The True Path

Joy Zomer

READ : 2 Timothy 4:1-8 . . . they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions . . . (v. 3) Struggling is rarely something we enjoy. Struggling with difficult emotional or physical challenges will definitely shake one’s faith. Almost always overwhelming, situations can commit us to a direction that we never wanted, but find ourselves in due to circumstances. Trying to avoid struggles may offer a path that appears more appealing and attractive. Yet we need …

Unfulfilled Desires

Joy Zomer

READ : Luke 1:24-45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord. (v. 45) Elizabeth was a faithful and blameless follower of God. Her husband, Zechariah, was a priest held in high esteem. Yet, their desires and hopes for a child were in vain for much of their life. Their plans for a child were not met, and they lived with an earthly desire that appeared to …

Determined

Joy Zomer

READ : Ruth 1:6-18 For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. (v. 16) Seven years ago, I chose to remain in the United States rather than to return to the mission field of Sicily. Making this decision was painful and sad; it did not come lightly. After my youngest daughter and I were in an accident, it became evident that life would be very different and I found myself at a fork in …

Believe

Joy Zomer

READ : Ruth 1:6-22 [Naomi] said to them, “. . . [T]he Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.” (v. 20) I have a dear Sicilian friend named Laura. A teacher as well, she and I worked together developing Sunday school and youth group programs for the young people of our church. Her father, Giovanni, and I worked together to create a hymnal of old favorites for the church’s anniversary. Her mother and I cooked together. Weekly, I taught piano …

Weakness

Joy Zomer

READ : Judges 6:11-24 I am the least in my father’s house. (v. 15) I remember well the last evening we spent in Budapest, Hungary. My husband had gone ahead to our new mission placement in Rome, and I was with our three young children. Attempting to appear calm, I was actually a bundle of knots. Not only was the anxiety of the next day’s journey getting to me, but the immensity of the new endeavor bore down on me. …

Wounds

Joy Zomer

READ : Genesis 50:15-25 God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (v. 20 NIV) Nine years ago, we experienced the evil of this world first hand. My youngest daughter and I were hit by a distracted car driver while our family served in Italy. Miraculously, our lives were spared, but our family experienced much emotional and physical upheaval as a result. The direction of our lives was changed. Evil revealed …