Blog 2023

Boast In The Lord January 23rd, 2023
January 23rd, 2023
Ecclesiastes 12:13“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” I have a self-confidence problem.I do.  I see every flaw and weakness I have magnified and highlighted in my memories.  A friend of mine recently commented that he hoped in heaven one day he would be able to see a “highlight reel” of all his great (high school) spo...
Boast In The Lord January 22nd, 2023
January 23rd, 2023
Psalm 46:10Be still and know that I am God… There was a deafening silence that pierced the room as the doctor poured over lab results, and I sat helplessly waiting for a response. I was 28 years old, and obsessed with the notion that in life, there was zero room for error. We had a six month old baby who never slept nor stopped crying because of colic, my wife had given up her job to stay at home ...
Boast In The Lord January 21st, 2023
January 23rd, 2023
Isaiah 26:3-4“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.” I am a “fixer”!  And the moments when I’ve recognized that my peace is shaken are when I am faced with a prolonged personal or family struggle and it feels like there is no solution in sight for me to give. Can anyone else relate t...
Boast In The Lord January 20th, 2023
January 23rd, 2023
Romans 12:1-2“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your body as a Living Sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.” When I was in col...
Boast In The Lord January 19th, 2023
January 19th, 2023
Philippians 4:6-7 “…Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”Romans 8:6 “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”1 Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not a ...
Boast In The Lord January 18th, 2023
January 19th, 2023
Philippians 3:7-14“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through fai...
Boast In The Lord January 17th, 2023
January 19th, 2023
Hebrews 12:1-2a, NIV“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” I have discovered that there are many parallels between training for races and undergoing the training ne...
Boast In The Lord January 16th, 2023
January 19th, 2023
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17“May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”   There is no doubt in my mind that it is on the spiritual mountaintops where we truly experience the glory and majesty of God.  And yet I am equally certain that it is in life...
Boast In The Lord January 15th, 2023
January 19th, 2023
Psalm 73:26b“…God is the strength of my life…” One of the advantages of growing older as a believer is that you have the privilege of being able to look back over your life and see how God has always been at work.  One thing that is especially clear to me after 36 years of walking with the Lord is that He has increasingly become the strength of my life.I became a believer when I was 28.  I had liv...
Boast In The Lord January 14th, 2023
January 19th, 2023
Psalms 1:1-3Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law does he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth sh...
Boast In The Lord January 13th, 2023
January 13th, 2023
I Chronicles 16:11Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. While attending a messianic service three years ago, my husband and I were challenged to sign a contract with the Lord promising we’d pray together every single day. Up to this point, we both prayed daily separately, but infrequently together.  We accepted this challenge!  Our marriage, family and life in general has change...
Boast In The Lord January 12th, 2023
January 12th, 2023
Psalm 23The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.  He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.  He renews my strength.  He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.  Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.  Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.  You prepare a feast for me in the prese...
Boast In The Lord January 11th, 2023
January 12th, 2023
Psalm 77:11“I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” I write today from a place of barely holding on to a hope- a prayer that is often too hard to stand in faith on, a hope I have nearly all together stopped saying out loud because every time I have the situation worsens.I write tod...
Boast In The Lord January 10th, 2023
January 12th, 2023
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9 A few years ago, Pastor Sean McClain gave a message at Devoted and talked about confession of sin. He explained how sin has power when it stays in the dark and remains unconfessed. However,...
Boast In The Lord January 9th, 2023
January 12th, 2023
Isaiah 26:3You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! One of the first times I ever experienced this “perfect peace” was as a teenager. I was sitting in the back of the church and had been going through a tough time.  A woman sitting next to me, who knew what had been going on, leaned over and very quietly started to sing, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, ...
Boast In The Lord January 8th, 2023
January 12th, 2023
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.  Proverbs 16:3 This verse from Proverbs begins with an action on our part to commit and ends with a promise from God to establish our plans.  When I began my career at AT&T over 38 years ago someone gave me this Bible verse and from every day since I have strived to commit my career to the Lord.  Early in my career as a young hu...
Boast In The Lord January 7th, 2023
January 12th, 2023
Isaiah‬ 40‬:28‬-31‬  “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They...
Boast In The Lord January 6th, 2023
January 12th, 2023
John 8:31-32“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” There have been times when I wanted to hide the truth.  When I was too proud to admit that I either did something I wasn’t supposed to do, or didn’t do something I said I would do.  It is not always easy to ad...
Boast In The Lord January 5th, 2023
January 12th, 2023
Eph 1:18-19, "I pray that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened, so that I may KNOW what is the hope of His calling.  What are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.   These are in accordance with the working of the strength of HIS might..." I grew up in a Christian home in Bergen County; I witnessed the ...
Boast In The Lord January 4th, 2023
January 12th, 2023
Proverbs 16:9, "A man's heart devised his way: but the LORD directed his steps." Five years ago this December, a longtime friend of mine lost his son unexpectedly to an early death. His son was only 32 years old and was extremely well-liked by all that knew him. Adding even more to the sadness was the fact that at the time of his death, his wife was also due with twins just a few months later. My ...