Once upon a time, there lived a little girl who had a big heart and lots of love to give. She lived with her sweet parents, younger brother, and 2 kitties. Her world was her room, which was filled with … Continue reading
Is He? Master of your heart? Fully in control? None of us are perfect in this area. But if you constantly ask Him to guide your thoughts, words, and actions, then He has the job. Master of your heart, that … Continue reading
So, what is the point of life? Why are we here? What is our purpose? I’m asking because I’d really like to know. Do you ever feel as if it just doesn’t matter one bit what we do? We can … Continue reading
Trust in the Lord. You mean trust in my own strength, right? No, trust in the Lord. But I know what I want. Need. So does God. In fact, He knows best. He wants your best, sees your future, and … Continue reading
For the love of God, stop. Stop acting like you can control life. Stop pretending you are actually in control. God is. He is the author of life. He numbers our days. Do you want your numbered days to be … Continue reading
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and hour justice … Continue reading
A gentle reminder from God: I love your children even more than you can possibly imagine. They are mine. I see them. I know them. I know their deepest sorrows and greatest joys. I recognize their desires in life … Continue reading
Sometimes I ask myself what is God doing? Why this or that? We picture life a certain way. Then our picture changes. Why? I remember we’re not supposed to know why yet. We’re not supposed to know all the answers. … Continue reading
Obedience. Completely obeying what you know in your heart should be done. Even if it sounds nuts. If it goes against human logic. Ever pray about something? Yes, I know you have. Your answer comes and shockingly, you don’t like … Continue reading
God is a good, good Father. Love that song. Except something in the song has always bothered me. Is He really perfect in all of His ways? Because when life goes down the toilet, it doesn’t seem so. I become … Continue reading
Ever work yourself into a worried frenzy? Consume your thoughts with worry and then your body simply shuts down? Worst case scenarios play out in your brain and you are completely convinced all heck will break loose? Think about the … Continue reading
Completeness. Perfectly sound. Intact. God promises us His peace. His perfect peace. His shalom. When the waters begin to sway your boat, He is there to speak peace over you. In the stillness of the night, He’s there to cover … Continue reading
Every time a new experience confirms a truth you already know, a layer of trust is laid. Layer upon layer, trust is built over time and these layers cushion us from the blows of life. New relationships create layers of … Continue reading
Life is full of promise. Possibilities are brimming at every turn. Are you cheerfully anticipating God to work in your life, delivering His plan for your days? Or are you planning things yourself and expecting God to work your plan? … Continue reading
God uses us. Little old us. Almighty God wants to use us for His work of bringing everyone into abundant life. To salvation through His Son. Through us. We are part of His plan for the salvation of the world. The … Continue reading
It’s not about me or you. Life. Our lives are not to be lived for us. Really? Really. Jesus is our focus. Our lives should be lived for Him. To realize His purpose. To be used for His glory. Sometimes … Continue reading
Ok God. You can have this area of my life and this one over here, but not that one. My family needs You, but my job is fine. I’m doing fabulous with my job – well, actually my 2 jobs, … Continue reading
Have you ever asked God to spend your time? To fill it with His desires and needs for you? God has fashioned our brains brilliantly. Capable of so much. Sometimes we have many voices, one louder than the next, all … Continue reading
Jesus says to love your enemy. Even people you don’t particularly like. Jesus says to pray for those who persecute you. People you don’t get along with very well. Or who do you harm. Oh, but I’m justified in my … Continue reading
I lifted my tear stained eyes and looked upon my sweet Lord’s face. Compassion dripped from His eyes as He scooped me into His arms. My child, I love you. I cover you this day with My peace. May you … Continue reading
Why do you doubt me? Why do you doubt my love? Why do you doubt my goodness? Why do you doubt my plan for you, my personal love story written just for you? Are you scared? Lonely? Trust me. Completely. … Continue reading
God is here. He is here in my room at this very moment. He knows my heart. He knows my deepest wishes. He sees every corner – the love for my husband and children…the fragile yet strong self-esteem…the hurt He … Continue reading
How often do your prickles erupt? Once in awhile? When life really goes to pot? When you’ve finally had enough? Or too, too often….? Prickles are easy to spot. In fact, one can feel them rising to the surface. They’re … Continue reading
How many burdens do you keep?
