A Beautiful Reminder

I have this old Bible that was my grandfather’s. When I inherited it, it was worn, tattered, and falling apart. I considered having it rebound but knew it would not be a Bible I’d use to read or for study purposes. However, I could not part with it. I have many extended family members who have been and are wonderful examples of faithful servants who love God and His Word. Many of these faithful servants of the Lord have served and/or are serving in full-time ministry. They are beautiful examples of those who walk out the Word and share Jesus wherever they are, as part of their daily life. I am very grateful for their influence and impact on my life.

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The Love-Walk: Responding Like Jesus

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. —Ephesians 5:1-2

We began our Walk in Love study with the word Remember!  Remember, you are the beloved of the Father—You are loved by God so deeply!

We are to REMEMBER we are loved, so that we might RESPOND like Jesus—to love as Christ loved us, giving Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

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For Unto Us is Given…

It is the season for giving gifts. Perhaps at this point, you have finished your Christmas shopping. Perhaps you’re still searching for that “perfect” gift for someone in your life. Perhaps you have not even begun your shopping and will be hitting the stores on Christmas Eve. Wherever you find yourself in the gift-giving process, our next Scripture on the birth and life of Christ will encourage you. We’ll spend a few days examining this passage in Isaiah as we come to know more about this indescribable gift we have all been given!

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His Name IS Advent Devotion: Day 15

We’ll spend the next several days examining Isaiah 9:6-7. For now, read through this wonderful passage of Scripture and note what you learn about the following:

  • How are the people described? How are their lives characterized?
  • What are their circumstances?
  • What are they given? How is this gift described?
  • Who is this gift?
  • Who will bring this to pass?

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The Ultimate Energy Booster

Are you running on empty? Battling fatigue and exhaustion?

You don’t have to look far to find countless promises offering to help us fight fatigue and boost our energy.  From vitamin supplements and exercise, to energy shots and double espresso, we all find ourselves seeking ways to boost our energy and muster enough strength and stamina to make it through the week…or day. And to be clear, I’m not suggesting that some of the above options are not valid resources for regaining strength as we battle daily fatigue. But I firmly believe there is a spiritual component that is just as important when we find ourselves worn out and weary.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God—Hebrews 12:1-2

Yes, life often feels like a race to the finish line! But this passage gives us some practical instruction and encouragement on finding the strength and energy we need. Continue reading “The Ultimate Energy Booster”

Awakened by Grace

Awaken —my ‪#‎oneword365‬ ‪is so applicable to my life this year. But it was not complete. One of the words I considered for 2016 was #grace, but #awaken seemed to be what I needed. So it was the word I chose a few weeks ago. It resonated. And I love the word. But for the first time since I’ve been choosing words/themes, I’ve changed my word for the year. ‪I believe God is calling me to explore #grace in a more in-depth way this year. How can I embrace and extend grace in greater ways this year? It is God’s grace that will awaken those things that need to be rekindled in my life. #awakenedbyGrace

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The New Testament Greek charis is rendered grace.

charis —of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.

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Focused Forward

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of spending a few days with my daughter-in-law and son after the birth of their second child, a precious baby boy —Charles Walker.  His big sister, Emma, has a WHOLE 14 months on him!  Needless to say, my daughter-in-law has her hands full. She and my son were definitely sleep deprived and in need of some strength. And with no immediate relief in the future (and least for the next few years). Quite frankly, by the time I left to head home, I was pretty sapped myself. How easy it is to forget the energy it takes to care for two little ones under the age of 14 months. Grandmama loved every minute of my time spent with Emma and Charles, and helping to cook and clean, but I was worn out! But I also knew rest and a quiet house were in my future.

Sometimes life is like that —it just saps our strength. In times like these it’s hard to think beyond the moment (and that can be a good thing, but that’s for another post). There are times when life gets so full and busy that it feels as if things are swirling around us like a tornado. Perhaps you’re in a situation where you’re in need of a break! Just a few hours of sleep, an energy boost, just something to give you a little more strength. Emotions take over and you’re on that roller coaster. Perhaps you find yourself weighed down and weary by an ongoing situation in life, one that just won’t seem to quit. You’re having trouble moving forward, you’re stuck in a rut, and came seem to find your way out. This will definitely sap your strength and steal your joy! Let’s spend some time today in Psalm 84. There are some great lessons we can glean from this passage when our strength is sapped and we find ourselves stuck—unable to move forward! Continue reading “Focused Forward”

Get Real! Real Truth

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What is real truth?

Your word is truth. —John 17:17

Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. —Proverbs 30:5

It’s found in the Word of God!  God’s Word is how He has chosen to reveal himself to us in a very real, tangible way that will transform our every day lives.  

John 1:1 tells us that Jesus is the Word.  And His Word has been given so that we might know Him better and understand His ways and desires for our lives.

What does God’s Word do in us?

 It renews us. It refines us. It restores us. It refocuses our mind’s attention and our heart’s affection.

  •  His Word is living and activeHebrews 4:12 – living and active, divides soul and spirit, joint and marrow and judges the thoughts and intentions of our hearts.  It’s real!
  •  His Word cleanses and renews John 17:17
  •  His Word is good and for my good. Proverbs 16:20, 1 Peter 1:25
  •  His Word guides and directs. Psalm 25:5, John 16:13
  •  His Word stands firm (does not wither or fade). Isaiah 40:8
  •  His Word is eternal. I Peter 1:25
  •  His Word is imperishable (living and abiding). 1 Peter 1:23 
  •  His Word encourages and comforts. Romans 15:4
  •  His Word is trustworthy and faithful. Psalm 111:7 
  • His Word teaches, rebukes, corrects and trains in righteousness so that we are thoroughly equipped for every good work! 2 Timothy 3:16-17 
  • His Word changes my daily life. Psalm 86:11

So often in life we get stuck.  Stuck in our comfort zones.  Stuck in our routines.  Stuck in a rough place.  Stuck in our hard places.  Hebrews 4:14-16 has a word of encouragement for us regarding this and how we can live REAL!   Continue reading “Get Real! Real Truth”