A relationship with the Abba of Jesus

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My top 12 psalms (and why)

A Sojourner's Heartsong

imageWhat psalms are your favorites? This is a difficult question for me, since life’s changing circumstances bring different psalms to the fore. However, there are several that are seldom far from my thoughts. As I sit here late at night in a quiet house reflecting on the psalms, these are my top twelve (and why).

1. Psalm 1 – Provides a baseline for positive and productive living which leads to the conviction that God is watching over me.
2. Psalm 8 – Reminds me of what an awesome God we serve and just how incredible it is that He actually does take thought of each one of us.
3. Psalm 22 – Brings my mind around to the eternal purpose of God and His choice to allow the chastisement of my peace to fall upon His one and only Son.
4. Psalm 23 – Helps me to understand what…

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Drive Safely!

A Sojourner's Heartsong

imageHidden Entrances

Living in Delaware for almost a decade afforded the opportunity to be introduced to many new things. One is the ubiquitous “Hidden Entrance” caution sign. There were no such signs on the dusty roads of my youth. Of course, there were very few hills, trees or winding roads to navigate. Thus, no hidden entrances, except in the prairie dog towns, that is.

These warning signs are to be taken seriously. If not, motorists can expect unwelcome surprises. When approaching one of these hidden entrances, I’ve discovered two types of drivers to watch out for. First, there is “Timid Trina.” She noses her minivan into the intersection just far enough to force you to stop or swerve around her. My advice: For obvious reasons, never swerve! “Rocket Randy” is the second kind of driver for whom we should be on the alert. He races to the corner; pauses briefly…

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1 Corinthians 15:58, NLT

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Ephesians 4:29-30, NLT

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When is vision like a bridge?

A Sojourner's Heartsong

imageAbout 350 years ago, a shipload of travelers landed on the northeast coast of America. According to one author, the first year they established a town site. The next year they elected a town government. The third year the town government planned to build a road five miles westward into the wilderness. In the fourth year the people tried to impeach their town government because they thought it was a waste of public funds to build a road five miles into a wilderness. Who needed to go there?

What happened to these people? History has validated the foresight of the town government. But, what made the people, who most likely spent years planning their pilgrimage to this land in which they envisioned new freedom, become so short-sighted so soon?

During those early years, they had known their struggles. Hardship, heartache and disappointment had been their constant companions. The extreme hardships…

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Concerning guilt and anxiety

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