“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″

“My cry entered His ears.” 2 Samuel 22:7

Are you like me and hate to cry? Our pride stops us or maybe someone shamed us for shedding tears when we were just a kid. For whatever reason we scold those tears, we need to understand this one thing: God listens for our cries like a mother her firstborn child.  When I brought myContinue reading ““My cry entered His ears.” 2 Samuel 22:7″

“Grow.” 2 Peter 3:18

If we’re not growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we’re dying with the world. Our gardens, fields, and flowers have grown all season. Not one day have they ceased to change. From seed to full bloom, even now to mature friut, and approaching winter we’ve witnessed complete transformationContinue reading ““Grow.” 2 Peter 3:18″

“You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24

What does it mean to serve mammon? I avoided this question for a long time. I, for one, like having a savings account, a nice car, a pretty house. I feared understanding this verse would take my stuff. After inviting in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, that fear fled. Not because God said, “StoreContinue reading ““You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24″

“The affection of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:8

Ever think of Jesus as affectionate? I have to admit, I never have. I see Jesus trustworthy, upright, kind, wise, compassionate, commanding, humble, giving and doing all things for the sake of His people—but not necessarily affectionate. When I hear the term, affection, I imagine snuggling, cuddling, handholding, smooching, butterfly kisses. So, I sat downContinue reading ““The affection of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:8″

“Your word has given me life.” Psalm 119:50

How do we read the Psalmist without tears? No matter our story, the word of God is comfort in affliction, joy in sorrow, peace in turmoil, a compass in confusion, hope in death. When we choose not to live in the word of God, it’s because we are drawn to death. God withholds His graceContinue reading ““Your word has given me life.” Psalm 119:50″