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In the Garden

Then He said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with Me. And going a little farther He fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will but as You will. Matthew 26:38-39 He knows the garden where sorrow lives and friends fail. The place where God is searched for bent and broken. Alone, afraid. A place of…

Living Sacrifice

“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” –Jesus John 4: 14 The woman came to the well. In need. She thought she needed water – But El Roi, the God who sees, saw all of her. He knew the good, the bad, the ugly. His vision pierces heart’s darkest places. “Thirst…

Total Exposure

I first became acquainted with Elizabeth Nejedlo aka Blue Jean Gypsy on instagram. I was initially drawn to her posts and shared love of ripped jeans. If you’ve never read her, do yourself a favor and check out her beautiful instagram page (her photography is a work of art). You will read posts you relate to that will inspire you. The devotionals and Bible studies on her blog are excellent – can you tell I’m a fan? She is a…

It’s a Love Thing

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37 It was 1994, I was 24 and broke. My son was almost five and needed things we couldn’t afford. Things like speech therapy not covered by insurance, specialists who cost more than our weekly income and more. God always provided. Our total need and His undeniable faithfulness grew my faith more than anything else. When God blessed…

Be Light

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 The Lord is light and salvation – whom shall I fear? He is my strength, my fortress, my refuge from the storm. My salvation. He called me out of darkness into light. It’s hard to see in the dark. [bctt tweet="God shines His truth light so I can share it…

Words of War

And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. James 3:6 NLT Ripped apart. Words of anger etched on my spirit, scorched holes in my heart. Condemnation and judgment sit heavy. How do I scrub words off my skin? Shrapnel stuck in my soul. My heart aches with it. Vulnerable, clay people stuck…

What I Seek

“Then we learn that we can’t use Jesus to defend and maintain our position of power and wealth or to keep up for our own sake a positive self-image as polite and decent people. It could be that Jesus will lead us to a place where we ourselves don’t know whether we’re holy, where all we know is we have work to do, where we have to obey the word that we’ve learned in our heart.” -–Richard Rohr Blame it…

From the Ashes

Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. Isaiah 61:7 The Lord my God fights for me – He works all things for my good. Even when I can’t see it. Even when life presses hard. It feels like I’m drowning. The Lord my God is faithful and mighty to save. I’ve lost so much. He restores what…

Put Down the Red Pen

  I am excited and proud to feature my cousin, Ben Windoffer, as guest blogger for May. Ben inspires me in many ways – his heart for God and family, his optimism, faith and can-do spirit. He has experienced challenges and hardships (you can read more by clicking the Share Your Story tab, Ben and Brenda) and he never gives up. Ben is Pastor of Church Communications and Media for First Church of the Nazarene in New Albany, Ohio. He…

Love Anyway

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. John 13:34 Jesus, I can’t. I’m hurt. I’m sad. I feel betrayed. How can I love them like You? I’m angry. I don’t want to forgive. I want justice. I want them to get it. Love them anyway. Jesus, do you know what you’re asking? To love them anyway, I have to put myself aside. I…