As we optimistically wait for Easter Sunday, we find ourselves focusing on Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, as we should. Good Friday and Easter Sunday capture our hearts because the former is the day we died to sin with Christ and were resurrected with Him to a new life. Not many people think about the events that led up to Jesus’ death. Jesus was betrayed, arrested, put on trial, falsely accused and convicted, then sacrificed by His own people. I would say that very few of us can identify with anything Christ had to go through to fulfill our Father’s plan. I have never (more…)
If you were raised in church, you remember the parable of the prodigal son. The story is found in the Gospel of Luke 15:11-32. If you have never heard the story, the younger of two sons asked his father for his inheritance and squandered it by living recklessly without considering that his inheritance could run out. A famine came and he resorted to trying to figure things out on his own. He worked as a pig farmer and even the pigs’ food looked appetizing to him, because he was so hungry. No one helped him or gave him (more…)
In the month of August, the Ask God Today team is picking their favorite Psalm and reflecting on it. Why Psalms? Well, there is no better expression of the human heart and soul of praise and true vulnerability with our Maker. We want our writings to also reflect our hearts for the God of the universe and the Gospel and to share where we have been and walked with our readers. We understand that many of you walk in defeat, worry, and everyday life. We want to share with you the hope of the Gospel found in Jesus Christ. That same hope was spoken of as far back as the Old Testament.
Six years ago I found myself in a desperate situation. I was a 21-year-old new mom of a nine-month-old baby boy. I had spent the first nine months of his life struggling through nursing him and learning the ins and outs of what it meant to be a mom. One evening I found a lump in my breast. My mother, being a nurse for an oncologist for more than 25 years, encouraged me to contact my Ob-Gyn. He immediately referred me to a surgeon. I was, ironically, reading through the book of Psalms, and the week before my scheduled ultrasound I stumbled upon Psalm 91. My Sunday school class laid hands on me and prayed over me, and even before they began I confessed to them that Psalm 91 was the scripture I was claiming throughout this process.
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation. (Psalm 91:1-16 NLT)
Regardless of your current situation—sickness, hurt, hang-up, trial, work or home life issues— there is shelter to be found in the Most High. There is rest in the shadow of the Almighty. How do I know that? I have seen it. When I went for a sonogram of my breast with my mother at my side and my grandmother praying at my feet, I saw the shadow of a mass. Most people don’t know that I dropped out of sonography school to become a cosmetologist at nineteen years old. Immediately, I turned my head and started crying out to God. They took a biopsy that day. My mom’s work friend Kristen was in there with us, comforting me as a breast cancer survivor. Kristen now lives with our Savior due to her cancer’s return. She knew exactly how to seek shelter from the beginning to the end. Thankfully, my results came back negative. I did not have cancer, but if the test had been positive, I knew in my bones God would see me through it.
Whatever your situation in life, shelter is found through Jesus Christ. He has freely offered you salvation, forgiveness, protection, and healing. There is no fear of condemnation, rejection, fear, anger, and wrath. Your Father has freely given His Son to accept you and love you unconditionally. If you have accepted Christ as your Savior you are now hidden in Him. You have been made new and your identity is now found hidden in Him. What are you waiting for? Run to Him and hide in His wings.
What is your favorite Psalm? What does it mean to you? Leave us a comment!
My family loves going on vacation. Over the past five years we have planned and gone on holidays with our best family friends the Montgomery’s. Some of you who attended our conference may have recognized Natalie at the registration desk and Ben leading worship. Their family is our family and our family is their family. We have survived two trips to Disney World, a trip to Dollywood, an Edisto Beach trip, three mission trips to Costa Rica, and this year we completed a first-time trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
I was especially excited for our families to travel to (more…)
Isn’t it crazy how many times we find ourselves overwhelmed?
Do we find ourselves so overwhelmed with life, that we rarely find ourselves overwhelmed with the love of Christ?
My whole life has been overwhelmed by unexpected circumstances.
The origin of the word overwhelmed is believed to be Middle English and was used as far back as the (more…)