Jesus’ offer of rest isn’t just for our bodies and burden-laden lives, but for our souls. Our hearts. Our minds. It’s a total package. First, He invites us to come (back) to Him in faith and humility. To accept His gift of salvation or to recommit to the covenant we made with His when we… Continue reading Take 5: Come To Me–An Ongoing Invitation
What are we to do? Overwhelm. Anxiety. Uncertainty. Fear of the unknown—all are very real right now. Stress is elevated to unprecedented heights. Mental illness is plaguing many we know and love—including ourselves. And we’re walking on eggshells, afraid one misstep will cause the chaos, destruction, and mayhem to erupt again. What are we to… Continue reading Rest: Come to Me
You are the light of the world! ~ Let your light shine! ~ Be the light! How many times have you heard these things said to you? Over you? Countless I’d bet. So, what does Jesus mean when He says,“You are the light of the world”? First, let’s remember that Jesus said He is the… Continue reading Take 5: Let Your Light Shine
God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9 are some of our most beloved verses. Many of us have… Continue reading Take 5: Put You Faith Into Action
Where we fix our thoughts is our choice. And it’s a crucial choice. Why? Because what we fix our thoughts on, is what we invite into our heart. And what’s in our heart determines our attitude. When we have a bad day, when things aren’t going our way—where is our focus? On our irritations. Disappointments.… Continue reading Take 5: Our Attitude. Our Choice.
Do all things without grumbling or complaining. (Phil 2:14, NLT) Can you claim this? I can’t either. But where does our grumbling and complaining stem from? What’s at the root? In short. Pride. Pride partnered with selfishness and entitlement. Satan has deceived us into believing God is hateful and unfair. That He’s to blame for… Continue reading Take 5: Do ALL Things Without Complaining
Has Satan deceived you and robbed you of the gift of work? Oh he has me! I was lured in by his lie, “It’s all about me.” When God called me to this ministry I believed I was 100% responsible for my success or failure. It was my job to “build my platform.” If I… Continue reading Take 5: What is Your Underlying Motive?
God gave Adam and Eve two tasks Tend the gardenWatch over the garden In Rest: Work is a Gift I told you the word “tend” is the Hebrew word ‘abad,’ and it means to work or to serve either things, people, or God. “Watch over” is the Hebrew word ‘samar.’ And it means to watch,… Continue reading Take 5: Be On Guard
God demonstrated the pleasure and joy found in work done with excellence. (read more about that here) And then… He passed that same pleasure and joy onto us. As creatures created in God’s very own image, we were always meant to work. And work was intended to bring us pleasure and joy—total satisfaction from a… Continue reading Rest: Work is a Gift
We were created in God’s image. We are the work of His hands. His craftsmanship. We bear His mark. God was proud of the work He had done with creation in general and in humans in particular. And when He finished His creative work, He said, “it is very good.” And then He rested. When… Continue reading Take 5: Your Work Bears Your Mark–And God’s