First Love

But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. Hosea 12:6 I’ve mentioned before that I’m a “doer.”  In the Bible, Martha is my spirit animal.  I can so easily picture myself cooking and cleaning all day, getting ready for Jesus to come for dinner.  Then while He is at myContinue reading “First Love”

35,000 Decisions

…yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18 According to Psychology Today we make an average of 35,000 decisions each day.  That’s about 2,000 decisions per waking hour.  I remember when I was working as a public relations and marketing executive at a mid-sized company.  At the end of each dayContinue reading “35,000 Decisions”

Awaken

So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake  and sober.   1 Thessalonians 5:6 I just finished a study on the book of Numbers.  It finds Israel wandering about the desert grumbling, complaining and disobeying God at every turn.  And God gives mercy over and over at Moses’ pleading.  Until He doesn’t.  There’sContinue reading “Awaken”

A Tiny Message #4

Therefore, since we have these promises,dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 When you think of the word “holy” the most likely target of our thoughts is God or Jesus. But the pursuit of holiness is what is required of usContinue reading “A Tiny Message #4”

Pilgrim Not Citizen

Lesson 5: Walk in Truth through obedience to God It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 2 John 1:4 I was reading a new book recently that said, “Today, America is rich but morally rotten.  Our heads and our hands have outrunContinue reading “Pilgrim Not Citizen”

One Truth

Life Lesson #4: Know the truth of God’s Word Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 2 John 9 We hear a lot of “my truth,” “your truth” these days.  What that really meansContinue reading “One Truth”

The Big Picture

Lesson #2: Commit to the big picture of Christ through the details of His love So when I come, I will call attention to what he (Diotrephes) is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. 3 John 10 My current Bible study, Everyday Theology, has been a great strengthening and clarification of my Christian beliefs.  Starting withContinue reading “The Big Picture”

Mighty Growth

A few weeks ago, I told my husband the following: “I can’t wait to get back to the way things were before the pandemic.”  And then I stopped.  I realized that wasn’t really true.  My good friend and I were having lunch this week and I shared this moment with her.  I went on to explain that yes, there’sContinue reading “Mighty Growth”

A Promised Return

The desert and the parched land will be glad;the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God. Isaiah 35:1-2Continue reading “A Promised Return”