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….

Freed Hearts Captive Minds: Who am I, Really

This blog post is a recap of Kimberly Jones session of the Women’s Conference at Vintage 21, entitled “Who am I, Really”.  This session mostly discussed a fear I had never taken the time to consider in my life, the fear of man. “Fear of Man” = What WE See Kimberly started her session by…

Freed Hearts, Captive Minds: Giving Up Fear, Anxiety, Worry

This weekend I had the opportunity to go with a few women to our church’s women’s conference, entitled, “Freed Hearts, Captive Minds”.  Since many women I know were not able attend, I wanted to capture a few of the highlights here. Mindy Williams was the last speaker of the day and spoke on a topic…

Applying the Goodness of God to Trials at Work

When I started this blog I thought it would be mostly about my life as a Christian in the workplace, covering the day in and day out of what it’s like to be smack dab in the center of corporate America.  Slowly but surely I’ve seen my writing shift from this somewhat narrow topic to…

Reflecting on What Jesus Has Done

After writing yesterday’s blog post, I went through the book of Ephesians in order to find specific examples of how Jesus really accomplished everything that needed to be accomplished.  As I went through the book, I jotted down everything Christ was said to have done for us. Blessed us with every spiritual blessing- Ephesians 1:3…

The Heart of the Gospel: Jesus Means Everything

To finish out “The Heart of the Gospel Series“, we are going to take a look at how Jesus means everything, and how slowly but surely we should respond with everything in our lives. Jesus means we have freedom over sin: In Ephesians 2:1-7, “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you…

The Heart of the Gospel: No More Good Days/Bad Days

Part of my tendency in my work life and in my Christian walk is to size myself and my performance against others or my own expectations for myself.  When I do this, I’ve found there are only two outcomes.  The first outcome is a feeling that I’m not measuring up, which often leads to a…

The Heart of the Gospel: We Love Jesus More than the Idea of Jesus

At the heart of the Gospel is Christ’s love for us.  Over the course of this series, we have seen that Jesus’ death and resurrection was intentional from the beginning, showing that God’s plan was always to save us.  In light of this, we looked at how we are transformed by this grace – rather…

What am I asking God for?

This morning I was reading a little of John, where Jesus says to the disciples, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name he will give it to you.  Until now you have asked nothing in my name.  Ask, and you wil receive, that your joy may be…

The Heart of the Gospel: We are Transformed rather than Conformed

As we dive deeper into “The Heart of the Gospel Series“, we have to press harder on some of the belief systems that run rampant in the South, and see if these beliefs can actually stand up to the truths we find actually in Scripture. What I believe is one of the most common misconceptions…