Do You Need to Ask for Forgiveness Every Time You Sin?

As a believer in Jesus Christ, do you think that forgiveness is a done deal or is it progressive? Have you found yourself saying, “Lord, I am so sorry. Please forgive me for _____.” It does sound right and spiritual to do this. As a matter of fact when The Holy Spirit is convicting me of sin, many times it is my default to pray this way because I grew up under the teaching that we need to ask for forgiveness whenever we sin.  Continue reading

How to Celebrate the Gain, Not the Gap

 

Do you ever find yourself focusing on what you haven’t accomplished, sometimes referred to as “the gap”? What if instead you focused on celebrating the gain?  Continue reading

What Does Delight Yourself in the Lord Really Mean?

Have you ever studied the meaning behind the Hebrew or Greek words in the Bible? I am no scholar of languages but I do enjoy learning the original intent of words. It has been years since a friend shared about the word delight in Psalm 37:4. It stuck with me because it caused an entire paradigm shift in my thinking.

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

I had always thought this verse meant to keep God first and worship Him and He will give you what you want. She shared that she had learned the word “delight” in this passage actually means to be moldable or pliable.  Continue reading

What to Do When Life Seems Like a Juggling Act?

 

Do you ever feel like you are juggling too many balls at one time? That happened to me recently. Someone threw one more ball at me and bam! – explosion!  Continue reading

How to Handle Life When It’s “Too Much”

Do you ever find yourself in a place where life is just “TOO MUCH” to handle? You think if one more thing gets dumped on your plate you are going to shatter into a million pieces or you might explode like Mount Vesuvius. Perhaps you have been faced with a Goliath of a problem and you don’t see any solution in sight.  Continue reading

It’s Never too Late to Jump-Start Your Goals

Did you set some pretty lofty goals at the beginning of the year? We are now coming into the home stretch with the 4th quarter.  True confession – in years past I wouldn’t even be thinking about my goals in October because I would have given up on them many months before. I would be waiting around for January to try again.

Something has shifted in me this year.  I seem to have found a renewed vigor for my goals.

If you have been following me for a few months, you’ll know that I just launched pursueabundantlife.com in April 2018. It has been a burning desire for a few years to do this, but I kept letting fears get in the way.   Continue reading

What is the Role of a Believer Living in Grace?

I remember when I first began learning about God’s grace. It was such a defining moment for me that I can still picture the room of the church. When the deacon told us that we were seated in the heavenly places according to Ephesians 2:6, I remember thinking that was an outlandish statement. 

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:6)

While I was gasping at the thought that I am seated in Heaven at the same time my feet are planted on Earth, my eyes kept watering because if God’s Word says it, then it must be true. Continue reading

Do Jealous Thoughts Ever Derail Your Day?

Have you ever been going about your regular routine and then out of the blue come jealous thoughts that you would be quite embarrassed to admit to even your most trusted confidant?

Over a year ago that happened to me and I wrote about it immediately.  This is an emotion very hard to admit or talk about. I suspect it happens to more of us than are willing to acknowledge it. Many times it is probably masked with anger. Here is my account of what transpired on that particular morning. Continue reading

Do you really know the depth of God’s love for you?

Have you ever pondered the depth of God’s love for you? You probably remember the Sunday school song . . .

Jesus loves me, this I know

for the Bible tells me so

Little ones to Him belong

They are weak, but He is strong

Yes, Jesus loves me

Yes, Jesus loves me

Yes, Jesus loves me

The Bible tells me so.

We all can probably quote John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son so that whoever might believe in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

But do you know that you know God loves YOU? Continue reading

Why Jubilee by Katy Pistole is a Must-Read!

 

Recently I had the privilege of reviewing Jubilee by Katy Pistole. I knew it would be about horses because I was introduced to Katy when she was the speaker at a women’s retreat I attended, and was quite impressed that she had driven Scooter all the way from Virginia to Louisiana just so she could illustrate truths from God’s Word in the round pen. Since I had  purchased her Sonrise Farm series of horse books for girls 10-14 for our children’s ministry, I knew she enjoyed writing about horses and what they can teach us humans.

I was certain she would weave God’s truths throughout the book and it would be Biblically based because that is who she is. She is so in love with Jesus that His Words and His fruit just naturally flow out of her.

None of that prepared me as I voraciously read Jubilee. Here were my thoughts as I finished:  Continue reading

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