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 4: The Patient Teacher

“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” John 16:12 Having successfully weaved my way through 13 years of public school and 5 years of college I look back and can see so many of my teachers’ faces.  Each face that passes through my memory comes with its own setContinue reading “Step 4: The Patient Teacher”

The Singing Warrior

“At this they tried to seize Him but no one laid a hand on Him because His hour had not come.”  John 7:30 “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” Exodus 6:22 My church is in the midst of a study of Genesis and a few weeks ago we landed on the story of Noah. ChristiansContinue reading “The Singing Warrior”

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”

He Serves Humbly

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” He replied.  “Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what to do.”  Acts 9:5-6 I did not grow up in a strong, male-led home.  My father was a sweet man who worked a lot.  When he got home from work we ate dinner, he showered, andContinue reading “He Serves Humbly”

Laying By The Pool

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”  At once, the man was cured. John 5:8 “Lord Jesus, I offer myself for Your people.  In any way.  Any place.  Any time.” Corrie Ten Boom, The Hiding Place I was reading recently about what it meant that Jesus called Himself a humble servant of God.  ToContinue reading “Laying By The Pool”

Step 2: Humble Servant

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” John 21:15 Since the resurrection of Jesus, Christians seem to have been in an interesting battle.  The concept of how we are saved has led to many sermons, books, and even paper nailed to church doors.  The prevailing answer in the modern church age is, of course, that we are saved byContinue reading “Step 2: Humble Servant”