Bucket Of Joy

You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. Psalm 4:7 Have you ever ridden on a carousel where the operator, at some point, drops down a metal arm toward the riders and a brass ring drops toward its end?  The riders on the outside stretch and strive toContinue reading “Bucket Of Joy”

From Student to Teacher

After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Luke 2:46 “The teacher encouragesthe student morphs – moth to beauteous butterfly soars”  Mala Naidoo, author When God directed me to start the Emboldened blog He also led me to a few simple quotesContinue reading “From Student to Teacher”

She Loves Like Jesus

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 Jesus sees you. The first lesson of this miracle is a welcome one. You and I aren’t invisible. We aren’t overlooked. Jesus spots us on the side of the road, and he makes the first move. Max LucadoContinue reading “She Loves Like Jesus”

A Tap on The Shoulder

I have a good friend who has been a Christian for much of her life.  She’s now in her 60’s.  It’s been fascinating watching her in her faith progression.  For years she sat solidly in the knowledge that Jesus died for her sins.  She knew that God loved her.  She can quote many Bible verses, she taught Sunday school, andContinue reading “A Tap on The Shoulder”

Rinse & Repeat

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the SonContinue reading “Rinse & Repeat”

Listen Up!

Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. John 5:25 Today’s Fresh Fire is our last in this series.  It’s been a great adventure finding and studying verses that have helped me bolster my faith.  IContinue reading “Listen Up!”

Rescue Me!

Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love. Psalm 44:26 I’ll admit I’ve had a bit of a rough relationship with God the last few weeks.  I have an on-going health issue related to my sinuses.  For years I’ve suffered through swollen sinuses, infections, allergies, clogged ears, excruciating headaches and more.  I’m in myContinue reading “Rescue Me!”

Living In The Light

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 I’ve been thinking a lot about separateness lately.  As the world seems to move farther and farther away from theContinue reading “Living In The Light”

Muscle Building

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.  1 Corinthians 9:25 I’ve been a member of various gyms over the years.  Each time, after that initial enthusiasm of “this time I’m goingContinue reading “Muscle Building”

Closer Than A Brother

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”  Hebrews 13:6 There’s been a number of times in my life when I felt all alone.  In high school the neighbor girl who I had been friends with since I was in fourth gradeContinue reading “Closer Than A Brother”