Alive in Christ

Myrna Folkert

Read: Ephesians 2:1-10 Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ. (v. 4 NIV) Following worldly ways and not cooperating with God often looks appealing. We are tempted to say, “I want to follow my own thoughts and plans.” Satan wants us to think his ways are more enjoyable and often he deceives us. Yet sin always promises more than it can deliver. The fine print reads, “Fatal if swallowed.” …

Floodgates of Heaven

Myrna Folkert

Read: Malachi 3:8-12 Test me in this . . . and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. (v. 10 NIV) My husband and I still can recall our pastor’s advice to us before we were married 31 years ago. He said, “Give 10 percent, save 10 percent, and spend the rest with joy and gladness.” We didn’t always heed …

Like a Tree

Myrna Folkert

Read: Psalm 1 He is like a tree planted by streams of water. (v. 3) This beautiful psalm presents imagery contrasting the way of life with the way of death. Those who choose life are blessed (v. 1). They refuse wicked advice, sinful lifestyles, and mocking laughter. Instead, they delight in “the law of the Lord,” God’s moral instruction for life. Such people are like a healthy, fruit-bearing tree that is nourished beside a riverbank. We need to pray for …

Switchbacks

Myrna Folkert

Read: Proverbs 3:5-6 The Lord . . . will make straight your paths. (vv. 5-6) While visiting in Alaska, my husband and I hiked a mountain. The beginning seemed easy, but as we neared the halfway point he asked several times if I’d rather turn around. We weren’t properly prepared with gear of any kind, yet I became determined to keep climbing even though I’d recently had foot problems. Peering up the mountain and complaining would never get me to …

Under His Wings

Myrna Folkert

Read: Psalm 91 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge. (v. 4 NIV) As I was driving to work one day I slid on ice around a corner and rolled my car. I climbed out unharmed, knowing it could have been so much worse and very thankful the Lord had protected me. It was a frightening experience and shook me up, but I realized God’s faithfulness. It made me reevaluate ways that …

Don’t Be Anxious

Myrna Folkert

Read: Luke 12:22-32 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin. (v. 27) Do you sometimes find it difficult to stop worrying? I took a walk on one of the first days of spring. It struck me how God’s creation was beginning to develop. In springtime, those of us who live in the northern part of the United States enjoy a beautiful transition from a cold winter to warmer sunny days. A few crocus and hyacinth were …