Let Down & Build Up

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10 ___ “How have I let people down today?” When you ask yourself that […]

Tread Deeply

When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you all into truth. John 16:13a NLT ___ Let’s talk tire tread for a second. Do you know why it’s there and how it works? I knew a tiny amount – basically just that it provides traction. I was curious so I googled it to learn […]

Moron For A Cause

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” John 14:5 NIV ___ Someone once told me that Shakespeare had a secret type of character in his plays. This specific character existed for only one reason: to keep all ages and intellects engaged in his storyline. […]

Trust

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” Jeremiah 17:7. ___ Growing up, I was always the kind of person who knew that I was going to have a family. I knew I was going to marry a beautiful girl, we’d be hopelessly in love, we’d have lots of […]

Gospel Feet

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. John 13:14 NIV ___ When I was in high school, my parents hosted a church ministry intern (Carrie) for a year. While interning, she met an awesome Christian guy (John) who was also in ministry and they ended […]

Do You Pronk?

“He answered, ‘I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?’” John 9:27 NIV ___ The first time I let my dog outside each morning – without fail – she bolts out the door and launches herself off the […]

Silent Overcomer

“Do not shout; do not even talk,” Joshua commanded.  “Not a single word from any of you until I tell you to shout.  Then shout!”  Joshua 6:10 NLT ___ In my experience, some of the most difficult conversations in life begin with the phrase “we need to talk.”  Even typing those words out makes me have painful flashbacks […]

Whose Shoes

“…But how could he be?…” John 7:27a NLT ___ Sometimes, when I read the Bible, I have a hard time identifying with the people I’d like to identify with. When I read the book of Ruth, I struggled with it because I couldn’t see myself in Ruth. She is seriously June Cleaver mixed with Mother […]

Limitless

“There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” John 6:9 NLT ___ If I took a poll today, what do you think would get more votes: I make most of my decisions based upon my limitations. I make most of my decisions […]

Make it stop!

“Sir, give me this water so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” John 4:15 ESV ___ A couple years back, I pinpointed the most critical difference between my kid-wrangling strategies and my husband’s kid-wrangling strategies. The most critical difference is how we approach a [NON life-threatening] repeat […]