I'm studying through Genesis again and once again I've been captivated by the unfolding of His word. I've read the account of Leah countless times and missed it every time, that is until this morning. The Holy Spirit turned it as a precious gem revealing yet another facet. Jacob has just worked seven years to earn … Continue reading Perseverance and Redemption
After a lengthy sabbatical from blogging my quiet times, I'm compelled to blog this morning's. I'm in Acts now, taking a break from my Old Testament study and journeying through the New Testament once again for the past few months. This morning I'm in Chapter 5, I was so stirred by the familiar words of verse … Continue reading Counted Worthy
This is neither intended to persuade nor ignite heated debate; it is purely a brief statement of my beliefs for those who have asked. Disclaimers in place, here it goes…
God has us here for such a time as this. He has a plan, and divine appointments for us, if only we will seek Him and His will (Epheisans 5:15-17). Ours may not be a royal position or the dramatic saving of lives, but it will undoubtedly be for His glory.
Thankfully I'm not who I was 20 years ago, 20 months ago, or even 20 days ago. He is daily teaching, leading and transforming me into who He wants me to be. If you are my brother or sister in Christ, I know the same is true of you.
How I long to be that tree planted by the streams. You can just see the roots deeply running and feeding from the life giving water. I envision those roots clinging to the surrounding soil, gripping it and preventing erosion as the storms blow through. Not only do they hang on to the rich soil for its own nourishment, but they keep the soil stable for the saplings about it to grow and develop their own roots.
The past several weeks I've been trying to impress upon my children the importance of the words we speak. I long for them to speak words of kindness to one another, rather than belittling and discouraging words. I've repeatedly quoted Ephesians 4:29 to them, and have instructed them to memorize it as well: Do not … Continue reading Extinguish this fire…
For those of us who wrestle with guilt, it's easy to become hopeless at times. Looking back across the spectrum of mistakes in the past can be crippling. We see others around us who appear to have it all together, and we may even be tempted to give up. I have a message of hope to share. I'd … Continue reading A Message of Hope
I was recently stricken once again by that old familiar feeling. I'm ashamed to admit it, but pride has been a recurring sin in my life. When I least expect it, it sneaks in and grabs hold of me once again. I'm disgusted to learn I'm even capable of developing pride in the thought that I might be obtaining some degree of … Continue reading That old familiar feeling
Studying the story of Joash in 2 Chronicles today, the Lord impressed upon me the importance of never ceasing to pray that my children will wholeheartedly seek Him. It would be easy after they make a profession of faith, and seem to be bearing fruit, to assume they are "safe" and let our prayers for their wholehearted … Continue reading Give Them a Heart for You