I love it when a scripture I have read for years jumps off the pages and grips me in a brand new way. On an ordinary day I began to dig deep into the story of a man that changed the way sinners receive grace. I had one of those moments recently that make you pause and re-evaluate your entire way of thinking.
He was of man of integrity, yet corruption. He was undervalued in the eyes of man, but in the eyes of God he was more than strong enough. This musician and poet was not first pick among his brothers, but he was the one anointed to be king. He was a shepherd turned ruler, one with giant sized faith; a mighty warrior yet—in all of his humanity—made significant mistakes. David was not perfect, but he was someone … Read More »
It’s that time of year again—the one we wait for, plan for, and countdown to starting December 26 of last year. Christmas is a lot of people’s favorite season. Everyone seems to be so joyful and kind. As wonderful as it is in most cases, it seems to be a little extra sweet for children. When I was a child, this time of year was filled with more excitement and expectancy than my Christmas pajamas could handle. The lights, the cookies, the Toys R Us special catalog all had me wishing it was Christmas every day.
As I get older, Christmas is all that and more to me because I realize what a wonderful meaning there is attached to it and why we celebrate. Children often associate Christmas with Santa, gifts, and snowmen, but as our reality changes with age, … Read More »
I didn’t realize it, but I was making a choice.
So are you.
We wake up in the morning and often follow through the daily necessities without much intention. Clocking in on time. Running by the post office. Submitting the paper with thirty seconds to spare. Being both active and reactive to what presents itself before us during our routine. Never realizing that even in the commonality, we are choosing which crown we want to serve.
Most of us have never lived in a monarchy, and as a result we tend to westernize a very eastern methodology of kingdom-mindedness in our culture. However, throughout the entire Bible the correlation is always related to God and the church. The relationship is symbolic of how we are to view Scripture and understand the reality of the Spirit of God.
The inescapable … Read More »
It’s officially that time of year when people start to celebrate everything from pumpkin spice to turkey laden tables dressed with flannel and fine china. And every year around this time I start to consider the events leading to this point in the season. It’s amazing how packed a year can be with so much life change, surprise, heartbreak, and excitement all rolled up into 365 days. When you consider your recent year, I hope you have bright memories and joy that come to mind, but there are some seasons that can be more challenging to get through. When those come and hang out for longer than we would prefer, we often need something to get us through to the next season of life.
Jeremiah understood what heartbreak was. He saw his country, his people, everything he knew fall to … Read More »
“I thank God for the mountains, and I thank Him for the valleys.
I thank Him for the storms He’s brought me through.
For if I never had a problem, I wouldn’t know that He could solve them.
I wouldn’t know what faith in God can do.”
We had barely been married a month and were still unpacking when we were forced to evacuate our home, running from an impending category five hurricane. That’s when I was hit harder than ever with the fact I am never going to be strong enough to be in control, no matter what.
Storms can teach you more than you think you are ready to learn. It’s hurricane season. Around my coastal city in Florida, that means being on constant alert to what is going on in the tropics. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and a few other monsters have … Read More »