I write on Bible Truths, connecting life and faith, devotions for teen boys, devotions for women, stories of joy in the midst of suffering and trials, and of God’s faithfulness.
I’m excited to share with you my first publication in Whispers of Grace, Vol. 2, a compilation of stories, devotions, poems, and prayers.
It is my hope that the words shared in this book may remind you that no matter what happens in this life, God is enough. He will provide you with strength and grace to get through even the toughest times.
Feb 3-7, 2020
Please begin today by reading: John 4:4-26
The story of the “Woman at the Well” gives us a beautiful picture of the way Jesus pursues us. There are exciting spiritual truths we will unpack each day this week.
First, let’s start with the fact that Jesus “needed to go through Samaria” (v. 4). According to Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary, the Greek verb for needed means “it is necessary.” Were there alternate routes to take? Absolutely, and most pious Jews would take the longer route around Samaria. There was a deep distrust and distain for the Samaritans they called “half-breeds.” As the lowest class of society, they did not make the cut during the Babylonian capture, thus were left behind. They intermarried with non-Jewish people. The Jews saw them as a despised race having no claim on their God.
Jan 13-17, 2020
Please begin today by reading: John 9:1-7; Psalm 107:19-21
John 9 holds important spiritual truths as Christians. The Lord brings blessings out of suffering; He teaches us to be cautious in our judgment of others; and He uses our difficult times to grow our faith.
In John 16:33, Jesus says: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Nov 11-15, 2019
1 John 5:1
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.” (1 John 5:1)
A paraphrase of 1 John 5:1 in The Living Bible says it like this: “If you believe that Jesus is the Christ—that he is God’s Son and your Savior—then you are a child of God. And all who love the Father love his children too.” John says, “Every person who believes…” Believes is a powerful word here. In Greek, it means “faith, to entrust, to commit to, trust.”
Being a Christian isn’t just saying a prayer a while back with no relevant outward change taking place. It is a day by day-relationship with the One who died in your place, transforming you as you spend time with Him. Where are you at with your belief? Are you “all-in” sold out, trusting in Jesus daily?
Aug 5-9, 2019
John 13:35 – Opportunities
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”—John 13:35
We’ll be given many opportunities to love God and love our neighbors. How well we follow God’s commandments will be part of our legacy of faith. Our actions will also stand as proof of the One to whom we belong, Jesus. James 2:26 says, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”
Have you been out to lunch or dinner with a friend and chosen not to pray before the meal as you usually would? Maybe you weren’t sure where they were at with their faith, or they simply weren’t believers. It is easy to justify our thinking that we didn’t want to offend our friend or make them “uncomfortable”—when really we are the ones who are uncomfortable.
Feb 18-22, 2019
The disagreement between two Christian women was serious enough to be addressed in a public letter to the Philippians. Paul does not take sides. He urges the two who are at odds to be of the same mind in the Lord. He asks those close to the situation to encourage reconciliation and resolution.
Does Paul just want everyone to get along? No. Paul knows these two women are faithful workers for the Gospel. Their dispute needs to be cleared up in order for more purposeful work to be done so that the Gospel message will not be hindered.
Dec 31st- Jan 4th, 2018
Many of you have asked who our devotional writers are. We purposely have not identified them each week, but we thought we would take this opportunity to let you know who some of them are and tell you a little about them…enjoy the testimonies from our Devo writers.
Nov 29th, 2018
What did God show you, teach you, reveal to you, do for you this last year?
This past year God has taught me to “consider it pure joy” when I face trials in life. It is through these times that He
refines me, draws me near to Him, teaches me to trust Him to have everything under control, and by doing so, He gives me peace that transcends all understanding.
It sounds counterintuitive to “consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds”; but when we believe that “the testing of our faith develops perseverance and perseverance must finish its work so that we can be mature and complete, not lacking anything,” it makes sense. Don’t we all want lives of substance, with depth, and refined in a way that transforms us to become more like Jesus? Trials transform you.
Oct 8-12, 2018
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