In God’s Eyes

We see it all the time, especially in these times. People raising other people up, maybe because of their status in the company, maybe because they have more money, etc. Whatever the case may be, know this. God loves you and accepts you as you are. I was recently upgraded on a flight I took, and not because I paid more to get the upgrade. Some call it luck, others, like me, call it God’s grace. As I was sitting in the first class area of the plane, I made an observation that concerned me. The stewardess came by to …

Contentment in Circumstances

Some may perceive contentment as a lack of ambition. Contentment in God shows the world that no matter what comes your way, you are at peace. It’s a peace that if you don’t know God, you can’t understand. Philippians 4: 12 – “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” If you’re not there now, you can learn how to get there. God promises to …

A Settled Confidence

Jeremiah 29: 11 tells us of His plans for us. He wants His children to prosper and not fail. Do you believe this to be true? Do you trust God’s plan for your life? Do you have a settled confidence in that God wants only the best for you? What do you do when life doesn’t go as planned? How do you handle a sudden change in plans? Do you panic or fall apart? What does this message say to God? As I look back on my 20’s and 30’s, I see a woman struggling to find her way. Yes, …

Temptation

Where are you most tempted? Proverbs 14: 16 – “The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.” Temptation is the desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise. Temptation comes in all different forms and not everyone is tempted from the same things. For example, if you put a piece of dark chocolate in front of me, I will be tempted to eat it, but if instead it was a plate of french fries, I could probably turn it away. Most times when temptation comes, we think we can argue …

Double Vision

I’m no foreigner to sleepless nights. You’ve been there. You get something on your mind and you can’t turn off the mindless thoughts. It’s human nature to think if we dwell on something and busy ourselves telling others our problems, that somehow, miraculously they’ll disappear, or at best get easier to deal with. It’s like we have double vision. In one light, we see God near and in control. But, when things don’t happen on our time clock, we get tunnel vision. We tend to look at things from a very narrow perspective, and can’t really see the big picture …

Keep Sight of His Goodness

Job 42: 2 – “I know you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Encouragement to others is lacking in our society. When my kids were little, I encouraged them in everything they tried to do. What this did to their spirit and determination made me smile. Discouragement is the opposite end of that. Many are discouraged because of their circumstances and I get that. I’ve been there. Some circumstances won’t feel peaceful. But, if you know the peace maker, the comforter, you can experience peace during uncertain times. I’ve spent many sleepless nights in my …

Life Management is Time Management

A lot of successful businesses keep ahead of everyone else by how they manage their time. I’ve worked in 2 large law firms and I can affirm that time is money. Most people are particular in who they pay to do their business, or to represent them. Clients also research firms to see how proficient they are in handling certain types of cases in terms of time management. After all, if you’re paying an attorney to do some work for you and he/she’s charging $500.00 an hour, they better know how to manage their time. So it is with life. …

It’s Not Necessarily Wrong

Take cell phones for example. It’s not a sin to have a cell phone, billions of people do. And it’s not so wrong to have a fast sporty race car. But, are these things really necessary? People ask us older folks all the time, “so, what did you do for fun when you were a kid?” I answer, “we had good clean fun, like playing outdoors with each other. We played jax with marbles; we climbed trees. We pretended we were adults and played ‘house.’” In my opinion technology has robbed kids today of all this. What would the average …

Accept the Assignment

Accept the assignment. I am probably among the many who, after giving my life to Jesus, followed Him for a little while, then went my own way. What happened to me? Did I just slowly lose my salvation? Once you truly give your life to Jesus and make the lifetime commitment to follow Him, you’re sealed into eternity. You shouldn’t treat salvation like fire insurance. You can’t just get saved and sit on the sidelines and enjoy a comfortable life. Jesus died in our place, for our sins, so that we would have an abundant life. But, He also gives …

New Source of Old Temptations

  How many times have you either looked for or checked your cell phone today? I hate it, but yet the temptation is there. The latest statistic says most people check their cell phones every 12 minutes. This boils down to being on your phone almost 24 hours a week. Ugh. Can you imagine what this world would look like if those people opened the Bible every 12 minutes, looking for guidance? The problem is not the cell phone itself, but temptation. And, this is not anything new. Temptation started with an apple in the garden and now it’s an …

You’ll Need to Let Go Of the Ashes

Did you know that God’s best work is turning ashes into beauty? But, before He can do a work in us, we must let go of the ashes. We can’t hold onto the past and expect to go forward. We can’t dwell on what happened to us and expect God to turn things around. You also can’t harbor unforgiveness and hurt and trust that God’s going to honor your requests. But, once you let go and give it all to God, you’ll be blown away at how God can turn your life around. It’s hard to see the beauty in …