They Rejoiced With Her

I love the picture of Luke 1:58. Imagine this woman who desired a child for so long. Imagine what she went through for so many years as a barren woman. She likely gave up on having a child. From reading Luke 1, we can see that Zechariah and Elizabeth were praying for a child. Perhaps … Continue reading They Rejoiced With Her

Established by Grace

What a warning we find in today’s verse. We read in Hebrews 13:9: “Don't be led astray by various kinds of strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established by grace and not by food regulations, since those who observe them have not benefited (CSB). The writer of Hebrews is speaking … Continue reading Established by Grace

Wouldn’t It Be Better

I struggle too much with looking at something and thinking there is a way to make it better, to improve upon something. On the one hand, it’s helpful for me to have this mindset because I can often take something and create a better way, a more streamline solution, a different option that could end … Continue reading Wouldn’t It Be Better

Highways of Holiness

Highways take us places. Highways are well traveled. I live on a highway. Sometimes I sit by my window and imagine the places people are going as they drive along the highway. In today’s verse, the Psalmist notes that those who find their strength in the Lord, those people who depend on the Lord’s strength, … Continue reading Highways of Holiness

The Gratitude of Grace

Today’s verse speaks of who truly honors God – “whoever offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving” (NASB). The Message translation calls this living the “praising life.” The Bible says that we were created to glorify God (see Isaiah 43:7). Psalm 50:23 makes it clear that we are living out our purpose to glorify God when we … Continue reading The Gratitude of Grace

Why Did You Ever Send Me?

Moses had the great task of bringing God’s people out of Egypt. He had to deal with the hard-hearted Pharaoh and the stiff-necked Israelites. The first meeting with Pharaoh caused the Israelites more burden and they were not happy with Moses—they actually wanted God to judge him for making them a stench. Moses responds by … Continue reading Why Did You Ever Send Me?

Whatever Happens

The Bible tells us to rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16, Philippians 4:4). This is very difficult, because we often find ourselves in circumstances that are not so delightful. Nonetheless, no matter what is going on in our lives, our heavenly Father is always deserving of honor, glory, and praise. This does not change with circumstances. … Continue reading Whatever Happens