There’s a multitude of “rock and a hard place” scenarios my mind could ponder. Sometimes the outcome doesn’t seem quite as assuredly joyous as the birth of a baby. The rocky place of unemployment and serious health concerns in which we currently find ourselves offers decidedly daunting outcomes. None of the options are appealing right now, and there’s a temptation to throw hands in the air and just settle. … More He didn’t settle
There is a longing in all of us to be found. We want to be seen and heard. Even when we’re hiding we hope someone will come and scoop us up into loving arms make everything good again. Our hearts were designed for love, for intimacy, and for belonging. … More If I had only one chance – Week 2
Prodigal, what does it really mean? I’ve pondered long over this English word and its meaning for a number of days now. Knowing how the word is most often used I felt sure I knew the definition. So, without looking it up in a dictionary, I wrote out my own definition of the word prodigal. … More Lavish Grace & Steadfast Love
Welcome to Saturday Share! The purpose of this weekly feature is to provide a space for regular people to share their real-life encounters with Jesus. It’s about living in the middle – on the way to the finish line. If we still have breath to tell our stories then our race isn’t finished. I believe … More Saturday Share with Bettie Gilbert
One way He has been doing that in this past year has been through a Titus 2 woman on the other side of the world. A Grandma of faith who has learnt through deep wounding of her own, how to open her palms and release basket after basket. This woman has taught me that there is Strength to be found in confessing my pride, anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness. In repenting before my sisters and brothers in Christ. … More Saturday Share with Anna Smit
But this is where my heart gets encouraged. Young Hezekiah, rather than grumbling, blaming, punishing or shaming, rolled up his kingly sleeves and got to work on a restoration plan. He reminds me of young friends in my city who have a heart for renewal and restoration, as well as a revival in the hearts of God’s people. … More Renovation Anyone?
So, when the lies of the enemy whisper constant accusations against God’s faithfulness, run to Jesus. When your own self-talk screams hopelessness and failure, run to Jesus. Tell Him everything. He understands. He will help you. And His mission for you will be accomplished just as He promised – even when it looks different than you imagined. … More Have you ever felt restricted?
For this reason, he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17, NIV This Christmas may end up being one of my all-time favorites. It’s been … More Christmas Awakenings
Dear daughter, have you ever pondered these verses from Psalm 37 during the Christmas season? “Commit your way to the LORD, trust in Him, and He will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” (Psalm 37:5-6, ESV) In the fast-paced days of December, my thoughts often … More Chosen for a Mission of Trust