Verse Meditation: Haggai 1.6

Effort of People “You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes” (Haggai 1.6 ESV). God’s Chosen People have neglected to rebuild God’s house, the Temple. Since they have taken their eyes off the things of God and placed them on the things of people, they find themselves never having enough. It’s frustrating when we put so much effort into something, and we see Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Zephaniah 3.16

The Beauty of Breaking “On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: ‘Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak’” (Zephaniah 3.16 ESV). All of us will go through a time of “tearing down.” This is nothing new. When bodybuilding, people must actually tear their muscles in order for them to grow back bigger and stronger. God must tear us down, so we can grow bigger and stronger in Him. But it is hard not to be discouraged. It is difficult not to look around and feel defeated and weak. But God says loudly to each of Continue reading

Video Blog 11: Justified Focus!

We are justified through Christ, so we have every right not to dwell on our mistakes. We can focus on our victories because those are the only ones we will be accountable for! You can see this Vlog and other ones like it on my Youtube Channel!

Verse Meditation: Zephaniah 3.2

Healing Correction “She listens to no voice; she accepts no correction. She does not trust in in the Lord; she does not draw near to her God” (Zephaniah 3.2 ESV). The Holy Spirit is very good at correcting us when something in our lives is not pleasing to Him. He doesn’t correct us to shame us; rather, He corrects us to help us avoid danger and to stay on His path of blessings. Many times our pride prevents us from hearing correction from the Lord. His voice is loving, yet stern; and if our hearts are not humble and our Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Zephaniah 2.3

Seeking Paths “Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord” (Zephaniah 2.3 ESV). The Prophet Zephaniah’s name means, “God has hidden, protected and treasured.” Zephaniah is prophesying after the Northern Tribes of Israel were destroyed by Assyria and before the smaller tribe of Judah was taken by Babylon. Zephaniah lived during King Josiah’s quest to reestablish God’s commands and tear down the idols that had been allowed by previous kings. Even during this time of great Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Zephaniah 1.12

Stagnant Complacency “At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The Lord will not do good, nor will he do ill’” (Zephaniah 1.12 ESV). God is not a stagnant God. When He created the earth, He established the system of sowing and reaping. Whatever we plant—whether good or evil—is what we harvest in our lives. Yes, as Christians, we have forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ and we have the counsel of the Holy Spirit. Our salvation is always secure in Christ, yet we Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Zephaniah 1.5

All-Consuming Fire “For they go up to their roofs and bow down to the sun, moon, and stars. They claim to follow the Lord, but then they worship Molech, too” (Zephaniah 1.5 NLT). Tearing down idols can be a continual process. Every day we must choose to put God first in our lives. We have to make a conscious effort to step out of our selfish will and walk in submission to the Holy Spirit. But it is the struggle that reveals that we are truly trying to make God the center of our world. In a marriage, we must Continue reading

Internet Cafe: The Weight of Presence

I’m entering a new stage of motherhood in life: my youngest child is now almost 7 years old. I can actually sit in my house without worrying about diapers, baby food and exposed electrical outlets. As I contemplate over that past 11 years of being a mother, there are some incidences that make me laugh. Once such incident happened when my daughter was only about 12 months old. I brought all three kids into the postal store—a feat that caused stress every time. My boys were then about 5 and 3 years old, so taking them to a store with Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Habakkuk 3.17-18

Desperate Praise “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior” (Habakkuk 3.17-18 NIV). Habakkuk lives in a time in which the world’s wealth is built on agriculture. So when the prophet lists the shortage of figs, grapes, olives, crops, sheep and cattle, he is declaring a state of complete poverty and lack. However, Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Habakkuk 2.4

Live by Faithfulness “Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God” (Habakkuk 2.4 NLT). Faithfulness seems to be a rare virtue these days. Faithfulness to marriages, jobs, churches, goals and God’s commands many times goes to the wayside as selfish desires come to the forefront. Jesus says that anyone who wants to save his/her life must lose it. We must not base our actions on our whimsical, ever-changing emotions and desires. Faithfulness overrides emotions and roots us to the purpose for which God created each of Continue reading

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