Reignite

“I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you and prayed. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a confident, determined mindset” (2 Tim 1:6-7). This word from Paul to Timothy is for you, too. The …

Just Perfect

Matthew 5:48 reads, "be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect." But "perfect" doesn't mean without mistake. It means to be whole, complete, lacking nothing. Though you should try to do everything as well as possible, God loves your courage far more than your skill. In the parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14-30), it …

A Tree of Life

Proverb 13:12 is one of my favorite verses: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” After studying and learning to live it for many years, this is my paraphrase: “Unfulfilled expectations can break your heart if your hope is dependent on circumstances. But if the foundation of your …

Changing Declaration

“Seriously? I can’t believe I screwed up again. I’m so stu–” Stop. Before you finish that judgment—that curse—against yourself, take a breath. You’re not stupid. You’re not a failure. You’re brilliant, and amazing. And standing in your heavenly Father’s love and grace, you get to challenge any self-talk that produces hopelessness, worthlessness, and anxiety. Displace …