“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″