fear October 22

Obeying Authority

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:17, Daniel 2:21, Romans 13:1-7 This idea of submitting to authority out of fear of God is a difficult one for me. I am okay at following rules that I make for myself, or rules that I am passionate about or that I understand as good. But I’m not the best […]

fear October 21

Bringing your fear before God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 6 When I have felt persecuted by another person, I have gone to Psalm 6 to pray about the conflict. This and other psalms remind me of David’s humanity. I like that I’m not the only one who pouts to God time and time again, begging him to hear my prayer.   […]

fear October 19

Using Scripture to combat fear

Psalm 86:11 “Teach me your way, Lord,    that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart,    that I may fear your name.”   Today as you commit this verse to memory, take a few moments to remember specific moments of His faithfulness in your life. Use those Ebenezers as a jumping point […]

fear October 18

Generational blessings to those who fear God

Scripture reading: Psalm 103:17; Deuteronomy 5:29 Everything we do matters. This fact scares me sometimes.  That the decision I make today will not only affect me, but they will also affect those close to me, those in my community, and people I’ve never met. These Scripture passages remind us of something else…that our actions affect […]

fear October 17

Fearing the Unknown

Scripture Reading: Exodus 14:10-14, Psalm 46 There are times in life where circumstances seem too overwhelming to move forward. At least for me they do. I have times when I imagine that I’m sitting in the middle of a dark room, with everything looming over my head, while I cry. I have days where I […]

fear October 16

Fear in Sanctification

2 Corinthians 7:1, Proverbs 16:6 I love the study notes in my ESV bible for “fear of God” in 2 Corinthians 7:1. This “fear” is described as a reverent obedience. I just love that. You see, there are times in life, where one must be obedient, whether respect is present or not. For example, typically […]

fear October 15

Fear God and hope in His love

Scripture Reading: Psalm 33:18, 1 John 4:18   Throughout this month, we are talking about fear – fearing man, fearing circumstance and fearing God. Yesterday, Kylee discussed what it meant to “fear” God – honoring and respecting the magnificent God of the universe. She pointed out how we should ask him to teach us how […]

fear October 14

We are Commanded to Fear?

Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 12:13, Psalm 86:11 Usually when I think of fear, I think it is a bad thing. But the Bible talks a lot about “fearing God” as though it’s a good thing. What does it mean to fear God? Really, I’m curious to know… What do you think it means to fear God? […]

fear October 13

Denying Jesus out of Fear

Scripture Reading: Luke 22:56-62, Zechariah 13:7, Matthew 26:56, John 20:19   Fear of man is a big deal. I know we all have struggled with it in some fashion: fear we will be ridiculed, fear we will get persecuted, fear we will be shamed, fear we will be disowned, fear we will be mocked, fear we […]

fear October 12

Using scripture to combat fear

1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” Are there specific fears in your life that God is revealing to your heart through this series? I hope so. I pray that […]

fear October 11

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: the Recognizers

Scripture reading: Daniel 3   I love stories. I especially love stories that totally change my perspective about life and God and myself and every little thing around me.  Who doesn’t? When I hear the names “Shadrach,” “Meshach,” and “Abednego,” my thoughts first go to a famous cucumber and tomato from my childhood, complete with […]

fear October 10

Fears of a mother

Scripture Reading: John 14:27, Matthew 6:34 The orange glow of the street light covers the sidewalk ahead of us. Seth’s hand clutched in my own,  I look down to my child. My fears so strong, I allow them to take hold, my body refusing to release her into the world.   We keep walking into the […]

fear October 09

Fear and the Spiritual Realm

Scripture Reading: Luke 8:26-39 How often does the familiar take foothold? We become accustomed to these regulars- feeling at home with their presence. All the while, hating them. Hating their strength over us, yet succumbing. Stifled by the evil, yet loving the presence of company. I’m talking about a Paul-like experience, similar to Romans 7:15 […]

