Over the course of the summer, I felt a shift in my spirit that was hard to shake. It was a good shift and reminded me that I’m a day closer to my destiny, a step closer in my purpose, and one more moment away from meeting my future husband. Week after week, God confirms something new in me — …Read More »
Tag Archives: Spiritual Formation
Are We Becoming Comfortable With Compromise?
In Matthew 12:35-47, Jesus encouraged living in a state of watchfulness for His return. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. A wise follower of Jesus will live his or her life in such a manner that at no time will the Lord’s return catch them in an embarrassing, compromising or even …Read More »
What You Can Learn From My Spiritual Limp
So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched. And he was limping because of his hip. –Genesis 32:24-25, 31 NIV My dad walked with a lifelong limp as the result of a …Read More »
When Your Will Clashes With God’s Will
David inquired of God: “Shall I go?” The Lord answered him, “Go.” David inquired of God again, and God answered him, “Do not go…” (1 Chronicles 14:10, 14). Do you get mixed messages from God? No, I’m not committing heresy or expressing my disbelief in answered prayers. I am simply acknowledging that God moves in mysterious and, quite often, unexpected …Read More »
When God Calls You Out Of Your Comfort Zone
God advances us before we’re ready. I was listening to “Perfectionism and Performance,” a recent podcast Jill Monaco did with Shelby Harveaux, when that statement jumped out. Just as some of our favorite Bible characters thought, Oh, no! Not me, Lord!, we tend to feel we’re not equipped or ready to take on a big Kingdom job. From Moses’ protests …Read More »
C’mon People, Get Your Clothes On!
To give them … the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered …Read More »
When Your Trials Are Designed By God
One of the saddest and yet most amazing stories in the Bible is found in Exodus 1. It began with Pharaoh’s all-out assault on Israel and ended with freedom for a nation. The Israelites, then slaves of the Egyptians, were multiplying very rapidly and therefore feared by their captors. In Exodus 1:22, Pharaoh enacted a cruel form of population control …Read More »
Is Betrayal Necessary For Spiritual Growth?
Spiritual growth is something to strive for as we grow in our relationship with the Lord. But what about betrayal? Betrayal is the ultimate act of mistrust and breach of faith in someone or something. Is it necessary for spiritual growth? The most obvious betrayal in Scripture was when Judas handed Jesus over to the authorities. He was one of …Read More »
When Your Spiritual Life Feels Like It’s Dying
Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. –Mark 4:18-19 Is something choking your spiritual life? In the parable of the sower and the seed, Jesus outlined four different scenarios of seed planting. Some seed …Read More »
Is Panic Stealing Your Peace?
“I’ve got you.” Three words that changed my life. During a season of intense difficulty, I found myself waking up several times a night, fear and panic hijacking any semblance of sleep I may otherwise have experienced. I would wake up with a start, eyes bulging open like a shocked emoji, heart racing and terror overwhelming any remnant of peace …Read More »