Difficult Gifts – Daughters of Promise – July 9

DIFFICULT GIFTSJaime Wyrtzen LauzeBlessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial...Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above... James 1:12a and 17aHave you ever received a gift that you did not want? Have you ever been given a gift that required great responsibility from you?I became a follower of Jesus at a young... Read more

Logic: Unbelief’s Friend – Daughters of Promise – July 8

The Lord said, I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son. And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. So Sarah laughed to... Read more

Recognizing God – Daughters of Promise – July 7

RECOGNIZING GODAnd the Lord appeared to him [Abraham] by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door... Read more

Jen Hatmaker celebrates daughter’s lesbian identity – what she got right and wrong

REUTERS/KhamJen Hatmaker recently celebrated her daughter's lesbian identity, saying, "I'm so glad you're gay." Many say that we cannot take a position on homosexuality because all positions will hurt someone. Here's my question: "Are those who defend homosexuality, or who say nothing, truly loving the homosexual, or are they simply seeking to avoid conflict?" If they... Read more

Do it Before it Gets More Difficult – Daughters of Promise – July 6

DO IT BEFORE IT GETS MORE DIFFICULTWhen he had finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham. Then Abraham took Ishmael his son and all those born in his house or bought with his money, every male among the men of Abrahams house, and he circumcised the flesh of their foreskins that very day, as... Read more

When One Child is Left Out – Daughters of Promise – July 3

WHEN ONE CHILD IS LEFT OUTAnd Abraham said to God, Oh that Ishmael might live before you! God said, No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. As for Ishmael,... Read more

Admitting Who I Was – Daughters of Promise – July 2

ADMITTING WHO I WASUnless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Psalm 127:1It took me 47 years to discover some things about my rich spiritual history and birthright. Until I embraced it as mine, my lifes house was constructed with some destitute building materials. Because I had not seized the meaning of my... Read more

Laughter in a Moment of Disbelief – Daughters of Promise – July 1

LAUGHTER IN A MOMENT OF DISBELIEFI will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her. Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed. Genesis 17:16-17Im one of Gods children who is not so unlike others... Read more

Princess to Princess – Daughters of Promise – June 30

PRINCESS TO PRINCESSAnd God said to Abraham, As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. Genesis 17:15Sarai means princess. So does Sarah. She was once of nobility among her people, her fathers princess. Once God spoke her name, changed it slightly, she was named as one who... Read more

The Mark and Who Can See It – Daughters of Promise – June 29

THE MARK AND WHO CAN SEE ITThis is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. Genesis 17:10What a covenant God made with Abraham! God intended to give him and all his descendants a physical sign that they were His chosen people.... Read more

Parting Company – Daughters of Promise – June 26

PARTING COMPANYDepart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God. Psalm 119:115In Davids courts, there would be men who would flatter him in order to secure their own place in the palace. There would also be traitors who would try to get Davids ear and steer him in directions that... Read more

Now Your Maid – Daughters of Promise – June 25

NOW YOUR MAIDJaime Wyrtzen LauzeAnd he said, Who are you? And she answered, I am your maid. Ruth 3:9Who do you believe you are, when you are alone? Are you being held back by how you see yourself?Warren Wiersbe points out in his commentary on Ruth that when she approaches Boaz, she doesnt call herself... Read more

Challenging Loyalty to Family for God’s Sake – Daughters of Promise – June 24

CHALLENGING LOYALTY TO FAMILY FOR GODS SAKESo Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah into the field where his flock was and said to them, I see that your father does not regard me with favor as he did before. But the God of my father has been with me. You know that I have... Read more

How I Am Defined – Daughters of Promise – June 23

HOW I AM DEFINEDNo longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. Genesis 17:5Anyone who names me has a position of authority over me. My name can be a source of joy or source of pain, depending on the... Read more

Am I Too Old? – Daughters of Promise – June 22

AM I TOO OLD?When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly. Genesis 17:1-2Is anyone too old to come to Jesus? We know the... Read more

