What’s Next, Lord?! {{Trials Tuesday}}

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Earlier, I read something that struck a chord with me.

My times are in Thy hands. I’ll always trust in Thee. And after death at Thy right hand, I shall forever be (Hymnist William Lloyd).

Like a child, I need to come to our Abba – Father, our great God, asking deep questions. I am pondering the future and what it may include. It’s hard. I don’t know what the rest of this year holds in store, but I wish I did.

Thankfully for us, there is a Scripture on this exact thing –

My times are in Your hands; Rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from those who pursue and persecute me (Ps. 31:15, AMP).

God’s Word even tells us that our days. . . our lives are lovingly placed in His hands. He is the One who can turn everything out for good. He is the One who needs to lead us.

Choosing to Draw Nearer

Friends, let’s keep drawing nearer to our King Jesus and see what He tells us. Very much, He wants to speak to us one on one about our difficult situations. I don’t know what you are facing, but thankfully our Risen Lord does!

Let’s recall what His Word says –

Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in your book and planned before a single one of them began (Ps. 139:16, CSB).

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose (Rom. 8:28).

You yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me (Ps. 56:7-8).

Our grace filled heavenly Father is for us, and knows what is going on behind the scenes. He sees us in the midst of our trials, and He knows the good things He has planned for our lives. He knows how the trials will bring out good things in the long run, even if we are utterly convinced that no good can come from it.

Come, Friends

Come to Him as His dearly loved children, my friends. God is our good Father. He absolutely sees us and has great purpose for us. He loves us and wants to experience an intimate relationship with us – through His Son Jesus Christ. This is why He came.

I don’t know how God will turn out things for my good, but I do know that He is good. Even if I get tempted to think He won’t work things out, deep down I know He is good. Sometimes, I just need to take a step back and remember He is good. He is really good, and knows what He is doing.

Friend, just keep drawing nearer to our Lord Jesus. Don’t be afraid to ask Him the big questions in prayer, but ask the seemingly small ones too. Our God is a Mighty God, and He is able!

Asking Him,

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Love Based Law – Part 2 {POTF}

In order to have the proper lens to view the Bible and God’s law (see yesterday’s post), we need to remember who God is. He is the loving Father to those who choose to believe and follow His Son Jesus Christ.

But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13, CSB).

Allow this truth to soak in your mind. God wants to be your heavenly Father! He wants to guide you on the right path, to help you avoid pitfalls and heartache.

But we know that the law is good, provided one uses it legitimately (1 Timothy 1:8). 

Just an earthly father typically sets up rules to protect his children, our heavenly Father is very intent on protecting us and leading His children. Thus, we are given the law.

Our Relationship with God

Furthermore, we had human fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live? (Hebrews 12:9)

In Hebrews 12, we learn that – God wants to protect us and lead us into His loving arms, but it require discipline too. Discipline is hard, but every relationship is best operated with proper boundaries in place. Without boundaries in place, things can get messy and destructive.

God sets up rules, out of His love for His children. From the moment we choose to believe and follow Jesus Christ, we have become a part of God’s family. We are not strangers or His enemies, but given a beautifully intimate relationship. This is the reality for believers of Jesus Christ! We have gone from enemies of God to being His beloved children.

Our great God will fight to protect this relationship, but will we?

Called His Children

This new beautiful relationship, where we are called God’s children – cost greatly. Jesus Christ suffered, died, and rose again to save us. Let’s cherish this relationship and enjoy His boundaries.

This is why we can view the law through this lens of God’s role as our Abba Father. Everything is done out of absolute, amazing, breath taking, love that our great God has for us!


The Lord reminds us of our need to deny ourselves, as we continue to follow Him. He reminds us of the great price He paid for us. He chose us. Despite all of our sin, He still chose us! Are you ready to follow Jesus more readily, seeing Him as your Father?

Remember the beauty of Galatians 2:20 –

I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me.


The Bible shows us our desperate need for seriously Good News! Our Lord Jesus Christ is our Savior, and He is the One who makes us right with our great God! He sets us in a beautiful place of grace, mercy, and peace (1:2), but He also shows us how to live abundantly!

Running to Jesus,

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Offering Peace Like Jesus {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan

Don’t quarrel with anyone. Be at peace with everyone, just as much as possible (Romans 12:18; TLB).

Peace is one of the amazing qualities of an inspiring woman. She can live at peace with those around her, and even offer this gift in difficult relationships.

We can be tempted to believe we have every reason to be angry versus peaceable, especially if we follow the world’s principles for relationships, but God shows us a different and better way. Come, let’s learn the better way!

