Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I
have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
We have heard the verse over and over. "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13) But, one thing in this passage of scripture in Philippians 4:10-23 that has been sticking out to me above the rest lately is verse 11. Each version says it a little differently, but in the ESV verse 11 says, "Not that I am speakin...
I press on toward the goal for the prize
of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
We're pretty good at fooling ourselves when it comes to the list of things that hold our hearts. We're good at coming up with excuses as to why certain things are not idols in our lives. We justify our need for them as we lie to ourselves about where they truly rank. Yet, we never realize the list of things that hold our hearts until it's time to give them u...
I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my
mouth. My soul make its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be
glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!
It's so easy to be thankful when we get what we want. But, what happens to our praise when our prayers aren't met the way we wanted them to be. Do we doubt God's love? Do we walk away from the Lord altogether? Do we give God an ultim...
He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Have you ever wondered why God has you where He has you right now? Ever ques...
For the LORD is good: his steadfast love
endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
For the Lord is good. Think about a situation or time in your life where you just didn't understand what God was doing. Maybe this season has come and gone, but maybe you're in this season right now. If you have been anchored in God's presence you most likely know and understand God's love for you even through difficult times. You most likely know d...
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
Ever get caught up in the negative side of life? No matter who you are or where you live there are daily struggles that leave us with a choice on how to think. It's so easy to jump to the conclusion that our worl...
But blessed is the one who
trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
When we first said yes to Jesus about going to Poptún, Guatemala I was terrified. We loved the people and country of Guatemala from our very first trip, yet the fear of going into a country, where we don't know the customs nor speak the language, completely on our own left a crippling fear. God's faithfulness and indescribable peace has gotten us through each trip. Not o...
In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the
morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Expectations can be a funny thing. They can cause us to speak and believe out of a place of abundance and hope causing us to walk in radical faith. Yet, that same word - expectation - at the same time can create unfair or unrealistic expectations on those around us. If we're not careful our own dreams and desires can turn from hopeful expectat...
When You said, "Seek My face,"
My heart said to You, "Your face, LORD, I will seek."
A new year brings new goals. What are yours? Maybe they are physical goals that focus on being healthy or looking your best. Maybe you're wanting to focus on how you think and what flows out of your heart. Maybe you're focused on your emotional health and your goals are forgiveness or conquering fear. Whatever your goals are this year it's pretty easy to guess tha...
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Along with a new year comes new hopes, new dreams, new goals, and so much more. Many people view the new year as a time to start over. A time for new beginnings. A time to forgive and move on. A time to let go of the past and embrace the days ahead. One of the biggest life changing moments in my walk with Jesus was being able to gras...