You Gotta Go Deep to Stay Strong

You Gotta Go Deep to Stay Strong

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:3 In years past, we’ve been fortunate to spend the week of Thanksgiving at the beach. We rented a house right on the water and all our […]

A Stone’s Throw From Grace

A Stone’s Throw From Grace

When they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, “The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7 Imagine with me the scene that day. A woman has been caught in the act of adultery. In biblical times, it’s a crime punishable […]

Persistent Patience

Persistent Patience

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Ps 37:7  I heard this phrase several years ago and it stuck with me. Patience, to me, has always seemed like a passive endeavor. Truthfully I equated times of […]

Why I Changed My Please to Thanksgiving

Why I Changed My Please to Thanksgiving

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12 We live in the midst of a material world. Everywhere […]

Is It Time for a Life Reboot?

Is It Time for a Life Reboot?

A few years ago, I came to the point of a computer crisis. My current computer became a serious source of irritation in my life. Not just the ordinary, I-hate-technology moments we all have, but a big I’m-going-to-have-to-wipe-the-hard-drive-and-start-over sort of situation. To be fair, it wasn’t even a real computer, it was a netbook. I’d […]

The Hands of Jesus

The Hands of Jesus

When I think of Jesus, the image that comes to mind is often hands. I see them as he ministered and as He sacrificed everything for us through His death on the cross. But as I reflect on those precious hands, I realize the story of our Savior’s hands begin much earlier. I believe we […]

Getting My Focus Back in Line with God

Getting My Focus Back in Line with God

You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; You are not pleased with a burnt offering. Psalm 51:16 I don’t know about you, but I’m a doer. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to help myself. And while I have made some improvement over the years, unless I’m really […]

Am I Skydiving or Flying

Am I Skydiving or Flying

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, Ephesians 3:20 Sometimes (more often than not) I get caught up in the process of life. I’m an analytical sort of person, and I’m definitely a planner. With every […]

Spiritual Fitness Tracker

Spiritual Fitness Tracker

Everywhere we turn fitness is all the rage. And the newest twist on the trend—keeping track of our personal fitness. We’re wearing jewelry that tracks our steps, our heart rate, and even how many stairs we climb. Beyond that, it reminds us when we need to exercise or at least get up and move. Thinking […]

Guilt or Grace?

Guilt or Grace?

So now, those who are in Christ Jesus are not judged guilty. Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit that brings life made you free from the law that brings sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 It had happened…again. I’d sworn it wouldn’t happen, but it had. And I’d made the promise just last week. […]

Is It Baggage or Luggage?

Is It Baggage or Luggage?

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 This past year was […]

Watch Your Language—Don’t Despise What God Esteems

Watch Your Language—Don’t Despise What God Esteems

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24 I love words. I take joy in reading a book where the author transports me to another place. I love movies and plays where the dialogue pierces my heart with healing truth. Most of all, I love it […]

Living an Unfiltered Life

Living an Unfiltered Life

I’m an amateur photographer and love all the creative things I can do online with the images I share. When I first began experimenting with my photos, I got a little wild with all the different effects. By adding different filters, I could completely change the look of a picture. Where once an image was […]

The Freedom of Transparency

The Freedom of Transparency

The past few years I’ve had a lot more opportunities to share God’s love in public settings…to a lot of people at once…from a stage. As a believer, you might assume that’s a good thing. It probably should be, except for one thing—it’s way out of my comfort zone. As a matter of fact, if […]

The Post of Ambassador

The Post of Ambassador

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. 2 Corinthians 5:20 I’m constantly amazed at how God chooses to use me in the work He’s doing in this world. It’s humbling and terrifying at the same time. I’ve been looking at this verse, trying to wrap my mind around what […]

Finding True Balance

Finding True Balance

Everywhere we turn we’re being urged to find balance. In advertising we’re given soothing images of  candles, yoga, exercise, places to get away, etc. etc. etc. But I’ve recently begun to ask myself if that is really what living a balanced life is all about. And I’ve come to a startling revelation. A balanced life […]

She Has Her Father’s Eyes

She Has Her Father’s Eyes

Father’s Day is bittersweet for me this year. It’s the first year I’ve been through this holiday without my dad. I miss him a lot, but one of the things I love is to be told that I resemble him in some way. When he was alive, he loved for people to draw comparisons between us. […]

God Uses the Seeds of Failure to Grow Fruit

God Uses the Seeds of Failure to Grow Fruit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… Galatians 5:22-23 For me, this verse is tough. Some of the things listed are easy. Some…well…not so much. In my travels this year, I’ve had the opportunity to hear about the spiritual journeys of others. I noticed most of us have […]