Reviving My Hope – Daughters of Promise – June 19

REVIVING MY HOPESo she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You are a God of seeing, for she said, Truly here I have seen him who looks after me. Genesis 16:13Jesus revealed His true identity to the Samaritan woman at Jacobs well. God revealed His true identity to Hagar at a well... Read more

Heat Damaged – Daughters of Promise – June 18

HEAT DAMAGEDI have become like wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten your statutes. Psalm 119:83A wineskin is a ancient bottle made of leather. If it got too near someones campfire for too long a period, it would dry out, crack, and become unusable. However, a little bit of exposure to the smoke would... Read more

What Constitutes Affinity? – Daughters of Promise – June 17

WHAT CONSTITUTES AFFINITY?I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts. Psalm 119:63When the Spirit of God is mighty in a stranger, and I see His Spirit in them, I can honestly say that I love them. Spirit recognizes Spirit and there is instant communion, even if unspoken.When two people are drawn... Read more

The Enemy’s Narcotics – Daughters of Promise – June 16

THE ENEMYS NARCOTICSI sent to find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter might have tempted you, and our labor should be in vain. I Thess. 3:5We werent created for pain, but for the garden. Adam and Eve loved God and life was absolutely perfect. Their world was utopian! Then, the serpent spoke, they... Read more

The Story of Inside Out – Daughters of Promise – June 15

THE STORY OF INSIDE OUTShe has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on her the silver and gold which they used for Baal. Hosea 2:8Once upon a time, a man became a father.He held his newborn daughter close and breathed in the... Read more

Don’t Rebuke – Daughters of Promise – June 12

DONT REBUKEJaime Wyrtzen LauzeWhen she rose to glean, Boaz commanded his servants, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not insult her. And also you shall purposely pull out for her some grain from the bundles and leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her. Ruth 2:15-16Sometimes we have too... Read more

When God Honors the Underdog – Daughters of Promise – June 11

WHEN GOD HONORS THE UNDERDOGAnd the angel of the Lord said to her, Behold, you are pregnant and shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has listened to your affliction. He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyones hand against him, and... Read more

Looking for a Way Out – Daughters of Promise – June 10

LOOKING FOR A WAY OUTThe angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. And he said, Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going? She said, I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai. The angel of... Read more

One Who Fights; One Who Flees – Daughters of Promise – June 9

ONE WHO FIGHTS; ONE WHO FLEESAnd take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules. Psalm 119:43The Psalmist fears that when any given situation arises, the wisdom of the kingdom, born of the Word and the Spirit, will be absent from his tongue. The word of heaven... Read more

A Cabin, Jesus and Me – Daughters of Promise – June 8

A Cabin, Jesus and MeIm tired and drained to the core. Im searching inside for a place of rest and when I close my eyes I can see it clearly. A log cabin, secluded in the mountains, with a gurgling stream making its presence known nearby. I can see myself at the end of the... Read more

Runneth Over – Daughters of Promise – June 5

RUNNETH OVERJaime Wyrtzen LauzeAnd at mealtime Boaz said to her, come here, that you may eat of the bread and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar. So she sat beside the reaper; and he served her roasted grain, and she ate and was satisfied and had some left. Ruth 2:14Every book of the... Read more

Perpetual Winter – Daughters of Promise – June 4

PERPETUAL WINTERFor the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. Romans 8:20-21The earth was cursed because of the fall of Adam. It... Read more

Anguish and Appetite – Daughters of Promise – June 3

ANGUISH AND APPETITETrouble and anguish have found me out, but your commandments are my delight. Psalm 119:143When a person hears bad news, he often loses his appetite. He feels sick to his stomach and what once appealed to his senses holds little value. Friends and family encourage him to eat something to keep up his... Read more

When I Jump to Conclusions – Daughters of Promise – June 2

WHEN I JUMP TO CONCLUSIONSWe wanted to come to you I, Paul, more than once and yet Satan thwarted us. I Thess. 2:18What I think are Gods plans for me and Gods actual plan are often far apart. If I automatically assume that all my goals are His goals, just because they appear to be... Read more