Pop Tarts and the Bible

I have been getting up early and getting in the Word for years. I do it because it helps me. I started sharing what I found as I read because I thought it might help others too. I so appreciate those of you who study with me. And I certainly don’t read to check offContinue reading “Pop Tarts and the Bible”

A couple thoughts on parenting…

Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. (Col 3:20) The Enduring Word commentary says, “Paul has in mind children who are still in their parents’ household and under their authority. For these, they must not only honor their father and mother (as in Ephesians 6:2), but theyContinue reading “A couple thoughts on parenting…”

Often, we won’t see the miracle until we do this…

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.” (Col 3:18) Why didn’t Paul start with the next verse about husbands loving their wives? (Col 3:19) Does he have to be so direct? And aren’t words like “submit” out of style? Can’t we just ignore this? Not only is the call forContinue reading “Often, we won’t see the miracle until we do this…”

If you want your kids to have REAL HOPE, do this…

Strong godly character that brings blessing to both the individual, and the community at large, comes from applying God’s Word to our lives in a way that behavior is impacted. And here’s something to note – in a world where feelings are emphasized over truth, godly characteristics come from the discipline of applying biblical truthContinue reading “If you want your kids to have REAL HOPE, do this…”

Note from Kim

Last week, I shared a post entitled, “Are you hurting?” regarding how my son was dealing with a hurtful situation in a really good way and the lessons God is teaching. I’ve heard from many who found the post specifically helpful in hurts they are going through. However, in the original post, I included aContinue reading “Note from Kim”

Simple way to PEACE

You know, when I think about it, a lot of my walk with Jesus, and learning to trust Him, has been pretty simple. I’d read a verse, then apply it. As I noticed things actually went well as I followed Christ, I’d keep doing this. And, I found myself trusting God more and more asContinue reading “Simple way to PEACE”

Sometimes, I just have to set my Bible study down.

Sometimes I have to set my Bible study down and simply WORSHIP. Oh, I love to learn of Him. But there is a place in my soul overwhelmed by more of Him than words could ever express… head bowed down, hands held high to the MORE THAN I CAN IMAGINE GOODNESS of OUR GOD! IContinue reading “Sometimes, I just have to set my Bible study down.”

Let’s talk about SEX!

Paul has been expressing his love and appreciation of the Thessalonian church and then, BAM!…he starts talking about SEX! (I Thess 4) And as it is today, so it was then, sex can be a stumbling block even for those who love Jesus. Those early believers had stood strong in the face of affliction andContinue reading “Let’s talk about SEX!”

“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”

Want PEACE like a RIVER?

It’s 3am and I’m here thinking there won’t be colonoscopy prep in Heaven! Good grief, this is not fun! But this, is actually a very small problem compared to the trials many in this hard world are walking through. I’m reminded of something God laid on my heart a few years ago as I watchedContinue reading “Want PEACE like a RIVER?”

Sometimes I am called judgmental

I write and talk a lot about following Jesus. His ways aren’t always popular with our world (especially lately 😳). And sometimes I get called judgmental… It’s honestly surprising to me. I guess I’ve always assumed those who are called judgmental would be those who feel superior and believe they, themselves, have done nothing wrong.Continue reading “Sometimes I am called judgmental”

God’s Ways >Culture and the Lightyear Movie

I’m thankful God created us with feelings and opinions, but He never intended for us to be ruled by them, or to walk in the dictates of our own hearts, while forsaking His instruction (Jer 9:13-14). There is an epidemic of this in our culture. We are constantly bombarded by those who trust their feelingsContinue reading “God’s Ways >Culture and the Lightyear Movie”

I almost sent that text…

I almost sent that text.But I deleted it instead. The words I had rehearsed in my mind, didn’t roll off my tongue.I kept my mouth shut. God knows what I had in mind. He knows the old me who could compose a quick, insulting comeback and be proud of the wounding I would inflict. ButContinue reading “I almost sent that text…”

Have you created a god in your own image?

God makes a profound covenantal promise to Jacob in his dream (Gen 28:13-15) and then Jacob makes a conditional vow to God. CONDITIONAL Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing toContinue reading “Have you created a god in your own image?”

You ready to go?

Are you ready to hop on a bumpy, slow-moving camel, to travel 500-900 miles to a place you’ve never been, with a person you just met, to marry a guy you’ve never laid eyes on? As I pick up Genesis again, Abraham has confidently sent his servant to find a wife for his son, Isaac.Continue reading “You ready to go?”

How many celebrate Christmas and miss true HOPE?

How many celebrate the birth of Christ, but still, hold tight to their sin instead of true hope? Of friend, as I look at this world, at the frailty of life highlighted by this pandemic, as I read prophecy, and as I remember the words of our Savior, “ I am coming quickly ”(Rev 22:20),—IContinue reading “How many celebrate Christmas and miss true HOPE?”

Wise Men Still Seek (to follow) Him!

A wise pastor once explained to one of my children that salvation is one big decision to follow Jesus and then lots of daily decisions to keep following Him. To be a Christ-follower, means we no longer go our own way but follow Christ as Almighty God. We are to follow His way (as definedContinue reading “Wise Men Still Seek (to follow) Him!”

In THE PRESENCE of our enemies…

This Thanksgiving week, as I have counted my blessings, I’ve found myself counting something as a blessing I didn’t think I ever would. A couple of years ago, our family faced what felt like a true enemy in another flesh and blood person. It all seemed to begin right after we shared our faith withContinue reading “In THE PRESENCE of our enemies…”

Those who walk in sin, as a lifestyle, better beware!

Now, if I thought myself mature for one moment and not distracted by earthly things (see Friday’s post, Phil 3:19), I only have to read a bit further in Paul’s letter to realize I have a LONG way to go. For when Paul writes, (Jesus) “will transform our lowly body that it may be conformedContinue reading “Those who walk in sin, as a lifestyle, better beware!”

No FEAR!

It is affecting the hearts and minds of many. I’m not saying we should not take this pandemic seriously or take precautions. I’m not saying that at all. What I am seeing though is so incredibly sad, and it breaks my heart. It’s fear without hope. It’s gripping. It’s suffocating. It’s consuming. Many. It’s notContinue reading “No FEAR!”