Preserving Because Jesus Christ {VOTD}

One of my favorite ways to read, study, and blog is using the Verse of the Day feature on many “Bible sharing” websites I frequent. On Bible Gateway, our daily verse is the same as our VOTD from earlier. So, I hopped over to YouVersion, and it is one we desperately need.

Are Trials Bringing You Authentic Joy?

Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:2-4, CSB).

On Netflix, I have been watching “In Lawfully Yours” lately. In the movie, there is a scene where a recently divorced young woman finds herself in church for the very first time and stands up to question the pastor’s message. She finds herself confronted with a biblical truth that we should consider trials pure joy. Many of us, like this main character, might want to question or argue through this scriptural truth.

Have you ever found yourself at odds with God’s truth considering trials pure joy?

Remembering This Eternal Reward?

Through trials God continues to produce His good work inside of us; our great God offers us His abundant, amazing, eternal life. Our faith in Him can stand strong, despite the winds of life’s trials. We don’t have to sacrifice our faith, in order to survive our trials. Instead, our great God wants to reveal Himself to us during these dark moments in life.

Blessed is the one who endures trials, because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him (James 1:12, CSB).

This truth is exactly why we can consider trials to be something worthy of joy.

Pain in trials will not thrill our soul, but the joy is in experiencing God continuing His good work.

As we continue to willfully choose and prize our Lord Jesus Christ over everything else, the Lord is the reason why we can endure through all of the hard things.

It is entirely possible that the Lord has asked you to walk through fiery circumstances that no one around you – can fathom living through, and you can fully endure

. . . because of the One who goes before you and gives you every ounce of strength you will need.

Now this is what the Lord says— the one who created you, Jacob, and the one who formed you, Israel—’Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine.  I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you.’ (Isaiah 43:1-2, emphasis mine)

This same God who raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, is the very God who is going to help you with whatever you are facing.

Friends you can walk through this hard thing, because of this God you serve who has shown Himself to be all powerful! He has charted our life’s course, and gives us the victory to run this race.

Featured image by Cezanne Ali from Unsplash.

Seeking Him,






Holy Spirit Infused Relationships {VOTD}

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law (Gal. 5:22-23, NKJV).

If we were to be honest with each other, we could say relationships are not easy. Sometimes, they can be the hardest aspect of our lives. Everything can be going along fairly well one day, until we have a conversation. A conversation we could spend years trying to forgive ourselves for. Or maybe, just a conversation that might wreck our day.

Lack of Fruit

In Romans 6:21, we are reminded that our sinful nature won’t produce good results. “But what good did you receive from the things you did? All you have to show for them is your shame, and they lead to death.”

We all can testify with our own stories of experiences, that. . . we don’t receive good things from our shame. Our shame filled words or actions have costed us something.

These kind of broken hearted relationships and conversations haven’t produced things like kindness, self control, or goodness.

We have good news. God can produce in our lives these very good things we crave. What we lack, God alone can provide!

God Directed

The Holy Spirit is in full control, able to direct our hearts, and give us these good gifts.

Even if these things aren’t on our “to do” list, it is on our great God’s. Because even in the worst of circumstances, God is always filled with the fruit of the Spirit in overwhelming quantities. These are very essence of who God is.

Loving Like Our King

Through being connected, we become more like Him. While it isn’t an instant process, it is surely one worth praying and waiting for. Let’s draw nearer to the Lord through opening our Bible, praying for our relationships, and seek more of Him.

As Christians we aren’t perfect, but the God we serve is! We are clothed in His righteousness, as we accept what our Savior Jesus has done for us. We are forever changed!

Through our Savior Jesus Christ, we “belong to Him who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God (7:4).”

Friends, we have been radically changed by our gracious God who has given up everything for us. He wants to help us in our relationships. Let’s give Him access to these sometimes hard places.

. . . “For those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on the things of the Spirit (8:5).”

The Difference Maker

The difference in our relationships doesn’t come from us, but the One we have fixed our eyes upon. Through God and His Holy Spirit, our relationships can be different. Because of our great Savior, we can see a radical difference (see Galatians 5).

Because of Jesus, we can love those He has placed in our lives. Remember, “we love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).”

How has the Holy Spirit helped you in your conversations and relationships?


Image by Ben Rosett.

Diving Into Corinthians Study {Announcement}


I am excited to announce that our newest study will begin April 2nd. In a little under a month, we will kick off our newest study and dive into the Corinthians. I have made a new journal for our study, where we can highlight, circle, make notes, and write up whatever helps us study the Word of God.

Our New Journal –

This journal is different than others. In this particular journal, we are given the Corinthians written out in a double space format – which gives us extra margins to write notes in too. While there are a few blank pages, it is mostly a “manuscript style” journal. This is where my InterVarsity days step in.

I wanted a journal that met me, where I am today. Physically, I have a lot of days where I cannot write out God’s Word like I hope to. This gives me a way to still deeply study the Word of God.

My Goal –

For this study, my goal is to slowly walk through the Corinthians. The amazing thing about this journal is – there’s no specific timetable. You can go at your own pace.

An Example –

Ideally, we will study a specific chapter each week. Since I do better with smaller passages, I will probably utilize an optional schedule. I want for us to go at our own pace though. The schedule will be optional for this reason. We need to study whatever the Lord is leading us to study.

My hope is to get into this study a bit each day. I learn and grow much more through “in depth” Bible studying. So even though we will likely do a chapter per a week, I will set up outlines like this one – to keep me on track.

Monday – 1 Corinthians 1:1-3
(Blog Post)
Tuesday – 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
Wednesday – 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Thursday – 1 Corinthians 1:18-21
Friday – 1 Corinthians 1:22-25
(Blog Post)
Saturday – 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Sunday – Reread and soak up His truths.

