Remember what He has done so you can keep walking forward.

When we remember God’s faithfulness in the past, it encourages us to walk forward in the hard things we face today. Peter reminds us in his letter that the prophets of old had spent their lives searching carefully for the salvation and that it had come through Jesus— just like God said it would. (1Continue reading “Remember what He has done so you can keep walking forward.”

Things to remember as you long for victory…

What’s your “this”? As Paul famously sat imprisoned for the faith, he knew “this” would turn out for his deliverance through prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:19). He needed prayer and he needed the Holy Spirit to earnestly hope he wouldn’t be ashamed, but that Christ would be magnifiedContinue reading “Things to remember as you long for victory…”

Worldview Matters – Beware of these things!

Worldview MattersGuest Post by Holly RoePart 2 of a 3 Part series (see yesterday’s post) We are increasingly seeing “progressive”church leaders and influencers promoting human reasoning that questions the authority of God’s Word and the historic understanding of scripture. (Do you see it?) They are driven by self-interest, self-gratification and their messages are often accompaniedContinue reading “Worldview Matters – Beware of these things!”

“No matter what comes” PEACE

Is life hard right now? Are you suffering? Oh friend, hold on. If you think about it, I bet you know others, who have suffered deeply, who will tell you that suffering was the very thing that taught them greater obedience and trust in Jesus. And even Jesus, “though He was a Son, yet HeContinue reading ““No matter what comes” PEACE”

Be Refreshed in this—

I’ve watched him In the mornings for nearly twenty-five years. He opens his Bible. He bows his head and closes his eyes. I know my husband is praying for the Lord to speak to him. And this morning, as I read Psalms 1, the wisdom of this is not lost on me— “Blessed is theContinue reading “Be Refreshed in this—”

How can we tell if someone 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 “How can we tell if someone loves God?”

DEMONS in the house VERSUS true PEACE

For years, I had read this somewhat strange passage and wondered what it meant— “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it swept and putContinue reading “DEMONS in the house VERSUS true PEACE”

My quiet time hasn’t been so good…

Can I be honest? My quiet time hasn’t been so quiet lately. I’ve felt distracted. Worried. Hurried. I’ve noticed my soul needs refreshing. Again. (Yes, this has happened more than once, and yes, I think it happens to many of us who love Jesus) Anyways, when this “dry spell” happened before, I bought myself aContinue reading “My quiet time hasn’t been so good…”

The world is hard. The Bible is God-breathed to help us.

Even when Jesus walked the earth, there were those who pretended to be righteous. They wanted to deliver Him to the power and authority of the governor. They wanted to catch Him in something so the government could contain, control, and ultimately condemn Him. But He perceived their craftiness (Luke 20:23). And so should we!Continue reading “The world is hard. The Bible is God-breathed to help us.”

This world is hard but we still have SUCH HOPE!

As I mentioned before, I come from a long line of professional worriers; and with the world as it is -moral decay, economic decline, rumors of food shortages, school shootings, international unrest, and a giant lack of leadership, it doesn’t take any of us very long to find something to worry about! But my eyesContinue reading “This world is hard but we still have SUCH HOPE!”

No matter what…keep going to the ROCK

I’ve watched him In the mornings for over twenty years. He opens his Bible. He bows his head and closes his eyes. I know my husband is praying for the Lord to speak to him. And this morning, as I read Psalms 1, the wisdom of this is not lost on me— “Blessed is theContinue reading “No matter what…keep going to the ROCK”

“Momma, you GRUMPY”

In the years after my first husband took his life, I began to heal. Good days were still coupled with days when I just wanted to cry. And sometimes a good, snot-making cry seemed to help. I tried to hide my tears from my boys, but sometimes their sweet little hugs would bring on moreContinue reading ““Momma, you GRUMPY””

Don’t put ANYONE on a Pedestal

I’m not sure if anything comes as close to rattling my faith as when people, I thought godly, walk away from Jesus and do ungodly things. This was exactly what was happening in the church in Corinth. We see it today as some continue to choose the praise of men and compromise with the worldContinue reading “Don’t put ANYONE on a Pedestal”

Questions and Keeping On

As I open my Bible to Genesis 25, I don’t get very far into the passage before I’m a little shocked. Isaac is married. Abraham takes another wife, in his old age and has more children (that’s a little shocking!) but what really shocked me, is that after Abraham dies, Isaac AND ISHMAEL bury him.Continue reading “Questions and Keeping On”

Does this beautiful thing ever happen to you?

It still amazes me when I come across a passage of Scripture that seems to flash like a neon sign. Though the words have been there for thousands of years, sometimes, they seem beautifully brand new. I’ve even smiled a little bit in my prayers, saying, “God, did you just put that there?” His WordContinue reading “Does this beautiful thing ever happen to you?”

You know HE knows what you may think is too hard for Him, right?

You realize, The Almighty God (El Shaddai) , the God Who Sees (El- Roi) knows our doubts and our worries. God knows what it is we think is too hard for Him. Here’s one reason we can know this— In Genesis 17, God makes the covenant with Abram to multiply him exceedingly and give himContinue reading “You know HE knows what you may think is too hard for Him, right?”

THIS should change us!

God reveals Himself to us through the rich pages of His Word and not only in the New Testament. Right after God reveals Himself as El-Roi (the God Who Sees, Genesis 16), God appears to Abram and tells him He is Almighty God (El Shaddai, Genesis 17). Let that soak in- the God Who SeesContinue reading “THIS should change us!”

So often, God comforts us with His Word.

So often, when I’m struggling with hard things in this life, God will remind me of something from His Word. I guess this is why I’m so passionate that we should seek Him daily through our Bibles. You know, when we suffer through hard days, as many are seeing right now, it is easy toContinue reading “So often, God comforts us with His Word.”

The Year of the LIE!

As we often do, my husband and I talk as we are brushing our teeth before bed. It’s silly really. Our sentences are humorously interrupted as we pause to spit, but we’ve carried on like this for years. Last night’s conversation turned to the recent headlines, and we quipped that this year has felt likeContinue reading “The Year of the LIE!”

Need a little peace? Focus on this!

Has a verse ever just “jumped out” at you? Perhaps a portion, or all of it, seemed “new” in some way? Luke 12:29-31 says, “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and yourContinue reading “Need a little peace? Focus on this!”