Keeping Our Eyes on Jesus

Donna Westrate

READ : Matthew 14:22-32 Our Scripture passage for today is such a beautiful lesson on the importance of keeping our focus on Christ. It reveals the essence of the power of Christ and true faith. Peter was surrounded by an impossible situation. However, as he focused his eyes upon the Lord and ignored his physical surroundings, he was brought forth over the waters. When he took his eyes off Jesus and became aware of his plight, he began to sink. …

The Perfect Parent

Donna Westrate

READ : Matthew 7:7-12 In talking with various people, especially those I come in contact with as a nurse on an oncology unit, I hear the question, “How can there be a God?” or, “If there is a God and He’s so loving, how come He let this happen?” or, “Do you think this is fair?” I’m sure we’ve all had thoughts similar to this if we’re really honest with ourselves, and I couldn’t begin to give any pat answers …

Our Heavenly Father

Donna Westrate

READ : John 14:1-14 As children, when some of us visualized our parents, we saw them through rose-colored glasses: perfectly loving, giving, wise, etc. As we mature and realize that our parents are actually human with many imperfections, we feel “let down.” Sometimes we can carry that disappointment to such an extreme that it affects our sense of self- esteem. How sad that can be. However, there is a wonderful remedy offered to us through Christ. When we allow ourselves …

A Spiritual Uplift

Donna Westrate

READ : 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24 In our Christian journey there are many times when we can become discouraged or depressed. Maybe circumstances occur causing us to question the presence of God in our lives. These are times when the devil tries to create doubts and fears in an attempt to sever our oneness with the Lord. It’s at these times in my life that I’ve discovered a wonderful little exercise that truly works, taking me from despondency to total adoration …

Discipline a Necessity in the Christian Walk

Donna Westrate

READ : Hebrews 12:5-11 Discipline from our Father may take various forms, but let me assure you that He certainly gives discipline. How else can He keep His wandering sheep from getting lost? For those He loves, He disciplines. As parents, if we allow our children to do as they please we will be raising menaces to society. So, too, as children of our heavenly Father, if we’re allowed to do as we please, we can become terribly lost on …

Forgiveness

Donna Westrate

READ : Psalm 51:1-19 David’s psalm of repentance is one of the most touching written. Why? Because in our relationship to the Lord we need to come before Him at one time or another and bare and expose our own sinfulness to Him. If we do a careful inventory deep within, we will all find things that are displeasing to the Lord. Jesus says that if we think we are without sin, we fool ourselves and the truth is not …