“Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 1:3

Does Monday feel like a mountain to you? Does it look like the start of a race you haven’t the legs for? We don’t have to roll this way. If our schedule owns us, it’s because we’ve paid into it. Our pride buys the lie that we are everything to everyone—when that is God’s job.  Continue reading ““Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 1:3″

“Be strong and courageous.” 1 Chronicles 28:20

King David, in preparing for his death, is giving charge to his son Solomon to know and serve God with a whole heart and a willing mind.  I wondered this morning why Solomon would even need strength and courage? David had pretty much put everything in place for Solomon’s kingship. All expenses were paid forContinue reading ““Be strong and courageous.” 1 Chronicles 28:20″

“Arise and work!” 1 Chronicles 22:16

King David was a man of war, his son Solomon was to be a man of rest. But not the kind of rest we typically think. Solomon wasn’t called to sit on a beach, tour Italy, or indulge in french food. Rest, meant peace and quiet from all his enemies—an appointed time to build aContinue reading ““Arise and work!” 1 Chronicles 22:16″

“Do you think…” 1 Chronicles 19:3

Upon reading this morning, I am sorely convicted and wholly enlightened. Have you ever slipped suspicion into a conversation against someone you’ve never really trusted? I thought it justified. I didn’t want someone I loved to be taken advantage of. But planting suspicion in the thoughts of another is nothing more than manipulation. It’s notContinue reading ““Do you think…” 1 Chronicles 19:3″

“For You Know Your Servant.” 1 Chronicles 17:18

King David just heard the words God had for his ears. It’s mind-boggling when I consider how well the Spirit of God knows me. All the fears I hate to admit, the shameful ideas that pop into my head, the dreams I wish would come true—God knows His servant inside and out. Truly this knowledgeContinue reading ““For You Know Your Servant.” 1 Chronicles 17:18″

“Expert with shield and spear.” 1 Chronicles 12:8

It’s thrilling remembering the thirty mighty men of valor! All the warriors listed right there on paper as defenders of king David. What an exciting foreshadowing of being in God’s family! The word of God says their faces were like the faces of lions and they were swift as gazelles upon the mountains. I getContinue reading ““Expert with shield and spear.” 1 Chronicles 12:8″

“I have found the Book of the Law.” 2 Kings 22:8

This part of 2 Kings is always so exciting to me. The moment some insignificant, supposedly holy man, goes snooping around the house of the Lord and stumbles upon God’s written words. Opening it, he can’t put it down. Pumped with his discovery, he shares it with another, who in turn runs to read itContinue reading ““I have found the Book of the Law.” 2 Kings 22:8″

“They neither listened nor obeyed.” 2 Kings 18:12

Heart check. Are you listening to the Lord? Are you obeying? Because God is Spirit we can be drawn away easily, start to think He’s not even listening. Don’t fall for this. The Lord is near to those who call on His name. I’ll say it again (for my own sake). The Lord is nearContinue reading ““They neither listened nor obeyed.” 2 Kings 18:12″

“Drink.” John 7:37

I spent a month in Rwanda in 2016. Among other unforgettable things, God showed me the value of water. Most don’t have water that pours from one faucet, let alone seven. Women and men are seen carrying containers, lugging gallons of water up and down steep hills all day long. They must travel by footContinue reading ““Drink.” John 7:37″

“There is a boy.” John 6:9

We can think our lives too small. Reduce ourselves to mere flesh and bone. If I could just kick the winning goal, impress enough friends, climb the tallest tree…then I’d surely taste greatness. Wishes like this don’t even brush up against your significance my dear sweet friend. We’ve got to think deeper, wider, higher thanContinue reading ““There is a boy.” John 6:9″

“Unless one is born of water and the Spirit.” John 3:5

I could camp in John chapter 3 for the rest of my life. This encounter with Nico (Nicodemus) is priceless. “We know that you are a teacher come from God,” Nico says to the God Man. And Jesus replies with these puzzling, yet profound, words, “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit heContinue reading ““Unless one is born of water and the Spirit.” John 3:5″

“The temple of His body.” John 2:21

Remember the work that went into the temple in the Old Testament? In 1 Kings 6 the building begins. And the Lord’s attention to detail blows my mind every time! Every cubits width, length, height, depth from corner to corner was measured and recorded. Windows had recessed frames, outside offsets were made because there wasContinue reading ““The temple of His body.” John 2:21″