Change Is In The Air

Change Is In The Air

God Is On Our Side and Fights Our Battles For Us

God Is On Our Side and Fights Our Battles For Us

 Colossians 2:15 (NKJV)  “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”  Most, if not all of you, have seen pictures of slaves shackled and chained. And no doubt your heart went out to them. Now, imagine Lucifer bound in chains, tattered, bleeding, and defeated ambling behind […]

The Myth of Doing It All

The Myth of Doing It All

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 This was one of the first Bible verses I ever memorized. It was a heady verse for someone like me. Someone who loves to say yes for two reasons— the sheer joy of being involved and the fear others wouldn’t like me if […]

Which Is Easier

Which Is Easier

When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven” (Luke 5:20 NIV).   I wonder what the paralytic man on the mat thought when he heard these most likely unexpected words. Perhaps he thought, “Well, thanks, Lord, but I still would like to walk.” Hearing this pronouncement may have been enough of […]

Living in the Spirit

Living in the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit sound so simple in concept: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22). Yet achieving these qualities and walking in them daily is quite another matter. It’s easy to experience peace when life goes smoothly, but a much greater challenge to exude when your doctor shares unwanted […]

Is God Holding Out On Me?

Is God Holding Out On Me?

We all may have asked this question, especially when there is something that we really want or need and God doesn’t seem to be coming through for us.  God has the power to provide so why doesn’t He just give us the thing we’re hoping or praying for?  If we’re not careful, our thoughts might […]

Am I Fearful or Am I Trusting?

Am I Fearful or Am I Trusting?

I’m not struggling with fear. I wouldn’t call it that. It’s more of an uncertainty about the future. I’m not really sure where things are headed. When you come right down to it, maybe I’m not trusting God. There’s an adventure I’m embarking on. I’ve made a commitment of time, effort and money that I’m […]

Refocusing My Life

Refocusing My Life

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 Listening?

Am I Listening?

Am I Listening? By Linda Wood Rondeau   She tried to explain to her teenage son why he shouldn’t keep looking at his phone while his mother was talking to him. He continued working his phone. In exasperation, she lifted his chin. “Didn’t you hear me?”He said in a respectful tone, “I heard you. I […]

What Does It Really Mean To “Receive” Jesus?

What Does It Really Mean To “Receive” Jesus?

When I was a little girl, I attended an after school Bible club across the street.  One day, as the program was ending, the leader told all of the kids to line up to pray with her and ask Jesus into our hearts.  Since it appeared that we weren’t going to go home for dinner […]

The Legacy of Forgiveness

The Legacy of Forgiveness

There’s a story in 2 Chronicles 24 about a godly priest named Jehoiada. He spearheaded the restoration of the temple and kept King Joash on the straight and narrow way. However, when Jehoiada died, King Joash was influenced by his officials and led astray. He abandoned the temple and was unfaithful to the Lord. The […]

God Knows Our Hearts

God Knows Our Hearts

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your […]

Have You Ever Felt Duct-Taped?

Have You Ever Felt Duct-Taped?

One of my associates where I work part-time had me laughing tears when she told me about her 8 and 9-year-olds duct-taping her 2-year-old to a chair. The older siblings were playing monopoly and their younger brother kept taking their tokens (the pieces they use to move around the board). They told him to leave them alone, […]

The Size of My Prayer Requests

The Size of My Prayer Requests

“The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. Zephaniah 3:17 For many years, I prayed and spoke through wall built on a lie. I used to categorize my requests […]

Beyond the World’s Best Chess Master

Beyond the World’s Best Chess Master

I know how to play chess. Which means I understand the objective, I know how the pieces move around the board, and I’m lucky if I can see two moves ahead in the game. Any strategy I devise is usually thwarted by an unexpected move from my opponent. I am not a chess master. People […]

Love Like a Hurricane

Love Like a Hurricane

I did a double take when the worship team sang, “Oh How He Loves Us.” A beautifully written song, I wondered at the line that likened God’s love to a hurricane. Really? Isn’t a hurricane destructive? How could this be true? I believe that God’s justice is like a mighty wind. He is sovereign, and […]

Praying with Perspective

Praying with Perspective

“Please heal my loved one, Lord!” I prayed…for probably the 300th time in my life.  The healing that I desired for this person was just not being given by my gracious Father, and I was aching inside as years passed and no change came for them.  I was journaling about how difficult it was for […]

Faith as Small as a Grain of Mustard Seed

Faith as Small as a Grain of Mustard Seed

  Most, if not all of us, have heard or read the statement below spoken by Jesus to His Apostles. He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. Luke 17:6 (NIV) The […]