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Reading through Romans: Week 1

Hey Ladies! As promised in my previous post, this is the first of eight weeks you and I will be going through the book of Romans together! These are some of my most cherished verses of Scripture as God use them to grow my affinity for Him by about a hundred fold. In...

How to Study your Bible

Every now and then my husband and I get a chance to sleep in until we decide to get up. As young marrieds without kiddos, we cherish the time to just lay in bed as long as God gives that to us. The time before little ones appear at the foot of our bed. On these days,...

Here’s to New Beginnings

Well hello, my friend. It's been a while, hasn't it? I am writing to you to update you on what has been going on in my life and give you some exciting news about the future of this space. To make a long story very short, God has been doing a huge work in me in the...

Deny Your Accuser.

I sat against the black fabric of the chairs at church, pen dead still as my pastor asked us about our obedience. I closed my eyes, knowing my secret answer. Are you being obedient? It is not a question with pretty wording. It does not sound like it will make any kind...

An Anthem Worth Falling For

Earlier this week, Austin and I were listening to worship music when the following lyrics caught my attention: "This will be my anthem song: Jesus we love you, oh how we love you. You are the one our hearts adore." You can probably guess that it was the word "anthem"...

Jesus, Calm My Storm

Everywhere we look these days we are getting news of storms. Whether it is a physical storm like Hurricane Harvey or Irma or the sudden passing of a family member or just feeling like we cannot catch up with our schedules, As the season of fall approaches, I can't...

Dear White Christian

Dear white Christian, I am you. I am overwhelmingly and uncomfortably aware right now that racism is still alive and well in our country. Yet I have not always been this way. If you haven’t perused this blog, you may not know that I have been married to a black man...

August 5: Entrusted

This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, (1 Timothy...

August 4: Decreased

"He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30 ESV) I love the simplicity of this verse. Seven small words. One simple concept--so it seems. While we say these words with all of the confidence in the world that we know exactly how to implement them, I believe...

August 3: Sovereignty over Authority

But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself. (Daniel 1:8 ESV) I find myself in continual frustration toward our nations...

August 2: My Ways

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:2-3 ESV) I have a bad reputation in my family for always needing to be right. When I am convinced of...

August 1: Dwelling Place

Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. (Psalm 91:9-10 ESV) When I read the words "dwelling place" the first thing that comes to my mind is my home. It's...

July 31: Favor

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands! (Psalm 90:17 ESV) What do you think of when you consider the favor of the Lord? Is it money? Fame? Maybe it is just a healthy family or to...

July 27: Idleness

Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. (2 Thessalonians 3:6 ESV) Yesterday, I sat around with a new group of...

July 24: And They Followed

And he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.   (John 1:36-37) Have you ever placed yourself in the shoes of the apostles? Let's say you're at work or school or just out...

July 23: Kingdom Lens

And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east. And the sound of his coming was like the sound of many waters, and the earth shone with his glory. (Ezekiel 43:2) I am consistently the WORST at making decisions. Whether it is deciding what I want...

July 22: Choose who Approves

Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge. (Proverbs 14:7 ESV) Of all the little sayings that are stereotypical of moms, the one that has proven to be one of the most necessary in my own life is choose your friends. Like anything with...

July 21: Satisfied in the Morning

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. (Psalm 90:14 ESV) My favorite place in the world is nature in the morning. I love to hear waves crashing and dolphins jumping and feel sand between my toes as I look onto...

July 20: Provision

And the king commanded all the people, "Keep the Passover to the LORD your God, as it is written in this Book of the Covenant." For no such Passover had been kept since the days of the judges who judged Israel, or during all the days of the kings of Israel or of the...

July 19: Sabbath

Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the LORD in all your dwelling places. (Leviticus 23:3 ESV) Sabbath has meant a lot of things to a lot of people over the...

July 18: Sibling Kind of Love

Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, (1 Thessalonians 4:9 ESV) Hey, friends! If you haven't noticed, I've been off the grid for the last couple of weeks. My man and I...

July 6: False Gospels

Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Because you have uttered falsehood and seen lying visions, therefore behold, I am against you, declares the Lord GOD. My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and who give lying divinations. They shall not be in the...

July 5: To Hate

The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil... (Proverbs 8:13 ESV) Yesterday in our reading plan, we discussed the fear of the Lord as the best thing we can possess. Well, apparently He wanted us to keep going on that theme because this small, powerful phrase can be found...

July 4: To Fear

But you, you are to be feared! Who can stand before you when once your anger is roused? (Psalm 76:7 ESV) Yesterday, Austin and I browsed the medicine aisle at Petco in search of calming aid for our dog. With Independence Day upon us, there will be a lot of riding in...

July 3: Undeserved

Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, O my enemy?” He answered, “I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the LORD. (1 Kings 21:20 ESV) Let me give you some context for this verse. Ahab was the seventh king of Israel, and...

July 1: Relationships Like Jesus

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:5-7)...

June 30: Healing

And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your disability." And he laid his hands on...

June 29: I Am Israel

You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you at the border of Israel, and you shall know that I am the LORD. This city shall not be your cauldron, nor shall you be the meat in the midst of it. I will judge you at the border of Israel, and you shall know that I am the...

Hurry Up and Rest: A Four Day Challenge

Wake up. Make coffee. Drink coffee. Put on clothes. Go to the gym. Come back. Shower. Get ready for work. Take the dog out. Go to work. Work, work, work. Drive home. Gather dirty clothes. Do laundry. Cook dinner. Eat dinner. Switch clothes. Watch weeknight drama. Fold...

June 28: Naturally Sinful

My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge. (Proverbs 5:1-2 ESV) Have you ever noticed that no one has to teach a toddler to say no? No one has to reveal to a child what a...

June 22: Unfathomable Glory

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.   (Psalm 73:25-26) Tomorrow two of my best friends are going to marry each other. Yay!...

June 21: Control

Moreover, the LORD will raise up for himself a king over Israel who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam today. (1 Kings 14:14 ESV) Have you ever wanted something so bad that you felt you might move heaven and earth just to get it? Maybe it is a child. Maybe it is a...

June 20: Gravity of Sin

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “If anyone commits a breach of faith and sins unintentionally in any of the holy things of the LORD, he shall bring to the LORD as his compensation, a ram without blemish out of the flock, valued in silver shekels, according to the...

June 19: One

There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call--one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:4-6) I am not a decision-making kind of gal. You...

June 18: Take My Fears

“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do..." (Luke 12:4 ESV) I have always battled fear. As a little kid, I had nightmares that sent me running to my parents' bedroom. As a teenager, I was too...

June 17: Steadfast Seeking

And he said to me, "Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants also are impudent and stubborn. (Ezekiel 2:3-4) Imagine you...

June 15: My Words

My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. (Proverbs 4:20-21) I stood in the gym one morning before the sun had fully made its appearance. My brain was muddled and I was...

June 14: The Same God

Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man. He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There did we rejoice in him... Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast...

The Best Prosperity

This past weekend, Austin and I attended a wedding in the same little wooden chapel in which we said our own vows. It is a chapel that lies on the property of the church where I first trusted in Jesus and where Austin first learned what being part of the Body of...

June 13: Because His Children

Blessed be the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel! Because the LORD loved Israel forever, he has made you king, that you may execute justice and righteousness." (1 Kings 10:9 ESV) Think of a time in your life when the Lord...

June 12: Pleasing Aroma

But the entrails and the legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall offer all of it and burn it on the altar; it is a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the LORD. (Leviticus 1:13 ESV)  Praise God for Jesus's blood and body sacrifice. As...

June 11: Cure

To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through...

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