How many burdens do you take back after you give them away to God?
When you lay your burden down, giving it to God,
don’t pick it back up.
We are not made to carry them.
We are sheep.
But our Shepherd is made for the job.
He’s willing and happy to do it.
But we have to make a choice.
To lay the burden down.
And leave it at the foot of the cross.
Jesus might not carry it like you think He should.
Don’t ask for it back.
When your mind thinks of that burden, you begin to think of ways to fix it.
That, my friends, is scooping the burden back up.
Every time your thoughts return to that burden, give it back to God.
Thank Him for fixing it for you.
Tell Him you can’t wait to see How he solves it.
He will let you know.
If you instead, keep musing over that issue,
the burden will climb back onto your shoulders.
Worry and fear will once again join you.
Give them to God and stop those thoughts in their tracks.
Smile, knowing God’s in control.
And He has your best in mind.
“Look unto Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God and there is none else.” Isaiah 45:22 Saved, yes, for all of eternity. From the punishment we richly deserve. But I think there’s … Continue reading
To regain. Recover. Exchange. God is our Redeemer. He exchanges our sinful selves for a pure soul worthy of heaven. Nothing we can do on our own merit. It’s through trusting in His saving grace. He redeems our souls, but … Continue reading
Jesus loves me this I know For the Bible tells me so Little ones to Him belong They are weak, but He is strong. Do you know Jesus loves you? Do you really know? He does. With everything He has, … Continue reading
What are yours? Your temptations? Believing the worst about someone because of your own personal wounds? Sneaking off early or wasting time at work because you feel you deserve it? Not correcting the clerk who hands you extra change? Embracing … Continue reading
Are you humbled that God whispers your name? That the Creator of ALL things even notices you? He does more than notice you. He crafted your very existence. He ordains your days. He allows you to experience life as He … Continue reading
When faced with complaining, you have an opportunity to witness God’s power. We cannot behave properly without God, so we must allow Him to work through us. Disgruntled situations provide freedom to let God move. But only if we choose … Continue reading
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Romans 8:11 … Continue reading
“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” 1 John 4:15 If you confess with your lips… If your soul longs for God… If your heart knows it needs to … Continue reading
My dear mother shared this verse with me today: “But none of these things move me….” Acts 20:24 Paul goes on to explain his pristine focus on the mission God had entrusted to him. Earthly things didn’t move him. Including … Continue reading
Who am I to question Almighty God? What gives me that right? His ways are above mine. He holds our future in His capable strong hands. Our job is to trust Him with faith like a child. Oh we can … Continue reading
Choose you this day whom you will serve. Joshua 24:15 Who is your master? Who are you serving? God? The flesh? Christians are quick to say God, of course. We do lots of business in God’s name. And most of … Continue reading
And Peter answered Him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he … Continue reading
Our tongues produce life or death.
Mere words are capable of bringing joy or sorrow, pain or comfort.
Words are quick to come, hard to erase.
They are spoken on a careless whim or calculated with extreme precision.
They can be used to manipulate.
Lies are words.
So is truth.
Words have produced World Wars, convinced sin to enter the world, and elected world leaders.
Words have announced the birth of our Savior and condemned Him to death.
Legal documents are filled with words which determine the course of history.
Our Constitution’s words have formed the basis of our freedom.
Pour words of life into the lives of those you touch.
He has you where He wants you. Jesus. He places us in spots where He can use us. Do you ever wonder why He chose this spot? I do. Sometimes things don’t make sense. Logically. But that’s not our job. … Continue reading
Let not your hearts be troubled…. John 14:1a I find this funny. Funny like haha, yea, right. Oh wait – is God serious? How can I possibly ignore life’s troubles? Well, God didn’t say ignore life’s troubles… Just don’t let … Continue reading
Pulled the chicken out of the oven and assembled the many dinner plates. Peas, macaroni & cheese, and chicken on my blue dishes looked appetizing. As I said out loud to thin air, “Good job, Amy”, I knew at that … Continue reading