Be Ready to Grow With Jesus –

Friends, this study – Diving Into The Corinthians – is a chance for us to meet the Lord as we are. Even though life gets messy, the Lord wants to be our Forever Hope! He wants to show us His very Good News. Our trials don’t change the hope we can find in our Lord Jesus Christ.

This time of studying God’s Word is a time to gain a deeper intimacy with Christ, and nothing in this world can ever compare with such a gift!

Through His suffering, death, and resurrection, we have found a brand new life – where we don’t have to do everything on our own anymore. Our great God wants to be the One to hold us, regardless of what we have done.

How are we willing to surrender? Let’s just dive into this study at our own pace and see the Lord has to tell us.

If you want a Corinthians journal, click here to purchase yours! They are each $7.

Seeking Him,


Also: Don’t forget about our women’s FB group, where we will dive in a bit deeper than on the blog.

Graze On His Truths

Today cannot begin to compare with tomorrow. In Scripture, we are reminded that our future is incomparable with anything we have ever experienced.

Often times it can feel as though, our pain or trial will never end. But one day, it will. It can be so easy to focus on today, rather than tomorrow. To focus on our temporary pain, rather than our eternal riches found only in Jesus Christ – our Deliverer.

In Romans 8:18, we are reminded of God’s truth –

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (NKJV).

Even though we are facing pain others don’t understand, our great God knows our exact pain. Our great God is present with us.

Friends, I don’t know what you are facing. . . but you are not alone. Our great God knows our deep pain and walks with us. He has chosen to take on all our sufferings and go through the unimaginable – because we have been chosen by God to be His very own. He wants to be with us and be our strength!

Even though, our pain is great today. Something else, is even greater. . . and I want to share this truth with you.

Regardless of how great our pain is today, we can choose to trust our heavenly Father. Trust Him and focus on His promises.

  • Trust He loves you abundantly more than you could imagine (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; Eph. 2:4-5).
  • Trust He is in control (Rom. 8:28; Isa. 41:10).
  • Trust He is fully God (Deut. 6:4-5, 10:17).
  • Trust He sees your pain and grieves with you (Ex. 3:7-8; Gen. 3:3; Judg. 10:13; Ps. 34:18).
  • Trust that He knows exactly what you are going through (Ex. 3:7-8; Isa. 43:2).

You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or naïve. But don’t despair either. With God’s help you will get through this (Lucado, “You’ll Get Through This”).

A few years ago, I read an inspiring Max Lucado book (“You’ll Get Through This”) – which is on this topic. Highly recommend it to you, my friends. This is a resource my heart needs tonight, and it’s one of those books I wish I had purchased. But, there are ways to get nuggets from this book without purchasing it. There are quotes. There is a sermon (you can probably find more, where he has guest preached on this message).

The Lord is with us here. What God has is of more depth than the pain this world is giving us. There may be a variety of reasons for our pain and trials, but trust that the Lord Jesus is working and inviting us to worship our great God – knowing one day this promise will be lived out.

How are we living out our faith in this moment?

Keep seeking Him friends and crying out for His help.

Until next time,


Image is by Quino Al.

Designated Place {POTF // Verse}

Diving-Into-CorinthiansMy beloved reader,

How are you doing today? I hope you are well, not experiencing pain or fatigue, and are feeling the joy of drawing near to our risen Lord Jesus Christ. Today, I am facing another day of a Trigeminal Neuralgia flare up. So while I do have many words to share with you about the hope we find in our Savior Jesus, much speaking is held on hold until said flare ends (I see a new primary tomorrow).

Announcement to share –

I am in the process of setting up a blog study schedule for our newest journal. It is called “Diving Into The Corinthians”. It is only $7, which is a fantastic price for the length of study. It is in a different format than previous journals. If you enjoy manuscript studies, this is right up your alley! If you aren’t familiar with this method of study, don’t worry – I will share more soon!

Now for today’s heart sharing:

Even though it is difficult to write, I don’t want to delay in sharing our weekly focus verse – which will be 2 Timothy 2:22. Honestly, it has been hard to memorize these verses. However, maybe, I can just choose to fix my eyes upon the Lord Jesus (and focus) through these verses. So, that’s my goal.

Flee from youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (WEB).

Any words of wisdom to share with today’s verse? Not exactly, but I thought my notes on this passage might be encouraging to share. It includes questions I want or need to ask myself.

There are a lot of questions for me to ask myself, but I need to remember in the middle of my asking that I am His (John 1:12). According to the Bible, I am a child of the Most High God through faith in Jesus Christ. God is my heavenly Father, and I am His much loved and cared for daughter. He passionately loves me and pursues me. I want my relationship with my heavenly Father to be strengthened.

Now for my notes, for 2 Timothy 2:20-22

I am His! I am not someone who has to roam from place to place. I have a Designated Place, where I belong. My home is found in God alone! He is the Place, where my heart and soul belongs.

Which kind of vessel am I being? Used for honor or dishonor?

In my habits, am I choosing to honor my heavenly Father?

I can be someone who willfully chooses honor, sanctification, and to be useful to my Master (our great God).

How am I allowing myself to be prepared for every good work?

How am I choosing to live, so I can function (emotionally, physically, etc) and be at my best for the Lord?

Let’s zoom into our focus verse, as we learn how to draw nearer to the Lord. Let’s focus on how we can authentically come before the Lord and intimately know Him. 

Am I choosing and prayerfully fleeing youthful lust?

How am I choosing righteousness, instead?

What about faith, love, peace, and to be with His people who are seeking Him alone?

Hopefully, it won’t be a week until my next post. I cherish our time together.

In Him,