fear October 08

Spirit of Fear

  Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 1:7, Joshua 1:7, 2 Corinthians 1:7-9   As a young child, I remember being fearful of so many things.  I remember many nights lying alone in my bed wide awake with my body tense with fear, listening for noises that someone might break into the house.  When storms came (especially […]

fear October 07

Fear transformed into Faith

Scripture Reading: Joshua 2 Rahab and her family had heard the stories a million times. He dried up the Red Sea right before their eyes! He’s destroyed kings with holy curses! Joshua’s God had a reputation across the land. Many feared the king because of his earthly power but Rahab feared God and turned that […]

fear October 06

Daniel and the Lion’s Den

Scripture Reading: Daniel 6 I know this is a long text to read this morning, but I encourage you, read the whole chapter. Maybe you’ve read it before and are quite familiar with it. Even so, read it again. This story is simply amazing.   One thing that I find remarkable is the contrast between […]

fear October 05

Using Scripture to combat fear

Join us in committing this scripture to memory this week: 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (NLT)   As you study this verse throughout this week, sit tall, push your shoulders back, and believe, sisters, that it applies to you! Boldly pray […]

fear October 04

Fear and Doubt

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:22-35   Fear and doubt are two words usually used together. But really, they’re pretty different.  One is inevitable and one is avoidable.  Let me explain that with a story. I have been a believer for a long time, and at one point a few years ago, I thought that my growth […]

fear October 03

What can man do to me?

Scripture Reading: Psalm 56, Hebrews 13:6, Romans 8:31-39   What is it about people that is so scary? They are really just people, flawed and fully human. They worry about their health, long for close relationships, get things stuck in their teeth and wonder what life is really all about–just like you and me.Why do we […]

fear October 02

Moses and a snake

Scripture Reading: Exodus 4  I am terrified of snakes, terrified. Garden snakes may as well be boa constrictors. So, in verse three, when Moses runs from the staff-turned-to-snake, I can relate. I would’ve run away too. Far, far away… Yet, what does our gracious father do? He doesn’t turn the snake back into a staff […]

fear October 01

Exploring Fear

Scripture Reading: Psalm 27, Leviticus 25:17, John 14:27 October is here! With October comes all the scary movies and Halloween décor. Little ones (and big ones-if you’re like me!) dressing up in their best Batman or Princess costume to go trick-or-treating. This month we are going to be digging into fear. Let me be vulnerable […]

trials September 30

Conclusion: The joy comes in the morning!

Scripture Reading: Lamentations 3:22-24, Psalm 30:5b     “It’s Friday…and they’re saying Christ is dead and it’s all over and it was a waste…” “Oh, it may be Friday, but I’m here to give you the good news…it’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!” -Tony Campolo The day of Christ’s crucifixion marks the gravest and most painful […]

trials September 29

Living through Trials for Glory

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:18, 28 This has been a heavy month, hasn’t it? Living through trials is difficult but trusting in God for the outcome does help us cope. Today, we are going to look at living through our trials for glory, not our own glory, but God’s. In Romans 8:18, Paul says our present […]

trials September 28

Worship with us

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (emphasis mine)   Sisters, what are we actively doing to seek His presence in our lives–to be sure we are living a life centered […]

trials September 27

Living through Trials with Trust

Scripture Reading: Psalm 9:9-10      “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,    a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you,    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”   When ever I am in the middle of a trial or hardship I can easily fall into […]

trials September 26

Living through trials with prayer   

Scripture reading: James 5:13-15, Psalm 43, Psalm 73:28   Sometimes it seems like praying is talking to the air in front of your face. Sometimes it feels like it’s useless to pray in the midst of trouble. Sometimes, it’s easy to feel guilty about waiting to pray until you really need something. But….God. God is […]

trials September 25

Living Through Trials with Liberation

Scripture Reading: Psalm 37:39-40, Psalm 34:17-20 lib·er·a·tion ˌlibəˈrāSHən/ noun noun: liberation; plural noun: liberations    the act of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression; release.    freedom from limits on thought or behavior. (Google) The promises that these two scriptures from Psalms bring to us today are so comforting. There is hope in troubled times. […]

