Our 6 His 7: Transformed by Sabbath Rest!

I knew God wanted me to do something by faith, but I didn’t know what. I felt poured out in my writing. I’ve been writing for His pleasure for so many years—countless hours of writing in secret to the Lord. In my dryness, I pleaded for God to give me a little nudge into what He wanted me to do. A few days later my church asked it I would speak to the interns about those moments in your life that propel you into your destiny. I asked God if I could speak, and He gave me the go-ahead. God’s Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Amos 9.13

New Wine “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, And the treader of grapes him who sows seed; The mountains shall drip with sweet wine, And all the hills shall flow with it” (Amos 9.13 NKJV). The writer of Amos prophesies that a New Wine would soon drip from the mountains and flow through all the hills of the earth. This wine represents redemption and salvation from the sins and efforts of humankind. The land will be so full of abundance that the people harvesting will gather the fruit just before a new crop is being Continue reading

Internet Cafe Devotions–Rushing Truth

  Rushing Truth The college years should also be known as the broke years. I waitressed and attended classes full time, and money always seemed to be a scarce commodity in my life. One semester, I took a black and white photography class. Little did I know how much photography equipment cost! I used every dime I had to purchase the materials that I needed. During class, my photography professor announced that she would be holding a workshop for those of us who wanted additional instruction. The cost of the workshop would be $12. I opened my wallet and noticed Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Amos 8.4-5

A Harvest of Choices “Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end, saying, ‘When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale, that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great and deal deceitfully with false balances’” (Amos 8. 4-5 ESV). Amos lived in a society where his own countrymen were prospering at the expense of the poor and destitute. Israel and Judah were amassing wealth and times looked good for them; however, they were Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Amos 4.5

  “‘Present your bread made with yeast as an offering of thanksgiving. Then give your extra voluntary offerings so you can brag about it everywhere! This is the kind of thing you Israelites love to do,’ says the Sovereign Lord” (Amos 4.5 NLT). Seeded in the Flesh God’s Chosen People were continuing with their religious ceremonies that God had called them to long ago; however, their obedience had lost the true nature of repentance and worship. Instead of offering out of pure hearts, their intentions were all wrong. First, they were giving with a hollow hearts, merely as an act of religious norms. Second, they Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Amos 3.7

Masterpiece Made Known “For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3.7 ESV). So many times we run desperately to God, exhausted from trying to guess what He is doing in our lives. We feel lost and confused, and we wonder why God is not being more clear about His plans for us. Yes, there is a point of trust and step of faith that all Christians must incorporate in their journey as Believers in Christ; however, God does not leave us empty handed and clueless. He has supplied us with His Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Amos 1.1

Point of Humility “The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake” (Amos 1.1 ESV). Amos was a shepherd from Tekoa, a small village close to Bethlehem. He lived in a time when the rich were exploiting the poor, never considering that they would be accountable for their actions. Amos would definitely not have been respected, and his words would not be honored during this time. A Continue reading

Granola Bar Devotional: Citizens of Heaven

I had to be put under for a dental procedure. My single wisdom tooth needed to be pulled, and I can say I was honestly more worried about going under anesthesia than I was having the procedure done. Would I be fully asleep? How would it feel? What really happens as my body slips into unconsciousness? I laid on the dental bed, surrounded by bright lights and white walls. The dental staff buzzed around me in their normal routine, wearing their little surgical masks. I prayed for them in my slurred speech affected by the laughing gas, and the nurse Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Joel 3.10

 A Warrior Heart “Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, ‘I am a warrior’” (Joel 3.10 ESV). We find in the Book of Joel that God is fighting for the people whom He loves. God will fight for us too. Whatever arena to which we are called, God has special plans for us in His battle for good on this earth. He can transform the everyday resources at our disposal to win victories in His Kingdom. Many of God’s People in the Old Testament worked the land, cultivating fields of crops and Continue reading

Verse Meditation– Joel 2.25

Never Wasted “The Lord says, ‘I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you’” (Joel 2.25 NLT). The Lord sent devastation to God’s chosen people because they had forsaken Him. They disobeyed His commands and took control of their own destinies–no more relying on an All-knowing God. Therefore, the consequences of their decisions were devastating. God had already warned them to choose blessings or curses (Deuteronomy 30.19). However, once God’s people repented, He was quick to redeem and restore Continue reading