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Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live. Mark 8:35 (LB) Jesus came so we could live an abundant life (John 10:10). He came to show us our purpose. He came to show us what it…

Finish Your Work

But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. Acts 20:24 (NLT) We all have a God-given purpose – to share the Good News of God’s wonderful grace with…

Keep It Simple

I do want to point out, friends, that time is of the essence. There is no time to waste, so don’t complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple—in marriage, grief, joy, whatever. Even in ordinary things—your daily routines of shopping, and so on. Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on…

Be Content (Part 2)

…I’ve learned to be content in whatever situations I’m in… I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11, 13 (GW) Content is defined as being in a state of peaceful happiness. According to 2 Corinthians 6:3-10 and 2 Corinthians 11:16-33, Paul had been through hard times. He was beaten, put in prison,…

Accept Your Calling

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 (NLT) You are God’s handiwork (Ephesians 2:10). You have been created for a purpose.  Sometimes in life, things may not work out the way you planned…

Relationship Success

“I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you.” John 13:34 (NCV) Whether you are single, planning to get married, or are already married, this verse is a great reminder of how to have success in your relationship. Jesus tells us to love others the…

I Will Conquer This

Have you ever watched a baby focus intently on an object that was out of reach?  They will stare at it, as if they are secretly plotting a grand scheme for how they are going to get it into their hands. The interesting thing is that babies don’t understand the concept of “I can’t.”  They…

Be Content

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12 (NIV) It’s easy to compare ourselves to others.  You have…

I Didn’t Sign up for This

You wake up early in the morning and walk into the kitchen.  Even though you just cleaned it yesterday, it looks like a complete disaster.  Dishes are piled to the ceiling.  The counter is a mess and you wonder if your family has ever heard of a dishwasher.  You think to yourself, “I don’t ask…

Hope for Moms

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13 (NIV) Being a mom can be filled with joy, disappointment, happiness, and even discouragement.  There are a variety of expectations placed on…

Don’t Give Up

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9 (NLT) There are days when doing the right thing is easy. It just comes naturally and everyone agrees with the actions. There are other days when…

Make Time to Celebrate

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another…

Receive the Power

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV) We can easily think that we need to handle life on our own and figure out all of life’s…

Fruit of the Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others,…

Sharpen the Ax

If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success. Ecclesiastes 10:10 (NIV) Life can be difficult. At times it requires hard work. There may be areas in which spending time to learn a new skill can make things easier. We have ways we can learn the…

Live with Mercy and Grace

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) People make mistakes.  They can treat us harshly or do something we don’t agree with.  We can respond in two different ways.  One way is…