entertained by Hollywood’s…

Poor Rachel

Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel” (Genesis 29:18). …Words spoken to Laban Poor Rachel! Our heart must go out to her. The story of her life is filled with disappointment and sorrow. Looking back with today’s eyes, it seems like a soap opera. That’s not to say she wasn’t blessed. After all, she was married to a famous man. She was part of a rich family.…

Healing

But for you who revere My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall (Malachi 4:2). He touched a leper, and the man was healed. He touched the eyes of one born blind, and the man was healed. A woman just touched his cloak, and she was healed. He just said the word, and the Soldier’s servant was healed. He was known as…

Rachel Weeping

“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted because they are no more” (Matthew 2:18). Some 1,900 years before the first Christmas Day, a man walked down a road in the Land of Canaan, in the general area called Ramah. It was a sad sight. He had just buried his beloved wife near a small town called Bethlehem. His name was Jacob. She had been called Rachel. We…

So Easy

Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat, and walked out in full view of them all (Mark 2:9-12a). One visit to a Warrior…

Weary Watchers

Then He returned to His disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? (Mark 14:37) Those who have pulled guard duty know the body can get weary, and the night can get long. Mothers who have sat in the darkness by the bedside of their sick child know this, too. So did the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane on that dark night. When watchers get weary,…

You Better Not Pout

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God (Psalm 42:11). She grabbed the gift with a quick “Thank you!” Tore off the wrapping paper. Stopped. Stared. Then, she began to pout. She didn’t know exactly what to expect as a grade school exchange gift. But surely, it would be something more exciting than the book “The Birds of America.” That’s…

We are Grass

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass (Isaiah 40:7).” There was a popular book a number of years ago that carried the title, “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” In a summary of the book, the first point made was: “Begin with praise and honest appreciation.” With due deference to the Almighty, God must not have read that book. When humans check to see what…

Humble Pie

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. (I Peter 5:6). It is said that years ago a farmer sat down with his family for the Thanksgiving meal and offered the following prayer: “Lord, last fall my boys and I plowed the fields. In winter we bucked the cold and snowdrifts to take care of our livestock. In spring, we sowed the seed and watched for drought and hail in the summer.…