I often hear Christians (myself included) quote Ephesians 3:20: “Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” It’s a great verse of encouragement when I’m walking through a stormy season. During these hard times I find it’s… Continue reading Is God Enough?
I recently listened to a sermon on John 5:1-18. This is the story of the lame man that has been lying by the pool of Bethesda with numerous other sick people-blind, crippled, paralyzed, etc.-all waiting for the pool to bubble up so that they could get into the waters and potentially be healed. In the… Continue reading Do You Want to be Healed?
I have spent my life reading various stories in the Bible. Stories about Moses, Abraham, David, Joseph…pick one. In each story, God makes his presence known in some way; then a period of time passes before God’s promise comes to fruition. In a matter of minutes, I can read the entire experience. But a lot… Continue reading Life Between the Chapters
Over the past 180 days, I’ve prayed a lot. I tend to spend my time in prayer focused on telling God, reminding God, asking God, pleading with God my needs and desires. Whether I have 5 minutes or 25 minutes, my prayer time has been about me. Over and over, I have failed to remember… Continue reading My Problem With Prayer
Reading God’s promises in the Bible always gives me hope for whatever situation I’m facing. Promises about His forgiveness, blessings, grace, gifts, wisdom…on and on. What I often miss when I read His promises are the ‘ifs, ands, or buts’ that are the key to receiving the promise. Take Matthew 6:31-33: “So do not worry,… Continue reading Know Ifs, Ands, or Buts
Now that I’m in my 40’s, I’ve come to realize I have miscalculated a lot throughout my life. I’ve miscalculated my parenting skills before I became one. I have miscalculated my daily need of having a strong faith walk with God. I have also miscalculated the depth of God’s love for me when I assumed… Continue reading Miscalculations
I wonder how many times our unmet expectations of what we think God WILL do or SHOULD do in a situation leads us astray. How many times did Jesus’s closest friends and family search His face for a sign, any sign, while He was being beaten that God was in control? Did they search the… Continue reading Unmet Expectations
As vital as it is to let your value to God take root in your heart, it’s equally imperative for you to understand WHY you’re so important to God. Yes, God is love, and He sacrificed Himself for you. Yes, you are made in the image of God. Yes, God sent His son to save… Continue reading WHY Am I Valuable?
You, my friend, are valuable. I know you want to argue that statement and tell me if only I knew you better, I’d think differently. You want to tell me all the reasons you are not. If you could, you might share those dark secrets that no one knows about that proves you’re anything but… Continue reading You Are Valuable
I’m judgmental; I admit it. I wish I wasn’t and try not to be, but I am. I wrongly judge other people and place them on my scale of ‘appropriateness’ based on my own life experiences, thoughts or beliefs. Sadly, my judging doesn’t stop there. I judge the people of the Bible and the choices… Continue reading Judging the Rich, Young Ruler