How wide and long and high and deep

… And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19 (NIV)…

Dwelling and Ruling

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…and be thankful…let the word of Christ dwell in you richly… Colossians 3:14-16 (ESV) What do you dwell on? I am convinced the thoughts on which we dwell tend to rule over us. The result of which can be detrimental or beneficial. Recently, my friends and I…

Margins

How do you cope with interruptions? How about delays? When I was a kid and we were late, I became embarrassed or angry. Later, when tardiness was the result of my own poor planning and irresponsibility, the consequences often affected others. I will never forget when my best friend from college said to me, after…

I am the vine

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener… you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing… As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in…

Arise and Shine

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” Isaiah 60:1-3 (NIV) Then you will shine among them like stars in the…

The Light of Life

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NIV) Jesus is the light of the world—and his is a life-giving light. Jesus calls us into his light even though it exposes our sin. On the cross, he took the…

I am the voice…

“I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’..Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:23,29 (ESV) “for this reason I came baptizing with water, that he (Jesus) might be revealed…” John 1:31 (ESV) There are two significant things…

Balm for the Soul

Hello my friends. I’ve not written in some time. I’ve been on a soul-searching journey recently and have realized I had gotten ahead of God in some areas of my life—running ahead without waiting to listen. I don’t know if you can relate but I’ve taken some time to be still in regard to writing….

Guilt-Free Quiet Times

I have busy days when my quiet time simply consists of praying to God and reading a Bible passage. Other days, when my schedule is open, God speaks to me in the leisure hours of the morning. I read several passages of scripture, reflect on God’s goodness in prayer and thanksgiving, meditate and memorize verses,…

Devotionals

Early in my Christian life, my Bible, a devotional book, and my prayer journal were all I brought to my quiet times with the Lord. I leaned heavily on devotionals because I felt I needed the guidance and insights they provided. A devotional is a book with passages from the Bible accompanied by short interpretations…