Girls Day Out

Acts 27:3 (KJV) And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.

Sometimes, you just need a day away to breathe, laugh, get pampered; a day of refreshment.

I am Known by God

John 10:27 (KJV) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 

There were a few Bible prophets that "walked with God." This signified a much deeper relationship than mere belief in our Heavenly Father. These men were known by the Creator of the world.

Us knowing Him is one thing, but Him knowing us is completely different. God knows everything because He is God.

To know and be known by anyone is remarkable. Intimacy is gained when we invite others into our lives--pull back the curtain. When we reveal our true selves, it makes us vulnerable; but the by-product is a much deeper and closer relationship.

If we wish to live a life of significance, we must be transparent with our Savior and our loved ones. Only then will we hear, "I've never loved you more than I do now."


Notable Quote:

1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV) For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Kneeling at the Cross

1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV) For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

What is so good about Good Friday? Growing up in church, I thought it was a mean joke. How could it be a good day if Jesus died?

It was all the Christians fault--the Crucifixion. They should have stopped the Jews...right? Only thing is, He wasn't murdered. He willingly gave His life up.

So, why did He do it? The sacrifice that Jesus perfected on the cross was all about love--agape, free, all-compassing, unmerited grace-filled love. The big kind.

He's all about the love.

Just say thanks.


Notable Quote:

"To love God is the greatest of virtues; to be loved by God is the greatest of blessings."--Author unknown

Standing by the Cross

John 19:23-27 (KJV) Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

They all had reasons to be there that day.

For the Roman soldiers, it was just another day at work.

The two criminals on the cross knew the conseque…

Chariots or Horses

Psalm 20:7 (KJV) Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

I remember the day I decided to let go of my security blanket. Both times.

Blankie was very special. And green. It made my thumb taste delicious. I miss him sometimes.

The second time was different. The Hubster had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma a few months before, and we met with a counselor to help us deal with our future. He showed me that I had wrongly placed my security with my husband, and not with my Savior. That was a very hard day, but the more I released my husband, the more God showed up--in a big way.

We place our trust in money, homes, possessions, and people--each one is temporal. Only Christ remains. If we allow God to show us exactly how powerful He really is, I believe our lives would be totally transformed.

Let God be God.


Notable Quote:

"The Shepherd knows what pastures are best for His sheep, and they must not question or doubt, but trustin…

The Human Race

Hebrews 12:1-3 (KJV) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

I've done a lot of running in my life--as part of training for soccer and track teams in school, and to stay healthy as an adult. There has also been some running away from hard things and dashing toward the wrong stuff.

Notice that phrase in the Scripture above, "run with patience?" Being a Christ Follower is like running a marathon. I have to pace myself so that I have enough energy and stamina to run the race that will last my…

Deny, Deny, Deny

Luke 9:23 (KJV) And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

The apostle John said about Christ, "He must increase, but I must decrease." This is so contrary to what humans strive for today. We simply want to super-size everything.

From the time I was very young, I was ambitious. I wanted to travel the world, achieve multiple college degrees, make piles of money and move to the Bahamas. The common denominator there was me, me, me. Where did God fit into this equation?

When I stopped asking God why He was doing things to my life, and instead asked, "What can I learn from this, God?", my attitude improved and I found peace and contentment. My Heavenly Father has good plans for me if I will trust and follow Him.

The world travel, degrees, money, and Bahamian home have never materialized. What I do have, is more than I dreamt and so much more than I deserve. I want to resemble Christ more and…