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…

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…

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…

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…

where my eyes go—there goes my heart

I look at my neighbor’s yard and then at my own—manicured even luscious next to dry weedy patches of green. I look at my friend’s house and then at my own—matching decorations and new paint next to dog-chewed furniture and shoe-scuffed woodwork. I look at her body and then at my own—toned and tanned next…

Quiet Times and the Seasons of Life

Blessed is the one… whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law, day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (From Psalm 1 NIV) In college I joined Christian fellowship whose focus was evangelism…

…to those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death…

“And you, my child (Zechariah on the birthday of his son John), will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by…

Do not be afraid

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying…