Comfort and Joy

In the church my dad attended years ago they loved singing: The Comforter has come, the Comforter has come! The Holy Ghost from Heav’n, the Father’s promise giv’n; Oh, spread the tidings ’round, wherever man is found— The Comforter has come!    Frank Bottome 1890 God is near to comfort. But if we look to…

Again I Say Rejoice

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice Philippians 4:4  While Paul was writing from a Roman prison with guards chained to him on either side, my life’s problems pale in comparison. Yet Paul’s kind of rejoicing is a hard lesson for me to learn. Yes, things are not all that bad. We…

Desert Blooms

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; Isaiah 35:1 ESV It is a beautiful sight when a rose garden gives off its fragrance and is filled with blossoms of many colors. That is what our lives are like when God has poured out His…

The Joy of the Lord

These Coreopsis remind me of a school room full of children jumping over each other to get their faces into the photograph. Maybe they are each saying…”Hi Mom! Look at me!” Maybe flowers are the brushstrokes by which God paints us a picture of His joy… Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and…