Job 29-31; Psalm 26-27


Assigned Reading for January 11: Psalm 26-27; Job 29-31

Psalms –

Chapter 26 – What is a different way of putting what David is saying?

Lord God, I need You to free me.

Essentially, this is what he is saying. He is showing all of us that these are the kind of prayers worth praying. The result of such honest prayers is watching God show up like never before.

How are we intentionally seeking God through His Son Jesus Christ?

His heart cry was to lead a blameless life and to be mindful of God’s unfailing love. This serves as an important example for me, because I need to be mindful of God and His kind of love. I need to move out things, so I can be focused on Him and the things He is leading me to do.

Chapter 27 – God is greater than anything that could try to cling to our lives. We don’t have to be afraid anymore, because we have Jesus and God is on our side! My heart is safely kept by God, and He will protect it. He will guide me, and give me the confidence to trust Him increasingly more.

Job –

In chapters 29-31, Job makes his final defense. During the reading of Job, I have had some mixed emotions about this man of God who held to integrity and ran from evil. He spoke as a man. A very desperate man. He spoke bluntly to God, which is difficult to read as God is holy. Unlike us, God is holy. Yet, God saw fit to allow Job to speak such words. Job was holding onto his faith, but it was also being stretched – extended beyond its previous capacity.

As I began reading, these first few verses bring some heartfelt questions to mind.

How are we realizing God is watching over us? And, how are we enjoying an intimate friendship with God?

Job is recounting his former deeds, and how he was a man of integrity. He was spoken well of, offered counsel, and helped anyone he could. As he spoke, you can tell he was speaking genuinely. However, those days are long gone. During his testing, he was not respected – rather he was shamed by his community.

Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man when he cries for help in his distress. Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor? Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness. The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me (Job 30:24-27).

This is where Job stood. As he stood here, he wondered what was going on. It seemed like God was attacking him, but Job had an enemy he did not know. Job continued to show himself as a person who feared God and ran from evil.  As Job recounted his deeds, his heart was being searched. And soon, God would answer him.


The Wandering Heart {{Week 5}}

Hi, my friends,

Today’s blog post is a bit late. I apologize for that, but it’s here! For anyone who is curious about what I have been up to, feel free to catch a glimpse over at Chronically Overcoming. I actually, just wrote up a new blog post on what I am going through.

Without further adieu, here is today’s blog post on what we can Glean From the Heart of Jesus (Please Note: It’s an affiliate link for the accompanying journal). You can find all of our “Gleaning From the Heart of Jesus” posts over here (putting them all in orderly form, is quite possibly one of the best ideas – ever. Especially for when I need to redo this study at a later date. . . Might even be time to go through Ephesians again.).

 The Scriptures – Matthew 5:27-28; Exodus 20:17

Do not want to have anything your neighbor owns. Do not want to have your neighbor’s house, wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey (Exodus 20:17, NIRV).

You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ (Exodus 20:14) But here is what I tell you. Do not even look at a woman in the wrong way. Anyone who does has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Matthew 5:27-28).


Lusting is to have an intense desire for someone that is not your spouse.

Jesus reminds His followers that there is such a thing as “heart adultery”. This is not a light-hearted thing. Jesus is showing us the seriousness of our thought life, too. We are held responsible. Point blank. Lusting after another who does not “belong” to you (in the context of Ephesians 5) is destruction. In Ephesians 5:3-7, we are reminded that the adulterer is not going to inherit the Kingdom of God. Lust is still sin. It is breaking one of the Ten Commandments. Which means – it is, in fact, going against the Most High and Holy God of the Universe.

When we sin we are choosing to say with our thoughts and actions, that we think our ways are far better than God’s prescribed ways.

Lust actually points to a deeper problem. If we are lusting (or coveting), it reveals that we have an unrestrained thought life. This is an area of temptation for many of us, but through Christ we can overcome it. In James, I am reminded that I am the only one who can make that choice to sin. It isn’t the Devil. It definitely isn’t God causing me to make that choice. But, it is me. It is all me and I am accountable for the choices I make.

We all are, responsible for the choices we make.

Today, let’s resolve to give this area to God. Take some time to repent of the ways you have lusted after (or had a desire for) another.

Christ is our great Redeemer, who is still mighty to save!

  • Acknowledge your offending a holy God. Confess your sin to God. “God, I am coming before You right now. I know I have sinned against you, by the way I have ____________.”
  • Seek His forgiveness. and help.
  • Remember His cleansing power.
  • Begin to put a plan in motion, to help you not fall into any tempting traps. 1 Peter 5:6-11 teaches us the importance of this step. While my list may look different from yours, my “plan of action” includes: Bible study. Keep Praying, Praising, and Serving God. Set Boundaries. Guard my heart and eyes. Hold onto and live out Philippians 4:8

Lord Jesus, lusting after another is serious. I know I am guilty of this, and cannot hide it. Not from You. I come before You to ask for Your forgiveness and for You to help me turn from my sin. Help me to not just turn from my sin, but to fully turn toward you. Help me to run toward You. I need to allow You to be the One to soothe my heart and be my portion. Thank You for all You are. Amen.

The Change Within {{Week 3}}

Welcome, friends!

