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 […]

trials September 11

Living through trials with friendship

Scripture Reading: Luke 22:28, Galatians 6:2, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10     Can I tell you something, friends? We were made to live in community. We were never meant to walk this earth alone. When God first made Adam, He said everything was not good. But after Adam had a helpmate? A friend? It was good. How can […]

trials September 10

Living through trials with comfort (so you can comfort others)

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, Psalm 23:4-5 Olive Garden makes me anxious. After our orders have been placed and out comes that bowl of iceberg lettuce, a dominating pepperoncini and the magical salad dressing that makes it still taste so delicious, I get a little nervous because I know what’s next: the parmesan cheese. The […]

trials September 09

Living through trials with perseverance/endurance

#Endurance through trials. #NeverGiveUp. #Galatians

trials September 08

Living through trials with joy

Scripture Reading: James 1:2 James 1:2 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” A seminary professor of mine once said, “You cannot have joy without suffering.” This statement and our verse today have always bewildered me. How can we be joyful in the midst of our […]

trials September 07

Pray with us

This afternoon, take some time to remember.  Remember the faithfulness of God to you in the past, His care for you in times of trouble.  Meditate on the many ways He has delivered both you, and all His people. I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. […]

trials September 06

Living through trials with genuineness

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:6-7a Who wants to suffer? Who wants to experience pain? If I had to bet, none of you would raise your hand saying, “Me! ME!” Yet God’s word says that it is through trials and pain that we produce a genuine faith, and that THAT is worth more than gold. Whoa. […]

trials September 05

Living through trials with confidence

Scripture Reading: Psalm 27: 1, 13-14 What does it look like to live through a trial with confidence? It feels so silly to be the author of such a title, as God has sat center stage to my grown up temper tantrums when in the midst of trials. Such tantrums are the tangible evidence that […]

trials September 04

Living through Trials with Purpose

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18    

trials September 03

Living through trials with no root

Scripture Reading: Mark 4:1-20, Matthew 4:1-11   I am such a words person. I mean, on my birthday, I want a text, a facebook message, a card, and a phone call from you telling me how much you love me. During worship time at church, it’s not necessarily the music that makes me connect with […]

trials September 02

In this world you will have trouble

Scripture Reading: John 16:33, 15:18-19, 2 Corinthians 4:8-11, John 14:15-31 I am currently in my third year of training to be a clinical mental health counselor. That means that I am entering a career where I will be daily invited into the sacred, broken places of hurting people’s lives. Throughout my practicum and internship I […]

trials September 01

Be prepared and Stand Firm through Trials

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:2-4, 1 Corinthians 15:58, Psalm 62:6 Throughout scripture, we are repeatedly asked to “stand firm”. Some verses instruct us to stand firm with the belt of truth (Eph. 6:14), without fear (Job 11:15) and with courage (1 Cor. 16:13). We are called to stand firm in our faith because that is […]

psalm51 August 31

Pray with us

A Historic Puritan Prayer from The Valley of the Vision: “Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that the broken heart is the healed heart, that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, that the repenting soul is the victorious soul, […]

psalm51 August 29

Build up the walls of Jerusalem

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:18, Romans 8:38-39 I tend to dwell on things long after they’ve happened. If I know I’ve messed up, I pray, “God, please have the Spirit work in spite of me.” Whether it’s something I said or how I acted, one of the enemy’s greatest tools in my life is guilt.   […]

psalm51 August 28

A broken and contrite heart

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:16-17, Matthew 5:3-11, 1 Samuel 15:22 I have had many days where I have seen my sin and felt overwhelmed by shame. But I have learned through study that shame is not the definition of contrition (feelings and expressions of remorse). Rather, when we offer God a heart that is contrite, it then leads […]

psalm51 August 27

My mouth will declare your praise

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:15 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ; Philippians 4:4 I have this saying I’ve said for quite some time now: I want to live my life so that I die with words of praise on my lips. Life is incredibly unexpected, and no one is promised their next breath. Yet how many days […]

