Aug
31

"If you listen to these commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom." Deuteronomy 28:13

Living God’s dream means living at the top. That's what God has in mind for you. It's a promise He made long ago to His chosen people. But there's an "if" attached. There's a requirement here that is for your well-being. You must be obedient to God. If you are obedient to Him and His Word, you will...
Aug
25

"The LORD has done great things for us and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:3

Many of us think that God’s dream for us will be fulfilled with exaggerated arm-waving gestures or magical transformations, but stop and think for just a minute. Perhaps God’s dream for you is revealed in little bits at a time, unfolding quietly throughout each minute of every day.A baby’s cry. The...
Aug
7

"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and Godly lives in the present age." Titus 2:11-12 ESV

Living out God's dream for your life can seem like a daunting task. You may, at times, feel weak and alone seeing it as totally impossible… almost ready to give up before you begin. If that’s the case, consider that you may be trusting in your own strength and ability.You can live God’s dream and...
Jul
31

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

Our lives fill up quickly with the activities of family, friends, kids, husbands and households. In our fast-paced world, we often forget that we need time to clear our minds. We need quiet moments to consider concepts larger than, "Do I have carpool today? What time does the game start tonight?...
Jul
24

"With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God." Mark 10:27

New Year’s resolutions… some take this quite seriously, while others do it casually. Most have stopped bothering. The best-kept resolutions usually involve what we can control. Things like:     • I’ll lose 10 pounds.     • I’ll walk every day.  ...
Jul
3

"So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders." Acts 14:3

Enabling has been given a bad rap. It implies a weakness or inability to handle things on our own. However, to be enabled by God is completely different. No matter how strong and capable we think we are, we need God’s enabling.As a daughter of the King, you do not stand alone. You do not have to be...
Jun
17

"I the Lord do not change." Malachi 3:6

Change is a powerful and strange thing. We lose sleep over it. We fight it. We stand firmly against it. We worry about it. And sometimes, we crave it. Yet so much of it is out of our control!Change comes wrapped in many different packages. Your daughter announces her engagement. Your spouse...
Jun
10

"My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest." Isaiah 32:18

Have you ever thanked God for the gift of place? God has graciously placed you where you are—in this country, this city, this place, at this time. What a gift He has given you, to live and worship in freedom, to be able to use your talent, to safely walk out in the streets to shop, attend church,...
May
29

"My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves." 1 John 3:18-20 MSG

How well do you know yourself? Many of us are still searching to know what it is we want in life, what we want to do, what makes us happy, what makes us unique from every other individual on earth. It's a little scary to think God knows more about us than we do. Yikes! You may be thinking, "I wish...
May
22

"Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

When I was a little girl, my bedroom was on the other side of the house from my parents.  The cellar door and garage door opened close to my room.  I was scared to death to go to sleep at night.  Fear is a powerful emotion. It can immobilize us. Make us physically ill.  Sap...
May
1

"From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another." John 1:16

Most of the time we refer to the gift of salvation as a gift of grace. But God’s grace also comes in tiny little packages marked "FREE GIFT" inside. Each day God presents gifts of His grace. Most of the time we take them for granted. Take some time to appreciate some of these gifts: freedom to...
Apr
24

"God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness to those who please him." Ecclesiastes 2:26 (TEV)

A fresh start.  A new beginning.  Every day.  That's what we have with God.  To live your life as a pleasing testimony to Him. To be a light to the world. To live in a way that shows you serve a living Savior who continues to renew you each morning.  Who forgives your sins...
Mar
27

"Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us?" Malachi 2:10

My father passed away several years ago after a long battle with cancer.  He died far too young.  I still miss him...a lot.  But, I have many wonderful memories of him. He loved me and really cared for me.  He was so kind to me.  I know that he helped make me who I am today...
Mar
19

"So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up." Galatians 6:9 NLT

Sometimes life is not fair. We keep doing good.  We take care of our kids.  We volunteer our time for a church committee.  We pay our bills on time.  Overall, we do a pretty good job of living.  But, nobody really notices and we certainly don’t get any major rewards for it...
Mar
5

"Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love." 1 John 4:7-8 NLT

God is crazy about you. You are His child.  His princess. He showers you with every good thing.  Instead of obsessing over what you don’t have, think about all you do have.  His love and attention.  Fresh air.  Clean water.  Food.  Shelter.  A place of...
Feb
26

"There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit." 1 Corinthians 12:4

Teaching. Counseling. Shepherding. Showing mercy. Giving. As Christians, God gives each of us different gifts. Some of you know what your gifts are—it’s just obvious to you. You may be comfortable speaking in front of a crowd, leading a Bible study group in your church, counseling others, or maybe...
Feb
19

"Father forgive them, for they know not what they do." Luke 23:34

Becky can’t sleep at night.  She keeps having nightmares about her mother, who abused her as a child.  Even though her mother has been dead for ten years, Becky still struggles to forgive.  Why would God even ask Becky to forgive someone who caused her so much pain? Giving...
Feb
12

"Surrender to God!" James 4:7 CEV

Why do we feel safer driving our cars than flying when we know that we’re more likely to wreck our car than die on a plane? Because we’re in the pilot’s seat—in total control (or so we think). It’s like this every day—in most situations. We desire control in circumstances because we feel safe when...
Feb
6

"... we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." Romans 5:3-5

Loss. Divorce. Death. Cancer. Ever ask God why? I think we all have. But to "rejoice in suffering?" If making sense of pain in our lives is not difficult enough, now we’re also told to rejoice in it? You're probably wondering what Paul was thinking when he wrote this. "Was he in his right mind?"...
Jan
22

"Relish life with the spouse you love. Each and every day of your precarious life. Each day is God's gift. It’s all you get in exchange for the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one!" Ecclesiastes 9:9 (MSG)

Living God’s dream means living in close relationships. There’s nothing more precious than spending time with those we love. From time to time we should review what’s really important in our lives and rethink how we spend our time. It’s what life is all about—meaningful relationships. Solomon...