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 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…

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…

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…

Don’t Run on Empty, Fill Up!

I haven’t been writing lately because it became a source of frustration and stress for me. Then I realized that was because I hadn’t put anything in. I had been trying to craft wonderful words about life without living it. My “word” for the year was supposed to be presence, and, frankly, I have not … Read more…

Why We Need Revival

Hallelujah! Thine the glory. Hallelujah! Amen. Hallelujah! Thine the glory. Revive us again. —“Revive Us Again,” William P. McKay (1863) This hymn was inspired by Psalm 85:6 (NIV): “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” Just as spring awakens from the cold slumber of winter, every now and then … Read more…

The Blessings of Obedience

“Your job is simply to be obedient to God. God will handle everything else.” ~Lysa TerKeurst These words really get me thinking. As a mantra, they relieve lots of stress from this Type-A girl—but how am I to be obedient? What does it actually mean to be obedient to the Lord? Lysa’s statement seems profound … Read more…

Why We Should Begin Every Day with God

I used to think of morning quiet times as something Christians invented. Something “man-made,” if you will. But as I was crafting an argument to myself against a man-made morning quiet time, the Lord showed me I was wrong. He showed me how important it is to make room for a morning quiet time with Him. … Read more…

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