Devotion: The Lord Is Our Strength

“The Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights.” ~Habakkuk 3:19 I hate heights. They make me feel unsafe and insecure. One time, I was prepared to forfeit a weekend’s rent on a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains because I got … Read more…

Are You Prepared for Change?

I dislike change. I really do. I like everything to stay the same. I enjoy predictability. Well, I used to dislike change and enjoy predictability. Lately, however, I have been feeling a strong urge to make a big change—what that change is, I don’t know. I have prayed about it, and I feel like the … Read more…

Are You Living Your Faith Intentionally?

I am a word person. As a reader, writer, and English teacher, I love words, and finding the perfect word for a sentence or a situation makes me happy. When I was taking classes in education, the importance of intentional teaching was the main theme. Intentional teaching means being mindful and purposeful. It means having … Read more…

What’s True Wisdom?

In the days before school began one August, I carefully placed piece after piece of paper on the large bulletin board in my classroom. It was one of three boards that would welcome my students back to school. I am not a very artistic or crafty person, so finding and implementing creative ideas for bulletin … Read more…

How to Avoid the Comparison Trap

Do you ever jump right into trying to achieve a goal you’re excited about, pouring everything you have into it? You’re met with obstacles, yet you continue to persevere. Then someone achieves the same goal before you do. It also looks as though they achieved it with minimal effort. You instantly feel deflated; the excitement … Read more…

Only with God

“She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family.” (Proverbs 31:15 NIV) During the school year, this verse speaks to me almost every weekday morning as I rise before the sun. The middle school day in our district begins early, and one of my tasks is rousing my thirteen-year-old son. … Read more…

Seeing the Good

Sin. It’s ugly. Actually, that’s not completely true. A lot of sin is not ugly. It’s enticing. It’s fun. Sin itself can be downright attractive because the devil is a deceiver. The results of sin, however, are ugly, and this world can be a whole mess of ugly. Why? That’s a question both the faithful … Read more…

New Year, New You?

I’m the worst at New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe you’re like me. I have high hopes and lofty aspirations on January 1. Then, slowly but surely, life gets in the way and my resolve fades. My resolutions are pushed down the to-do list until they drop all the way off. Part of the problem is that … Read more…

Unity in Christ

“We are your church, and we need your power in us.” ~Rend Collective, lyrics from “Build Your Kingdom Here” Sometimes it’s difficult to separate the concept of church from the idea of a building. But the church is not a building; the church is people. The early church didn’t have a designated building. Believers gathered … Read more…

Faith and Freedom

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love” (Gal. 5:13 NIV). Recently we celebrated America’s 240th birthday. The United States of America, a country like no other, is known for its traditions of freedom and liberty. … Read more…

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