I still basically struggle to believe in God on a daily basis. There is a good chunk of me that is caught in the lie that says I’m crazy to believe in God, Heaven, sin, and eternity despite all the evidence. This makes treasuring God really hard sometimes. As an author once wrote of the Devil, “... so he not only speaks what is false. He hides what is true. He keeps us from seeing the treasure of the gospel. He lets us see facts, even proofs, but not preciousness.”Read More
I had almost missed it. Almost missed the beat of His heart. But there it was, on the page, jumping out from the black-and-white squares with faces in each one. We sat in a circle, praying for each high school student in the yearbook. Praying for them, their daily lives, what they encounter in the halls of the school. Praying that ultimately, God would reveal Himself to them.Read More
What does serving mean to you? Is serving doing things in the limelight so people notice you? Or is it doing the little things that you may never get recognition from? Do you clean the bathroom just when people are around to notice? Or do you change the toilet paper in the stall while no one can see you? I believe having the heart of serving is more than just serving other people. It is living in an obedience of service. Before we tackle what serving means to us, I believe we should tackle who we are serving for. The Bible says that we shouldn’t serve two masters.Read More
It is no coincidence that this theme has landed on the month of November. A month that is focused on giving thanks and generosity to those around us.
In order for us to understand a true and pure heart of service we must look to none other than the cross. You see the greatest example of a serving heart that this world will ever know, was done from a heart of sacrifice.Read More
This month's theme is The Heart of Serving. This playlist is full of songs about serving our Lord and other people. How much better would our lives be if we had a heart that serves? I pray that our Lord would enlighten your heart with ways that you can serve as you listen to these wonderful songs.
I have been there. I have been on my knees, pleading for God to take it all away. I have been in the car, radio turned off and tears streaming down my face. I have been laying in my bed, fighting to fall asleep and unable to breathe the heavy weight off my chest. I have been walking down the sidewalk, looking around and silently wondering where God is. We have all been there. We have all wondered at one time or another why surrender is so hard, difficult, and emotional. We have all thought about the freedom on the other side, but fell short because we did not know how to get there. Maybe we didn’t even want to get there. We are comfortable in our fear and restoration is a far away dream.Read More
Every year, I notice the way the leaves fall from the trees. Falling, falling, falling – with a gentle grace. I watch them as they glisten in the auburn sun. They appear almost buoyant, carried by the wind. The way they seem to surrender to the earth – without care – it reminds me of a grace I wish my heart held more of the time.Read More
Thinking back, I never liked surrendering... because in a sense, I thought it was like giving up. But once I truly met Jesus, I realized surrendering was actually allowing me to get closer to Him. Surrendering is coming to a point where you say, “Jesus, I can’t and I won’t do this if You’re not in it. You are the only thing I want/need, and I am choosing You.”Read More
This month’s theme is having the [He]art of Surrender. This is an area of life that I know each and every one of us has struggled with, found victory, and has brought us immensely closer to our Papa God in the midst of laying down our life.Read More
This month our theme is based off of Luke 9:23. This playlist is composed of uplifting and authentic words to really prove the power of surrendering ourselves to God. How much better life becomes when we realize we desire His will and not our own. I hope these songs encourage you all! Enjoy!
- Sally M.Read More
As I sat down to write this, I questioned if I was really qualified. Instances where I did not listen in for what God was saying as much as I would have liked automatically rose to the surface. If you are a perfectionist like I am, maybe you can relate. Listening to God is difficult and sometimes I feel like I am not doing it well.Read More
Have you ever been in a situation where you just didn’t know where to turn for an answer or comfort? Have you ever been in this situation and in some form had this verse thrown at you? So you close yourself in your room to attempt this “simple” solution to your problem. You sit down and begin to try and quiet yourself… The laundry needs to be done. "Shhh! I’m trying to be still!"Read More
t seems like not so long ago the snow was falling heavy. Blanketing the earth under heaviness, I took a walk in nature just to hear from God. I needed His voice. I needed relief from a season that was starting to feel heavy. All I wanted was spring, something new around the corner.
But what I really needed was not a new season – it is never about the season. What I needed was God.Read More
Having the HE[art] of listening is more than just being able to listen when you’re friends come to you in a time of need. It’s realizing that if you’ve prayed for a bunch of things to be done, you’ve gotta get with God in a distraction free zone and allow Him to reply to you.
I always thought “God just doesn’t speak to me..” but then I realized I hadn’t been quiet enough for Him to get one word across.Read More
Before you glance over this post because it may not be the most glamorous or fun of topics. I encourage you to take a few seconds to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and just listen to the world around you.Read More
Have you ever met those people who are just joyful? Nothing good has happened recently, no promotion, no achievements, and yet they’re still joyful. How much better would things be if we stopped looking at the severity of our situations like they’re the end of the world? What would it look like if we chose to be joyful no matter the circumstance? Instead of looking at a glass half empty, we look at if half full. This may seem super ridiculous, but I believe that we can be a generation that changes the trajectory of how our world is going. You always hear everyone say “choose joy.” It’s on shirts, coffee mugs, and journals, but what does choosing joy actually look like?Read More
Ever wondered why some people just seem to have IT? That overflowing joy that carries them through the hardest of time?
If you look to the word of God, you can find a lot of really great passages on rejoicing and joy and praising God. One of my favorites is this one below, because I believe God reveals a formula for life full of joy that everyone can and should live by.Read More
If you break down the word heart in this verse, it's representing desires and affections. I believe that a person who is pure in heart is one who desires the things that Jesus desires and does things for Him not for what He can do in return, but for who He is. Where are your motives? Do my desires line up with His? Am I operating out of a heart that is striving to become like Him? Why do you think God says above all, guard your heart? Because everything you do flows from it.Read More
To live in a spirit of worship is to live in a spirit of surrender. It’s when you live wholeheartedly in obedience to the Lord. When we worship God in everything we do, it shows that we desire to draw closer to Him. It’s taking a background position and letting God have center stage. If worship is a desire to draw closer to something, then we can easily worship other things.Read More
I was driving down the road a couple of weeks ago listening to podcasts, and I heard this phrase: you become what you worship.
I felt the words sink deep into my chest, thick with conviction. I understood it before he even continued on. What was I spending the most time thinking about? What choices was I making every day that were cutting God out of my life? And when I panicked, who was I turning to first?Read More