Praying Romans 8:28

The tiny blue hydrangea bush that my dad planted this spring never got bigger. Instead, a short, naked piece of wood stood in the ground. No growth, no life. I forgot about it.

Then this summer, in the exact spot where the hydrangea should have blossomed, a baby crepe myrtle sprang up. Green leaves and pink buds surprised my family. In the shadow of a great crepe myrtle, a seed must have found the special soil meant for the hydrangea bush. Life blossomed anyway, just not in the way we expected.

How many times have we gone through something difficult, and life blossomed in a way we didn’t expect or think was possible? Perhaps we have gone through a trying time, in which we felt parched and withered. Like a short, naked shoot of a plant with little chance of survival. But then God did something. He tended our soil, shined some light on us, and gave us much-needed water. Green leaves and tiny flower buds surprised us. Good was happening, even in the midst of the pain. Even in the midst of a trial. 



Romans 8:28, God works all things for good, hope, encouragement, Praying Romans 8:28, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Be a Breathing Buddy - A Guest Post by Cherrilynn Bisbano

"What are you doing? You could have killed me!" I was angry and scared.

In 1989, while attending Combat Camera School in Denver, Colorado, for the RI Air National Guard, I decided to take a scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus)  class. Three months was a long time to be away at school, so I filled my extra time at night with SCUBA lessons at the pool on base.

 I would chuckle at myself because I lived in the Ocean State and received my SCUBA certification in Denver where there is no ocean.

During the final certification qualifications we tested at Grand Lake, one of the deepest lakes in Colorado. It was time for buddy breathing. Buddy breathing is a rescue technique used in “out of air" emergencies. 



encouragement, the church, the body of Christ, Be a Breathing Buddy, Cherrilynn Bisbano

Not Alone: A Promise for God’s Children

“For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV).

On life’s journey, you don’t travel alone.
On every steep path, in every dark turn, you have a Companion for the road.
He shares each step with you, shining His light on the next step and the next.

In life’s race, you don’t run alone.


God is with us, hope, encouragement, Not Alone: A Promise for God’s Children, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies