God's Grace

Jesus is Praying for You

Luke 22:31-32 "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." Have you ever felt great comfort knowing friends are praying for you? Perhaps you asked them to pray for a difficult situation… Continue reading Jesus is Praying for You

God's Grace

Believing God Loves You

Ephesians 3:17-19 And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Oh, how… Continue reading Believing God Loves You

God's Grace

Grace puts its hand on the boasting mouth

Ephesians 2:8-9    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.  The enneagram 3 in me (The Achiever) always wants to perform and be validated by my works, which drives me crazy. I don't want to be… Continue reading Grace puts its hand on the boasting mouth

Change

Life in Motion

Ecclesiastes 1:5-6 5 The sun rises, and the sun sets,    and hurries back to where it rises.6 The wind blows to the south    and turns to the north;round and round it goes,    ever returning on its course. Life is in motion all around me at a breakneck speed. As I write this, I am hours away from experiencing planet earth… Continue reading Life in Motion

Bible Study Techniques

The Shape of God’s Word – Part 1

Did you know that passages in the Bible have a unique shape?    Definition of SHAPE:  Something seen in outline, as in silhouette.  A particular or definite organized form or expression. Have you ever read a long passage in the Bible and all you can remember is one word or phrase in the cluster of… Continue reading The Shape of God’s Word – Part 1

Gratitude

Be a Light in a Dark World

The picture of the rose in this blog post was taken by using my iPhone's portrait feature.  The portrait mode creates a depth-of-field effect that provides the ability to shoot a photo that keeps the subject sharp with a blurred background. After snapping the picture, I selected a lighting effect that would highlight my rose even… Continue reading Be a Light in a Dark World

Focus, Gratitude

The Balance of Joy and Pain

Ecclesiastes 2:22-23 What do people really have after all their work and struggling in this life? Throughout their life, they have pain, frustrations, and hard work. Even at night, a person’s mind does not rest. This is also senseless.  There is no one who has tried to enjoy life more than I have. Pain is inevitable. … Continue reading The Balance of Joy and Pain