July 22, 2014
Ever been discouraged? During a time of discouragement recently, God reminded me of some important truths. These are the whispers of encouragement He impressed me to write and remember. In times of discouragement, I hope they encourage you, too: Read more
June 18, 2014
Live a good life? Do things that please God? Keep all the rules, right? Strangely enough, even Christians can get caught up in that mindset—without realizing it. In my last blog, we talked about what makes your heart sing. In today’s second part series, read about five ways you can make God’s heart sing. Read more
May 20, 2014
I’m done. Finished. Last One. That’s what I said the last time. But this time I mean it.
Ever uttered those words? If it hadn’t involved our entire neighborhood, I probably wouldn’t have Read more
March 31, 2014
We’ve all heard definitions of God’s mercy. None of them can describe that attribute of God adequately. Here’s a truth that might give us a small picture of God’s mercy.
God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love. He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever. He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs. As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who fear him. And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins (Psalm 103:8-12 MSG)
Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah (Ephesians 2:4-6 MSG).
What About You?
How would you define mercy? What’s your favorite Bible verse that describes God’s mercy?
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December 16, 2013
Today is the 16th in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas Prayers celebrating the names of our precious Lord. Featured today is Jehovah-Raah, The Lord Our Shepherd. I hope these simple prayer blogs will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason of Christmas. (I’ll be returning to my regular, weekly posts after Christmas).
Day 16 – Jehovah-Raah, the Lord My Shepherd
December 12, 2013
Today is the 12th in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Prayers for Christmas celebrating the names of our precious Lord. Featured name today is Adonai, the LORD. I hope these simple prayer blogs will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason for Christmas. (I’ll be returning to my regular, weekly posts after Christmas).
Day 12 – Adonai, the Lord
It’s so easy to call you “Lord,” yet sometimes difficult to follow You in complete obedience. Jesus, some see You only as a man; others call you Savior. But You are also our “Adonai, Lord,” the blessed controller of our lives every day. Read more
December 5, 2013
Today is the fifth in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas Prayers celebrating the names of our precious Lord. I hope they will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason for Christmas.
Day 5 – Immanuel – God with Us
Lord, how is it that a righteous God could be “with us?” We are sinful. You are holy. You are in heaven. We live on earth.
Yet the very essence of Christmas is rooted in an eternal, loving plan that brought You here to live in us, with us, and through us.
Because of Christmas, You are now “with us.” Long ago men housed Your “presence” in a tabernacle made by human hands with supernatural instructions. But Christmas ushered in Your presence here on earth, walking among us, living with us.
You no longer live in columns of clouds or pillars of fire. Read more
November 4, 2013
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)
Bible Promise: God’s Grace
Do you ever feel like you’ve hit an immoveable wall? Like change will never come? Read more
October 21, 2013
It’s easy to form the wrong opinion of ourselves when we listen to the wrong voices. But there is one voice that rings true every time. You are indeed beautiful to Him. Read more
August 19, 2013
What would make an 18-year-old teenager, class president, and homecoming queen leave her family, boyfriend, and comfortable lifestyle to become a single “mommy” to thirteen Ugandan children? Sound like the American dream? An exciting book to read? A great American novel?
But Kisses from Katie is not a fiction book. It’s not just a “good book read.” And Katie Davis is just as real as your own daughter or granddaughter. Katie would be the first to tell you this journey is not what she planned. And no one would call it the great American dream. It’s certainly not what her parents envisioned. Then what’s her explanation for such a radical decision–to give her life away to strangers on the other side of the world? Read more