Fruits of the Spirit: Love…What if Jesus Loved You the Way You Love Others?

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”― Maya Angelou Do you make people feel loved? What does the most loving person say about this? Matthew 22:36-40English Standard Version (ESV) 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in […]

Constant Warm Glowing Love

We are reminded in Hosea that God’s love is not anything like Alabama weather. His love doesn’t blow in cold bitter winds or heat up to melt a lovely crayon on the backseat of mom’s leather seat. God’s love is constant as He pursues us even when we are ignoring Him, selfish, bored, etc. Love […]

Thoughts from this morning for this day

My combination of influences, inspirations, and thoughts to ponder this morning: Desk Calendar: October 28, 2014 “I’m exhausted from Cope. He has been a sneaky, stealthy four letter word. Cope only left a bad aftertaste and made me sick to my stomach. The promise on the package lied. I’m tired of substitutions. I want Hope.” […]

A “Know-So” or a “Hope-So” Salvation?

A “Know-So” or a “Hope-So” Salvation? BIBLE MEDITATION: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: If you think you’re going to get to heaven by your good works, I guarantee you […]

In the middle of the mess

“What if, instead of brushing our emotions aside and apologizing for the brokenness, we invited a few people into it? What if instead of pointing out the mess on the floor, we welcomed them to sit with us among it? Perhaps we would finally see that we were made for greater things than this.” What […]

Mercy Begins

Lamentations 3 He has made my teeth grind on gravel, and made me cower in ashes; 17 my soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is; 18 so I say, “My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the Lord.” 19 Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! […]

Lord, I Believe You Will

Many years ago, a mentor told me to pray “Lord, I believe you will..” Another Christian friend said to write my prayers in stone because I have so much faith. I write “Lord, I believe you will” on a stone as an act of faith. I have also taught and demonstrated this to others when […]

Abound in Thanksgiving!

Colossians has been my book of choice this week.  ….”so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving” (Col. 2:6b, ESV).  I am so glad, with all I had to deal with growing up, that I was rooted in Jesus Christ […]

stillness and praise

My pastor, Dr. Jim Barnette at Brookwood Baptist Church, is preaching a sermon on being still in the presence of God. It reminded me of that night when we had no option but to be still and wait on God – Oct. 26, 2016 “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10 To […]

I Can

When wondering if God has a purpose for you, you may answer yourself with a firm Yes! It is not about personal achievement, or car you drive each day. How tall you are or how much you weigh. It isn’t your neighborhood or family name. Your level of education or fame. It isn’t your bank […]