Posted: 4:40 am on November 01, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
When Jesus was asked by His disciples how to pray, He gave them the perfect template in what is commonly called The Lord's Prayer. Part of this prayer was to pray for the kingdom to come. I believe it is right to pray for His kingdom to come.
Recently, I viewed something that astonished me and created in me an urgent feeling to pray more fervently than I had ever prayed before...to pray for the King of this coming kingdom to come...and to come quickly. I was driving to work one day when inRead full post
Posted: 3:45 pm on August 21, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
There is a prayer I believe God always says “yes” to. I don’t believe He says yes to every prayer, although I do believe they are all heard, especially if we are praying from a place of belief in Christ.
In Mark 11, Jesus curses a fig tree. He does so even though the tree has leaves. That was usually a sign it could have produced fruit and was still a viable tree. But apparently that wasn’t the case. It wasn’t going to produce fruit and Jesus could tell. The leaves were another way ofRead full post
Posted: 4:49 am on August 01, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
At some point, maybe even now, you will find yourself walking through a truly dark and scary moment in life. Times of intense unknown can paralyze you. These moments can cause you to lose heart and throw in the towel mere seconds before the first real glimmer of breakthrough is spotted. Moments of crazy uncertainty can make you feel as if a darkness has burrowed into your skin and is worming its way to your heart in an attempt to drain your life force.
My family is currently walking throughRead full post
Posted: 1:13 pm on April 20, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
Whenever an invite, opportunity, obligation, or something similar comes up – I go through quite the mental battle in my head if it’s something I really don’t want to do or dread doing.
You might think, “Why doesn’t she just say “no?” Well, you see…. I’m a good girl. A people pleaser. And a people pleaser doesn’t JUST SAY NO. She stresses about it instead. She stresses about the fact that she will have to participate, attend, or be involved in something she really doesn’t want to, or doesn’tRead full post
Posted: 10:30 am on April 03, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
I have long contemplated this question. I have even developed a bit of a pet peeve out of it. Recently it seems to have exploded into my world, and has led me to examine scripture to see if it is just me, or if it is just my view.
There are many times I am tempted to speed, especially when traveling long distances on major highways and interstates. Sometimes I even do, simply so I am not run over in the mad rush with those who share the roads with me who seem to have to be the first toRead full post
Posted: 3:30 pm on March 21, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
"There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still." -- Corrie ten Boom
Ever feel like God is just too far away to help you? Or that your sin is so terrible, He can't, or won't, rescue you? I think we all feel this way at times. And when Christians feel that way, that's when they are in true desperation. They are in their weakest moments.
2 Corinthians 12:10 tells us that because of our troubles, persecutions, trials, when we are in our weakness, this is when we becomeRead full post
Posted: 6:29 pm on March 19, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.' (Matthew 11:28)
I have made lots of mistakes in the past. I have hurt people, I have assumed things that were not true, I did not keep promises. I failed...a lot. I still do.
I am grateful that knowing Jesus has brought me through my past to where I am today. Yes, I still sometimes do all those things. Not with intent, but because I am human. I strive to be a woman who lives by Jesus' example, to be full of graceRead full post
Posted: 8:51 pm on March 02, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
Engaging with someone in the middle of a trial is difficult and at best, a learned skill. It is uncomfortable when we engage in others painful lives. Not everyone has experienced difficult times, so it is hard to know what to do and what to say. We don’t always have the insight or experience needed to respond in a way that makes a difference.
In the Bible, there is a good example of what not to do. The Book of Job is not only about the question of why we suffer and where God is in all ofRead full post
Posted: 6:19 am on February 25, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
I knew my grandpa was getting older, but I still wasn’t ready to hear that he had cancer and I would lose him in just three weeks time.
I wasn’t ready to wake up one morning and have to make the decision to put my cat to sleep due to a blood clot.
I could never be ready to watch something like the 9/11 attacks. But watch them I did.
I wasn’t ready for my child to get their heartbroken. It hurt for me too.
I wasn’t ready to teach Bible Study for the very first time.
I wasn’t readyRead full post
Posted: 10:01 pm on January 31, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
"Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord." (Joel 1:14)
In the July issue of Today's Dietitian, we published an article titled "Prayer and Fasting With Diabetes". If you're a person of faith who has diabetes or know someone of faith with the disease, this article is a must-read.
The American Diabetes Association reports that more than 23 million children and adults inRead full post
Posted: 6:37 am on January 25, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
Choices. We all make them hundreds of times a day. Should I go here or there? Should I say this or that? Do I react, respond, or pray? Do I get involved? Do I say something? Do I give in?
And I wonder how many of our choices and decisions would be made easier if we truly knew what God’s Word had to say. And to further that thought, how many of our choices that we THINK are already easy but down the road look back on and see were in great error….how many of those could have been avoided hadRead full post
Posted: 6:32 pm on January 22, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
We’d all like to think we are kind people. Thoughtful. Generous. We give to charities, we volunteer, and we appreciate other people’s way of living – as long as it works for them. For most of us, we try to stay out of trouble. We bite our tongue and we don’t get involved in heated debates, discussions, or quarrels. Yet we still like to blame others for our own problems.
We blame the government, the schools, the other guy in traffic – anyone, but ourselves. I think it’s what’s wrong withRead full post
Posted: 7:35 am on December 16, 2012 Be the first to comment on this post
It’s that time of year—at the end of each year I list my top recommendations for the most important books related to biblical counseling. They may be books about biblical counselor or by biblical counselors, or they may be books that biblical counselors need to read.I list them in alphabetical order…
Building a Church Counseling Ministry without Killing the Pastor by Sue Nicewander, Day One Publications
If you’re a pastor, elder, church leader, or a biblical counselor who wants to developRead full post
Posted: 5:45 am on December 13, 2012 Be the first to comment on this post
Little, sweet baby feet. Mary will soon cover them with her hand, warming them against the nighttime chill. She has treasured in her heart all the words spoken about her first-born Son.
Things like, "The angel was so glorious, shouting out praises to God on High and the Good News! The Messiah is born! Our long awaited Savior, the Lord, is born!"
And word went out publicly, through the bright streets of Bethelehem. The star shining down on the child. The little feet, toes curled against
Posted: 8:34 pm on November 13, 2012 Be the first to comment on this post
If you have been alive for longer than five minutes, you will know what I mean when I say, “Don’t Worry! Be Happy!”
Growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, that seemed to be a good motto to live by. It’s not that hard to do if you only focus on what makes you feel happy. At least that idea lasts until you get to high school, as it is then that real world stresses start to creep in, and finding what makes you happy becomes more complicated.
Happiness is a feeling. It can last for seconds, hoursRead full post