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Choosing Contentment


"There must be more than this!" Dragging my mop across the floor, tears falling down my cheeks, 3 little ones tucked into bed for an afternoon nap, my thoughts were consumed by discontentment. A Life-Changing Moment As a young mom, my days were consumed by diapers and feeding and laundry…

The Hope That Does Not Disappoint


4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me    and delivered me from all my fears.5 Those who look to him are radiant,    and their faces shall never be ashamed. (Psalm 34:4-5) "Ashamed" here means "disappointed at not finding what was hoped for". So we can read verse 5 like this: "Those who look…

Psalm 1: A Fruit-Bearing Tree


Blessed is the man     who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners,     nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,     and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a…

Psalm 1: Who Is Blessed?


Blessed is the man     who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners,     nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,     and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2) Who Is…

How to Pray


I have to work hard at prayer. The hundreds of books that exist on this topic tell me my struggle is not unique. We want to pray. Our hearts desire to connect with our Savior. But drowning out the distractions of life, shifting our gaze onto Jesus, and making prayer…

How to Read & Study the Bible


What is the right way to read and study your Bible? My greatest encouragement to you on this topic is to just do it. Don't get hung up on doing it perfectly. Trying too hard to follow a specific method or formula can rob you of the joy of simply…

The Ideal Quiet Time


What is your ideal way to spend time with God in His Word? My vision for the perfect time with Him almost never happens. After years of attempting to develop some level of seemingly unattainable consistency, I stopped waiting for that season of life to arrive, and instead, try to embrace…

Prayer for Victory: Praying Through Psalm 20


The context of Psalm 20 is that the Davidic king is going out to battle. It is a prayer for his success - for protection, help, and God's support. As Christians, our lives are a continual spiritual battle. This psalm can be our pattern of a prayer for victory in…