Faith is Seeing in Advance

    Faith is defined as “a complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” You’ve heard people say, “just have faith, it will all work out,” when they’re faced with a difficult or stressful situation. Some will respond by, “that’s easier said than done.” You can have faith in many things. You can have faith that your car will start and get you to work on time. You can even have faith in the pilot (whom you seldom even meet) will get you from one city to another. But, faith in God is seeing in advance. It’s trusting in …

Grow Where You’re Planted

People are always searching for the next thing that will make them happy; get them financially secure, or to change their physical appearance. It appears that many are discontent with their current status. They’re dissatisfied with their body, their job, their life. Some are still climbing the ladder of success. There’s nothing wrong with trying to better yourself in your career. We all want to achieve our goals and live the best life possible. It’s when we do all the above, with the wrong motives, and when leaving God out of our plans is the norm. Oh, it seems that …

Experienced Chess Player

  If you’ve ever played chess, you know that each of the pieces have certain roles, when moving them on the board. Your opponent, if he’s experienced, is always looking ahead, trying to visualize your next move, so he can make his. Just as precise is a chess player in his moves, God purposely orchestrates our lives. This doesn’t mean that He’s directing our every movement. We all have free will, our own choices in life. But, God’s will for our lives is brought to fruition through a variety of seasonal movements. God places people in our lives at times …

Don’t Just Study Truth; Walk In Truth

  I’ve read where there are people who are living two separate lives. Even going to the point where they have two spouses in two different states. Sounds exhausting, let alone illegal. But, still there are Christians among us who are living two lives. They may profess to be a Christian, and it looks like they go to Church on Sunday, and they don’t cause any trouble. Yet, if you ask them anything about the Bible or their walk with God, they will look at you like a deer in headlights. And, even though you, as a Christian, may be …

History Teaches Us To Hope

    Biblical history is full of hope. There are great lessons to be learned from these legendary stories. If you know God, you know that He NEVER changes. He’s the same today as He was yesterday, and 2000 years ago. But, we change. As we develop from childhood to adulthood, our personality changes, our surroundings possibly change, and yes, our circumstances change. Change can be a good thing. It’s your reaction to change that typically affects your circumstances. I’ve read where children growing up in poverty, one would think that this would be their destiny, but the opposite often …

Learning To Love

  The word ‘love’ has been defined in so many ways. There is ‘first love,’ ‘puppy love,’ ‘true love,’ etc. The list goes on and on. Human love wears out, but God’s love lasts forever. For those of you who are married, or were married, know that love at first looks different from love 5 years later. Most couples will start arguing on their honeymoon night. This is actually the norm. Think about it; two people, possible complete opposite personalities, all of a sudden, living together and making decisions daily. Disagreement is normal. It’s ok to disagree. Love is a …

When the Wind Is In Your Face

When the wind is in your face, keep your head down and keep pedaling. My husband introduced me to cycling 12 years ago. I was hooked from the beginning. I love cycling outside, but am definitely a fair weather rider. There have been times while riding on a windy day, that I have had to just dig in and put my head down and pedal with everything I had. As I was thinking about this, it reminds me of times in my Christian walk, when nothing seemed to be going right and satan’s attacks were evident. During these times, I tell myself, …

Are You Going to Follow Jesus

Are you going to follow Jesus, or are you going to ask Jesus to follow you? I heard the above statement from a pastor. The summary of his message is this: It’s ok to make plans for the future. It’s not ok to tell God what you’re going to do, and ask Him to bless it. So many of us get a mindset to do something without ever asking if it’s God’s will. I set out on a journey last year to find a job where I could work from home. I asked God, each time I applied for a job, to …

Choices May Affect Your Destiny

Choices may affect your destiny. Thank God we have a freedom of choice. Otherwise, we would be programmed like a robot. We make thousands of choices each day. You made a few before ever getting out of bed this morning. You could have slept in for the past week, and not go to work, which would probably lead to getting fired from your job. So, we can either make bad choices, and ultimately be miserable and angry, or we can make good choices and be glad we did. There’s one choice in life that determines your destiny. Who are you …

What’s the Hurry?

What’s the hurry? God created the heavens and the earth. The Bible tells us that the earth will pass away some day, but it also tells us that on Jesus’ return, He will bring a new heaven and a new earth. Isaiah 34: 4 – “All the stars in the sky will be dissolved and the heavens rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.”  When will this happen? No one knows. Only God knows the date and time of this future event. There’s only one …

Resilience is a Matter of God-Sufficiency

Resilience is a matter of God-sufficiency. Resilience is defined as, “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.” You can go through seasons where everything seems to be difficult; everything you touch, crumbles. You have two choices when this happens. You can either lie down and take it, or you can fight back. How you fight back is the difference. A lot of people rely on their own self-sufficiency to get through problems. They see a problem and instead of praying about it and giving it to God, they wallow in self-pity, stress out and are crippled with depression. How about instead of …

Satan’s Tool

 Satan’s tool is not an active sinner, but an inactive saint. Satan has a lot of tools he uses to entice, deviate or persuade us into doing things against God. He’s on the lookout, not for the guy who is deep in sin, but the guy who claims to be a Christian, but neglects becoming a part of the Christian life. You see, the devil already is in the mind of the thief, the murderer, the liar. He doesn’t have to work too hard to lure these people. But, satan’s favorite prey is the person who is good and moral, attends …