Recently I asked a group to give thanks for specific things. Each took a turn sharing. Except for one, who commented, “Shouldn’t we be thankful all year round? If I state that I’m thankful for one specific thing, it takes away the value of how thankful I am about other things.” True, we should be thankful all year round. But… Read More
Growing in our relationship with God
God wants us to know Him!
Knowing God was Moses' supreme desire (Exodus 33:12-34:8).
The Apostle Paul wanted to know Christ and participate in His suffering (Philippians 3:8-10). His passion was for fellow believers to to know how wide and long, how high and deep God's love was for them (Ephesians 3:18).
If we want to know God, we must spend time with Him in His Word--because that is the primary way that He makes Himself known. God is pleased when we pursue Him. He promises that when we seek Him, we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13-14). God delights in us, and we in Him. It is truly the sweetest relationship ever.
Transformation. Change. We leave the old behind and embrace the new. The vast majority of social media posts with a #transformation hashtag are about lifestyle improvement. From weight loss to minimalism, people want to become a better version of themselves. Enter personality typing. It’s been around for a long time and quizzes abound. It appears the Enneagram and personality typing… Read More
Where would we be without words? We use them constantly. We speak and think them. And we write and text them. Combined with music, they become the language of the heart. Even our body language translates into unspoken words. Crossed arms and a scowl can say, I’m mad at you. A gentle touch or a hug can say, I love… Read More
Are you a rule follower? There are rules for everything. Rules for games and sports. Rules for punctuation, and rules for completing math problems. Even rules for how we behave at work and at school. In some cases, the word guidelines might be more effective. Some of us simply aren’t rule followers. We want to do things our own way. No… Read More
God desires a growing relationship with us. He wants more of us. And I think most of us want more of God. The key to both is time together. And not just any time, but quality time. Quality time includes focused communication, free from distraction. Our culture, however, encourages the opposite. We are a busy people. Parents are involved in… Read More
I debated whether to write this post. In fact, I’m a little nervous about how life will go once I post it! But a year has passed since I obeyed and said yes to God’s no regarding alcohol consumption. I wish I could say it’s been five years, or more! I resisted far too long. It hasn’t been easy, but God met me step… Read More
Often feeling empty and distant from the Lord is caused by our not spending quality time with Him every day. Our relationship can be restored simply by re-establishing our daily quiet times. Sometimes, however, our loss of fellowship is because we harbor unconfessed sin. When we make a mess of our lives—accidentally or even on purpose—God has a plan for restoration…. Read More
Do you remember your first love? Waiting in the hall with bated breath, watching for that first glimpse as he rounds the corner, the catch in your heart when your eyes meet, smiling so big your cheeks hurt, surges of electricity when he grabs your hand, shoulders bumping in the crowded hall on the walk between classes. If you’re my age,… Read More