Caution! This post contains a back to school challenge!As I was preparing for the WMU Alabama State Leaders Conference #ALEquip2019, I asked myself, “What was the one thing that helped grow my faith?” Now, don’t get me wrong I am a believer in deep, corporate Bible study, where we deconstruct scripture and wring every bit of meaning from each word and listening to others … Read More 10 Minute A Day Challenge
I’ve made a commitment to read a little in the gospels every day. The other letters explain well how to live out the power of Christ’s death and resurrection power in our normal Christian lives, but nothing can substitute sitting at Jesus’ feet, observing the way he loves people regardless of the way we treat one another. As I write this Hebrews 12:1-3 comes … Read More Jesus Gives Us Dignity
Many women struggle to believe God loves them for a variety of reasons. You’ve heard the statistic of sexual abuse; 1 in 4 will be sexually abused. For men the numbers are 1 in 7. Nearly 6 out of 10 sexual assaults occur in the victim’s home. 90% of sexually abused children know their abusers. If we include emotional and physical abuse the amount … Read More The Dangers of the Curse
I am thankful that through Jesus Christ, God makes evident His love for the insecure. Abraham, a hero of the faith, a giant of trust, is a complex relatable character, if you don’t skip over his failures to his triumphal faith in God. We know the story. God called Abraham to leave his home country to a foreign land, where he was to be … Read More Jesus loves the Insecure
In this world, we will have troubles. We know it. Jesus told us that we would, so that in Him we will have peace. However, we face every day faith shaking troubles, if we have misplaced hope. My faith began to flourish, when my focus changed from earthly blessings to spiritual blessings in Jesus. I sat down and listed out 30 blessings for which … Read More Faith to Praise
I haven’t blogged a lot lately. Being a freelance writer tests the outer limits of my faith. At the moment I’m not sure if those limits are growing or shrinking. From my point of view everyone would want to paint and write for a living. The paradox is that I am living, just not making the money for the living. In my anxiety, I … Read More His Eye is on the Sparrow
How much thought do you give to your soul? Self-care is really soul-care. Everything in this life will pass away, but our souls will be with Jesus. When we meet Jesus, what condition will our souls be in? Will we continue to beat our souls for past sin that Christ paid for? Will we continue to devalue our souls because someone used us for … Read More Examine Your Uniqueness Before God
Jesus is worthy! The Father glorified His name above all others, Worthy is the Lamb! This morning may we pause and remember Jesus. Jesus, our Good Shepherd, laid down His life for us, in our place, because of what we did. He atoned for our sins, making us right before the Lord by His blood. The use of the word atonement fell out of … Read More Meditations: Atonement
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give … Read More Self-care Vs. Self-indulgence
Suffering, A Pathway to Holiness Upon the mountain we seek, Divine peace and comfortable rest. But, in the valley we must dwell, Where flood and storm keep. Nothing will save us from the test. Through swirling clouds and slanted rain, We must walk. Appearing in the fright of lightning, He came. Our Savior walking by our side. “Suffer with me.” He gently said. “The … Read More Suffering, A Pathway to Holiness
A common struggle we all face is disappointment. From our earliest memories people let us down. Do you know how many birthday, Christmas, and special occasion cards I’ve bought, but didn’t send? I have the best intentions to let the people I love know how much I love them, and for some reason getting a stamp and walking to the mailbox is too hard … Read More Meditations: God is trustworthy.
Self-care September… Yes, please. For most of my life I have tried to live as if I had no needs. I am strong, independent, and I can do it all myself. To have a need that we can’t fulfill ourselves opens us for someone to harm us or reject us. We must trust someone. These are scary things for some of us. So, we … Read More Self-care September… Yes, please.