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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...

June 10: Remind Yourself of Jesus

Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” (Luke 9:20 ESV) Y'all, the first year of marriage is hard. Don't get me wrong, it is so so good. But it is a truly sanctifying experience. Though it has now been ten months,...

June 9: Wait

The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. (Lamentations 3:25 ESV) I believe I am probably the least patient person that exists. Just to remind you that I know I am a serious sinner I'll tell you a little fun fact about myself. Since I...

June 8: Trust

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV) The words in this verse used to be the lyrics to my favorite song. I remember these words...

June 7: Power Source

Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God! (Psalm 68:35 ESV) Have you ever heard the phrase, "God won't give you anything you can't handle"? It's a popular word of encouragement in...

June 6: Open Hands

Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven (1 Kings 8:22 ESV) I have this awesome friend named Audrey. Two years ago, we traveled together to East Asia to share the Gospel with a...

Daily Devotions

Good morning, Beloved ones! I want to announce that I will now be posting my daily devotions onto this website directly. So good news! For those of you who are following me via email, you will now receive devotions in your inbox each morning. If you are not following...

More Grace.

I am so good at convincing myself that this is the last time. This is the last time that I will engage in this sin. This is the last day I will skip my Quiet time (speaking of, I forgot this morning--I'm a sinner--and still have to do that today). This is the last...

The Absurdity of Young Marriage

Well, if you are at all familiar with me or this blog, you know that I haven't been able to shut up about my recent move from my hometown into a near city. Besides getting married nine months ago, this has been the greatest transition I have experienced thus far. In...

The Power of the Mouth

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” we heard over and over again as children. Yet they always seemed to be the thing that sent little girls crying to the teacher and little boys from asking to never have to go back to school. We bury...

Choose Family. Choose the Church.

Nothing quite connects a family like going through great change with one another. In the last year of my life, I have arguably gotten as close to my family as I ever have been because of all the emotions we have traveled through with one another. My sister and I are...

Messing up My Order

At the start of my last semester of college, I sent in what I thought would be my best paper yet. It was for my advanced composition class, so I wanted the professor to know that I was indeed advanced. It was beautifully laced with headings, and each paragraph argued...

Life on Life on Life

The saddest funeral I ever went to was that of a young father leaving behind four little ones and a wife. I remember sitting in the back, uncontrollably sobbing, not because my life would be directly affected (beyond pure sorrow) by the loss of this man, but because I...

Christians: We Must Prepare for Easter

April is perhaps the busiest time of year in my life and so many others. For me, it is filled to the brim with national speech and debate competitions. For others, graduation preparation, the end of school, tax season, and spring sports are overtaking lives. Schools...

The Best Thing You Can do for Your Marriage

“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. Christians are most powerful on their knees.” –Corrie ten Boom In the first four months of my marriage, a lot happened. Austin started a new profession out of town, I was beginning my...

Marriage isn’t for Me

The summer before I met my husband, I was sitting on a boat gliding across the lake with a few of my best friends. We were gawking about Scottish boyfriends and watermelon and every other high school-esque thing we could think of to discuss. My teenage years had been...

The Day I Left My Secret Legalism

I sat in the rumbling room not knowing whether to close my ears or to just let myself explode in the emotion of it all. The worship leader had ensured that we would only hear the music and our own thoughts with the Father, undistracted by everything around us. I felt...

Being Knit Together in Love…

I am a camp girl through and through. Starting as an eight-year-old, I marked my calendar for that one anticipated week each year. I began packing weeks in advance, planned out all my outfits for worship, and looked forward to nothing more than getting out of my...

The Brilliance of Jesus

Simple truths guide our lives. It's simply true that I have class at 9 am most days. It's simply true that if I drink coffee too late, I won't go to sleep. It's simply true that I have got to go to the grocery today or I am going to starve my husband. Last week, we...

20 Ways to Intentionally Love your Husband

Beloved. I love this word so. I pointed out my affection for it in Monday's post, and I will bring attention to it once again today. It is a word that points out the most intentional and intimate kinds of love. It says, "I cherish you, my love. I want what's best for...

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