Proverbs Day 4 – Like the light of dawn

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. (Proverbs 4:18 ESV) Righteous. This word has confounded me for years. I understand I am in right standing before God because of Jesus Christ, but rarely do I feel righteous. Recently, I read a book by…

Proverbs Day 2 – If you call out for insight..

…then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2: 3,5 ESV) When I first embraced Jesus Christ, I was seventeen and had very little knowledge of God – other than the fact he loved me and sent his Son to pay the penalty for my sin. I didn’t know…

31 Days of Proverbs

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 (ESV) According to this verse, knowledge begins with an acknowledgement of the existence of God, rather than acquiring it by experience or education. Webster defines God as, “the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as…

For this purpose I was born…

Standing before Pilate, only moments before Jesus is sentenced to crucifixion, he says, “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world – to bear witness to the truth.” (John 18:37 ESV) It seems appropriate at Christmastime to consider why Jesus was born. Why did God choose to incarnate…

…and I will declare Your greatness

On the glorious splendor of your majesty and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness.  The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is…

Perfect Peace

Peace. Why is it so hard to attain? Why can’t we, humans, get along with one another? Even peace within our own hearts seems out of reach. Did you know anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States?  According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 40 million Americans over…

Steadfast Love and Plentiful Redemption

O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption (Psalm 130:7 ESV). Steadfast love and plentiful redemption – my greatest desire and my greatest need. I’ve been married for thirty-one years, which means my husband has loved me for eleven thousand, three hundred and fifteen days. On…

the natural person

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned… (I Corinthians 2: 14 ESV) Who is the natural person? Normally, I would say a natural person is someone who highly regards nature and…

Battleground: Are you in the fight or have you surrendered?

Are you defeated in the battleground of your mind – struggling to overcome thoughts which immobilize and discourage? I often give in to the voice which says I am a victim. I allow myself to wallow far too long in self-pity, fear, and hopelessness. Do you go there too? Wallowing in the sludge of disappointment…

So you also may have fellowship with us…

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. I John 1:3 NIV” When I ask people if they consider themselves Christians, the most common response I receive is, “I believe in…