Living Hope

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you." ~1 Peter 1:3-4

Let Us Rejoice

Psalm 118.24 Small Version

19 Open to me the [temple] gates of righteousness; I will enter through them, and I will confess and praise the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord; the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall enter through it.

21 I will confess, praise, and give thanks to You, for You have heard and answered me; and You have become my Salvation and Deliverer.

22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is from the Lord and is His doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

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I Need a Muzzle

Ephesians 4.29

What would happen if I lived by this one verse alone?  I wonder how much my surroundings would change.  How would it change the mood of my conversations?  How would it enhance my relationships?

I have looked this up in the Greek to understand the context a little better and I’ve found that this is something that is to be actively present in my life from now until eternity.  So much so that I am commanded to do so.  It is absolutely imperative that I keep tight reign over my tongue.

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Rock and Sway

Zephaniah 3.17

My precious boy Zion turned 10 months old yesterday!  These last 10 months have been filled with incredible joy and many opportunities to learn something new from my Heavenly Father.  I’m still amazed that God has entrusted me with the gift of my little boy.  His sweet developments daily fascinate me.  I’m blessed beyond belief.

These last few days he has been pretty sick so not going to sleep as easily.  I have spent more time rocking, swaying, and singing to him.  It has been some of the most precious days of our 10 months together.  He is so content in my arms, as he cuddles up close and finds his sweet spot in the crest of my neck.  He noozles right on in there and rests.  His arms wrap around me, as they rest on both my arms.  The smell of his sweet skin truly entices me to stay in this moment longer.  Everything about these moments are so precious to me!  I love this little boy with more love than I ever thought possible.  I cry tears of joy that God has given me such an incredible honor to raise him and I pray every day that God will give me the wisdom I need to be a great mother to him.

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In Awe of God

Now that we have a better understanding of who God is in our lives, I thought it would be nice to do some devotionals on how God sees us.  Let’s take time to explore Psalm 139 this week and find out what God has for us.  Please try to read Psalm 139 every day and find out what God wants to say to you in a personal way.  I pray that you will come to understand the richness of God’s grace and His amazing love for you this week.

If you missed the devotionals from last week on the Names of God, you can find them here:

Many Hats

Jehovah Jireh, My Provider

Jehovah Rapha, My Healer

Jehovah Shalom, My Peace

Let’s take a look at why Psalm 139 was written and tomorrow we will begin our study verse by verse through it!

1.  What is the theme?

The Psalmist is meditating on four of the most incredible attributes of God.  He is taking time to celebrate who God is.  God is all-knowing (Omniscient), God is all-present (Omnipresent), God is all-powerful (Omnipotent), and God is all-holy.

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The Power of Yet

Habakkuk 3.19

Though the fig tree does not bud

and there are no grapes on the vines,

though the olive crop fails

and the fields produce no food,

though there are no sheep in the pen

and no cattle in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the LORD,

I will be joyful in God my Savior.

The Sovereign LORD is my strength;

he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,

he enables me to go on the heights.

~Habakkuk 3:17-19

Habakkuk was living in some pretty difficult times.  Yet, he did not allow this to affect his mood.  He made a choice to praise God even if everything around him didn’t make sense.  He declared that he would praise God even if… Read the rest of this entry »


Love had a Beginning

1 John 4.19

How full is your love meter these days?  Have you been loving others in the way that God loves you?  Love means not being critical, judgmental, and bitter towards others.  Love means putting on the fullness of Christ and walking out the righteousness we’ve been called to daily.  Let’s check in with the Apostle John and see just how well we’re doing with this whole Love thing!

“Dear friends, let us love one another…”

John starts out this passage of Scripture with an appeal in brotherly love.  “Dear friends…”  We are all in this journey of life together, now let us do the one thing that will make this journey go well…  Let us love one another!  “Let us…”  There is an opportunity that is awaiting us in this passage of Scripture, an opportunity to love and soon we will find out why we have been given such an extraordinary experience!

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God Sees Ahead

Psalm 89.1

“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God,

the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them–

the Lord, who remains faithful forever.”

~Psalm 146:5-6

Lately, I have come across a few people who are hurting in many ways.  There are a lot of tough things going on in people’s lives.  One common theme is a desire to see God

Keep walking!  God's faithfulness is coming through.  You never know what's around the corner!

Keep walking! God’s faithfulness is coming through. You never know what’s around the corner!

come through.  A desire to be victorious!  I think it’s so important to stop for a moment and look at God’s record of faithfulness.  I want to explore how faithful He has been and how faithful He will be.  God has a record of being faithful at least a Gazillion times.  More times than we will ever be able to count.  It’s hard to see His faithfulness at work in our lives at times because we see things from our perspective.  We see things unfinished, full of pain, agony, often bewildered by circumstances, and just frustrated by the lack of control we have.  We need to take our eyes off of the circumstances and put our eyes on the One who is in control!  The One who never steps off the throne, never says He’s too busy, never calls it quits, never says He’s having a bad day, so He can’t help us.  He is always there!  We just have to stop and become available.  Stop and listen!  Stop and allow Him to work!  Stop and get a new perspective on the current situation!  Let’s look at God’s record of faithfulness and compare it to our lives.  Let’s see how He has been faithful!

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Always & Forever

Psalm 48.14


The Sweetest Six Months

Zion 6 months old

Today is my son’s 6 month birthday!  I look back at these 6 months and find tremendous joy in the gift God has given me.  I’m still blown away that God entrusted me with such a sweet blessing.  I look at Zion and watch him grow.  I treasure each moment that I’ve been given with him.  I continue to hear from those around me that this time goes too fast.  But I’m thinking I want it to go just right…  I want to enjoy the moments I’ve been given with Zion.  I want to celebrate every little thing he does, every little grimace he makes, every sound he speaks, every little giggle, all the little movements, each new first, and every smile.

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Faithful Father

 

Psalm 145.13


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