I still don’t really get it

I still don’t really get it

Do you ever wonder if your kids really get it? Like the heart behind giving. Or why the new kid in school needs a friend. We spend so much time sharing information and trying to steer them in the right direction, but how do we know when they really get it?

Other moms tell me we will know when they are grown. But sometimes we will get small glimpses of what has sunk into their heart, hopefully now.

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4 Boosts for our Bible Time

4 Boosts for our Bible Time

A ticker tape of thoughts scroll across my mind as I think about times I have attempted to study the Bible and meet with God. Thoughts like…

What?? Whose that? I’m so confused. Is this really supposed to change me? I got up early for that? I must have done something wrong, God seems so distant. You name it I have probably thought it. Asked it. Experienced it. Many seasons in God’s Word have been overwhelmingly divine and others just plain dry.

I am not sure where you find yourself right now but this 2-part devotional will hopefully re-envision us for encountering God in a new way. And on a whole new level.

You ready? I am.

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The Key to Willing our Want

The Key to Willing our Want

Where do we turn when our “want to” doesn’t match “His will”? I am not going to beat around the bush because we have a full and forging scene to behold.

Matthew 26

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Not sure if you caught that but 3 times Jesus prayed that God would accomplish His will some other way than his sacrifice. Please don’t hear me minimize the heart, life, and sacrifice of Christ. But to some small degree, this might mimic  our “want to” not matching “his will”.

So what was going thru his mind and how did he resolve to follow the will of the Father despite his flesh wanting something else?Continue reading

4 Ways to Win in our Wilderness

4 Ways to Win in our Wilderness

As I leaned back on the couch in my counselor’s office, I posed a question. The question originated out of the circumstances of the last four days. Personally, my heart bottomed out when a extremely high water bill disclosed we had some leaks. But that paled in comparison, to the overwhelmingly scary situations some dear friends found themselves in.

My question to him was, “When circumstances for me or loved ones are overwhelming, how can I lean into their pain but learn not to turn to food for an escape afterward.”

Though he seemed a bit uneasy learning I was a pastor’s wife, in his wise counsel he kept coming back to this word “trust”.

As he was talking I was thinking he was really meaning “faith” but just not willing to say it. However, as I was processing the conversation with the Lord, I sensed his Spirit say, “No, I mean trust.”

And like a lightbulb switching on, I realized his answer connected to our question for today.

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5 Ways Satan Works in our Wilderness

5 Ways Satan Works in our Wilderness

All within moments of each other. Thing 3 spued in the mini. Thing 4 had a diaper explosion. Thing 1 needed immediate assistance with mounds of make-up work. And Thing 2, well, in the distant hopes to keep him healthy, a full scrub-the-deck initiative had begun.

As I hauled the 5th laundry basket down the stairs, it dawned on me that something else might be going on and I literally began to laugh. You see I was about to leave to go share God’s Word with a group of women going on their leadership team retreat. The very next day.

Sometimes we can laugh, when we sense that Satan might be coming against us, but other times all we can do is cry. Continue reading