“…train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:7b-8 *buzz* *buzz* *buzz* I lay still for a moment, eyes closed, […]

I was praying in the morning a few weeks ago when the Lord interrupted me to tell me something. “I love you.” What shocked me was that my first thought in reply was “You do?” I know that Jesus loves me.  Not just because I have heard it, […]

  I struggle constantly to share prayer needs with others.  I often have no trouble talking to God about various things on my mind, but I have also struggled personally to pray for my own prayer needs, and to pray without ceasing over the daily actions and routine […]

  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 ESV) I’ve been spending a lot of time lately praying for […]

Does it feel kind of like we’re back at square one?  Fear involves punishment, so we should not be afraid if we love God, but Jesus Himself said that we should fear God because of… punishment?   Sometimes it is so easy for us to take things apart […]

  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. ~Proverbs 9:10   If you have grown up in the church, perhaps you have heard this verse often enough to be thinking already, “It’s not really fear though.  We’re […]

  I’m off like a shot again as soon as I get the inkling that there is something more I can do for the Lord.  Whenever I get antsy, I want to do all of the things that have brought me close to Him before.  I hate to waste […]

  I was speaking to my mother recently about some of the reactions I received from friends and peers when I first stopped watching television, and her observations led me to do a lot of thinking. When I stopped watching movies and TV shows, and stopped reading books […]

  “‘Worst?’ Why would I want to have the *WORST* Valentine’s Day ever?”   Well, that is a good question. But…you’re reading the article now, aren’t you. 😉 However, this sentiment is basically exactly what our actions speak about what is going on in our hearts. The moping, […]

  by Stephanie H.   Is giving better than receiving?   The obvious answer is, yes, of course it is.  And that is very true.  Focusing on what we have and what we get immediately puts a wall between us and God.  The last of the Ten Commandments […]