Shun unhealthy self-focus (5)

Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? Isaiah 58:5 NIV God never commanded you to […]

Saying the right thing

23 Everyone enjoys a fitting reply;    it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time! Proverbs 15:23 NLT William Penn, founder of the British colony of Pennsylvania in 1677 (the U.S. state of Pennsylvania is named in his honour), formulated six principles for conversation: “(1) Avoid company where it is not profitable or necessary, […]

What to Do With Tough Relationships

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV) Do you ever feel like relationships are sometimes impossibly difficult to navigate? Me too, friend. Especially in the midst of all of the complicated, messy and unpredictable situations that can arise. Sometimes I try so […]

But I’ve Never Been This Way Before!

“… When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.” Joshua 3:3-4a (NIV) “I feel like I should […]

Praying When You Don’t Have Words

“She said, ‘Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.’ So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.” 1 Samuel 1:18 (NASB) I just couldn’t stop crying. As I lay in the bed next to my mother on her birthday, the tears simply wouldn’t stop flowing. As much […]

Truth For Today (1 Sep)

Philippians 3:14, “I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.” (TLB) Ephesians 3:20, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more […]