I thought I was doing God’s will God’s way. But I was wrong. What I was doing was God’s will my way. And, as I was about to learn, there’s a difference. Quick Rewind. When I first embarked on this God-given adventure called writing in November 2015, I had absolutely NO IDEA what I was… Continue reading The Long Road Back: How Would You Respond?
Category: When it hurts
A Long Road Back: Are You a Wanderer?
Think back to your last wilderness experience. (Or your current one) How did you get there? What were the circumstances that led you into the wilderness? What “territory” did you cover while you ‘wandered’ with your Savior? What did Jesus teach you and how did you grow while in your season of isolation? Keep your… Continue reading A Long Road Back: Are You a Wanderer?
Why is Scar Tissue so Tender?
On my right pinky finger I have a bright white scar from a deep cut caused by an accident with a whittling knife over 30 years ago. That cut was glued and taped up and has long since healed. I have the thin bright white scar to prove it. But when I bump that scar… Continue reading Why is Scar Tissue so Tender?
Take 5: Come To Me–The Gentle, Humble Teacher
Life’s demands grind us down in the best of times. But since Covid, our lives have radically changed, possibly forever. Each burden we carry is elephantine with trepidation and insecurity compounding the weight. Fear snakes its way around our decisions and dreams. And unbelief haunts our steps. Have you wondered: Where is God in all… Continue reading Take 5: Come To Me–The Gentle, Humble Teacher
Take 5: Come to Me–Refinement and Restoration
“Come to me.” Jesus whispers as He stretches out His hand.“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) When we come (back) to Him, accept His gift of salvation, repent and are forgiven, Jesus offers us a place to rest under His… Continue reading Take 5: Come to Me–Refinement and Restoration
Take 5: Come To Me–Under The Shadow of His Wings
“Come to me.” Jesus whispers as He stretches out His hand.“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28) Jesus invites us into His presence. He offers us His gift of salvation and to absolve our guilt and shame by forgiving our sins.… Continue reading Take 5: Come To Me–Under The Shadow of His Wings
Take 5: Come To Me–Repent and Be Forgiven
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. Once we’ve surrendered our life to Him and accepted His gift of Salvation, He invites us to repent of our sins and unbelief. Our greatest oppression isn’t a result of the… Continue reading Take 5: Come To Me–Repent and Be Forgiven
Take 5: Do ALL Things Without Complaining
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
Take 5: What is Your Underlying Motive?
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?
Take 5: Work for the Lord Rather Than People
Colossians 3:23 is easier said than done isn’t it? Sadly, this verse has been relegated to the “trite sayings of the Bible.” But what if we read it in context? Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them… Continue reading Take 5: Work for the Lord Rather Than People