The Spirit Longs Jealously

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“Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the Spirit he caused to dwell in us longs jealously?” James 4:5 The verse above seems to be a difficult one for translators of the Bible to interpret, as there are several different ways in which they propose that it can be translated. However, of the several options, the wording above is the one that resonates the most deeply in my heart. It seems that as I have felt my heart {Read More}

The Essential Jesus – Isaiah 9:6-7 – Wonderful, Counselor

You can read about the origins of this blog series on The Essential Jesus here and catch up on previous posts here. Though I wasn’t due to write about Isaiah 9 for quite some time, I figured it was fitting to write about it during the month of December, as it is a key prophecy about the birth of Jesus. I’ve actually been in this passage for over a month already, as there is simply so much contained in just {Read More}

The Essential Jesus – Isaiah 9:6-7 – A Son is Given

You can read about the origins of this blog series on The Essential Jesus here and catch up on previous posts here. Though I wasn’t due to write about Isaiah 9 for quite some time, I figured it was fitting to write about it during the month of December, as it is a key prophecy about the birth of Jesus. I’ve actually been in this passage for over a month already, as there is simply so much contained in just {Read More}

The Essential Jesus – Philippians 2:1-11

You can read about the origins of this blog series on The Essential Jesus here and catch up on previous posts here. Philippians 2:1-11 I never have nor ever will do anything from selfish ambition or conceit. I am lowly of mind and I esteem others as better than myself. I am not primarily concerned with looking out for my own interests, but I am always thinking of others and how I can serve them. I am so consumed with {Read More}

The Essential Jesus – John 1

You can read about the origins of this blog series on The Essential Jesus here and catch up on previous posts here. John 1:1-18 In the beginning, I was. I am the Word of my Father and I’ve always been with Him and I am just like Him. I am with my Father, and therefore a distinct person within the Godhead, yet I also am God and share His exact substance. My Father and I are One – we are {Read More}

Brain Dump #1

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Sometimes I just need to dump out the various things swirling around in my mind and heart, so I now give you my first “Brain Dump” and perhaps it will become the first of many – we’ll see. His mercies are new every morning Rayah’s had a lot of gas issues lately and cries A LOT.  This can really wear a person down.  I had my first meltdown of tears yesterday since I became a mommy of two.  I was {Read More}

Love, Joy, Peace

In the last couple months, the Lord has been putting His finger on several areas in my heart related to parenting. Joe and I often remark on how much easier it was to transition from being single to being married than it was to transition from being married to being parents – it’s a tough gig! More than ever, you become acutely aware of the darkness of your heart and your desperate need for the Holy Spirit. I wish I {Read More}

The Scoffing Spirit

First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation”…But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his {Read More}

Turning & Resisting

Return to Me There is a key portion of scripture in Joel 2 in which the Lord says, “…return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” The prophet continues on to say, “Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity…Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly…” (vs. 12-17) There is far too {Read More}

He Deserves Better

The other day, I had been reading about how Jesus was our scapegoat and how He carried the weight of our sin for us. I didn’t think too much of it at the time, but then later that night I rented a movie… Now, I’m pretty sure that Holy Spirit prompted me to walk away and I think I knew that I shouldn’t have watched it – but I ignored His small voice and watched it anyway, naively hoping it {Read More}