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}

My Word for 2014: Allure

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A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to preach a short 10-minute sermon at Sanctuary House of Prayer on my favorite scripture passage. At first, my instinct was to go to the book of Song of Songs, as it has always been dear to my heart. But then I considered the book of Hosea, which is also a favorite of mine and I thought of a particular verse that has spoken to my heart many times over. As {Read More}

My Weekend Retreat – Part 2 – His Confident Love

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While on my weekend retreat at Women Refreshed at the Well, I had many opportunities to sit in multiple beautiful locations throughout the house and journal to my heart’s content! I loved the gorgeous chair in my room, where I spent much of my first evening, writing down the gazillion questions I wanted to ask the Lord and have Him answer. That evening, He gently told me to not get too anxious about getting all my questions answered in those {Read More}

My Weekend Retreat – Part 1

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As you may know, I went on a weekend retreat to get away with Jesus, just me and Him, and let me tell you – it was WONDERFUL!!! It may sound silly, but one of the things that actually ministered to my heart the most, was all the attention to detail that my hostess, Joy, put into every room, every fabric choice, every decoration, every painting, every meal, every choice of dinnerware and napkins – everything! It felt like she {Read More}

Confidence in Love

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A couple of days ago, I was reading in John 11 about the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead. The one phrase that really captured my attention, though, was when the sisters sent a message to Jesus, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” I was struck by their confidence in the love that Jesus had for their brother, and I’m sure for themselves as well, that this is how they would identify him. I just {Read More}

She Has Done What She Could

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“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me…She has done what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” Mark 14:6, 8-9 Most often, the story of Mary anointing Jesus with perfume is told in the perspective of the disciples, {Read More}

Don’t Let the Seeds Be Choked

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Recently, the parable of the sower from Mark 4:14-20 struck me in a new way. Lately, I’ve had moments where I’ve been reading the Bible or listening to preaching and the Holy Spirit has struck my heart with revelation and conviction. While seeing my sin or weakness can be painful, I have felt genuine joy at Him showing me something that He wants to correct and make more like Jesus. I believe my heart is sincere in its desire to {Read More}

Book Review: Dreams and Visions by Tom Doyle

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Jesus appears to be revealing Himself to Muslims through powerful dreams and visions throughout the Islamic world today, and the results are dramatic. Eleven years ago, Pastor Tom Doyle felt God calling him to leave the pastorate and become a full-time missionary in the Middle East and Central Asia. Through his extensive work in the region, which includes over 80 trips to places like Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Israel, Lebanon, and Turkey, Tom has met and recorded the stories {Read More}

Rise Up

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As a young girl, I remember standing next to my mom in worship services at our church, listening to her sing. I hated singing, because I felt like I could never reach the notes of the melody and didn’t like the sound of my own voice. With my limited range, I would strain to hear my mom’s harmonies and try to follow along with her. As I grew up and learned to play piano, I began to discover how to {Read More}

Allure

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A paraphrase of portions of Hosea 2-3… My Beloved, You have said, “I will go after my lovers, who give me my entertainment, my escape, who fascinate and satisfy my desires, and who make me feel valuable and liked.” Therefore, look and see what I will do. I will hedge up your way with thorns and wall you in, so that you cannot find their paths. Though you chase your lovers, I will not let you catch them; yes, though {Read More}