Hug them tightly and hold them loosely

6th May, 2014 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Hannah, the mother of Samuel, was a godly woman and a godly mother.  I was asked to do a brief devotional for a friend’s baby shower, and the more I thought about what I would say, I kept thinking about Hannah. Then I did some study and realized she is a godly example for young » Read More

“… And he went out.”

19th January, 2014 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

This pasrt wek I rediscovered a friend. No, it wasn’t a forgotten high friend that I haven’t talked to in years.  No, it wasn’t a church friend whose children grew up alongside mine who no longer goes to my church. This forgotten friend is a book given to me by first college roommate — a » Read More

Confess with Your Mouth

4th November, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

I recently joined a Discipleship Group and together we are studying the Old Testament, learning practical skills, and memorizing scripture. Last week’s verses were familiar one to me, but as I took them apart word by word and thought about what I was memorizing, I saw the verses in a fresh way. The verses for » Read More

Scarecrows in a cucumber field

20th August, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

“Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field.” (Jeremiah 10:5) These words of the LORD God through the pen of Jeremiah evokes a colorful image in my mind. What is a scarecrow and what does it do? A scarecrow is a funny-looking, hay-stuffed doll-like figure attached to a pole in the middle of a » Read More

Look at the clouds

19th August, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Look at the clouds. What do you see? What makes cloudwatching so fascinating is the way they are constantly changing. Lie on the grass and stare at the  clouds overhead and as you watch them, the shapes form and reform into patterns. Like Charley Brown, you can use your imagination to see objects in the » Read More

How We Spend Our Days

6th July, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

“How I spend my days is how I spend my life.” This is a simple but profound thought.  A life is made up of days — one day at a time. My life happens in the present moment — what I am doing, what choices I make. Each activity makes up part of one day, » Read More

Psalm 2 — When God laughs

19th June, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Does God laugh? Yes, Psalm 2 says that He does,  but it’s not laughing as we usually think of laughter. Psalm 2 talks about the nations of the world — how they rage and plot against God’s Anointed One (the Messiah, the Christ).  They plot, but all their plotting is in vain. God who made the heavens » Read More

External Gains, Internal Losses

17th June, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Is the church today getting better or declining? According to A.W. Tozer in his book The Attributes of God: Volume 1 the church is gaining in externals and losing in internals. Tozer who was making this assessment of the church in the first half of the twentieth century writes that though religion is more popular, » Read More

Thoughts on Deuteronomy #10 — It’s not too difficult for you.

11th June, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.” These words of Moses are an encouragement to us today as well as to his original audience, the Israelites.  Moses was speaking his last words to the people he had led for forty years. He had just finished » Read More

Thoughts on Deuteronomy #8 — Remember how you provoked the LORD

2nd April, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

The Bible exhorts us to remember many things. We are to remember God’s goodness to us and thank Him. We are to remember the lilies and birds and stop fretting that God will take care of us. Every time we partake of the Lord’s Supper, we are to remember that Jesus’ died for us. This » Read More

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