Verse Meditation–Ezekiel 36.35

  Giving Up Control “And when I bring you back, people will say, ‘This former wasteland is now like the Garden of Eden! The abandoned and ruined cities now have strong walls and are filled with people!’” (Ezekiel 36.56 NLT). Something truly stunning happens when we finally give God the mess of our lives: He turns our “wasteland” into a “Garden of Eden.” But when we allow our pride and shame to prevent us from giving our lives fully to God, we stop God’s amazing work of redemption from transforming us and our situations. The truth, however, is that if Jesus’ Continue reading

Granola Bar Devotional — My Best Friend

I’ve realized that when God is your best friend, you can’t help but talk about Him. I remember when I struggled with talking about God and all the things He was showing me. I was uncomfortable, and I worried about what people would think. I had to push through my fears and literally force myself to pray in front of my kids, talk about the Bible to a friend or mention my faith to a stranger. Apparently, something happened through the years. I went to a book club meeting the other night. The women had read my book, Eve of Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Ezekiel 44.23

Sons of Zadok “They will teach My people the difference between what is holy and what is not. And they will teach them to know what is unclean and what is clean” (Ezekiel 44.23 NLV). In Ezekiel chapter 44, God gives Ezekiel some amazing prophecies about a certain group of people called the Sons of Zadok. While the other religious leaders had neglected the Temple of God and/or worshipped false gods with their religious duties, the Sons of Zadok maintained a pure relationship of service to the Lord. Because of their faithfulness, they were the only ones allowed to minister Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Ezekiel 28.9

  Bossy Pots “Will you still say, ‘I am a god,’ in the presence of those who kill you, though you are but a man, and no god, in the hands of those who slay you?” (Ezekiel 28.9 ESV). Ezekiel has several prophecies against the leaders of his day. The prophesy found in Ezekiel 28.9 is specifically to the king of Tyre who had set himself up as a god in his heart and kingdom. His wealth and power had gone to his head, and he forgot or never comprehended the truth that the God of the Universe is the Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Ezekiel 5.6

More Than They “She has rebelled against My judgments by doing wickedness more than the nations, and against My statutes more than the countries that are all around her; for they have refused My judgments, and they have not walked in My statutes” (Ezekiel 5.6 NKJV). It seems like just yesterday that Joshua was ushering the Children of God into their Promise Land. God was doing miracles left and right, and great walls of resistance tumbled down by faith, unleashing the fledgling nation of Israel into victorious independence. The people declared their allegiance to God. They would serve no other Continue reading

Book Club for Eve of Awakening

I had the privilege of being the guest writer for a local book club tonight! I got to meet some pretty amazing women, and we had so much fun chatting about life and books. The women asked thought-provoking questions about my novel, Eve of Awakening, and a few of them gave me awesome ideas for the sequel, Bear into Redemption, which I’m about a third of the way through! I think the most awesome part of the night was being able to talk about God and everything the Holy Spirit has done in my life along my writing journey. And Continue reading

Internet Cafe — Forgotten Groceries

I went grocery shopping for a few items, and I when I put my car into park on the driveway, I did what is very typical of me: I tried to carry every single grocery bag into my house in one trip. Since my hands were both draped with bags of heavy groceries, I was unable to close the car door. From the start, I knew I would eventually have to make a trip back to close it. Once I made it to my front porch, I had to set down some bags so I could unlock and open the Continue reading

Verse Meditation — Ezekiel 3.3

 Eating God’s Word “And he said to me, ‘Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.’ Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey” (Ezekiel 3.3 ESV). God anointed Ezekiel a watchman over the people. He also gave Ezekiel His words and visions to share with others in order to warn and prepare them for things to come. Thousands of years later, Ezekiel’s writings are still empowering God’s people to live in His Truth. But before Ezekiel was chosen to fulfill this special Continue reading

Verse Meditation — Lamentations 3.22-23

New Mercies “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (Lamentations 3.22-23 NLT). The worst thing that could happen had happened. Israel’s Promise Land had been taken from them. Reading how God established His children in the Promise Land through the demonstration of His love and power in the Old Testament, makes the destruction of the Chosen Nation that much more heart-wrenching. No wonder Lamentations’s description of Israel’s affliction is so passionate and outspoken. The people of Israel had forsaken their God, and the full force of Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Lamentations 3.24

My Portion “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him” (Lamentations 3.24 ESV). As Christians, the Lord is our portion; and this is a truth that will change every person’s life when he/she fully grasps the weight of it. Although we could never contain the vastness of God–for He is the Creator and beyond our understanding–His grace does enable us to be filled with His presence through the Holy Spirit. Every day we have a mighty portion of the Lord, and He will shape our portion to fit our daily needs. Moreover, when we consider Continue reading