One of the greatest struggles I believe we wrestle through is one of the most difficult commands Jesus Christ gave us regarding those who have hurt us: For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15 That doesn't seem fair when they … [Read more...] about The Power of Mercy
Biblical forgiveness... What is it and what does it look like? I have rarely struggled with any concept more than this one. I believed that if I forgave someone, I was condoning their wrong actions against me. That I was saying what they did was ok. My heart rebelled at the lack of justice I felt that the person who had wronged me would get off "scott free." Yet, I was the one who was in the … [Read more...] about What I Didn’t Realize About Forgiveness
I held the ten pound, one ounce yawning bundle of preciousness in my arms. At that weight, my niece looked like a gorgeous three-month-old instead of a three-hour-old newborn she was. As I sat holding her, I thought about how helpless she is and how her very life depends on her parents' love and care for her. My niece, like every other baby, came into this world with a God-given expectation to … [Read more...] about Is Love Worth the Risk?
Have you had a season in your life when you felt as though you were undergoing a full-out satanic assault? Life is one mass of confusion, uncertainty, and full of fear. Although you may normally be an "up" person, one who tends to be hopeful, this time of life can be characterized by leaving you feeling depressed and hopeless. Many times you may wonder if God hears you or has forgotten you … [Read more...] about Living in a Saturday World
"He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. He was assigned a … [Read more...] about The Bad of Good Friday
I am realizing a subtle trap that Satan has laid down for you and for me. We live in an airbrushed, perfection-demanding, fake culture that has us believing that we are not someone until we are somebody. Somebody who continually has to bring her A game to anything in which she is involved. The longer I am in ministry, the more I realize I have given in to the lie that I need to pass up on what … [Read more...] about The Paralyzing Pursuit of Perfection