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Jesus is Wisdom

Proverbs 4:7-9 says that: “The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty.” Jesus is wisdom, so if you replace “wisdom” with “Jesus” this is how it reads: “The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire Jesus; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. Prize Jesus, and He will exalt you; Jesus will honor you if you embrace Him. He will place on... Read More

Uniquely You

Aren’t you glad that God made us all so different?  He sure had a sense of humor when he made me! Some of us have freckles, some have dark skin, and some light.  Some of us are extroverts and others are introverts.  Some laugh easily and sing a lot; others are quiet and shy.  Some of us need words of affirmation, and others just need a look of approval or a touch of love. You are uniquely you. My three daughters-in-law (see picture) are very different from each other: from their backgrounds to the way they parent to their senses of... Read More

Delight Yourself in the Lord

Twins!  Double pediatric costs, two cribs, two car seats. I thought it was hard when they were born almost 24 years ago. Later it was double college applications, two sets of scholarship applications, two colleges requiring papers and information! But always, twice the joy! These two young men are so different as adults. One continues to pursue his dream of becoming a missionary pilot, the other is loving marriage and fatherhood and growing as a computer technologist. It is so great to look at these two young men and see how God has prepared each of them uniquely and differently... Read More

You Are a New Creature of Infinite Worth

On what do you gauge your self worth? Is it your performance, your looks, others’ opinions, or God’s Word? 2 Cor. 5:26 says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” God says that we are a new creature of infinite worth! Part of the Christian walk is to find out what this new creature looks like and what God says about it. A great Bible study to do is to go through the New Testament and write down all the adjectives that describe you as a... Read More

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
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