psalm51 August 26

Deliver me

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 1:18, 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, and Psalm 51:14   “Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.” Psalm 51:14 This is David’s lament, after realizing the severity of his actions. He uses the term, “bloodguiltiness”, which means guilty of bloodshed or murder. […]

psalm51 August 25

Sinners will return to you

Scripture reading: Psalm 51:13 “Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.” Psalm 51 is a hard song to read. It’s filled with brokenness, vulnerability, weeping, and a heart poured out. It’s an incredible chapter, but whenever I read it I really empathize with David and feel like I am able […]

psalm51 August 24

The Joy of Your Salvation

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:12, Psalm 13:5-6, Psalm 62:1-2, Nehemiah 8:10   Restore to me the joy of your salvation. This has become my mantra whenever I’m having one of those moments. You know, the questioning-my-purpose, doubting-my-faith, wondering-what-in-the-heck-has-my-life-come-to sort of moments. It’s those times when I need an anchor to cling to, and to pull me up out […]

psalm51 August 23

Do not cast me from your presence

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:11; Romans 8:35-39; 1 John 1:9 Did you know that nothing can separate us from the love of God? Not even our sin. Before I go on, I will clarify that we can separate ourselves from God. If we are in the downward spiral of darkness, we make a choice to turn […]

psalm51 August 22

Worship with us

Today take some time to worship in His presence today. Mediate on the words of Psalm 51 through this song written by Jon Foreman. Put it on repeat a couple times. Let us know what stuck out to you today and share with us about how the Lord is working in your life!  

psalm51 August 21

Create in me a clean heart

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:10   Can I admit something to you ladies? Sometimes I get a little off track. Be it my habits, disciplines, thoughts–you name it. I think if we were honest with ourselves, we’ve all been there. Sometimes we just need a fresh start.   When I read this prayer, “Create in me […]

psalm51 August 20

Blot out my iniquity

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:9, Psalm 103   Knowing that our God is omniscient, all-knowing, all-seeing, and all-hearing, can be a bit alarming when I consider the kinds of things he has an inside scoop on. That means he knows every resentful thought I harbor, every comment I mutter under my breath, and every flicker of […]

psalm51 August 19

Let me hear joy and gladness

#repenting brings #joy and #gladness. #Psalm51.

psalm51 August 18

Whiter than snow

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:7   It’s an analogy we’ve heard, over and over again… white as snow. Will you pause, and bask in that with me today? Don’t let this analogy be lost because of redundancy.   When a white dog suddenly appears yellow, against the fresh, clean snow. When a white house appears cream, […]

psalm51 August 17

Wisdom in the Secret Place

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:5-6 “Surely I was sinful at birth,    sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.” Shoot, there is no getting out of it when I read verses like this. We are sinners right off the bat. […]

psalm51 August 16

Against you, you only, have I sinned…

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:4, 1John 4:19-21 If we wrong our brother, then we sin against God. This is a pretty harsh statement but it’s exactly what David is claiming in verse 4 of the 51st Psalm today. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are […]

psalm51 August 15

Pray with us

Scripture Reading: Psalm 42:1, 5  and Favorite Psalm   Sister, as you read today’s scripture, pray through it. Get down on your knees. Say it out loud. Sing it. Journal it. Pray that God would grant you hope and desire for His Word.   Today, just sit in His presence. Bask in His Truth.   […]

psalm51 August 14

Cleanse me from my sin

  Scripture reading: Psalm 51:2-3 Sisters, I’m going to cut straight to the chase: Are you cleansed from your sin? Are you washed by the blood of Jesus?    If not, let me give you a quick cliff-notes version of the Gospel:   We have all sinned. Sin separates us from God. To be made into […]

psalm51 August 13

According to your great compassion

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:1 Have mercy on me, O God,    according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion    blot out my transgressions. As a graphic designer and photographer, when I read, “blot out” I immediately think of photoshop and the little eraser or magic wand tool that seamlessly takes away little blemishes on […]

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