My Refuge

Life moves and changes unexpectedly – there are seasons it feels unstable beneath my feet. I dig in and try harder to stand in shifting sand. I cry out to God, wondering where He is. Why isn’t He helping me? I remember - when I take control, He steps aside. He waits, a patient smile upon His Holy face. “Dear child, give it to me.” What seems simple goes against gravity. In God’s currency, the least are great, the poor,…

Salty Waters

    With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? James 3: 9-10 NIV         I place value on being real and authentic. I like down to earth people who dabble in sarcasm…

God Will Make A Way

    Is there a relationship or reality that looks hopeless? I’ve experienced circumstances and situations where it’s dark – I barely glimpse the dim light of hope. I want God’s restoration and redemption in the hard, dusty corners of life  – places where there seems to be no solution.     [bctt tweet="God makes a way where there is no way." username="Liz_Petruzzi"]   Impossible is His specialty. I come as a child, place my hand trustingly in His and…

Las Vegas

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4 NIV My heart is burdened and heavy - I don’t understand. I don’t understand why a man planned a brutal attack on a crowd of people attending a concert. I don’t understand why 59 people died and over 500 were injured. Mothers, Fathers, friends and others went for a…

Need A Lift?

The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does. The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. Psalm 145:13-14 Does it feel like you’re standing in the middle of a mess? Life can be complicated and messy - I wonder what God is up to as I wait for the storm to pass. [bctt tweet="The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does." username="Liz_Petruzzi"]…

Doubting God

“It’s not what you are that is holding you back. It’s what you think you are not.”  --Anonymous  On the outside, I’m a 48 year old wife, mother and Christian. I do all the normal stuff and on a good day, I’m pretty together. On the inside, I often feel like an awkward, insecure, geeky pre-teen. I question myself and God. I question the decisions I make – I must be wrong - I don’t know what I’m doing. Everyone…

Restoration

Welcome to Wednesday’s Words - a short, mid-week devotional to encourage you. I’m kicking off this new addition with one of my favorite verses: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 God doesn’t promise we won’t have difficulty, challenges or problems. In fact, quite the opposite…

Don’t Worry

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of it’s sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom I tend to be an over analyzer, an over thinker. My thoughts swirl round and round as I attempt to resolve a situation, conflict or problem. I pray and give it to God – then take it right back -…

Checklist Christian

 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’, and do not do what I say?” --Jesus, Luke 6:46 NIV I thought I had a pretty good handle on this Christian stuff. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30 NIV I do that – I do all the right things, the Christian thing – I can give you my checklist. What’s that next part?…

All Show, No Go

Pharisees…..the bad guys of the Bible. No one likes Pharisees - the legalistic, narrow minded, religious rulers of Jesus’ day. Shaking their heads and wagging their fingers at Jesus – He healed on the Sabbath, hung out with sinners and His disciples ate without washing their hands. Matthew 15:7-9 (NIV) You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their…