Promises of God: A New Heart

And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. Ezekiel [...]

He Does It All with Love

And do everything with love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 If you have been around a long time, there is a chance you have heard of Mother Teresa, the Catholic nun who dedicated her life to the poor and desolate in the slums of Calcutta. In her lifetime she set up orphanages, she fed the homeless, she [...]

Praying for Others

I am worn out waiting for your rescue, but I have put my hope in your word. My eyes are straining to see your promises come true. When will you comfort me? Psalm 119: 82,82, NLT I have been breaking Psalm 119 apart as I read through it, and these were the two verses in [...]

Can You Handle the Truth?

Test me Lord, and try me; examine my heart and mind. For your faithful love guides me, and I live by your truth. Psalm 26:2-3 Here is a question: Do we truly want God to examine our hearts? Our minds? To place before us all the practices, actions, and thoughts demonstrating that we are often [...]

Celebrate the Old You

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 I sat at my desk looking outside at the snow, just beginning to melt off the railings. The ice that we had not yet shoveled off the steps for [...]

In the Meanwhile

The Lord replied, “Look around at the nations;    look and be amazed!For I am doing something in your own day,    something you wouldn’t believe    even if someone told you about it." Habakkuk 1:5, NLT For those of you who have been around a while, you know how much I love post-it notes. They have housed prayers in Bibles. They live [...]

Trust in the One

Trust. A loaded word. One word that requires surrender in any kind of relationship. In our personal relationships, and especially in our relationship with God. Trust. Also the number one reason relationships fail, according to Psychology Today. Or lack of trust, actually. I could go into all the reasons this is, but I have an [...]

Let There Be Light: Faith in the Unknown

And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith. Genesis 15:6 Abram. Deemed righteous by God because of his faith. What does that even mean? First, to answer that-we must know what we are referring to when we discuss faith. According to Hebrews 11:1 and 3, "faith shows [...]

Let There Be Light: Hope in the Darkness

Advent. I’ll be real with you. I didn’t grow up in church, attending services all through the Christmas season as a kid. So as an adult, when I began attending in my late 20’s, advent appeared ritualistic in nature to me. Hear me out…I understand the meaning of Christmas. But the lighting of all the [...]