Just yesterday I was visiting with a coach. She was sharing with me a conversation she recently had with one of her students. The student came to her and confided in her a poor decision she had made. As the coach and I talked through it, she kept coming back to how disappointed she was that this student even chose to do what she did. She was disappointed, but also still wanted her student to know she was loved and cared for.
As I read the scripture below, I couldn’t help but think back to that conversation I had with the coach and something she shared with me. She said, “I never want a student to feel that they have done something so terrible that they ar...
My grandma is a fantastic cook. If you stop by her house, any time of day, it is very likely that you will be offered food. And she feels so valued when you take her up on the offer. Our family jokes that cooking is her spiritual gift. It is truly how she loves and cares for people from the gifts God has given her.
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” -1 Peter 4:10
The Bible teaches several times about spiritual gifts. This passage specifically addresses using our gifts in service to each other. We are to steward the gifts God has given us as a direct reflection of the grace that...
This summer I was on a trip with some friends. My friend Rebecca and I decided that we were going to go tour this historic mansion in the town we were staying in. While on our tour we learned that one of the daughters had been murdered in the house. The staff of the mansion were taken aback that we had no knowledge of this, apparently it is a main reason of attraction for this house. After asking a lot of questions, we also did research of our own and learned more than most people would want to know. This happens to me a lot, when I find something intriguing or interesting, I tend to latch on and love to do some internet research and learn about it. I lo...
Last year for Lent I gave up TV and all Social Media. Let me tell you, it was so hard. I read a lot of books, and probably spring cleaned my apartment like every week. Just by cutting out those things, I realized how much they were really consuming my life. They had become a vital part of my day. To go without I had to reprioritize my days.
Paul learned this lesson too, just on a MUCH larger spectrum. Paul, before he became a devoted follower of Christ had lived with much. He was a wealthy man. But the Paul we know, is much different. In these verses in Philippians he lets us in on what he has learned from this experience.
Family vacation is something that has always been important in my family. We have hung out on beaches, hiked mountains, explored cities, and ate lots of delicious food. We have had the chance to go on lots of incredible adventures together. For me, vacation is something I always look forward to. It is a chance to get away, escape, and relax. We don’t go on vacation hoping to encounter testing and trials. But that is just what happened to Jesus in Mark 1.
The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness, 13 where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him.
I wear glasses because I have something called an astigmatism. This just means that the shape of my eye causes me to not see things with clarity. But when I first needed glasses, I refused to wear them for a long time. I thought I could see “good enough.”
Right before college I decided I would embrace the idea of actually being able to see things better and got contacts. Now, if for some reason I have to go without glasses or contacts, it is REALLY hard for me to see. Everything is blurry, and nothing really comes into focus. Glasses bring clarity to my view.
Changing the way we see makes a big difference in how we approach things in life. Perspective can...