Expand Your Devotion Time to Include Bible Study

Beyond Devotionals:There are so many great devotion books available today! Aren’t we blessed?! Or maybe you do the daily devotion in YouVersion (The Bible App). I find that such a good way to start my prayer and Bible study time in the morning. And they have some...

The Majesty and Glory of His Name

People who know me know that if someone asks about a favorite (food, movie, song, Bible verse, hymn, worship song, etc.), I struggle to pick one. Hasn’t God given us SO MANY great things to enjoy?! But today’s verse of the day in the Bible App brings me to my favorite...
The Marvelous Things He Has Done

The Marvelous Things He Has Done

Oh to be as grateful and thankful as I should be for all that God has done for me! The Old Testament writers often admonished the Jewish people to call out what God had done for them – start with rescuing them from the bondage of Egypt.  We should follow that...
Have You Ever Been Called a Rebel?

Have You Ever Been Called a Rebel?

I’ve never thought of myself as a rebel. I’m actually a very loyal person and a notorious rule-follower. And yet, as I encountered the New Living Translation of a very familiar verse, I was convicted. “But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was...

Chill Out and Know That I Am God

Be still. When I was growing up, I think that imperative statement had an exclamation point at the end of it.  When my mom or my Grandma Cook said it, it was an urgent command. So I have to change my perspective when I come to this verse.  Instead of...

And That Is Why It Is Called Good Friday

Have you read the accounts of Good Friday?  Luke 23:26-49 was part of my Lent reading plan and though I’ve read or heard this passage many times over the years, I saw something new this time. This is an awful scene.  It is interesting that the crowd that had...
God Is Doing a New Thing

God Is Doing a New Thing

Beginning in Genesis 1, God is at work doing something new. You can trace brand new, new again, and renewal for God’s people all the way to the eternity future when God says He will make ALL THINGS NEW. In studying  for the Bible study I am writing on this theme,...
Lent – Day 2 – What’s Your Response to Christ?

Lent – Day 2 – What’s Your Response to Christ?

“Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead.”‭‭John‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬https://www.bible.com/116/jhn.12.1.nlt I love the song, “Broken and Spilled Out” that tells this story. Recently I...
Lent – Day 2 – What’s Your Response to Christ?

Lent – Day 1 – Jesus’ Name and Character

It is only Day 1 but the Lord is already encouraging me and speaking to me through the first devotion in the “40 Days of Lent” reading plan in YouVersion. Today’s passage was Matthew 21:1-11. It’s not like these are new verses. I’ve read them in many Easter seasons...

No Complaining!

Life is hard. Over 30 years ago when I was going through a divorce and becoming a single parent to two small boys, I received a card from a co-worker that I still keep.  It is a reminder of a difficult time and a friend’s desire to comfort me. The front said, “Life is...

Whatever You Say

I often wonder how, at the age of 60, I can possibly still fail so often with my words. My mouth has gotten me into trouble as long as I can remember. I know for sure the last spanking I got (at age 16) was because I smarted off at the dinner table, disobeying my dad....