Pleasing Him Above All Others

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. Galatians 1:10 I have got to get balanced. I said to myself.  I had said something of the same nature a number of times. Maybe even felt it once or [...]

Worn out from War?

I'm tiredI'm wornMy heart is heavyFrom the work it takes to keep on breathing. "Worn," Tenth Avenue North Spiritual warfare. Let's talk about it. Because...let's be honest. When you hear about it, you may think of people being overtaken by demons, questioning their faith, or running from God. Right? Maybe? It can be these things. [...]

You Belong with Him

What is our deepest desire? For many of us, what is we want the most? Think about it. Really think about it. When we go into a new space. Whether a new job, a new school, a new group, a new place. When we are among new people, or people we have known for a [...]

Yes, Even the Wind…

Summer. Oh, the many joys of summer. Longer days. Sun. Vacation. Outdoor time. Cool snacks. A mid-day thunderstorm. Yes, I actually enjoy one of those...if it also involves a nap, doesn't come in the middle of a long drive, or wrecks otherwise best-laid plans. Summer is bound to bring witth it lots of sun, but [...]

A Way Out of the Mess

I have been discouraged. Let me be clear and honest. Moments of discouragment often come after what I refer to as mountaintop moments. When you get up to the top, you have to come down, right? Anyone familiar with this terrain, whether naturally or spiritually knows there is a valley down below. In that valley, [...]

My True Freedom

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17, NLT I have a love and hate relationship with phone storage, especially when it comes to storing pictures. I have tried every automatic back-up service recommended as the greatest, and it never fails-I always end [...]

Fit to Serve Him

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6 "You have been deemed fit." Those two words-"deemed fit." They had me sitting in my chair, fighting back choking sobs. For you to understand [...]

Will He Be Enough?

It had finally gotten me. The virus that had arrived like the relative that asks to stay for a month or two, and ends up taking up residence for two years instead. And I had been fortunate. Even with home visits, and my time spent in and out of multiple schools, I had scraped by [...]

Get Focused on the New

This means that the anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The old life is gone, a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 The mere fact that I began writing this today, and failed to notice I am repeating a daily verse, is most likely evidence that I have been distracted. Distracted [...]

Redeemed from the Past

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 The past. There are times we look back on the past with nothing but nostalgic feelings of good times. We look through scrapbooks of pictures that show happy faces, [...]