Devotional

Devotional

Worship

In the first chapter of Malachi, God speaks to the Israelites about their practice of worship. As it turns out, the Israelites have been neglecting worship. The Israelites, including the priests, have been calling it out as unimportant or “boring” and God is not pleased. At all. And on a side note – even in God’s state of displeasure, He begins His message to the…

Seeking Peace

“My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.” – Psalms‬ ‭62:5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ When I was growing up, my Nana and Grandpa had a pool and we spent a lot of time over there swimming in the summers. My siblings and parents and I would always have a lively time, we’d wrestle, splash each other, scream and holler, much to Nana’s annoyance.…

You Are Not Your Own

Today’s devotion is taken from My Utmost for His Highest written by Oswald Chambers. Know ye not that … ye are not your own? 1 Cor. 6:19. There is no such thing as a private life—‘a world within the world’—for a man or woman who is brought into fellowship with Jesus Christ’s sufferings. God breaks up the private life of His saints, and makes it a thoroughfare for…

Being Christian in 2016

2016 has been such a tumultuous year, full of protests, police shootings, racial, and political divisiveness and religious and cultural polarization. Social media has become a platform for debates on everything from the presidential campaigns to the Syrian refugee crisis; from the inferred Trump-Putin alliance to the Clinton email scandal; from Black Lives Matter vs All…

Forgiveness

Ephesians 4:32 says “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” I was reminded of this scripture following a recent conversation with my son about forgiveness. As fragile, imperfect human beings, we sometimes let our emotions get the better of us. It seems so easy to feel wronged or hurt; to hold onto that hurt and harbor…

The Comparison Trap

The comparison trap… If we’re completely honest with ourselves, I’m sure we’ve all fallen into it before. In our human weakness, it’s not uncommon for us to sometimes look at other people and secretly wish that we had some of their talents, skills, success, blessings or _______ (you fill in the blank). And if it’s any consolation, even some of the heroes we read about in…

Living in the Negative

Stuck in a rut? You’re not alone. It has long been known that individual perspective shapes how we feel about the world around us. In other words, we can choose to see the glass half full or half empty. An interesting recent study suggests that you can actually get stuck in your negative thoughts. Meaning, once you understand or process information with a negative filter,…

Resting in Jesus

For a long time, I have struggled with being a people-pleaser. I have this desire to make everyone around me happy, so I feel like if I say “no” to something, or have to back out of something I have already committed to, then I will be letting someone (or multiple people) down. But within the last few months, God has really been speaking to my heart and helping me to…

Taking Responsibility

“But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” – Luke‬ ‭12:48‬ ‭NIV‬‬ Responsibility has been an encouraging and demoralizing word for many. The thought of being…

The Garden of Life

About 6 months ago I got set on the idea that I really wanted to grow my own vegetable and flower garden on my back patio. I would find myself constantly thinking about all the ways I could transform my neglected little patio and turn it into a beautiful and peaceful garden sanctuary where I could sit and eat my breakfast or just relax and enjoy during the spring and…