Reflections on Loneliness

Victoria Elliot

READ : John 16:32-33, Psalm 27:1, 1 John 4:18-21   Living alone does not force you to be lonely. Loneliness is a feeling that you are not wanted, or that you are being neglected by others. Before I opened my home to Tim, I lived alone for four years. I can truthfully say I never felt lonely – for five reasons: I have a Shih tzu dog who loves me. “Money can buy a fine dog, but only love can …

Reflections on Choices

Victoria Elliot

READ : Hebrews 11:23-28   There are choices to be made every day. Recently I read of the many difficulties the famous opera singer Beverly Sills experienced. Her professionally skills had been neglected for a long time; she became the mother of two handicapped children; her home was destroyed by fire. Yet she never became bitter. In fact, her friends call her “Bubbles.” She writes, “I CHOOSE to be cheerful. Years ago I knew I had little or no choice …

Reflections on Broken Relationships

Victoria Elliot

READ : Acts 15:36-41   We talked about relationships yesterday. It is easy to understand that they are often broken. The first broken relationship took place in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit. This caused every future relationship to be affected by sin. The Bible describes many of those. Joseph and his brothers had a broken relationship due to extreme jealousy. Fortunately, years later this relationship was restored when Joseph so willingly forgave …

Reflections on Relationships

Victoria Elliot

READ : Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 91:1-16   Relationships come in many forms. I have just finished reading Under Fire* by Oliver North, where I noted at least eight different relationships in which he stood. For example: husband to wife, father to children, lieutenant to marines, instructor to students, defendant to attorney, author to reader, head of a secret government group to Congress, and believer to God. Relationships can be pictured by drawing a wheel. The vertical spoke represents our relationship …

Reflections on Prayer

Victoria Elliot

READ : James 5:13-18, Daniel 6:10-12   S. D. Gordon comments: “The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray. It is not the only thing; but it is the chief thing. The greatest people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor those who can explain about prayer; but those who take time to pray.” The following …

Reflections on Rest

Victoria Elliot

READ : Matthew 11:20-30   One of the most blessed invitations we read in the Bible says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest . . . . For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” We live in a weary world! The soldier is tired of war; the rulers are weighed down with complex problems; the laborer is weary. Where can real, satisfying rest be found? What should …