Are you raising kids who will be able to stand in hard days?

This remains one of the most shared things I’ve ever written. In these hard days, I felt it important to share again. It’s hard truth, but there is HOPE! —- They are some of the most miserable people I know–young adults who haven’t really picked a side. They try to live in two worlds—the oneContinue reading “Are you raising kids who will be able to stand in hard days?”

These words should never be spoken by a Christian!

“I’m so happy you found your truth”. These words should never be spoken from the mouth of a Christian. There is no “your truth” and “my truth”. Truth is not relative. God forbid that we tell anyone, anywhere, about any subject, that they can find their own personal truth. But that’s just what I’m seeing,Continue reading “These words should never be spoken by a Christian!”

In all the confusion, remember this.

The truth is, we don’t know what to do. This virus has us all struggling. No one has found a solution, and many are divided in all the confusion. We look to the government for answers, and, well, they can’t seem to keep their story straight. Everyone is affected either directly or indirectly by thisContinue reading “In all the confusion, remember this.”

When you just want some PEACE…

It’s a battle for truth out there, and not just about CoVid and vaccines, but even basic things like human sexuality and identity. Truth is being twisted, and manipulated; and it is confusing and discouraging. I used to trust what I heard on the news. Now information is spun so much my head hurts. 😳Continue reading “When you just want some PEACE…”

It’s kind of a weird way to end…

John is about to lay his pen down. The letter is almost over. Once more he will plea to those, who would read his letter, then and now, to know a relationship with the Son of God is possible, and true, and eternal . “And we know that the Son of God has come andContinue reading “It’s kind of a weird way to end…”

So, how can we tell if someone truly loves God?

So how can we tell if someone truly loves God? John tells us they will love others and keep God’s commands. (1 John 4:20-5:3) And, he tells us, the keeping of God’s commandments won’t seem burdensome (5:3). We will have a holy “want-to”. And Jesus told us, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” (RecordedContinue reading “So, how can we tell if someone truly loves God?”

Many believe in a Judgment Day, they just aren’t sure how they will end up being judged.

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment. (1 John 4:17). Love has been perfected in Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus, and only because of Jesus, those who have called on His Name for salvation, can have boldness in the day of judgment. I don’tContinue reading “Many believe in a Judgment Day, they just aren’t sure how they will end up being judged.”

May THIS never be said of me!

John has been talking about antichrists and testing everything and then, says, “Beloved, let us love one another for love is of God.” (1 John 4:7) It’s as if he is saying, regardless of all the other stuff, you still, absolutely, got to, always, no matter what, love one another because “everyone who loves isContinue reading “May THIS never be said of me!”

Can I be okay if others aren’t okay with me?

John’s short letter is full of powerful truth. He has shared God-inspired wisdom about walking away from sin, forgiving others, and accepting God’s forgiveness so we might walk in freedom. John goes on to say, “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God”;(1 John 3:21) While we know we can’tContinue reading “Can I be okay if others aren’t okay with me?”

You can know if you’ve been saved or not.

God is not a god of confusion. I believe He wants to make Himself clear to us. He does not want any of us to be confused as to whether or not we have been saved. God used His servant John to help us know the difference. Let’s read his words: “Everyone who makes aContinue reading “You can know if you’ve been saved or not.”

There will always be things about God I don’t understand.

There will always be things about God that I don’t understand. Things I can’t explain. Right now, in my life, in the lives of those I know and love, there are hard things happening that just don’t make sense to me. I can’t write the devotional and tell you just how God is bringing beautyContinue reading “There will always be things about God I don’t understand.”

Up? Down? Regardless, know this.

John knew those who would read his letter. He knew their varying spiritual states. He knew as we pick up his letter, all these thousands of years later, that we would also find ourselves in different spiritual states. (1 John 2:12-14) And I don’t know about you, but anytime I see a list of categories,Continue reading “Up? Down? Regardless, know this.”

How can you know if you really know Jesus?

The Apostle John told us we can know if we truly know Jesus. He says, “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps HisContinue reading “How can you know if you really know Jesus?”

Do you wonder if Jesus is coming back soon?

Lately, I’ve found myself wondering if Jesus is coming back soon. Have you? Here are some things we know about the Second Coming of Christ— People will be going about their normal day-to-day stuff… getting married, partying, buying and selling, building, and planting gardens. (Luke 17:26-30) Many will reject Jesus. Wickedness will also be acceptedContinue reading “Do you wonder if Jesus is coming back soon?”

Chips, Salsa & a Picture of God

I sat trying to restrain myself from the bowl of chips and salsa when it happened. She poked my arm and looked up at me proclaiming, “THIS is a picture of God.” She was only four then, and proudly held up her crayon drawing– a large squiggly face with two odd-shaped, bulging eyes. Speechless, forContinue reading “Chips, Salsa & a Picture of God”

Why is that brother even in the story?

Have you wondered why the older brother is even in the story? It’s a curious story. A favorite really. If you’ve sat in church or heard a testimony you’re probably familiar with the Parable of the Prodigal Son. For years, I focused on the prodigal and the father running to Him. It’s a beautiful pictureContinue reading “Why is that brother even in the story?”

Do you ever feel like you do more than your fair share?

It had been one of those days. I had worked and worked and felt like others weren’t doing their share. I had been playing the pity party music in my head for quite some time when my mom mentioned that my daddy’s feet were hurting him again. She explained that every morning she washes hisContinue reading “Do you ever feel like you do more than your fair share?”

I needed to remember this again.

I needed to remember this again today. It has to be strange, curious, and honestly, a little absurd, for those who do not fear the Lord, to watch those who do, deal with things like CoVid, and even the craziness of our country, right now. What those, who do not fear the Lord, or perhapsContinue reading “I needed to remember this again.”

Will you be able to stand?

Right now, we are seeing the winds of hard days and our “cancel culture” blowing away those who aren’t planted with deep roots in biblical truth. Psalm 1 compares those who follow God to a strong tree planted by rivers of refreshing water and goes on to say, “The ungodly are not so, but areContinue reading “Will you be able to stand?”

Characteristics of the HAPPY person—

The happy, blessed person does not do some things but does do other things. She does not—Walk in the counsel of the ungodly,Stand in the path of sinnersSit in the seat of the scornful. (Psalms 1:1) The happy person makes a conscious effort about who they hang out with, and who they allow to speakContinue reading “Characteristics of the HAPPY person—”