Fight for Hope?

HOPE! In the midst of the chaos, the disappointment, the isolation, the loss of income, the abundance of bad news, I keep hearing the word, “Hope.” If I am honest, I must admit, everyday, I have had to fight for Hope. I have had to fight to not give into despair, fear, disappointment. I am not always successful. Sometimes, if I am not careful, I can give in to the...

My Hope

This is what I am standing on, today and everyday. These are the promises to which I cling. If God is for me, who can be against me? He who did not spare His own son, but gave Him up for me, how will He not freely with Jesus, give me ALL THINGS. Who can accuse me? Jesus is my attorney and my alibi. What can prevent God from loving...

Who Can Stand?

If God has determined to stand with us, tell me, who then could ever stand against us?” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:31‬ ‭TPT‬ Now this seems like a simple rhetorical question. We all know the Sunday School Answer is “nothing or no one.” But do we believe? First, do we believe God is for us? Because the promise is predicated on that truth, “God is for us”. Can a generational curse (the past...

It’s Working

I’m meditating on this often quoted scripture this morning: “We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭CEB‬‬ I trust this is true. I believe this is true. But I don’t always “see” that this is true. Perhaps, I don’t always “see” it is because I’m looking for the wrong evidence....

Pray!

Have you ever been so overwhelmed you couldn’t pray? I get that way sometimes and in the last couple of weeks, I have almost lived there. I’m bombarded with concerns for my children, death of co-workers, empathizing with those who are hurting around me, planning to teach, missing my students, the uncertainty…ugh! I go to pray and don’t even know where to start. This summer, the Lord began to speak...

Don’t Waste Your Pain

This statement immediately caught my eye this morning as I began reading: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed.” Romans‬ ‭8:18-19‬ ‭CSB‬‬ I could not help but apply this scripture to our current situation. The teacher within me always...

House of Light

Last night I turned off the TV, turned on Christian music, sat in my favorite chair and “prayer-plained”. You know, complained to God in a form of a prayer. But God is so good! He met me where I was. He is an amazing encourager. Through music, he reminded me that: Fear is a liar. I am an overcomer. I am strong, brave, and free. His love for me is...

Hamster Wheel Life

For most of life, I had a spirit of “religious duty”. I thought the more good things I did, the more faithful I was, the more I attended church, the more God would love me. In essence, I was working for my salvation and acceptance. The problem with that is if I can “earn” God’s acceptance, then I could “lose” God’s acceptance. So I lived this dual life. On the...

No Katakrima

There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. The word condemnation is the Greek word, katakrima, and it only appears three times in the Bible; and all three instances occur in the book of Romans. It is a legal term and it means to render an adverse or damning verdict. Therefore, in the courtroom of God, He renders no adverse or damning verdict against those who are...

A Dethroned Monarch

Romans 6 impacted my life more than any other chapter in the Bible. It’s theme: We are no longer slaves to sin. We often think of sin as some immoral act. While that is true, it is not a complete definition. Sin is anything in our lives that speaks louder than God’s voice or His Word. Sin is anything we allow to control us – fear, addictions, anger, gluttony, lust,...