It’s funny how the longer you avoid something, the harder it is to face.
At least that’s the case for me.
It’s like I build up “the thing” into a bigger “thing,” and then it seems too overwhelming…hence, the continued avoidance.
This was especially true when I was running from God.
The thought of going back to church and feeling so guilty and dirty and full of shame seemed, well, too much.
So I didn’t go.
I didn’t go to church for a really long time.
Can you relate?Read More
What is a War Room Prayer Strategy?
The war room. Where prayer strategy happens.
Where things get real. Where battle lines are drawn. Not just a military facility or political command center, but a space where believers go to battle against a very real enemy.
You need a war room prayer strategy.
You’ve likely seen or heard of the hit movie War Room staring Priscilla Shirer. The film illustrates the impact prayer has on us and our situations.
It’s a cinematic reminder of the authority promised us in 2 Corinthians 10:7-8 and the power we possess in 2 Timothy 1:7. It’s time to claim that authority and harness that power!Read More
Ever thought about why prayer is necessary?
Wonder no more. Here are twelve reasons, rooted in truth, why prayer is absolutely necessary!
12 Reasons Why Prayer Is Necessary
1. Prayer is necessary because it’s a form of service.
Defined as the action of helping or doing work for someone, a system supplying a public need, or to perform routine maintenance or repair work on.
That’s exactly why prayer is necessary! We are interceding for others. It’s how we help someone else. Prayer can repair an emotional wound. At its core, prayer is a system that can meet the public’s need. And it’s the prescribed method for maintaining our spiritual well-being.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others (Philippians 2:3-4).
The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold (Job 42:10).
“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44).Read More
Do you sometimes leave church and think to yourself, “How am I going to make a difference for Christ? I can’t fly to another country and love on orphans.”
Have you attended a local town meeting and said to yourself, “What use am I? I’m just a woman who works at a bank.”
Have you sat through a PTA meeting at your kid’s school and thought, “I can’t sew. I’m not crafty.”
Do you watch the evening news and think, “So sad all this violence. So disappointing all this scandal and corruption.”
Maybe you’ve left the voting poll and thought, “What influence do I have? I’m just one vote.”
You are certainly not alone.Read More
Praying is one of the most important things we can do for our family.
Let's be real.
No family is perfect.
But, you know one thing I can 100% guarantee? Prayer WILL help.
Does that mean your situation will be magically fixed?
What it means is that in the process of praying, you increase your faith and surrender the fight to Jesus.
Here are 5 Biblical truths about home and family you can pray for today:Read More
The microwave has ruined us.
I’m showing a little of my age right now, but stay with me.
When my mom was growing up, they didn’t have electricity. My grandmother, with seven children, washed the laundry over a wash basin. And, she cooked. From scratch.
By the time I was a kid, from scratch cooking wasn’t really a ‘thing.’ The microwave cooked waaaaaaaay faster and was waaaaaaay easier.
That line of thinking, faster and easier, permeated the thought process of society. And it has done nothing but gotten worse.
If a website doesn’t load in less than two seconds, it’s considered slow.
Raise your hand if you’ve clicked on a link, and when it didn’t open instantly, you clicked away and were off to the next one.
Raising my hand.
We’re all guilty.Read More
Can we be real for a moment?
Like, for real, real?
You know as well as I do we make time for the things we want to make time for. End of story.
When we’re not reading the Bible and spending time with God, it’s a symptom of a larger problem.Read More
A friend of mine and I went out to eat at a quirky, local, hole-in-the-wall restaurant. The tables bore the marks of years of use, and the booths were cramped and had holes in the vinyl. Basically, it's our favorite place to eat.
During dinner, my friend and I did what this friend and I always do, laugh way too loud and delve into all things Jesus. Not the surface-level, platitudes, but the deep. The messy. The ugly.
We talked about trusting God not just with the small things, but with the big things.
Our talk led me back to the night of the car wreck when I was standing on the side of the road, and Office Pirtle told me there were no survivors.
That was the moment my husband, five and a half-year-old daughter and 19-day old son died.
It took me back to the instant where life as I knew it was never the same.
It was the marker in my life of Before and After.Read More
Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, if you wanted to study the Bible, you had to have a library full of commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and a good old Nave’s Topical study Bible.
When I began a serious study of the Bible, I spent the hundreds of dollars to order the necessary resources.
When the books arrived, I was excited to dive into them. While they are amazing, they’re bulky and require a concerted effort to use.
