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Losing Control

In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. Judges 17:6 NLT There is nothing harder than prayer met with silence. A quiet stillness. Prayer without discernable answer. I wait a bit longer. Pray some more. Fine. I guess I have to figure it out and decide. Obviously, God is sleeping. Obviously, He doesn’t hear or understand I need to make a decision. Make a move. In my mind, there’s no…

Be Still

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Psalm 37:7 ESV It feels like nothing’s happening. I pray and wait. He fights for me.   [bctt tweet="The Lord fights for me - I only have to be silent; be still." username="Liz_Petruzzi"] His plans and timing are perfect. I wait in anticipation and silence. I wait and wonder. He works.…

When You Feel More Like Roadkill than Alive in Christ

Today, I am honored and excited to introduce my first guest blogger, Pearl Allard. I found Pearl’s blog on Instagram earlier this year and instantly fell in love with both her writing and her heart for God. I find her to be authentic and engaging while still challenging me to draw nearer to the Lord. Her blog, Look Up Sometimes, is a Feedspot's Top 50 Christian Women's Blog and has also received the peer nominated Liebster Award. I think you’re…

Deep Waters

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2 NLT [bctt tweet="He is with me in deep waters." username="Liz_Petruzzi"] I feel the river of difficulty rising, flames fanning. He controls the heat of the fire. Like a glass artist, God uses difficulties to shape and…

No Class Required

“Where is my faith? –even deep down, right in, there is nothing but emptiness and darkness – My God – how painful is this unknown pain. It pains without ceasing – I have no faith. I dare not utter the words and thoughts that crowd in my heart and make me suffer untold agony. So many unanswered questions live within me – I am afraid to uncover them – because of the blasphemy – if there be God, please forgive…

All I Need

[bctt tweet="Life is often hard and confusing - I need reminding God is good and so is His plan." username="Liz_Petruzzi"] I think of the psalms as David’s prayer journal and wonder if Psalm 23 is David reminding himself of God’s promises and who He is. The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He promises to provide and always care for me. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who…

Scent of Sacrifice

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45 NIV It was the summer of 1985, a sweltering South Florida sauna. Instead of movies and the mall, I opted for skateboarding and tea parties. I sacrificed my summer for babysitting – or more accurately for freedom. Months earlier, my grandfather made the unattainable attainable with a birthday gift – he offered to…

No Greater Love

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:1 NIV   No greater love – He chose the nails. There is no joy without sorrow, no pleasure without pain, no love without loss. There is no resurrection without crucifixion. Before the cross was draped in purple, it ran red. Love always requires sacrifice. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought…

Free Indeed

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1   A look of disgust then, “You call yourself a Christian?” I do. An imperfect one. One who messes up and gets it wrong. A Christian who sometimes doesn’t look or act like a Christ follower. The yoke of slavery Paul speaks of isn’t sin, it’s legalism. You who are trying to…

Do Not Fear

So do not fear; for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right Hand. Isaiah 41:10 NIV I’m afraid, Lord – this world is unpredictable, scary. It feels so out of control. You are with me - You never leave. You hold all things together. Peace is the promise. I find rest in You, Lord. The Name of the Lord…