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The Scriptures – Matthew 5:8 and Psalm 24:3-4, 6

God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God (Matthew 5:8 – NLT).

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
    And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not lift up his soul to what is false
    and does not swear deceitfully.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek the face of the God of Jacob (Psalm 24:3-4, 6 – ESV).


There is no doubt or hesitation. Those who position themselves to be purified in their deeds and heart by the blood of Jesus Christ, are the ones who will see and experience God.

Often times, we just worry about behavior motivation. In today’s world, that seems like what we pursue often times. I actually took a class on it, when I was younger. It becomes about finding “reinforcements” that cause us to change the way we do things. When we do this, we completely miss solving our heart problem.

Genuine purity points us to worship, which means we will see and experience God. (Click-to-Tweet)

Jesus cuts to the chase right here – True purity points us to worship, which means we will see and experience God. We can’t settle for the counterfeit things. He knows the difference. If we don’t put our hearts in our relationship with Jesus, He will notice. Not only does He notice, it actually holds us back. It locks us to a chain, preventing us from going further. Purity must begin in our hearts, for that’s God looks at.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7 – ESV).”

While we may think “if I just do the right things,” we get messed up in our focus. While man looks at doing the right things, God looks at having the right kind of heart. Let’s just seek Him, giving Him our hearts today – friends!

God looks at having the right kind of heart, that leads us to Him! (Click-to-Tweet)

Scripture shares something with us – In order to see and experience God, we need to worry about our heart. What do we have going on in our spirit? To meet with God, we need to be far more concerned about he internal – for it matters more than the outward appearance and good deeds.

Lord, I want to see You. Help me to concern myself with my inward appearance. There is no fooling You. I need to allow the transformation to start with my thought life. Thank You, Lord! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


“Uninvited” (Lysa TerKeurst)

Recently, I discovered a new book. “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst. This is her newest study to hit stores. I have heard about “Uninvited” for a while, and eagerly awaited an opportunity to get my hands on this book. So, I was ecstatic when I found it out on BookLook (a book reviewing program by her publisher, Thomas Nelson).

The Review

I absolutely love this book! It is such an easy read, engaging as she shares her own experiences, and I can tell you this – you will not want to stop reading it. I have had a hard time putting the book down.

There is just so much in this book, that God is using to speak to me about where I have been and the place I am in now. This book can be used as a “healing balm” given to us by God Himself. In this study, we are reminded of God’s unfailing truths!

Not only is “Uninvited” a book where we are reminded of God’s truth, Lysa shares her heart and struggles concerning rejection too. Lysa, through “Uninvited”, is highly engaging and helps lead us to the One who declares He is for us. In her book, Lysa points us to the fullness of God. It is the place where our healing comes from. It is the place, where we can love others – out of the wells of grace God offers to us.

My Story

Typically, I do not buy DVD studies. This is the second one I have bought over the summer months. “Uninvited” has been a tool I need, as well. I knew I need to buy the additional resources, to help me as I continue to uncover experiences and seek healing.

Through this book, I am learning much about God and what fullness in Him means. I am learning how to live like I am loved. A message I desperately need to hear. I have needed God to shout His message of acceptance, safety, peace, and grace. While we each have a past involving the burden of rejection, it is a weight we don’t have to carry anymore. I am looking forward to diving deeper in this book, through her DVD study and guide.

God is revealing much to me, as I realize scenarios in my life that I have kept hidden. God has much more in store, for us. But, we must exchange the weight of people’s words and actions, for the love God has for each one of us. It is there, where healing is found. We can finally lay it all down at the cross, and begin to move on. We can begin to deal with our thought processes, resulting from years of rejection, and learn how to take our thoughts captive – and experience the beauty of Christ. As we surrender to Him, He is going to do something wonderful, as we remember our rejection scars.

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The Option God Offers Us {{Week 4}}

In Ephesians 4:20-24, we are met with the reality of our sin nature. We are reminded that, it is is gross and reeks. Yet, then, we find something in the Bible that can soothe the weariest of us.


See, the God we serve. While we could continue to be entrapped and tackled on by the team of our entire old evil nature, something else happens.

Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, offers us another way!

Each day, we make choices on whom we will serve. Will we do this, or that? Will we go here, or there? Most of these choices, we don’t think about. Most of them, we go through the motions – not giving much thought as to what we are doing. We just do them.

But, what if… we took a different path today? What if, we deliberately sought after Jesus today? What if we took His path more seriously today than ever before– and intentionally lived our lives centered on pursuing Him (who first pursued us)?

“Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes… You are a new person created in God’s likeness (see Eph. 4:23-25).”

Yesterday is gone, my friends.

Today is all we have.

Today is what is sitting in front of us. We may be intensely struggling with routines, habits, addictions, and sins we have struggled to overcome, but let today be the day where you press into Jesus – letting Him hold you and direct your thoughts/attitudes.

Because Jesus is the key!

Everything we are fighting to overcome, Jesus is that key we have long time been searching for.

Jesus is offering Himself to you and me at this very moment.

Let’s not delay in turning to Him, seeking His Presence, and pouring out our hearts to the One who has made them. He knows every single thing about us (see Ps. 139). He is just waiting for us to come close, so He can whisper to us (see James 4:8).