"And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed Him. And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, 'Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!' The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, 'Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!'" Have you ever been silenced by a crowd? We all have! Peer pressure, intimidation, rejection, rebukes...it hurts. It’s scary. These real and … [Read more...] about Finding Strength in Discouragement
What does a Christian look like? As believers, what are we supposed to sound like? Who are we supposed to act like? The obvious answer is, of course, Jesus! We are to be like Christ in every way. The Holy Spirit is constantly transforming us. Through every trial and struggle, every joy and celebration, He is molding and shaping us more and more into the image of Christ. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the … [Read more...] about Bearing Fruit, Looking like Christ
Does God want us comfortable? In sickness, we pray for healing. In times of hardship, we pray for comfort. In times of pain, we seek relief. We so often beg God, "Take this discomfort; give me peace and comfort." Those are good prayers and God is able! He is our Healer and our Comforter! He wants us to feel loved. He desires we know His peace, His love, protection, and His blessings. But... does God really want us comfortable? I think the answer is no. He wants so much more for us … [Read more...] about The Curse of Comfort: Does God Want Us Comfortable?
A new year, a fresh beginning As 2018 begins, take a moment to pause and reflect on God, His love for you, and your place in His Kingdom. It's a new year, a fresh beginning, and God has an exciting plan for you! You have an important, mighty, God-ordained, God-chosen purpose. You are loved by the Creator, and He is calling you, by name, to know Him more and trust Him, and He desires to do a mighty work through you in the days ahead. Beloved, you are called, you are chosen, and you are … [Read more...] about Called, Chosen, Loved
My Christmas wish for you, May the love of Christ, the joy of His birth, and the hope in His resurrection fill your heart and mind this season. May the hope of heaven ease all pain as we miss those we love and long for the day we are reunited. May the joy of the Lord fill you, and may you feel His presence in every moment. May You enjoy peace and goodness and remember the Good News that has been delivered. May His goodness and light surround you, and may every twinkling light be a … [Read more...] about Merry Christmas, 2017
In Christ, our joy and peace have nothing to do with our circumstances! Our hope, joy, and peace have everything to do with Jesus! He is our hope, He blesses us with His peace, and He supplies us with unending joy even in painful, difficult times. What's trying to steal your joy today? Is a painful circumstance or a challenging situation threatening to rob you of your joy and peace? The God of hope wants to fill you with all joy and peace! He wants to fill you so … [Read more...] about Seeking Joy and Peace
Happy New Year! This year has quite possibly been the fastest year of my life. The entire year has zoomed by in a blur and tomorrow, we close the book on 2016. We welcome 2017 with anticipation, seeking God's blessings and favor. This year has been so tragic for so many, and yet, there have been many blessings too. We have celebrated the "normal things," birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Our family has also known indescribable loss and heartache this year. We have also celebrated "big" … [Read more...] about Happy New Year 2017
Christmas! Family, friends, lights, parties, cookies...special blessings we anticipate each year as we remember and celebrate the birth of our Savior. But every year, I forget just how exhausting Christmas can be! Weeks of parties, special worship services, staying up late on Christmas Eve in anticipation, up bright and early Christmas morning with excitement, spending the day with family and friends...all wonderful--and all followed up by an energy crash on Christmas night. Are you … [Read more...] about Rest for the Weary
It doesn't feel like Christmas. I shared those words a few years ago (you can read the original post here). This year isn't really different; yet, in some ways, it is completely different! Life changes. The details of life--the who, what, where--it all changes, sometimes overnight. But the eternal gift of Christmas, the peace of Christ, never changes. He never changes, and His peace never changes--ever! In the last few years, we have experienced healing--truly miraculous, medical-defying … [Read more...] about The Eternal Gift of Christmas
My son really loves football! His football season has recently ended, and he is already looking ahead to next year. But this post isn't really about football. Even if you care nothing about football, this is so good and I hope and pray you will read to the end. God has something very special to teach us and it has moved me to tears! But first, in order to get where we're going, you need the background. You need to know- The football part... My son is the center this year. This is a new … [Read more...] about Who is Your Center?