Chosen for More

I open Ephesians today after picking up the house a bit. I intentionally had turned the radio off, which means my mind swirled with the following thoughts: How does this house get so messy so fast? Maybe I need to reinforce cleaning up toys a bit more with Eli. Or maybe I will wait until…

The Sin of Self Evaluation

One of my biggest temptations is to evaluate my life.  From big questions to small questions, the drumbeat of my head is asking the same overarching question, “Is everything okay?”, “Am I okay?”, “Is my family okay?”. These then splinter into a host of questions like the following: Was today a good or bad day? Am I…

The Will of God for Tired Moms

Yesterday was one of those days.  I was overwhelmed by everything.  I cried at the drop of a hat. I said things I regret. We recently became a family of four just a couple of weeks ago, and as I was sitting in the chair nursing our brand new baby girl, all I could think is,…

Ultimate Purpose

God provided one thing that the world cannot: purpose. An ultimate purpose, able to conquer any worldly pursuit. Purpose is what makes our hearts beat a little faster. It is what we can be most proud of in our life, for we know it is worth a sacrifice. Anything else is temporary. If my purpose…

Less is more

This morning I read John 3:30, that says: He must increase, I must decrease. The instruction is straightforward and clear: I must become less. I must find my complete self in him. I must run to him to find my value. Losing myself means gaining everything that is pure and true and good. He lives!…

How He Loves Us

It’s been a little over a week since our son Eli was born into this world.  As I look back at the entire experience, and even what has happened since his birth, I am floored by it. When he is in my arms, I notice all of his perfect features and all of the detail…

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

Today I read out of an old devotional and feel amazed at how powerful God is, how I can see his handiwork all around me, and how he sustains not only my life but our future child’s life.  When I look around at God’s power, I can’t help but also ask to God, “what is…

Psalm 46

This week, our sermon was on Psalm 46.  With so much unknown in my life right now, this verse brought me comfort and reminded me that God is my strength, he is my fortress.  He is present in the day to day, and he is fully ready and capable to help.  This is something to…

Comfort in the Power of God

This morning, I’m in Isaiah, a book that is filled with truths about who God is and how he pursues us. This particular passage shows me what comfort I should have in reflecting on the power of who God is. I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man…

Jesus + Nothing = Everything

There is a perception of summer that things “slow down” because vacations are typically taken and that the pace is more relaxed than other seasons. The reality is that summer always turns into one of the busiest times for me, in my personal life and even in my work life. Most of the time I’ll…

Return to God, Obtain Faith

This morning I’m reading Jeremiah.  It’s such a beautiful ebb and flow of God working through Jeremiah to call Israel to repentance, while reminding them of his mercy and love.  As I’m reading, I notice how Israel’s primary offense is that they forgot what God had done and worshipped other things. How often is that…

Freed Hearts, Captive Minds: Breaking Free from Guilt & Shame

At the Vintage 21 Women’s Conference, “Freed Hearts, Captive Minds”, I chose to attend the breakout session, “Breaking Free from Guilt and Shame”, led by Natalie Holm.  This session was designed to show differences between guilt and shame, show us the role the two play in our Christian lives, and teach us more about repentance….