But God has a higher calling for us. He doesn’t want us to remain in those depressing, anxious thoughts. He calls us to lift our thoughts to higher things. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8 ESV).Read More
When anxiety peaks, the last thing on your mind is probably prayer. Rather than stopping to pray about the worries that flood our minds, we flit around like an anxious bird, trying to keep our situation under our control even though we know it is spinning too quickly for us to keep up.
And yet, Paul says that biblical prayer is the solution to our anxiety. He says that when we choose to pray rather than worry, we will be filled and guarded by the peace of God.Read More
I don’t think that break is going to work the miracle of change in your flustered life that you are hoping for. Even though if you take that break, or go on that vacation, or have that self-care day, when you return your life is still going to be the same. There will still be messes to clean. There will still be faulty alarms. Things will happen to irritate us. And the anxiety will still rampage when it all happens.
What we need is not a break, but a heart change. We need to cultivate a gentle spirit.Read More
Worries weigh us down. It makes sense that depression and anxiety often go hand-in-hand; when we are overwhelmed with concerns, fears, and anxieties, it’s difficult to find any reason to be happy or joyful. Instead, we feel burdened by worry, like it’s a heavy weight we drag behind us each day.
Thankfully, joy is not a flippant emotion like happiness, based on circumstance or bubbly feelings. Joy is a choice, based on the most secure foundation we could ever have. Our job is to make that choice to replace our fears with rejoicing.Read More
Shortly after I became a believer, I still lived by my feelings rather than my faith. I doubted my salvation because it didn’t feel real. I struggled to believe that God still loved me when I sinned because I couldn’t feel his love. I often gave into my sins because it felt better than obedience. My worship time was completely regulated by my feelings as well—if I felt near to God, then I had worshipped effectively and rightly.
Do you live by your feelings? Do you live in a similar way that I did? If so, we need to consider what God’s Word has to say about our feelings, and what living by faith actually looks like.Read More
Looking back as a married woman, I see where I went wrong. The motive I took going into the battle for purity was the same motive that lead me to sin: Selfishness. But even before that, my view of purity was wrong, and that hindered my battle as well.
Maybe you are like me and felt (or feel) totally equipped to fight temptation against sexual immorality. I encourage you to consider with me your definition of what true purity looks like, and to also consider what is truly motivating you in your battle against sexual sin.Read More
She said that pride proceeds a fall, and likewise God will humble you when you begin to think you have learned the art of humility.
Whether you think you are already a pretty humble person, or you think you need lots of growth in the area of humility, here are six characteristics of a humble woman of God.Read More
But seasons of difficulty are much different. In seasons of suffering, sadness, anxiety, and weakness, obedience does not come so naturally. When I am filled with anxiety, all I want to do is lie in bed and dwell on my worries, flip through the what ifs, and argue against rational thinking. I want to scroll through Facebook posts and get lost in Instagram stories, forgetting my difficulty.
And yet, my God-given purpose to glorify him has not changed in those seasons of rampant anxiety. Even in those moments, God is calling me to be a mirror that is reflecting him and his gospel.Read More
Can you recount a similar story? Can you remember the fear that gripped you and the words that never left your tongue? The truth you wanted to speak but didn’t know how to say? I know I have (many times) and I’ve mulled those moments over and over again. God is teaching me that in those moments I need to love my friends more than I fear them, and that I need to learn how to speak truth with gentleness and with the power of Scripture.Read More
Maybe you’re not ashamed of your house. Maybe you’re ashamed of your body, your finances, your job, or your past. Whatever it may be, I want to warn you of the trap of pride that I fell into, point you back to Christ, and encourage you to find contentment in him.Read More
Summer is often a great time to catch up on reading. Sunny days to sit out and read, quiet nights camping, or long trips to vacation, we have lots of time to sit and read.
