Ordinary Misfit

Amy Clemens

Read: Judges 6:1-16 One day . . . Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress, out of sight of the Midianites. The angel of GOD appeared to him and said, “GOD is with you, O mighty warrior!” (vv. 11-12 Message) Gideon was an ordinary misfit radically changed by an encounter with God. Hebrews 11 includes Gideon with other misfits “who through faith . . . were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight” …

Ordinary Breezes

Amy Clemens

Read: John 3:1-12 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. (v. 8) As a child, I experienced the great thrill of camping in the forests of New Mexico and Colorado. To this day, listening to wind blow through trees is a special joy, and I look for chances to enjoy it often. …

Ordinary Parenting

Amy Clemens

Read: Job 1:1-5 And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings . . . For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually. (v. 5) I still don’t know where I got the idea that the Christian life was going to be easy. After all, Jesus said, …

Ordinary Flowers

Amy Clemens

Read: Matthew 6:24-34 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (vv. 28-29) The first time I saw daylilies growing along the roadside in New England, I found their glory almost delicious. The orange blossoms and their spiked foliage peered out through alternating shafts of light and shade from an …

Ordinary Hope

Amy Clemens

Read: Lamentations 3:22-36 GOD proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from GOD. (vv. 25-26 Message) Although Scripture is filled with reasons to hope, sometimes I find myself at low tide. It’s as if hope has left the shore, pulled out past the horizon by forces I don’t control. The good thing about the analogy, of course, is that the …