When you are battered and beaten by the world it’s hard to burn brightly. We can be smothered by so many things from our past it’s hard to see the good we can do.

We can be smothered by that sin that seems unstoppable. We can be smothered by that act in the past that still has it’s consequences in our lives, that still haunts us. You know the one. The one you hope no one ever finds out about. We can be smothered by the unrealistic expectations of other people, or by the constant reminders others give you that you don’t measure up. I call them bullies and the worst bullies are the ones who bully you in Jesus name. The Bible is referred to as a sword but it was never intended to be used in friendly fire!

Not only does Jesus come to bind up the bruised reed, he comes to fan into flame the smoldering wick, the almost dead potential that was almost smothered by our past or by others. To fan a smoldering wick one needs gentleness and care lest you kill the dying ember.

In Jesus day, the wick was part of an oil lamp. Oil was the fuel that fed the flame. You know what the Holy Spirit is referred to in some parts of scripture? Oil. You know what else oil was used for? Healing.

Jesus fans the smoldering potential of our lives through the healing oil of the Holy Spirit. Allow him to fan your potential into a warm, room brightening flame.

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If you’ve ever walked through a swampy area you’ve seen them. Some are trampled down. Some are bent over. Virtually all of them are at some level of being wounded. Reeds of every size and shape standing vulnerable to the elements.

Life can be like that swamp. We go through life and get stomped on, damaged, and wounded. For some it’s broken relationships. The person we once thought a soul mate is suddenly gone, and with their departure, there’s a gaping hole in your soul.

For some it may be shattered dreams. You’ve worked hard towards a goal, only to have the rug pulled out from under you and you are left holding a thousand different pieces of a puzzle you know you will never get back together again.

When life heads south; when we go through some life changing event, we become extremely fragile. The slightest breeze can break us. The brush of a passing situation can be our undoing.

Jesus showed throughout his time on earth that he had the soft compassion that would heal the most fragile of lives; that would move so gently that even the most bruised reed would not be broken.

You can come to Jesus with your fragile heart. You can come to Jesus with your bruised heart. You can know that his gentleness will help you through the pain. He’s the great healer.



“I just can’t trust you anymore. It seems like every time I really need you to come through for me, you fail. And when I need encouragement, you tend to put me down and remind me of all my failings. So, I’m finding a better plan. I’m moving on to someone who has a long history of reliability, encouragement and strength. In all of history it’s never failed, although at times it may look like it. You give me advice; it gives me wisdom. You condemn; it gives freedom. You place blame; it gives answers.

And so, SELF, I’m no longer going to rely on you. I’m putting all my faith in God. He’s proven himself where you have failed. He’s been understanding when you’ve been critical. He’s loved, when your love has failed. I know there will be times I’m not sure of his direction, but I’m convinced his way is better than yours and have confidence he’ll always be there for me.

Good-bye and good riddance SELF.


There are those who think believing in Jesus is a sign of weakness. There are those who follow Jesus at a distance so they don’t offend. I’m going on record. I believe. I believe in Jesus because:

HE IS my constant companion when I feel alone

HE IS my friend when all desert me

HE IS the one who understands when I’m misunderstood

HE IS my comfort when I’m sad

HE IS my encouragement when I’m discouraged

HE IS my hope when all seems hopeless

HE IS my source of love in a world of hate

HE IS my cheerleader when I doubt my abilities

HE IS my confidant when I hurt in ways no one knows

HE IS my healer when my soul is sick

HE IS my strength when I’m overwhelmed

HE IS my guide when I’ve lost my way

HE IS the calm in my storm

HE IS the forgiveness I seek

HE IS the grace I need

HE IS my stability when I waver

And that’s just the start…

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