Fiery Trials

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 1 Peter 4:12 There’s a famous line in the movie Animal House, “Thank you, Sir!  May I have another!” which the college students must say as they receive a paddling inContinue reading “Fiery Trials”

Salvation

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 It seems there’s a lot of talk these days about “end times.”  Since the world received the words of Christ about eternal salvation and His return, people of all centuries have determined “this is it.”  And although IContinue reading “Salvation”

Slow to Speak

Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?”  But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.  Mark 14:61 I sat in that meeting surrounded by men.  I was the only woman on the coaching staff and thatContinue reading “Slow to Speak”

The Closing Door

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 It’s a strange conflict we humans live out – we all know that everything will die but we live as though we willContinue reading “The Closing Door”

She Counsels with Truth + Love

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17 “We are pretty much the only hope that God has for reaching people who need him.” Joyce Meyer On a recent visit with my daughterContinue reading “She Counsels with Truth + Love”

Retire From Self Care

“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 “I believe Jesus died to deliver ourselves from ourselves.  How many of us are just fed up being ourselves all the time?” Joyce Meyer The darkness, fury and despair of the young woman sitting next to me grew with each passing minute.  We wereContinue reading “Retire From Self Care”

Step: 5 Wise Counselor

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 The day I sat on the edge of my bed whining to God about my miserableContinue reading “Step: 5 Wise Counselor”

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”

Step 3: The Confident Warrior

The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him. John 7:32 Christianity is not passive.  We are to pray, say and do.   Joyce Meyer The other day my husband and I watched an episode of Phil and Jase Robertson’s Unashamed podcast.  We hadContinue reading “Step 3: The Confident Warrior”

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”