Step Out in Faith Toward Jesus

Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:61-62 When God Calls You When God calls you forward, you must step out in faith, even if a thousand voices call you back. When you see Jesus in front of you, heading in the direction he wants you to go, you must follow. No matter where He leads. A voice inside of you may tell you to take one last glance back–to look back with longing at all that lies behind you. But this is not the voice of Jesus. It Read More

Do Not Give Up

Do Not Give Up “Do not give up on me, Lord! Oh please, do not give up!” This has been the cry of my heart. With all of my might, I cling to the Lord and lift up this simple prayer, desperately pushing back against the forces that try to diminish my faith and steal my joy. The enemy loves to bombard me with busyness and a thousand other distractions that persuade me to live as if everything else matters just a little more than Jesus. My eyes get fixed on a hundred worthless things, and they stray from the one thing that truly does matter: Jesus, the founder and perfecter of [my] faith (Hebrews 12:2). A Deceived Heart Why is my heart so easily Read More

Embrace the Radiant Life God Has Called You To

A Longing for Brilliance Inside every one of us, there is a longing for brilliance. A desire to shine brightly with a sense of value that is beyond ourselves. As children, we do not dream about becoming average or ordinary. Instead, we dream about the amazing things we will do with our lives. With passion in our hearts, we imagine all of the ways our lives will be filled with the extraordinary. Our minds envision exciting, hope-filled pictures of the life of purpose that lies in front of us. However, over time, the bright, shining lights of our imaginations can slowly start to fade. We can begin to believe that a nominal life is all we can experience. A million responsibilities and the routine tasks Read More

The Simplistic Beauty of God’s Great Love

How Do I Love Jesus? One night, my young daughter looked up at me with tears in her eyes and told me with great anguish, “I don’t know how to love Jesus. Even though I try and try, I just don’t think it is enough!” As I looked at her sweet little face, cheeks flushed red and eyes filled with sadness, my heart ached for her. I was taken back in time to my own childhood, as I recalled my own feelings of not understanding God’s great love for me. In that moment, I was back in my blue flowered bedroom in the upstairs of my home, tucked under my fluffy white comforter, quietly thinking about Jesus. As moonlight poured in through the windows, the Read More

Set Your Mind on a Course of Victory for Christ

A Small Victory Perhaps by now you’ve heard of my victory. My unbelievable victory! I ran up a hill.  That’s right. All the way up a hill! Yes, God set my feet in motion that day and showed me I could do things that are hard. I was sweating and panting…and praising God that he never gives up on me. Indeed, when I set my sights on Jesus, he makes me want to start running and never back down. I may be in a heap when I cross the finish line. But I will know I have run the race with purpose. I will know that nothing else in this life could have brought me greater joy than simply running the race with Him. People Pleasing Read More