The Real Thing

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 NIV ___ I am taking a 10-week course called Citizen’s Academy through my local police department. The first night of the class, we got to meet the Chief and […]

Their Faith

“Seeing their faith, Jesus said to them man, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.'” Luke 5:20 NLT ___ One of the most painful things in this life is hearing someone you adore tell you they think they’re worthless. I can’t even begin to count the number of people who’ve confessed to me that they think they […]

Easy

“Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.” Luke 3:5 NIV ___ During the 2005 Super Bowl, Staples launched a new ad campaign centered around one question: What if organizing your business were as easy as pressing a button? They even had a literal button. […]

Treasure

“Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.” Luke 2:51 NIV ___ Learning a new skill has the tendency to make you feel like you’re going a little crazy. I’ve been learning the “new” skill of raising boys for nine years […]

How Can I Know?

“How can I know this will happen?” Luke 1:18 ___ I was never the kind of little girl who dreamed of her perfect wedding day. I didn’t spend years imagining that gorgeous white dress or epic cake. Don’t get me wrong – I definitely wanted to meet my Prince Charming and have our special day […]

Carrying Thoughts

“…And they forced him to carry Jesus’ cross.” Mark 15:21 NLT ___ I never really thought much about Simon of Cyrene. He’s only referenced three times in the Bible – Mark 15:21, Matt 27:32, and Luke 23:26 – all for the same reason. He was chosen randomly from the crowd and forced to carry Jesus’ […]

Stay & Watch

“My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me.” Mark 14:34 NLT ___ “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death.”  Is it even possible to read those words without feeling their phenomenal weight? One of my favorite Bible verses used to be “Jesus […]

Roots

6 “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 ESV ___ We’re (translation: hubby and begrudging 12-year-old) removing a tree – stump and all – from our backyard this week. […]

Even If

“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Mark 12:28b NLT ___ On long road trips, my parents used to let us listen to a Bible-based fictional series called Adventures in Odyssey. Every episode centers around the same core characters in a small town called Odyssey, wrestling with normal life and typical challenges that […]

But Jesus

“I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24b NLT ___ Back in my apartment days, I had a neighbor who dropped by nearly every day. The visits were so frequent and so aimless that I started thinking maybe he had some kind of crush on me. (I later found out there was no […]