Defining Peace

In Matthew 5, we are taught a lot about our need for peace with God and others. What is our definition of peace?  Peace is harmonious and free of rage. While we cannot control how others respond to us, we can choose to respond with the gift of peace.

There are times in our relationships, where people purposely set out to push our buttons. They know how to bring out the worst in us, but Jesus Christ is far greater than these moments. As a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, our way of working through relationship difficulties can be different – when we choose obedience and allow Christ to step into our messes.

Loving the Unlovable

In Matthew 5:43-48, we are taught to love like Jesus. Even called to love people who truly hate us. This can only be explained by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We were once enemies of God, and now are called His beloved – His friends and those who are dearly loved by the King of Kings. Because God’s love knows no bounds. He went great limits to declare His love!

God sent His Son Jesus Christ to take our punishment, and show us His sheer grace. Our relationship with Him is restored, which is something we can seek in earthly relationships too. God can help us!

If we think loving others doesn’t make sense, how does it look to know you are deeply loved by God regardless of what you have done? He has come to rescue you and to be with you. Come to Jesus, friend!

His Peacemakers

We can become peacemakers, who act like their Abba Daddy! Our great God is the One who enables us to seek peace in our difficult relationships. Others might not respond as we hope, but God is glorified through it. Not only is He glorified, He blesses us for choosing His way.

God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God (Mt. 5:9, NLT).

In our peace-giving, we can become closer to our heavenly Father and see how much He has endured for our sake. May we take on the opportunity to deepen our faith in Jesus Christ and influence others through how we cultivate peace.

Jesus Always (Sarah Young, BookLook)

Friends, I have two wonderfully uplifting books to share with you the next few days. Both of these books are encouraging my spirit, and we all need more encouragement going on in our spirits.

Today, I have a bonus book review for you. Usually, I wait a few days before releasing the next review I have in store. However today, we are doing things a bit differently. So, I will be sharing with you the newest book by Sarah Young.

_225_350_book-2036-coverSarah Young is the author of Jesus Calling, which quickly became a favorite in the hearts of many believers since its arrival in 2011.

Jesus Always is her newest 365 day devotional. This book has been such a joy to have on hand. Even on the days, when life is most difficult, we are given the encouragement to remind us of the joy found in Christ.

While our human joy is often in short supply, God’s joy is unending. There is joy found in the presence of God.

With each devotional, we are reminded of the hope and joy found in Christ. These devotionals, by Sarah Young, have proven themselves to be such an encouragement in the life of the believer.

For me, I have been able to use my copy of Jesus Always to stay encouraged in the moments where it is most needed. I have been blessed with a copy of this timely devotional, to accompany me to a particularly dreadful time of medical testing. I have been blessed with this devotional, to keep me encouraged – even when I can only read for a few moments at a time. Actually, this devotion is perfect for those moments. I have been able to keep it near my bed. So, it is always available when I need something Spirit-led to read. When I need to be reminded of His truth, this is one of those resources.

While it is a good resource, it is never meant to be a replacement for our daily Bible study time. We need to allow it, to draw us deeper into His Word.

God is using Young greatly, through her writings, as others use them to draw nearer to God.

While Young writes each devotion from the perspective of our heavenly Father, we are reminded of the exact biblical references – where we learn these things are from the heart of God.

To increase our study time, we would benefit even more by taking these biblical passages and writing them upon our hearts. We are given the tools to lead us deeper in the Word of God. This is one of those tools, as we have a devotion that will cause our hearts to swell up with joy and desire to study these passages more intently.

You can find Jesus Always (and the rest of Young’s devotionals) on Amazon. Right now, Jesus Always is available for $9.99 in print or kindle form.

My Dearest Child – Philippians 2:1-5, 13-15

Sometimes during my quiet times, I like to write out God’s Word. Just write it out on a sheet of paper, and allow God to speak to me that particular way. This is perhaps the most powerful thing I have read in a while, and it is a passage of Scripture that I have read more than once or twice. But, it holds power. How much differently it is when we allow His Spirit to lead us, and to draw us into the revelation that it is His love letter to us – His dearly loved children!


My dearest child,

If there is any encouragement in Me, if any consolation in love,
if any fellowship with My Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill
My joy by thinking the same way, having the same love,
sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal.

Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility –
consider others more important than yourselves.

Everyone should look out not only for his own interests,
but also for the interests of others.

Make your own attitude that of Me. (Phil. 2:1-5)

For it is Me who is working in you, enabling you to both – to
desire and to work out My good purpose. 

Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be
blameless and pure, My children. . .  who are faultless in a
crooked and perverted generation, among whom you
shine like stars in the world. (Phil. 2:13-15)

Signed by God,
through His Awesome Word.