• In the Valley
    Beliefs

    In the Valley

    We all go through valleys in life. No one wants to because being in a valley isn’t fun, sometimes it doesn’t even seem fair. Maybe you’re obediently and faithfully following God. You expect to be prospering and succeeding, right? But instead, God is leading you through a valley. King David said in Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk     through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,     for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff,     they comfort me. We need to remember not to be afraid when we walk through the valley. A valley is usually a place of confusion, frustration, irritation, and yes, fear. We don’t know…

  • God is Our Shepherd
    Beliefs

    God is Our Shepherd

    The first Scriptures that I memorized as a child were all of Psalm 23. In fact, I’m going to write it here from memory: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He leads me on the path of righteousness for His name’s sake. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil,…

  • doubt is not okay
    Beliefs

    Doubt is Not Okay

    Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of preachers saying that doubt is okay. Now, their point is probably valid – I haven’t watched all of their sermons and maybe they’re just saying that God won’t punish us for doubting, which I believe is true. And yes, God can “handle” our doubts (I hear that from preachers a lot) and I think what they mean by those words is that God isn’t thrown off when we doubt Him, which is also true because He already knew that we would doubt Him and when. However, nowhere in the Bible does it say that doubt is okay. In fact, God’s Word says the…

  • The Battle is the Lord's
    Beliefs,  Marriage

    The Battle is the Lord’s

    We all fight battles every single day. Some are small, like losing your keys, forgetting your wallet, or being in so much of a rush that you don’t get to drink your first cup of coffee. Some are big like illnesses, the death of a loved one, living in poverty or with severe financial lack. But regardless of the size of our battles, we are never fighting them alone. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Joshua 1:5) God promised Joshua and promises us as well, that He will always be with us, that He will never leave or forsake…

  • Marriage

    We Are Not Cursed

    Growing up I used to believe in generational curses. I thought that, for example, worry was a generational curse because my mom worries, my grandma worried, and it probably goes further back down the line. But recently I’ve been learning that those who are born-again are not under any curse, generational or not, because Jesus took all curses on His own body when He died on the cross. The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone…

  • Archives

    Don’t Let the Sun Go Down

    Six of the sins I listed in the beginning of my series on sin all pretty much go together: murder, strife, malice, anger, rage, and brawling – they are all a progression of one sin. Let me define them all real quick just so we know exactly what we’re discussing. Strife = angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict Malice = the intention or desire to do evil; ill will Anger = a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility Rage = violent, uncontrollable anger Brawling = fight or quarrel in a rough or noisy way Murder = the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another Okay, stay with me here in this…

  • Archives

    The Dangerous Threesome

    There are three very dangerous sins that, in a way, go together: greed, envy, and idolatry. I say that they are dangerous because they lead to many other sins and ultimately pull us away from following the Lord Jesus and living the way He wants us to live. I talked in another post about how godless our society has become or has really always been but now it’s just more out in the open, but this series on sin is not for the non-Christians, it is for those who claim to be born-again followers of Jesus and struggle with sin, just as we all do. We live in a world…

  • Archives

    Blown and Tossed by the Wind

    I’ve been seeking the Lord a lot more lately because of our financial circumstances and trying to figure out what He wants from us. And He keeps telling me over and over to trust in Him. And today, in my morning quiet time, He led me to these three verses from James. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1:6-8) The Lord revealed to me that I keep asking Him for…

  • Love

    Love Always Perseveres

    We’re almost done with my series on love and I’m excited to start writing my book again about this subject! I can’t wait to get more in-depth. But, in the meantime, we’re going to continue with this series today on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 with “Love always perseveres.” First, what does it mean to persevere? Well, the dictionary defines it as to “continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.” That sounds like many of our lives, doesn’t it? My first thought when I read that was, “Do we even have a choice? Don’t we have to persevere?” But…

  • Love

    Love Always Hopes

    Today I am continuing my series on love based off 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. And I want to talk about hope. Hope is a vital part of any life, Christian or non-Christian, because without hope we give up on life. People who commit suicide have lost all hope. But God wants us to live each day filled with hope and if we want to learn to walk in love, we have to learn how to get and keep hope in our lives no matter what trials or storms come. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (Psalm…