Scattered

Luke 1:46-55 (NKJV) And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to…

Pursue

I Timothy 6:11-12 (NKJV) But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. Have you ever tried to show…

Finding Rest

Hebrews 4:1 (NKJV) Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. On Sunday morning, the Lord began to speak to my heart regarding rest. To cease from all labor and truly relax. Letting go of the schedule, routine and obligations of…

Firstfruits Giving

Proverbs 3:9-10 (NKJV) Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. It makes me laugh how often I am thinking one thing and God has something else in mind. This Bible study took a dramatic…

Live in Color

Isaiah 54:9-10 (NKJV) “For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My Kindness shall not depart…

Old Scars Beautiful Reminders

Lamentations 3:20-24 (NKJV) My soul still remembers and sinks within me. This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s Mercies we are not consumed, because His Compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your Faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” Never forget. It gets me every year. This is the seventh anniversary…

Hold Tight

Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV) Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. We have a black Labrador retriever. Her name is Scout. She was a cute fluffy puppy when she came home. However, like the story of Clifford the Big Red Dog, she is the epitome of…

History Maker

I Chronicles 4:9-10 (NLT) There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me…

Inescapable

Psalm 139:1-5 (TLB) O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to…

Finding Leverage

Matthew 11:26-30 (MSG) “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy…