Looking for Holiness {{POTF}}

My friends,

We start 1 Timothy on Monday!! Can you believe it? We are almost through the book of Titus. Even though I haven’t felt well, I am falling in love with our POTF study! The Lord has fully provided all I need to sit, read my Bible, and journal through it.

I hope you are enjoying this study, as much as I am! There is still time to join us. Our “drawing nearer” tools include: our reading plan, and even an optional eight week study journal available to help support this blog.

Let’s Get Started!

Today, I invite you to grab your personal Bible and read along with me, making highlights and notes along the way.

To people who are pure, everything is pure. But to those who are full of sin and don’t believe, nothing is pure. Really, their thinking has become evil and their consciences have been ruined. They say they know God, but the evil things they do show that they don’t accept him. They are disgusting. They refuse to obey God and are not capable of doing anything good (Titus 1:15-16, ERV).

In all honesty, I think it takes time to wrap my mind around Titus 1:15. But, this verse reminds me about the vast difference in mindsets.

What Kind of Mindset Do We Have?

“. . . Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2, CSB).”

Have you heard about the truth gained from Romans 12:2? We are lovingly invited to go to the Lord and be transformed versus listening to everyone else.

The difference depends on if we are willingly walking with our Lord Jesus Christ. We are transformed, as we pray, read our Bible’s, and meet with like-minded believers.

How willing are we to say “yes” to Jesus Christ – the Son of God, and allow Him to lead us?

But for those who have rejected our Lord Jesus Christ, they are left unchanged. As Scripture teaches us, they remain spiritually dead and don’t experience the reality of God and His Kingdom!

We are made alive together with Christ. Our togetherness is key (see John 15:1-5).

Knowing our Risen Lord and choosing to walk with Him – means we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. The Lord ignites a flame, which is the difference. Colossians 3 has been on my heart lately, and fits into this conversation. It shows the transformation process.

Application: Where Are YOU?

Friend, where are you? We can be nearer to our Lord Jesus, or busy dabbling in the things of the world. There is this transformation happening, as we experience our great God on a personal level. This is the difference between following Jesus and continuing to run from Him.

Not just in our heads, we need to truly know Him first hand and nourish this precious relationship we have been given with our Risen Lord!

Let’s keep. . .

  • growing in knowing Jesus Christ.
  • accepting Jesus as our Savior and Mighty God.
  • welcoming His authority in our lives.
  • resolving to stay connected to Christ versus saying “Oh. . . I know him” and walk (or more realistically, run) from the conversation we could be having.

Image by Joseph Chan.

Forever His,



Week 2 – He Has Saved Us! {POTF}

Hi friends!

Welcome to a new week of our Pressing On Toward Faithfulness study. I am glad you are here. If you check out our study’s page and compare it with our schedule, it will become apparent that we are a bit behind.

Yes, we are.

Currently, I am three blog posts behind. Most bloggers would admittedly “let go” of certain blog topics and move on.

However. . . Titus 2 is something very close to my heart. So, we will keep going as we trek through Titus and 1-2 Timothy! We will press on. For me, Titus is really about meeting our Lord Jesus, becoming God’s people, and being equipped to be God’s beloved Church. 

The Lord has soo much He wants to speak with us about in these books. So, we may linger around certain verses a bit longer than expected.

Memory Verse For This Week –

In our quiet times this week, I have a verse for us to focus our attention on. Our memory verse is Titus 3:4-5a, which says:

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy. . . (ESV)

This passage of Scripture is so crucial, because it reminds us of how much the Lord Jesus has saved us from. We have been changed from the inside out, and all because of our Mighty King – Jesus Christ!

We have been redeemed, because the Lord has said so!
We have been called His own people!

And, the Lord is showing us what it looks like to BE His people!

Friends, take time this week to linger over God’s Word and allow Him to speak louder than the distractions in your life. This is my hope, too. I hope there is more writing and studying this week.


During this study, we will learn what it looks like to linger in His grace. I asked you all earlier to pick #OneGoal for our study, how is that going? Is it drawing you nearer to the Lord? Has the distractions of life, kept you from living it out?

My #OneGoal was to sit and linger in His presence.

The past few days, I haven’t been able to make it to my “Quality Time” spot I have in my room. As for this weekend, it has been a tough thing to pursue. But tomorrow, I am going to start back. I am thankful for the audio sermons I have been able to listen to, as I have my “rest days”. My body has felt exhausted, and I am learning how to rest and study – perhaps even at the same time. This is a big step for me: Learning to have actual Bible study (on our blog’s study), even when I don’t feel good – is a big deal. I typically “put it off” and will study something else – until I feel “ready”. But, I have been able to stay caught up on my daily reading for the book of Titus – and that is soo exciting!! I am just a bit behind in my “sharing” of what the Holy Spirit is showing me. =]

This study is blessing me; I hope it is having a similar effect on you too.

I am learning so much and being reminded of the beauty that comes with being His daughter!

Don’t forget! You can still get an eight week Gracefully Overcoming journal for only $6.25, and we even have places to get plugged in on Facebook. Including a women’s small group! Be sure to find ways to get plugged in and go deeper – either with our journal, the Facebook page, or our women’s small group. We are here for you!

Image by Jason Betz.

In Him,



Resting on the Hope {{POTF}}

In the book of Titus, we are reminded that our beliefs are important. Trusting our Lord Jesus is so important. Our relationship with Christ really does affect every area of our lives. One thing to consider today is the level of importance we have given our Lord to spend quality time with Him. This is something I am considering for myself.

My Commitment –

Today, my day started much later than it normally does. I knew I had things I wanted to read and study through the course of today, and yet I spent the time somewhere else. The problem isn’t resting, but in how I chose to rest. Somehow, I have believed the lie that I need to be “entertained” in order to rest.

Friends as I think on my own life, I want us to just consider the level of commitment we are given our Risen Lord. I mean, how much time are we giving to simply spend with the Lord? 30 minutes is my goal in terms of my uninterrupted quiet time, which isn’t much time in the span of things. Yet distractions can even keep me from doing this precious thing in my mornings.

Resting on Jesus –

This is like “the verse” I have been drawing strength from lately. I love this Scripture, where we are reminded that we can rest on the hope of eternal life. Rest on the hope of our Lord Jesus.

That faith and that knowledge come from the hope for life forever, which God promised to us before time began. And God cannot lie (Titus 1:2, NCV).

Faith and understanding rest on the hope of eternal life. Before time began, God promised to give that life. And he does not lie (NIRV).

I needed the word “rest” to meet me where I am. We are given the abundant privilege to trust and walk with our Creator through His Son Jesus Christ. We can fully trust and rest in our Lord Jesus and not have to worry about a thing!

This is a kind of hope that will never fade away.
We are given the opportunity to soak up quality time with our great God.

How are we taking advantage of this precious gift? Don’t let it slip by. Being with Jesus is such a precious gift!

We can sit in His presence and soak up His joy and peace. Our Lord Jesus is waiting for us. I know how easy to get caught up in the things of this world, even when we know the Lord Jesus wants to hold us and have quality time with Him.

It isn’t a legalistic thing, but a genuine relationship thing!

Let’s rest in our Lord Jesus. For me, “quality time” is something that fills my soul. And to know the Lord wants to meet me in that way, is mind-blowing. He wants to fill our souls. He wants to meet us where we are, and fuel us with excitement for Him and absolute joy – despite circumstances.

We can actually rest and just trust the Lord to take care of things fully. We can draw nearer and take delight in the Lord who has chosen to rescue us.

Image by Rodolfo Sanches Carvalho

Resting in Him,



5 Minutes with Jesus: Quiet Time for Your Soul

Quiet Time 4 Your Soul - 5 MinutesI want to share with you all a wonderful devotional that will fit into any type of schedule you could possibly have.

As a person with chronic illnesses, this devotional, 5 Minutes with Jesus: Quiet Time for Your Soul, is perfect for my life. It fits in with whatever kind of day I am having. This is a devotional I can use in my quiet time with Jesus, because it is just five minutes.

While each devotional is only five or so minutes, it is packed with much truth. Each day, Sheila and Sherri meet with us and share heartfelt truths. After this time of devotion, we met with a few Scriptures to help carry us through our day. These Scriptures share with us God’s truth about what we are learning. Truths we can hold onto. Truths that remind us God is greater. Life changing truths, that we can build our lives upon.

As the authors share with us in the introduction, our lives need a pause button. We need just a few minutes to catch our breath. Our time with Jesus is that time to breathe in and be given the strength to carry on.

God loves you. He never intended for you to live a frenzied, exhausting life. . . Jesus longs to give you the gift of rest, and it can begin with five minutes a day (p. 4-5).

Oh friend, let us come to meet Jesus. Maybe we don’t have much to give. Jesus Christ, the Living God, has much to give us. He wants to pour into our spirits and help us in our daily lives.

Even if you only have five minutes, this is more than enough time for you to meet with our Lord Jesus and find refreshment for your soul. I love this devotional, and look forward to the many treasures I will find in it. I absolutely recommend this devotional!

The 5 Minutes with Jesus series is the perfect way to start your day with a replenished heart.

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The Jesus-Girl Who Prays

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!

The influential woman is not always on-the-go. I know, many of us have this mentality of becoming this amazing superwoman – that never stops. However as women loved by Jesus, we need to remember to stop and sit at His feet.

The Necessity of Prayer –

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17, CEB)

Always keep on praying (TLB).

Let’s be women who are serious about their relationship with Jesus Christ! While we are going to talk about praying, as given to us by today’s verse, let’s focus on fellowshipping with Jesus.

Remember the words we find in 1 John 1:3b – “And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” We have been given honest fellowship with God, because Jesus has cleansed us of all sin.

The Choice –

In Luke 10:38-42, we are given this contrast between always serving and deliberating entering a space where it is just us and Jesus. It’s here we learn that fellowshipping with Jesus is the one needed thing.

More than anything, we need to make Bible study and prayer a daily reality in our lives and make our fellowship with Jesus – the priority. We need to push the invisible pause button, and sit down to be with Jesus. This is of greater importance.

The Challenge –

The Holy Spirit is beckoning us to come. Just come. Let’s lay everything else aside, and spend this time with our Beloved Savior. It’s needed, and can change our lives! It changed Mary’s life (see Luke passage), because she took the time to spend with Jesus.

Prayer, as many of us have experienced, is powerful. It is powerful, because we are calling upon the God of all nations to work on our behalf.

Prayer is simply fellowshipping with Jesus. It is choosing to use the Holy Spirit to call  up Jesus, and have a needed conversation. While our lives may be spiraling out of control with overcommitting ourselves, take a step back to just seek Jesus and allow Him to direct your path. This is when we can make the biggest difference. We have to work on our own selves, before we can influence others – for His Kingdom!

Sisters, we need to be praying women. We need to be women who choose to converse with our Lord Jesus. As we pray, God is going to work miracles on our behalf. Without making prayer a daily “must” in our lives, we are operating in our own strength.

We are daughters of God, based on our faith in Jesus Christ. We can “get by” on scraps we find here and there, or just maybe we can choose to answer the invitation to enter the feast given to us by King Jesus. We have to ask ourselves one question:

Will we live like daughters of the Most High God, or live like poor servants who have to frantically search to get by?