As is often the case, the world around us defines words and circumstances very differently than the Bible does. “Contentment” is one of those words. When I began my New Year’s Resolution to become more content, as the Apostle Paul claimed to be, I assumed I knew what that term meant. It seemed to me … Continue reading What is Contentment?
Category: Knowing God
One of the first steps to making a change is to uncover your “why.” As I move toward contentment this year, the answer to this question must be strong enough to push me through obstacles on the path. The hallmarks of contentment are the ability to endure hardship cheerfully, enjoy blessings without a sense of … Continue reading Why Do You Want to Change?
Twenty twenty-two is the year to tackle contentment! The Apostle Paul is our role model as he boldly declared, “I have learned how to be content with whatever I have,” (Philippians 4:11 NLT). He advises to us to imitate him just as he imitates Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1), and so he presents a dependable pattern … Continue reading How to Change from Worry to Contentment?
Each year my younger sisters and I each have a Bible verse we feel speaks to us for the days ahead. The theme for 2022 is “trust.” One sister chose Isaiah 26:4 (GNT), “Trust in the Lord forever; he will always protect us.” The other heard Psalms 37:3 (GNT), “Trust in the Lord and do … Continue reading Step One – Trust God
Today I have a special message just for you: GOD Loves YOU! I don’t know what is going on in your life, but Jesus does, and He cares deeply. I was prompted to share this with you today as I was reminded of a time a few years ago when He sent someone with this … Continue reading God Loves You. Really.
A while back, I saw video about an artist who created enormous silkscreen prints to express the joys of Christmas. These panels were elaborate, colorful images made by painstakingly layering color upon color to reveal breath-taking, light-filled scenes from the Nativity story. The concepts, design, and artistry were brought to life by many, many hours … Continue reading You are the Light of the World!
Sometimes my mind dwells on mistakes of the past, tracing the missteps to my current circumstances. I soak my heart in regrets, imagining that every imperfection in my life is the result of my foolishness and sin. I glorify situations I walked away from with every good reason and wonder now why I was so … Continue reading How to Live Life by God’s Plan
It’s the Christmas season and decorations are popping up everywhere. It’s always a beautiful time of year, even here in Austin, TX where temperatures can hover in the 80’s. We has enormous, craggy Live Oak Trees here. One of my favorite embellishments of the season is the wrapping of these trees in lights from top … Continue reading Be the Light
Do you ever wish you could escape yourself? One of my favorite devotional books is God Calling. It was edited by A.J. Russell, but it is reported to be direct messages from God to two women known only as “The Two Listeners.” It was originally published in 1935. It is arranged in 365 daily readings. … Continue reading Where Shall We Go?
Elohim Ahavah – The God Who Loves The central characteristic of God’s nature is love. The Apostle John states that He is love itself (1 John 4:7). Paul tells us that the love God has for us is too wide, long, high, and deep for us to fully comprehend. It is certainly the attribute that … Continue reading Make God Bigger – Day 30