trials September 24

Living through trials in captivity    

 Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 29:11-14, Ezekiel 36:25-27 I got my hair cut last week. For those of you who know me personally, you know that this is a once a year occurrence…so it’s kind of a big deal. I like to think of myself as a low-maintenance-hair girl, who is generally too frugal and laid back to […]

trials September 23

Living through trials with promise

 Scripture Reading: James 1:12    “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” “Everything happens for a reason” I don’t know about you, but the mere utterance of these phrases transform my active listening skills into eye rolls and fake, albeit polite smiles. Empty phrases. That’s all they are, even with the best of intentions. They […]

trials September 22

Living through Trials as Discipline

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:7-8, 11, Luke 22:31-32 It’s hard to think of God disciplining us as children but when I compare my emotional behaviors with that of my 3 year old, I can easily see the similarities. I throw tantrums when things don’t go my way. I pout when I feel abandoned and I talk […]

trials September 21

Pray with us

Today let’s praise God because we find hope in him. Beloved, let’s thank him because he is our refuge. Think upon the times in your life where God has shown up. Think of the things that he has rescued you from and let your faith be deepened. Let those who hope in The Lord find […]

trials September 20

Living through trials with hope & patience  

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:12, 5:3-5   It can be easy to hear the word trials and immediately think of the deep, dark places that no one on earth should ever have to experience, yet we do because we live in a fallen world. But I don’t want us to discount that there are very real trials […]

trials September 19

Living through trials with power & strength

Scripture reading: II Corinthians 12:9-10, Phil 4:13, Ephesians 6:10, Exodus 14:14 We’ve talked much over the past few weeks about the trials that we face in a world that can be hard to understand.  About how to live through them in many different ways, ways that God promises He has already carved out if we […]

trials September 18

Living through trials with protection

Scripture Reading: Psalm 91:11-12, 14-15, Psalm 32:7         “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.” -Mother Teresa I love this quote, for many reasons. I love the honesty, vulnerability, and truth embedded. If I’m honest, I don’t want trials to […]

trials September 17

Living through trials with ever-present help

Scripture Reading: Psalm 46:1-3,7 **Listen HERE ** There is strength within the sorrow, There is beauty in our tears You meet us in our mourning, With a love that casts out fear You are working in our waiting, Sanctifying us When beyond our understanding, You’re teaching us to trust Your plans are still to prosper, You have […]

trials September 16

Living through trials in the spiritual realm

Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 6:9-17 , Ephesians 6:10-17  Elisha was kind of a crazy guy. Seriously, if you go back and and read the beginning of 2 Kings 6, Elisha just nonchalantly causes an ax head (which are heavy) to rise to the top of a river after another guy accidentally drops it. Umm, what? Something even […]

trials September 15

Living through Trials in the Valley

Scripture Reading: Psalm 23:1-4, Philippians 4:7, Psalm 4:8 I remember feeling hollow the night before my ultrasound. For some reason, I couldn’t sleep. I tried every position and every soft space in our apartment but could never get comfortable. I knew something was wrong. The next morning, as I lay on the exam room table, […]

trials September 14

Worship with us–Is Christ Enough?

As Westerners, we often do not really understand the realities of the persecuted church. Lately there has been a lot in the media concerning Iraqi Christians who have been forced to either flee, die or renounce their faith. Many lost their lives in atrocious ways. Talk about a trial. I can only imagine being in […]

trials September 13

Living through trials for the Kingdom

Scripture Reading: Acts 14:22, Philippians 1:29, 2 Timothy 3:12    Sometimes it seems like trials are useless. “What did I learn from that?” “Why did I have to go through that?” “What’s the point?” There have often been times in my life when I think that some struggles don’t get me anywhere.  All it was, was […]

trials September 12

Living through trials without anxiety

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:7-9 ; Philippians 4:4-7        “Breathe in….1, 2, 3…. and Breathe out….1, 2, 3” When students pop into my office due to anxiety, this exercise is usually one of the first we do. Deep breathing and other wonderful coping strategies help alleviate some of the symptoms of anxiety. I’m always quick […]

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