Since that time, a plethora of Bible resources are now available online and for free.
Despite having shelves full of resources, I find myself using these resources the majority of the time.Read More
If you’ve been around our blog before, you probably already know I have a passion for reading the Bible. There’s nothing more transformative than being in God’s Word.
That certainly wasn’t always the case.
For the longest time, I would read and not understand a single thing I had just read. To say I was frustrated was an understatement.
Maybe that’s where you are today.
You want to read the Bible and grow in your faith, but you’re overwhelmed with life, and the last thing you want to do is add another thing to your to-do list. Especially something that leaves you feeling dumb.
The Bible is simple, but it isn’t easy.Read More
Words have power.
Here are 3 ways to control your tongue so that you use your words for good.Ever scroll through Facebook and just get tired? Tired of the negativity? Tired of the fighting?
Ever think, why in the world are they posting that?!
Yeah, me too.
So much so I took my question to the Lord. Not to search for the “why” people post what they post, but more so how to make sure I don’t.
My seeking led to Proverbs.
Do words in verses ever jump out at you?
Like when you're reading a passage of Scripture or a book of the Bible, and a similar idea keeps coming up over and over and over again?
Throughout Proverbs, while there are NUMEROUS themes and ideas, God spoke to me about the tongue. (And maybe added a little reproof and correction in for good measure.)
The Bible gives us a wealth of wisdom regarding our tongue.Read More
Christians and non-Christians alike frequently refer to this passage. Dare I say it is one of the most commonly misused and misapplied verses today?
Let's take a look at John 8:1-11
What is this passage really teaching us? What truth are we to learn?
"but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said.
Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”Read More
We hear lots about it, but what does worship look like in real, everyday life?
I've been reading A.W. Tozer's Pursuit of God, and so far it's been incredible. In my research of Tozer, I've learned that he spent the majority of his day worshipping God. He spent copious amounts of time in solitude so that he could hear the voice of God. His life was one of worship.
It got me thinking... what does worship look like in real life?
Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
Here are 11 Ways to Worship in Real Life
1. Worship is all about God
"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him." Psalm 28:7
Worship is so much more than singing songs on Sunday morning. It's a spirit of focusing on the goodness of God each and every day and responding to His call.Read More
Now let’s suppose you’ve been walking with the Lord for quite a while, and it’s time to GROW in Christ.
You’re ready to go to the next level, ready to go deeper, to enrich your relationship with the Lord.
GROWING in Christ means positioning yourself for God to use you. Making yourself available. Allowing yourself to be a vessel for kingdom work. And, again, the best way to do this is through prayer.
Here are 8 biblical principles a soldier of Christ prays for:Read More
Let’s suppose you’re new to the Christian walk, and you’ve decided that 2018 is your year to KNOW Christ.
What’s that going to look like? Let me help.
KNOWING Christ means positioning yourself to hear Him and to see Him. The best way to do this is through prayer.
So what will you pray for? Again, let me help.
Giving your life to Christ indicates your desire to be made new. The condition of your heart likely needs refining, and your mind needs training.
Here are 7 Biblical truths every Christian needs to be praying about:Read More
Have you attempted Bible study before, and thought, “where in the world do I start??”
Do you find your mind wandering as you read through the verses?
Do you secretly wonder if you're reading your Bible to check it off your list?
Does the thought of reading the Bible without a book to guide you make you a little nervous?
You’re not alone!
What if I introduced you to a method of study that helped you stay focused, fit in your schedule, and showed you how to dig into the Scriptures?
Would you give it a shot?Read More
Sometimes we will tell ourselves anything to keep us from starting something new or out of our wheelhouse.
If you have been wanting to start Bible journaling, but have been nervous about it, here are 10 things you might be telling yourself…but they are totally not true!
1. I have to be artistic
You don’t have to be a great painter, draw well, or even write pretty to Bible journal. If those things make you uncomfortable, you can use stamps, stickers, die cuts and anything else you can find at your local craft store that you think would look good! I have a blog post about Bible journaling supplies you can use when you don’t feel artistic.Read More
If you have looked at images of other people’s bible journaling pages on Pinterest or Instagram, you might have found yourself wondering how some people get such professional looking pictures of their pages.
I do happen to be a professional photographer, but I never use my actual camera or any special lights or tools to take my pictures.
I’ll bet that 99% of the images that you see of Bible journaling pages are taken the same way.
The secret is easy, simple and most importantly, it’s free:Read More