Love Lets Go

But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me. Psalm 13:5-6 NIV Love is patient, love is kind. Love isn’t control. It doesn’t make you crazy or leave you drained, empty and alone. It protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres. Persevering isn’t hanging on to something or someone who isn’t good for me. Something I serve instead of God. Something consuming. Love isn’t • Rescuing…

He Fights for You

Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God Himself will fight for you. Deuteronomy 3:22 NIV Anxious knots tighten, life presses hard. I’m caught in a wave, tumbled and tossed, dragged out to sea. He walks on water, meets me in the mess, holds out Holy Hands. I choose the spin, dizzy with decisions. What do I do? Left, right, up, down – the sea takes no prisoners. Caught in the current, I go further out to sea.…

Mercy Mild

He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:5-6 NIV “Not good enough.” “Fraud” “Hypocrite – if they only knew” These are some of the lies rattling…

Be Held

“Come weary, come worried, come tired, overwhelmed. Come now into His Presence. Be loved. Be held.”  –Morgan Harper Nichols   Come as you are – weary, worried, overwhelmed. Come. Come to the King, He waits for you and me. He longs for burdens placed at His feet. The ones I hold and hide - sleepless with worry. Hand over my hurts. Come as I am. Stop striving. He waits for control clenched fists to open and receive. Receive love, peace,…

Faithful God

I’m the difficult place of now and not yet - I need to know God is active even in my waiting. The pause is painful. God, are you there?   Idling in neutral, I wonder if I am forgotten. Forsaken. The names of God reveal His character and who He is. He never fails or falters. El is the simple form of Elohim – another name used for God in the Bible, showing up about 200 times in the Old…

The Lord Will Provide

By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.  Exodus 13:21 NIV Jehovah Jireh – the Lord will provide. His Name is a promise. A promise for provision. Rain in the desert. Sacrifice on the mountain. Comfort in the garden. Jehovah Jireh. The Lord provides. Does your soul cry…

Beloved

God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8  Even me. God loves even me – a rebellious, prodigal daughter. The one who gets it so wrong. The one who's harsh with words, quick to judge, selfish and self centered. The one who loses her temper and swears. I am His beloved. My name is written on the palms of His hands and nothing can snatch me away. Not my…

Have Courage

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 NIV Be strong and courageous. Some definitions say not easily injured or subdued. Well established, a strong fort. I become injured and subdued with people I don’t want to offend or have conflict with. Instead of dealing with the problem, I often remain silent. Subdued. Injured. Fearful of a…

Love Came Down

And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger; because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:7 NIV Love came after. After we fell from grace. After we rebelled and went our own way. After we worshiped idols. [bctt tweet="God's answer to all of it was Love." username="Liz_Petruzzi"] Love Came Down. Love came in human humility. To touch and teach. Defeat death with His Own. Rejoice…

Joy for all Seasons

“There is no doubt that Marley was dead. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate.” --Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol Christmas is a time of joy. We gather around the table in friendship and love. For some, it means a full heart. For some, it means an empty chair. A chair where a loved one should be but isn’t. What do you do in a season of joy when…