by Lysa Terkeurst “Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.’” Luke 9:23 (NIV) Have you ever found yourself longing for a deeper connection with God, but you just weren’t sure where to even begin? If you’re worried I’m … Continue reading How Can I Grow Closer to God?
"What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?" (2 Samuel 9:8) If Mephibosheth was thus humbled by David's kindness, what shall we be in the presence of our gracious Lord? The more grace we have, the less we shall think of ourselves, for grace, like light, reveals … Continue reading What shall we be in the presence of our gracious Lord?
by Lysa Terkeurst “These were his instructions to them: ‘The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.’” Luke 10:2 (NLT) Have you ever wondered if there’s any need for you and the dreams … Continue reading Her Success Doesn’t Threaten Mine
"So to walk even as he walked." (1 John 2:6) Why should Christians imitate Christ? They should do it for their own sakes. If they desire to be in a healthy state of soul-if they would escape the sickness of sin, and enjoy the vigour of growing grace, let Jesus be their model. For their … Continue reading Art thou longing that souls should be won to Him?
"I stopped believing the lies of Satan and started believing the truth of Jesus Christ, and my life has been transformed." Stephen Afterburn “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” (Romans 12:2a, NLT) Years ago, my friend Pastor … Continue reading From Desperation to Transformation
by Brenda Bradford Ottinger “But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.” Jeremiah 17:7 (NLT) Air conditioning blasted through dusty moving van vents as we pulled away from our southern roots. But the farther north we drove, the more those vents poured out heat. Our … Continue reading Hope for the Hard Days
Lysa Terkeurst “LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.” (Isaiah 25:1, NIV) Can I admit something to you that I’m not proud of? Sometimes I struggle trusting God with my kids. There’s just something so hard … Continue reading Where I Really Fall Short
Kristen Clark “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (NLT) Katie looked nervous. Almost scared. I wondered what was going through her mind. She walked a little closer and then hesitated. She looked as though she’d changed her mind and was going to turn around. Before she … Continue reading When It’s Hard to Share Intimate Struggles
Angela Braniff “After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” (1 Kings 19:12, NIV) Sometimes I feel lost in the hustle and bustle of the world around me. The sense of urgency in my family can have me two minutes from … Continue reading The Still, Small Voice