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The Holy Spirit Living Within Us

I don’t know about you, but as I read the Old Testament, I can sure be judgmental. If I was an Israelite back in the time of the Exodus, the time of Jeremiah, etc., I would have been true to God! But God reminded me this morning that we have a new covenant that these people did not have. We have the Holy Spirit living within us, teaching us, training us, rebuking us, and comforting us. We can have a relationship with God, they could not. They stood afar off from Mt. Sinai as God spoke to Moses. They had... Read More

God of Compassion

So often I hear that the God of the Old Testament was such a judging God. But if you truly read the OT, you will see instead a God of compassion, love, and patience. He is Father God and wants the best for His children. He provided the best for the Israelites, but they had to choose to go in and take it. Instead they chose the way of the nations around them. God knew that there was so much more – a relationship with Him! So, God punished the Israelites again and again, not in judgment, but in love... Read More

Filtering Input for God’s Glory

The boys and I read Fahrenheit 451 when they were in high school. It was a strange book, but really good.  It made us think and discuss. It was written against censorship and for free speech. But our conversation took us more towards personal responsibility and filtering what comes into our home. We follow Psalm 101:3 which says, “I will set no worthless thing before my eyes, I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall no fasten its grip on me.” This allows us to be filtering input for God’s glory. With more time not spent on... Read More

Inadequacy

It’s morning again! I was behind before my feet even hit the floor this morning at 6:30. My lists are long, the needs are many, and I can’t do it all! I feel inadequacy bending me over. But God reminds me, “Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, our adequacy is from God.” (2 Corinthians 3:5) At which point, I fall to my knees and cry out, “Help!” I pick up my Bible, remind myself that the Creator God of the Universe is in control, on His throne, and loves me (even me!) I ask... Read More

Walking Vs. Finishing a List

A friend called this morning and is going through a tough time. She made the statement, “I wish God would just text me what to do!”  I have felt like that many times as a woman, a wife, a mother, and a friend. I love lists. I can do things one at a time systematically, then mark them off with a flourish when each task is done. At the end of the day I can look at my list and feel a sense of accomplishment. But lists don’t require relationship. That’s why walking vs. finishing a list is God’s way.... Read More

Are You Listening?

I can’t decide what to write today. As I thumb through Scripture, I feel as if I am standing in front of a fire hydrant!  There is so much. So much Love. So much truth. So much instruction. So much God! Do you take the time to listen to what God is telling you about Himself? About you? Listening and applying can change your life. I have highlighted through much of Scripture the words that tell of God’s character, so these words catch my eye. He is gentle and kind; His thoughts and ways are higher than my thoughts and... Read More

In the Midst 2 (Too!)

It is definitely an In the Midst day! It is one of those days where just getting out of bed is a chore. The weather is cold, and my body does not like cold weather! I woke up at 5:00 in severe pain after spending hours earlier in the night fighting a stomachache from the medicines. Finally, I took more medicine at 6:30, and am again fighting a nauseous stomach. Yuck!  But, my day will not be based on feelings (physical or emotional), but rather on God’s promises. I am fused five levels in my lower back and both SI joints.... Read More

In the Midst

Our God is so good; so faithful and true. I love the word “but” throughout Scripture. Over and over again in Psalms we see David crying out to God, feeling that God has left Him, or that the situation is dire and then we see the but.  “But God…” And we find Him in the midst. I found it in Isaiah 64:8. Isaiah confesses the sins of his people in verses 6-7, “There is no one who calls on Your name…For you have hidden your face from us.”  Then verse 8, “But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We... Read More

Grace and Holy Living

I have been thinking about the balance between grace and holy living lately. Does grace erase holy living or holy living usurp grace? As Paul would say, “May it never be!” (Rom. 6:1-2) So God gave me a word picture. When we accept Christ as Savior we are a new creation. We are able to soar above life’s circumstances. Holy living is the experience of a trapeze artist. Each choice is a strong hold on the bar. We swing effortlessly from bar to bar as long as we are making holy and right choices. Grace comes into play when we mess up... Read More

God’s Enduring Grace

Endurance. Hang in there. Don’t let go. Help is on the way! Sometimes though, that rescue seems impossible or too late. But our God is faithful! He will uphold His promises of eternal life and of being there with us in the meantime. His enduring grace will see you through if you cling to Him. Hebrews 10: 23, 35-36 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,for He who promised is faithful…Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will... Read More
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