In between your walks in the park, visits to the beach, and campfires this summer, here are 13 biblically sound books to read to grow in your understanding of theology, in your walk as a believer, and in your Bible study.Read More
This isn’t a command only to the grey-haired, elderly women in our churches. It’s a call to you as well, sister—you can be an older woman to someone who is younger, even if you are still considered “young.”
But how do we do this? Those of us who have tried know the awkward feelings that come with discipleship. Those uncomfortable get-to-know-you conversations and the embarrassment as they discuss relevant topics we are oblivious to. And what about their lack of maturity that we find oh-so frustrating at times?Read More
This message is one I am preaching to my own heart as much as I am preaching it to you. I do not do well with memorizing Bible verses, and I have very few memorized (mostly by accident). Growing up, I was never encouraged to memorize Bible verses in Sunday School. We didn’t get gold stars for reciting the passages we had memorized. Once I became a Christian, I never saw the point of memorizing Scripture. I thought, “Why bother take the energy to memorize a verse when I can look it up online? What good will it do for me to memorize Scripture?”Read More
Maybe that’s the reality during the honeymoon, and even for a time afterward. Until one day he loses his temper and you have an argument. And his job forces him to leave before you can study the Bible together. And he’d rather scroll through his phone than discuss theology with you. And you never do receive those cute notes you wished for.
As our expectations and dreams are slowly torn to bits and tossed to the wind, we can feel discouraged, angry, hopeless, bitter, and heartbroken. What do we do with these feelings? How do we bring back that love we had at the altar?Read More
I am not a naturally patient person. When I am waiting for an email, I refresh my mail app multiple times in one hour. When I am looking forward to a day, I count down both the days and hours. When one renovation in our house is finished, I am already looking forward to the next one. When children ask to help me with a task, I put on a smile, but inwardly I’m groaning thinking about how much longer the task is now going to take.
Today, I want to learn to wait well by cultivating eyes to see God at work, hands ready for obedience, and a heart that is willing to learn. Will you join me?Read More
The Holy Spirit not only gives us the ability to understand Scripture, but He is also the One who enables us to obey it. The enemy is fighting fiercely against us, throwing his best weapons of temptation our way and giving us many reasons to disobey what we have learned. Thankfully, as believers, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us.
Today in our series on Bible Study for Heart Change, we are looking at how the Holy Spirit fills us and enables us to obey God’s Word.Read More
When we study the Bible, we may be tempted to take pride in our knowledge, practice, or ability. But if we only had our own talent to get us through Scripture, it would not be enough. Like in the entirety of the Christian walk, we are completely dependent on the Holy Spirit in our Bible study. It is only because of the Holy Spirit that true change can take place in our hearts when we study Scripture. He not only helps us understand the Bible, but also convicts our hearts of sin and directly applies the Word to our hearts.Read More
“Doubt” is the perfect word to character my young, Christian faith. Before I was saved, I lived as a false convert, continually haunted by doubts of my salvation—which in turn led me to striveto keep my favoredstanding before God with works. When I became a Christian and recognized that salvation is by faith alone because of God’s grace, I still struggled with doubt. My legalistic ways were difficult to let go of. I doubted that God could truly love a wretch like me, and could continue to love me despite my sin.Read More
I’ve stood at both ends of the spectrum. I was the girl who wanted to move across seas, give up everything and become a missionary to the lost. Though I had a passion for mission work, I had a twisted view of the Gospel—which made me one of the lost to be reached. Once I became a believer and gained a proper view of grace, I secluded myself to my desk studying theology and devoted hours to my Bible and sermons—at the neglect of serving the God I claimed to now worship.
Friend, I have learned it is not a question of, “Is theology or good deeds more important?”, but rather, “Are you cultivating both?”Read More
We don’t approach God’s Word the same way we approach a book of fairy tales, our “beloved” math textbook, or the latest Christian nonfiction book. Because God’s Word is immensely different from each of those. God’s Word is true, authoritative, sufficient, inerrant, and perfect. The Bible is breathed from God. It calls for a different response than any other book we will read.Read More