The Parable of One Solitary Tree

High atop the mountain ridge stands a lone evergreen surrounded by the stark, barren trunks and branches of a full forest of deciduous trees. Oak and locust, elm and maple packed in like a crowded marketplace speak clearly of the dead of winter.

But one solitary evergreen stands alone.

It’s odd to see a pop of deep green in the midst of winter gray and brown. A cluster of evergreens, yes. But one solitary tree shouting life in the dead of winter … well, it spoke to my heart.

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A Prayer When Tenacity Runs Short And Giving Up Hovers

Lord, my righteousness is found in You — my hope, my peace. In Your Presence I find comfort and strength — I know I am not alone. It boggles the mind to think that the Creator of the Universe knows my name and searches my heart that He might know me.

This is beyond understanding, yet I know it to be true.

Sometimes just the touch of Your hand is all I need to know everything will be okay. I speak Your Name — Jesus … Jesus — and You come alongside me, taking my hand in Yours and leading me away from the treacherous path. You lift me and carry me over the turbulent waters. You hoist me onto the Rock high above the enemy’s tactics and keep me safe.

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A Name Beyond Comprehension

Jesus … Jesus … Jesus. There’s just something about that Name.

Master, Savior, Jesus … like the fragrance after the rain …

The words flowed easily from my lips as Blue and I trudged along the country road, faces to the wind. This powerful song has ministered to me in astounding ways over the years because of the simple Truth it holds.

There really is something about that Name.

And now, here’s the nugget of gold the Lord helped me dig up …

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A Prayer When You Need to Hear From God

Lord, it is such a privilege to know You — a miracle, really. May we never take it for granted. You are Almighty God, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords, and You are our friend.

You have promised that we will know Your voice, so why is it so hard? Why do we make it so hard? You pursue us with Your love. You delight in making Yourself known to us. You have trained us up as a child teaching us spiritual discernment, imparting to us Your wisdom — You have been a good Father.

And You have taught us to recognize Your voice. Help us to trust that voice, Lord.

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Pinpoints of Truth on a Starry Night

It was January 20, 2019.

Total lunar eclipse on a clear, starry night.

We sat on the front stoop with heads tilted back and eyes gazing upward, overtaken by wonder and awe. The earth’s shadow had totally eclipsed the moon leaving a globe the color of bittersweet hanging high in the heavens by the Master’s hand.

The sight was mind-boggling.

But then, in that ethereal moment that mesmerized the earth, God spoke into my difficult places.

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A Prayer When You’re Waiting for Help to Come

Lord, You promise to go before us. The light of Your Presence and the truth of Your Word are the lamp to our footsteps, leading us forward, even through the shadows of difficult places.

You are with us always. You never leave us. You never forsake us. Bless You, Lord!

You call us to come — to sit with You in Your dwelling place. When our stubborn self-sufficiency finally surrenders, we find You again — we hear Your delicate whisper bidding us to come.

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A Prayer When You Need to Be Revived From the Desert Place

Lord, when I am weary, You are my strength. When I am overwhelmed and anxious, You are my peace. You are mighty,
Lord!

You are compassionate and kind, faithful and true. You are my Beloved, and in that I find my heart’s desire.

Sometimes the busyness, the responsibilities, the struggles, and the broken places of life wear us down. We become parched — weary and disillusioned.

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