Just two weeks ago, I was blessed to be a keynote speaker at the wonderful Raising Generations Today conference in Rochester NY. One of the main points in my talk, and my repeated point to the ladies in attendance was this: Does Jesus get to choose your future, if you’ll marry, how many children you’ll have (or whether you’ll have […]
It stopped me in my tracks the first time I read it. My circumstances were not particularly pleasant at that moment in time and I felt like my life was anything but good but I flipped open my bible anyway. I felt passed over, ignored, left out by God and completely alone until I read these precious words King David wrote centuries ago:
O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You maintain my lot. The boundary lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance. Psalm 16:5-8
As I thought about what God was saying here it grasped ahold of my heart and in all these years it’s never let go. For me, this is one of my top ‘life scriptures’ and I pray it regularly because I know it’s the absolute, take-it-to-the-bank truth….
I almost titled this post, “To know and not to do means not really to know” because I say all the right Christian words but I don’t always do what I know to do. Am I truly following in His footsteps, am I living to bring glory to His name, do I choose to live low and selflessly put others first, am I walking the narrow road?
I’ve noticed some things lately, trends maybe, leading me to conclude this:
We are careless.
It may not be intentional but for many of us our standards reflect the world and not the Word. As I’ve thought about this, I’ve come up with a list of ten ways we’re careless with our Christianity…
Hard to believe summer is over and September has arrived! Children are back in school, Pumpkin Spice Lattes abound and gorgeous chrysanthemums are making their annual appearance. It’s still plenty hot here in Atlanta but the leaves are beginning to fall in spite of what the thermometer says. If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you’re aware I’m […]
What I’m seeing is this: God is in the change business. We give him our old, He gives us His new. Just like a caterpillar who starts out life slow and ugly and many legged but God knows that’s not all there is. He imbues the caterpillar with the capacity to become a butterfly. The butterfly has to come away from life for awhile, wrap herself in a cocoon, be still and let the transformation happen deep inside where no one can see.
But in the fullness of time, she breaks free of the cocoon and she’s a different creature, completely transformed. God changes her into something altogether else. And she’s unrecognizable from the caterpillar who was. The ugly legs are gone and she’s sprouted colorful, glorious wings. She can cover so much more ground with those wings than she ever could even with her many legs and feet. It’s quite amazing really and only God has the power to do this……