Pray Like You You Mean It

A couple years back I went to a seminar where I learned there are three types of questions. Me/Me Questions: It sounds like I’m asking YOU a question, but the question really just helps the conversation be more about ME. Me/You Questions: The questions helps both YOU & ME learn more about each other. You/You […]

What I [Be]lieve

“Not all people who sound religious are really godly.” Matthew 7:21a NLT ___ You know how you might’ve heard something a thousand times but it never really stuck? Then one day somebody puts that same something in a really attractive font and slaps it onto a picture of someone standing at the top of a […]

Ugh-nemies

In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in Heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and on the unjust, too. Matthew 5:45 NLT ___ A checklist to see if you have enemies: (Keep mental tally of […]

This Just Got Real

Then Jesus was led out into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted there by the Devil. Matthew 4:1 NLT ___ The Devil shows up after Jesus had been alone fasting in the desert for 40 days and nights. He offers Jesus three temptations: Turn these stones into bread, jump off this cliff […]

Waiting Room

You parents – if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Matthew 9:9 NLT ___ I don’t know what you do when the “answer” isn’t clear. I panic and try to research the options to death. But the really tricky questions don’t always have a “right” and […]

Whose Father?!

And a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with him.” Matthew 3:17 NLT ___ I haven’t heard people share misinterpreted song lyrics in awhile… maybe it’s because we have YouTube videos with lyrics on them now. No one has to guess anymore if there’s a “bathroom on […]

You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

“As soon as Joseph arrived, he embraced his father and wept on his shoulder for a long time.” Genesis 46:29b NLT ___ Have you ever read the same book at two different points in your life? Maybe you read Lord of the Flies for the first time in High School English and then you read […]

Love in Layers

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Hebrews 4:15 NIV ___ Have you ever seen a Russian Nesting Doll? (Interesting sidenote: It’s actually formally called the Matryoshka […]

Filling in the Blanks

Have you ever been asked the ethics question: Would you steal bread to feed your starving family?  Before I had a family, I was certain I wouldn’t steal, even if my family were starving. Now I’m not so sure anymore. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I realize I probably already […]

Sister-Up

Rachel named him Naphtali, for she said, “I have had an intense struggle with my sister, and I am winning!” Genesis 30:8 NLT ___ About a month ago, I went with a small group to hear blogger Glennon Doyle give a talk on her latest book release. I had never heard of her or her book, but […]