January 19, 2018

What Better Reason to Give Thanks?

I hope you're praising God for all that you plan to enjoy this Thanksgiving -- a warm cozy home, a nourishing and satisfying meal, laughter and fellowship, family and friends, break from routines, new memories in the making. I hope you thank Him specifically for all the blessings of everyday comfort and happiness, and all the intangible joys of this life. In the midst of all that joyful gratitude, take some time to meditate on God alone. Praise Him for who He is at the very core of His being -- aside from all the tangible things He has done for you -- and exalt Him for His sake alone. Praise Him because He is GOD, and greater than we can comprehend. Praise Him because He is KING [...Read More]

Choosing Gratitude: Chapter 6

Welcome to the Choosing Gratitude study! If you’re not sure what this is all about, we’re studying through Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. See the Introduction for more details. How Can I Say Thanks? We're finally getting to the heart of having a gratitude attitude -- how can we make it happen? Here are some practical steps we can take to make it an actual lifestyle. 1. Speak Up Tell people when you're thankful for them, or for something they've done! If you don't voice it, they don't know. For example, thank your pastor when he preaches an exceptionally encouraging or convicting message -- he won't know it was effective, if you don't say anything. Or thank that neighbor [...Read More]

He Who Keeps You

When you feel hopeless or helpless... When you feel utterly alone... When your heart breaks... When you shrink under fear... When you almost drown in grief... When you fall down again and again... When you can't see the light... When you're blinded by the pain... When you need courage, refuge, hope... Look to Jesus. He is your creator, your light, your shield. He who keeps you will never falter. He will cherish you in His everlasting arms. Know someone who needs this comfort today? Tweet about it! Psalm 121, Psalm 84:11 [...Read More]

And Again I Say, Rejoice!

I love catching glimpses of unifying threads between the Old and New Testaments. Like seeing pictures of Christ in the historical and prophetic books. Or realizing Israel's significance in the Pauline epistles. Or seeing God's overarching plan of redemption all the way from Genesis through Revelation. And lately, I've been noticing another common thread -- the command to rejoice. As New Testament Christians, we have so many reasons to rejoice! We know the more blessed side of the cross -- Israel merely had a promise that the full atonement would someday take place, but we can look back and see how God brought it all together. We have the complete canon of Scripture. We have centuries [...Read More]

Comfort from Psalm 63

If you need extra encouragement today, spend some time in Psalm 63. Meditate on it. Pray it back to God. Let it be your heart's cry to your Savior. Cling to Him. And find comfort in the shadow of His wings. Read Psalm 63   Share with me! What's your favorite Psalm of comfort?   Want more comfort? Read God's Word with me this week: Tuesday: Judges 1-3, Psalm 69:1-18 Wednesday: Judges 4-6, Psalm 69:19-36 Thursday: Judges 7-9, Psalm 70 Friday: Judges 10-12, Psalm 71 Saturday: Judges 13-15, Proverbs 18 Sunday: reflection or catch-up day Monday: Judges 16-18, Proverbs 19:1-14   [...Read More]

Your Very Own Shepherd

I've always loved Psalm 23. There's so much comfort packed into 6 little verses. It's beautiful and reassuring, but it also reminds us where our focus should be. It puts this life into perspective.   The LORD is your shepherd. The one who spoke our universe into existence, the great King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who is holy and awesome and mighty and powerful -- HE is YOUR very own shepherd! He leads you, and guides you, and cares tenderly for you. Isaiah 40:11 tells us that "He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young." Isn't that a tender picture? And it's [...Read More]

Snapshot of a Blessed Person

The Bible reading plan I'm working through includes a Psalm for almost every day. I love that. It's so great to read a big chunk of history or prophecy, and then flip over to read a chapter of devotional poetry. The Psalms are so encouraging and comforting -- and yet they're more than just "greeting card" sentiments. They are jam-packed with theology! For instance, we find chapters about the inerrancy of God's Word (Psalm 19, 119), the creation of man by the direct act of God (Psalm 139), the presence and personality of the Holy Spirit (Psalm 51, 104), and the immutability of God and His various attributes. Psalms speaks a lot about God's standard for righteousness, in particular. [...Read More]