thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid

I Can Trust Him Always

I Can Trust Him Always

Is God still good? Is He still in charge? Is He still working out a good plan for me? “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and…

An Angel at Christmas

An Angel at Christmas

Whose Christmas angel can you be? “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.“ (Matthew 5:16). “While Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem (far from home) the time came for the baby Jesus to be born, and Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a…

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

Are you experiencing God’s presence? Are you aware that God is with you? That God is in your corner? “A virgin will be with child and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel—which means “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14) Later an angel reaffirmed the message to Joseph. (Matthew 1:20-23) A little boy’s…

The Message of Christmas is “Fear Not”

The Message of Christmas is “Fear Not”

“The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear: The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid… In the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling.” Psalm 27:1,2,5 In the Christmas story, again and again, we hear the phrase, “Fear not!” “Fear not Mary”…

God with Us

God with Us

God is with us now, not just in thought or in theory or in wishful thinking. But in actual fact. “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: (Isaiah)”The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel–which means “‘God…

How to Respond in Suffering

How to Respond in Suffering

Expressing one’s true feelings is not a lack of faith. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33 Pain, suffering and hardships are normal ingredients of life. What we mix them with—fear or faith– makes all the difference. Jesus did not come to make us escapists but…

Why I Keep a Gratitude Journal

Why I Keep a Gratitude Journal

If you don’t have a journal, I encourage you to begin one to record God’s blessings in your life. I don’t know about you, but I have a good forgetter. For that reason: I choose calendars with large squares so I can write down reminders; I put tomorrow’s commitments on a sheet of paper and…

Life Is Not Fair

Life Is Not Fair

Yes, life is unfair. Jesus hasn’t promised us a fair world but he has promised us victory. “Take heart!” He said. “I have overcome the world.” ”I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”…

Let Him Calm Your Fears

Let Him Calm Your Fears

Visualize yourself sitting on God’s lap with your head resting on His shoulder. “Do not fret, it only leads to evil” Psalm 37:8 (NIV). When your child is fussy, what do you do? You take him or her onto your lap and talk soothingly. Maybe you sit in a rocking chair and sing until he…

Put Down Your Burden

Put Down Your Burden

What burdens are you carrying?  Many of us have accepted God’s offer of salvation, but we won’t part with our burdens. Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28 (NLT). A man was walking down a dusty road on…

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