Loving Well in a Controversial World

Loving Well in a Controversial World

I’m tired. Tired of the arguing. Tired of the complaining. Tired of the fighting. I’m tired of men criticizing women, and women having to defend themselves against men. And while you may be expecting me to be talking about politics, sexual orientations, or sexual assault; I am not. I am talking about the body of Christ. If you haven’t been on Twitter lately, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. You may not realize how much fire women of faith have come up against by their fellow male counterparts. You may not know that Satan is having a field day over there. But you need to know. Why? Because we are all part of the body of Christ. We are all part of the church. If you are born again, saved by grace, you are the church of God to this world. And you need to know the fierce war we are in.
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The Fiery Flames of Fear (& How to Quench Them)

The Fiery Flames of Fear (& How to Quench Them)

Isn’t it peculiar how something can suddenly come into our lives and we don’t feel like we are in God’s hands? The waves get rough, the ground starts to shake, winds blow hard against us, and we begin to quiver in our hearts and minds. The fiery flames of fear leap up in us and we just let them keep burning. This is when we have a choice to make. We can either let fear run our life, or we can reach out in faith to Jesus and ask Him to save us. How do we guard ourselves from letting fear set in? How do we reach out in faith like Peter did when he found himself sinking in the waves?
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Star-Spangled Blood

Star-Spangled Blood

I come from long line of military men. My grandfather was in the Army, my father was in the Air Force. Our nephew is in the Marines. I grew up a proud American. I love the Star-Spangled Banner, all the patriotic songs, I love living here and I love the freedoms I have. God meant for us to be free. Free from sin and guilt. Free from condemnation. Free from the hardships and heartaches of this life. But unfortunately, when Eve made the decision to believe Satan’s lie over God’s truth, sin entered into the world, and we are no longer free but slaves (Genesis 3:1-24). How do we become free? Jesus says, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
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And The Thunder Rolls

And The Thunder Rolls

Natural disasters both scare me and put me in complete awe. The fear I felt that night has never left me. I’m fascinated by weather and the skies. I can close my eyes and see, hear, and feel that earthquake all over again. I’m more fascinated with their Creator. The God of this universe. He has a mighty voice. And when it thunders, creation thunders and echoes with Him. That’s what this psalm is all about. And we would do well to listen when he makes His presence known so mightily! His voice brought creation into existence. His voice needs no introduction. We hear it and respond.
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Here I Am!

Here I Am!

I’ve been in a mood of frustration lately. Just all the time. Every day. Too many things vie for my attention. Too many troubles surround me. I can honestly say, I feel a bit like King David when he laments to the Lord in so many of his psalms. Today as I spent the day questioning the Lord, just questions after questions, I am sure I heard Him say, “Calm down. Be quiet. Listen.” It’s okay to ask questions. God can handle every question and frustration we have. But at some point, it’s time to be quiet and listen to His answers. And it’s so hard to hear if you never quit talking. Paul says to be quick to hear and slow to speak. I think that applies just as much to our time with the Lord as it does with those around us.
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Through the Watches of the Night

Through the Watches of the Night

The watches of the night. In Biblical times there were originally three times in the night that were set as times for those who would watch for the enemy advancing during the night. Later, in the New Testament times, it was increased to four times a night. The watches of the night is meant for soldiers to be awake and keeping watch for the enemy coming. In the Garden of Gethsemene it was meant to be a time for the disciples to be praying with our Lord. I don’t think there’s a better time for prayer against the enemy or pouring out hearts out to the Lord, than to be praying during our own watches of the night. Are you going through an intense battle right now? Are you needing some uninterrupted quiet with the Lord? I think you’ll find Him in the watches of your night too.
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I’m Being Watched

I’m Being Watched

Have you ever heard this joke? “What are you looking at?” “I’m looking at you, looking back at me, looking back at you, looking back at me.” I kind of had to give pause reading these verses in Psalms beause they remind me of this joke. Read it slowly. “Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?” God, our Father in Heaven, who is seated on a throne more royal and beautiful than any throne we can ever imagine — get this — actually looks down on us and watches us. WOAH!
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This, Too, Shall Pass

This, Too, Shall Pass

My body aches tonight. I am not sure what I’ve done, but everything from the waist down hurts. But why complain? I can walk, stand, sit, lay down, move my head and joints, my heart is pumping blood, and I’m breathing. Sounds like some good stuff to thank God for, doesn’t it? I’ve been struck by the same type of writing in the Psalms. Oftentimes David or Asaph will begin a Psalm in the most somber of tones. There is whining and complaining, fear, insecurity, indecisiveness, and downright depression. Yet, each of these Psalms does not stay in that tone or attitude. But whatever season you are in, whether hard or easy, it will be our attitude of praise that will get us through it. Go ahead. Complain, whine, kick and scream, cry, beat the wall or whatever else you need to do but when you are finished with your temper tantrum, turn your heart to the Lord and praise Him. This is how David encouraged himself in the Lord. He strengthened himself in the Lord through remembering who God is, was, and will forever be. He remembered God’s faithfulness to him even through his sinful and most painful times in life. And even after the death of his son, he then went, clothed himself, ate and drank, then worshiped the Lord.
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Boldly Going Where We’ve Never Gone Before

Boldly Going Where We’ve Never Gone Before

I am awestruck by Moses’s boldness to God. In Exodus 33, Moses has gone back up onto Mount Sinai seeking God’s favor after he has destroyed the original tablets with the ten commandments engraved in them. He has gone back to ask God to forgive the Israelites for their adultery and wickedness, and to plead with God to be present with them once again. But what happens next is just simply awe-spiring to me. Beginning in verse 12 to the end of the chapter, we get a glimpse into how intimate God and Moses’ relationship really was. Moses goes back up on Mount Sinai and he pleads with God to come and be present with them again. He says (I’m paraphrasing), “God, you said you know me by my name and if you love me as much as you say you do; and furthermore, if you are pleased with me, then remember your people and come dwell with us again.” And God’s response? “The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest’” (verse 14). But wait! Moses isn’t done yet! God has just said He would do it, yet Moses exclaims, “Now show me your glory.” “Show me your glory.” Are you that bold? Have you ever asked God to show you His glory? Have you ever asked God for His Presence to be with you so clearly?
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