In Christ

What does it mean to be in Christ? 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” The Greek word for the phrase ‘be in’ is enand denotes position. It is in essence letting us know the position of the person. A person can either be in Christ or outside of Christ. Being in Christ means that we are included within, that Christ possesses us (we are no longer our own), we belong to Him, and we understand that we originate in …

In Peace

In Peace. In peace. Not just any peace, but the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. This is the peace that we desire to find ourselves in. Isaiah 26:3 tells us, “He will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Jesus tells us that He gives us His peace and that it is not the same peace the world gives. There are no strings attached to the peace Jesus gives. There are no unspoken expectations, no have to-s in order to obtain it, and no guilt trip after receiving it. …

In Joy

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11. What things did Jesus speak? The prior verses detail abiding in Christ. That if we remain in Christ we will bear much fruit, but if not then we will be cast out as a withered branch. If we abide in Christ we will ask what we desire and it shall be done for us. This is because if we are abiding in Christ we will not be asking amiss or for selfish reasons. These are the things …

In Rest

Inclusion within rest. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? The opposite would be exclusion from rest which doesn’t sound so lovely. The question is, how do we enter into the rest God provides? And then, how do we stay in it?  These questions take us to Hebrews chapter 4. We learn in this chapter that in order to enter God’s rest we must believe (Hebrews 4: 3), we must be obedient (4: 6), and we must cease from our own works (4: 10). If we desire to enter into rest we must believe. The Greek word for believe is pisteuo. This word …

In Hope

“Rejoicing in hope.” Romans 12: 12. In this chapter of Romans there is a wonderful list of instruction for us to live godly in Christ Jesus. One of these instructions is to rejoice in hope. How do we do that? How shall we be in hope and then also rejoice in it? I am so glad you asked! We are to rejoice in hope. Rejoice in Greek is chairo and carries the meaning of being cheerful, calmly happy, or well off. This is a place of settled peace and feeling good about what we believe in and stand upon. In …

In Trust

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3: 5 Hope is based upon expectation while trust is based upon confidence. The word for trust here is batach. This word carries the meaning of trusting in, being confident or sure in, and hiding for refuge in. If we are in a place of trust in the Lord then we are not in a place of trust in someone or something else. If we are in trust then we are in a position of confidence in God. We have confidence that God will …

The Heart of Ruth

“But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people and your God my God.”  Ruth 1: 16  (ESV). The words that come to mind as I read the verses were vow, commitment, covenant, oath.  Then I thought who are my committed friendship like this?  Who am I doing life with, committed to, loyal to and in covenant with?  Not only who is this committed to me but who am I this committed to? …

A Call to Dream

As the year is coming to a close I set and purposefully reflecting on the past year. Looking at goals I set, dreams achieved and the work God has done in my life.  I even look at my failures and how I learned and grew from them.  Then I begin to dream. I prayed asking God to draw out the dreams He put in my heart and help me not to dismiss what seems too big or out of reach.  Then I just begin to write about whatever is on my heart.  What my life will look like the next …

Dead Trees Standing

Over the past weekend, I traveled with some friends to do some camping and fishing.  It was a nice relaxing two days out in nature.  I was able to clear my head a little, met some amazing people and enjoyed the down time.  This was much needed. Saturday as we stood along the creek while the kids fished, one friend points to all the snags along the creek.  A snag is a standing dead or nearly dead tree.  I stood there staring at those snags thinking, “How long are they dead before they fall?  How long do we stand and …

Loving Others Begins with Loving You

Have you ever been hurt so badly that you cannot hide it?  Or felt pain so deep that it can be seen in your smile?  We have all been there.  We have all experienced pain. Our own heartaches, hurts, brokenness and issues cause congestion and make it hard for us to love God with all our hearts when it is still aching. Then He says love your neighbor as yourself but unresolved heart issues prevent us from loving others when we do not truly love ourselves. Mark 12: 30-31 (NIV) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and …

God’s Plan Hasn’t changed

  I just want to encourage you with something today. As I read these verses, my heart felt that others need this too. You see here God is speaking to Joshua. Moses has died and God is telling Joshua the plan has not changed. Get going. Keep moving on with the plan God has for the people. He tells Joshua the anointing will be there, God will be by his side, now lead those people into their inheritance. I see God telling us all in this hour….THE PLAN HASN’T CHANGED….Get going! Do you see? Even though things had died, failed …