Sep 21, 2019

Pluck Their Eyes Out

I am reading a book by Ted Dekker called Rise of the Mystics, the second of a 2-part series. Today I pondered something I read as I looked at the peaceful beauty of God's creation.

Aug 31, 2019

Only Jesus

The past few weeks have been busy and challenging, both at work and at home. I've been battling self-pity, pride, hurt, anger, resentment. Losing at times, barely getting by at others.

Aug 24, 2019

Confidence

This week I struggled to put into words all that God has done in me, and how much He's changed me. I wrote about it in yesterday's blog I Have No Words.

Aug 23, 2019

I Have No Words


Do you ever wake up dumbfounded and amazed at how much God has changed you?

Aug 17, 2019

The Turtle

Yesterday on the way to work, I saw something in the road ahead. As I got closer, I realized it was a small turtle - right in the middle of my lane. I easily drove by without hitting it.

Aug 13, 2019

Lessons from Johanan


This week I opened my Bible randomly to Jeremiah 50. A reference to one of the verses led me back to Jeremiah 40, and I started reading about Gedeliah, Ishmael, and Johanan. Interesting story. With focus on the character of Johanan, a military leader, here is a brief synopsis of Jeremiah 40-43.

Aug 5, 2019

Friendship


The other day as I drove into work, I pondered how incredibly blessed I am to have such wonderful and diverse friends. 

Aug 2, 2019

Words we Carry, Part 2


We often use words carelessly, or out of habit, without thinking about what we’re really saying. Over time, the words become burdens we carry as we either try to live up to them or give in to their lies. In this second part of a 2-part blog (read part 1), I’ll share two phrases that keep us trapped in a victim mindset.

Jul 31, 2019

Words We Carry, Part 1


We often use words carelessly, or out of habit, without thinking about what we’re really saying. Over time, the words become burdens we carry as we either try to live up to them or give in to their lies. In this 2-part blog, I’ll share what God recently showed me about a few frequently used words and phrases that are particularly destructive to us and to others.

Jul 29, 2019

MultiColor Monday: Christian Music

Multicolor Monday: Sharing exhortation and inspiration from other members of the body of Christ, that we may all benefit from the gifts God has given them. (Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12)

Around 2AM this morning I woke up with a worship song playing gently in my mind. Busy and tumbling words about what my work day might be like and all I had to do threatened to overpower the song.

Jul 27, 2019

Progress


Last week I talked with a friend who struggled with a sense that she was not making the progress she should be in her faith journey. Something happened at work that triggered an old familiar response in her emotions – one she felt she should not be having any more.

Jul 24, 2019

Beauty of God's Creation

"Oh my, it is so beautiful! Thank you, God, for this tree, you are so amazing!"

That's me when I see a mimosa tree. 

Jul 22, 2019

MultiColor Monday: Waiting

Multicolor Monday: Sharing exhortation and inspiration from other members of the body of Christ, that we may all benefit from the gifts God has given them. (Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12)

Waiting.

A word that's about as popular as "patience".

Jul 19, 2019

What Are You Planting?

Sometimes working out our salvation (growing in faith) is like gardening in hard, rocky soil. It takes investment of time, energy, perseverance, and a boatload of sweat. Fruitful gardening takes work!

Jul 15, 2019

Multicolor Monday: Holiness


Multicolor Monday: Sharing exhortation and inspiration from other members of the body of Christ, that we may all benefit from the gifts God has given them. (Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12)
When you hear the word “holiness”, do you picture a somber-looking individual with their hands folded in prayer? For a long time, that was one of my go-to pictures…along with words like aloof, impossible to attain, boring, and very religious.

Jul 12, 2019

Productive vs. Fruitful

This morning during my quiet time, I felt weary. Work has been busy, schedule is full, time is flying by. All is well – I love my job, the scheduled activities are fun, and I am healthy. 

Yet I’m weary. 

Jul 10, 2019

Run for the Prize


I read a verse today in 1 Corinthians that jumped out at me:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize (1 Cor 9:24, NIV, emphasis mine)

Jul 8, 2019

Perpetual Dawn


Over three years ago the Lord gave me this insight about the perpetual dawn I camped out in. I couldn’t write it down because I was driving, so I dictated it into the Notes app on my phone.

Saturday I found it when searching for something else. His timing is amazing…and I am now cutting the weeds away from my campsite.

Jul 5, 2019

Where's the Fruit?

Yesterday I had breakfast with a dear friend of mine. We talked about the Lord’s activity in our lives, sharing joys and struggles in our journeys. She passed along an interesting challenge she received:

May 24, 2019

Don't Give Up!


This morning I wanted to read something in the Bible but didn't know what I needed. So I did the age-old "Bible roulette": closed my eyes, opened the Bible, put my finger on a verse.

Then panic struck the whole army—those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties—and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.  1 Samuel 14:15, NIV, emphasis mine 

May 7, 2019

Can We Forgive Without Forgetting?

This morning I pondered forgiveness. More specifically, the difference between God's forgiveness of us and our forgiveness of each other.