Leaving Home

“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And inContinue reading “Leaving Home”

Trauma and Responsibility

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29 NIV (emphasis mine) “Today, I will not wait for others to seeContinue reading “Trauma and Responsibility”

A Courageous Heart

“Search me, God, and know my heart; Put me to the test and know my anxious thoughts…” Psalm 139:23 NASB “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”― Mary Anne Radmacher The Enneagram (pronounced any-a-gram) test. I took it. It isContinue reading A Courageous Heart

Testing!

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 ESV “A true test of character isn’t how you are on yourContinue reading “Testing!”

An Open Heart

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 NIV “Christianity is not the destruction of desire, rather it’s realignment with God’s desire.” David G. Benner Will power. Self-improvement. Workshops. Retreats. Memorizing scripture. If there’s anything to do to make me more like Jesus, I was up for it.Continue reading An Open Heart

A Generous Heart

“And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offering sforContinue reading A Generous Heart

A Forgiving Heart

“Lord, if you kept a record of our sins,    who, O Lord, could ever survive?But you offer forgiveness,    that we might learn to fear you.”  Psalm 130:3-4 NLT “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Lewis B. Smedes Forgiveness does not mean reconciliation. It may but not always. ForgivenessContinue reading “A Forgiving Heart”

A Fearful Heart

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect inContinue reading A Fearful Heart

A Tender Heart

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 NIV “A tender heart is a wakeful, watchful heart. It watches against sin in the soul, sin in the family, sin in the calling, sin in spiritual duties and performances.” John Bunyan “I’ve never met a strong personContinue reading A Tender Heart

Heart Persuasion

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20 NLT “Love is a divine act that can transform and bring a change of heart.”  Lailah Gifty Akita What I truly love aboutContinue reading Heart Persuasion