Growing with God

Come With Me

Many times throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus pulled away from the crowds to be alone with His Father.  He taught His disciples to do the same. To us, He also says, Come with me. Let’s spend some time together–just the two of us. “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place”  (Mark 6:31-32, NIV). The above Scripture refers to… Read More ›

A Legacy: The Chair & The Basket

My parents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary is this Saturday, June 1.  In preparation for that, I’d like to share something that I wrote several years ago to honor my Mother, who has molded my life in many ways.  I LOVE YOU, MOM! “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there,” (Mark 1:35, NASB). I still remember what early mornings were like in my parents’ home.  My alarm would go off, and it was time to get ready for school. I walked down the hall to… Read More ›

To Pray (aloud) … or not? That is the question.

Recently a friend asked for my take on whether or not we are supposed to pray audibly. It’s an interesting question.  I was reared in a home and church where praying out loud was the norm.  But many people do not have that experience.  They can be intimidated when they find themselves in a situation where others are praying aloud and it appears that they are expected to do the same.  Fear not!  There are many examples of both throughout Scripture.  I will share just a few here. In the Psalms, we often read of people praying and praising the… Read More ›

Coffee, Tea … or He?

Last weekend I attended our church’s annual Ladies Retreat at Camp Tejas in Giddings, Texas. The facilities are wonderful. The rooms are beautifully decorated, the conference center is lovely, the grounds are expansive, with lots of activities. The staff is incredible! Really – a dream location. Our church has retreated at Camp Tejas for over 15 years and our ladies love it there. Some of the very nice amenities in their main meeting rooms include the assortment of teas they provide and the nifty coffee machines that dispense a variety of hot beverages. Admittedly, though, I’m a coffee snob. And… Read More ›

I Have a Confession …

Several years ago I heard someone teach the following:  Once you are saved, you don’t need to keep asking God for forgiveness.  All of your sins are forgiven – past, present, and future.  When you do sin, however, you are to confess your sins, being thankful that He has forgiven them. This did not settle right with me.  I had been “asking for God’s forgiveness”  for specific sins ever since I had been saved.  As soon as I got home, I started my own search for Truth on this issue. Indeed – there are many verses that confirm this.  Colossians… Read More ›

Devoted to Prayer

Devoted isn’t a word that we hear all the time.  Certainly it’s more common around Valentine’s day.  I think that’s why, when I hear the word, my first thoughts are of my husband and the love we share.  When Tim signs a card, Your devoted husband, I feel treasured.  For me, the word devoted carries with it a sense of tender love and deep commitment. But what does it mean to be devoted to prayer? Acts 2:42 tells us that the early church “… devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and… Read More ›

Concerning the Holy Spirit (July 31, 2008)

Personal Summer Bible Study – 2008  Knowing & Loving the Bible … by Catherine Martin An excellent resource. Today I read “Day Ten: The Holy Spirit and The Word”. In this section, she explains how the Holy Spirit is the Agent of everything powerful in the Word of God … The Holy Spirit inspired the Word of God – 2 Peter 1:20-21 He illumines the Word of God to our hearts – Ephesians 1:18;3:9 He teaches us the Word of God and – John 14:26 He interprets it for us – 1 Corinthians 2:13-14 As I thought about this – I… Read More ›