I have a special treat for you today. I chose a poem instead of a post. Honestly, I’m not really one for poetry, but this one was different. Not only was it written in 5 minutes flat, but it echoes a unique message I first learned from a piece of classic literature.[Read more…] about Designed To Reflect God’s Glory, Grace & Truth
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.John 14:13-14 NIV
“God, your word says we can ask for anything in Jesus’ name and for Your glory. I can’t see it yet, but I’m coming to you in His name, with faith and trust in Your promises that it will come to pass, so I thank you now Father, for answering my prayer…”
Have you ever prayed like this, only to feel disappointed and betrayed?[Read more…] about What Is God’s Will?
“Probably benign” the letter said. And yes—it was in bold font—as though the physician wanted to be certain I didn’t miss the uncertainty in my ultrasound results. The letter continued, “Further evaluation is needed in 6 months to monitor…”
I scolded the innocent messenger, “That’s wonderful! Thank you for that!”[Read more…] about What If You Rest in Jesus, Grace & Truth
Have you signed up for your Bible-reading plan for 2021? Nearly every ministry organization offers a ready-made plan all wrapped up with goodies like scripture cards, study groups, printables, and journaling prompts. With so many options, you’ll certainly find something you like.
So how are you planning to get from Genesis to Revelation in 2021?
On December 30, 2019, I committed to reading the Bible in a year. As I write, it’s Monday, January 19, 2021, and I hope to start the Book of Acts this week.[Read more…] about Bible Reading Plans, Grace & Truth
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.Proverbs 15:1 NIV
The day after the Capitol was invaded, I saw an image of politically-motivated expletives spray-painted 10-feet high in neon orange on the brick exterior of a local church. Naturally, the Christian community was outraged.
I was angry and disgusted, not only about the vandalism, but also to see fellow believers expressing their anger condemning the vandals with the very same four-letter word screaming from the church building.
In disbelief, I yelled “Good Grief, what is wrong with people! How can they call themselves Christians and use the same vulgar language as the criminals? That just makes us all look like jerks!”
As soon as the words left my lips, the Holy Spirit whispered, “How was your reaction any different?”[Read more…] about How to Handle Righteous Anger
Last week I received an email from a Muslim asking me for more information about Christianity. Not wanting to waste such a precious opportunity, I carefully crafted my response in prayer for two days before I
And my reply may or may not have been inspired by today’s featured post.[Read more…] about My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation, Grace & Truth
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.Matthew 1:23
This verse takes my breath away every time I hear or read it. As though I didn’t know what was coming, those last three words leave me a bit stunned.
God with us.[Read more…] about God With Us, Grace & Truth
My heart ached every time Heather talked about falling behind because of the chronic migraine. I’ve been there, and I wanted so much take some of the pain away for her. So I offered to help. She’s a tough woman, so it wasn’t until after I offered a few more times, that she told me what was most important to her.
I know, shocker, right…
My first duties as Heather’s happy little minion started in May 2019 as Prayer Team Liaison. Every month I post in our Candid Gals Facebook group asking the girls for their prayer requests. Then I compile all of them into an email for our prayer team.[Read more…] about 6 Blessings of Being in a Prayer Group
Mary was seeking Jesus…
And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”Luke 2:49 NKJV
The Passover Festival was so busy! So many people, so much going on.
Mary had only taken her sight off Jesus for a few moments. Then suddenly she realized He was gone![Read more…] about Seeking Jesus: A Candid Moment
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”Job 1:21
The Book of Job used to confuse me until I read it alongside other women in Heather’s Facebook group Reading the Bible Chronologically. My confusion always began in chapter 1, right around the part where Job loses all of his wealth and his children, and the first thing he says is “May the name of the Lord be praised.”
Stories of people praising God in their greatest moments of tragedy have always made me wince, a little nauseous even.
Until I praised and thanked Jesus during radiation.[Read more…] about Grace & Truth – The Sacrifice of Praise