Sometimes anxiety gets the best of me. I have to breath deep, and say to myself, “Just hold it together!” But, it never works! Well, maybe for a day or two, it helps, but then, I am right back in the same anxiety ridden mess, crying for someone to save me, again. All the while, my Bible sits right there with this treasure. Colossians … Read More He Holds Me Together
Colossians was a pivotal book in my growth as a new believer. The following is a snippet of my testimony. Maybe one day I will be brave enough to share all of my messy life. My life demonstrates what Paul writes in 1 Timothy 1:15-16 “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—and I am the worst of them. But I received mercy … Read More Black Eyes And Faith
Monday rolls around, and instead of refreshed from a Sunday rest, we drag ourselves into the work week. This morning, I woke up reminded that the Savior I know commands the storms of my life. Storms train me in patience. Storms coach me in perseverance. Storms drill me for long-suffering. Storms hone my mercy for others and myself. Storms educate me in compassion. Storms … Read More Monday with a chance of rain
Horoscopes, mysticism, Chinese fortune cookies, yoga, and New Age influenced philosophies… Can we use them to advance our knowledge? Can we adopt the good, motivational parts of the world to under-gird our faith in Jesus? Is there any room for an overwhelming emotional experience that forces an involuntary response to strengthen our faith? A popular devotional writer wrote her salvation experience this way, “Suddenly … Read More Rooted: A Study of Colossians
“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14 Something changed in her, an innocence lost. As she looked out, the world seemed to be losing color, so she hung her head. The ground seemed to be shaking. She looked around. No one else seemed to notice. To her terror, she realized, she alone felt the tremors of … Read More Be Light
Chosen! “Not You” these two words would slash and dice my self-image over and over as a child as an adult as a wife as a mother as a friend. Come to think about it, there isn’t a situation that I can think of that these two words weren’t said to me. Once, I was invited to a birthday party so that a girl, … Read More Not Loved, Not my People
The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.” Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word.” Matthew 19:10-11 Jesus set a higher standard for us than we are able to live out, and He was far more divisive than Christians want to admit sometimes. He reserved his harshest words for … Read More You can’t have my sugar.
John 10:10-11 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” The struggles in this life stress our ability to think rationally and clearly. We compound this stress with the cloud of sin, and … Read More Banishing My Inner Negative Voice
Someone needs another sneak peek at the devotional I’m writing about learning to rest, Whispers of Rest in the Storm. Day 23 Rest in the Love of Christ Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were sinners, Christ died for us. What beautiful words! God demonstrated His love. When my son died, I hurt so much I … Read More God Loves You!
Here’s a second sneak peek at Whispers of Rest in the Storm. Day 10 Rest in Repentance Isaiah 30:15 “…In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…” Repentance is not a onetime event. 1 John 1:8 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, … Read More Is God for You?
I’m writing a devotional about learning to rest. God calls us to rest in Him, but what does that mean and how do we do it? I have learned that learning to rest in God takes work. It doesn’t happen naturally . I’m giving you a sneak peek at the devotional today. Day 1 Rest in a Prayer for Renewal Colossians 1:9-14 “We are … Read More Learning to Rest is Work.
You are beautiful! You are. Woman is. We were designed for beauty! Although context matters, 1 Corinthians 11:7 speaks to this. Yes, this is a problematic verse, and I will dive into that a bit. Hopefully, clarifying a few things for women who need to hear of their beauty. “ A man, in fact, should not cover his head, because he is God’s image and … Read More He’s prettier than I