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Spiritual Disciplines for the Purpose of Godliness | WORSHIP | 4th in Series

What comes to mind when you hear the word "worship?" Do you think of the music or do you think about God; His character, nature, grace...? Do you come to church to be entertained or as an active participant?...

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True Grit, Perseverance, and the Joy of the Lord

Where does the determination, the grit to continue on in this life when things are tough come from? How do we maintain heart felt joy in the face of suffering or adversity? Nehemiah helps us to discover the joy of the Lord is our strength....

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Jesus Will Not Leave You Alone

Unsearchable, beyond tracing out, inscrutable, unfathomable, past finding out...

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Who Holds Your Heart?

Valentine's Day can be difficult when we are left with unmet expectations. Find true contentment in the Lord....

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Poured Out Overflowing Grace

Grace poured out and undeserving changes us from inside out; filling us with the love of Christ that bubbles forth unbidden reflecting the glory of God....

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Love Covers Spiritual Envy

We are unique with strengths, gifts, and appearances different from our sisters. We each bring contributions that help complete our ability to love others....

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Resolutions | Real SOULutions

The New Year with its pristine blank calendar pages often brings with it resolve for change. Resolutions are made and fall by the wayside quickly discarded and forgotten. How can true change be achieved? In Christ alone....

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Comparison: The Joy Thief

The trap of comparison often ensnares us before we realize it; robbing us of our joy and diverting our attentions to the meager things we desire rather than the grand promise of salvation we already possess. A materialistic focus cannot replace the presence of God and will leave us wanting....

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Love in Action | the Gift of Encouragement

Give others the grace of encouragement this season....

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When the Holidays are Hard...Make Room

The holiday season can be taxing and difficult. Our sufferings can cloud our focus making the miracle of Jesus difficult to see past the brokenness of this world. ...

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Feeling Gratitude, Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving and the gathering family may be a time for anxiety when old experiences threaten to surface. Extend grace this holiday season and choose to offer a glimpse of the Gospel by extending forgiveness and overflowing grace to those at your table....

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Biblical Famine | Starving for the Word

Our souls cry out for the sustenance only the true Word of the Living God of the Bible can provide. Become a woman of the Book and drink in the Word? Practical resources to help you set aside time for the Lord daily to learn about who He is....

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What to do With a Season of Discontent

Learning to be content in a world focused on having the latest, greatest, and more requires study and practice and a focus on finding satisfaction in Christ alone....

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Body Image and the Gospel | Find Your True Beauty in Christ

The world shouts at us to be and look a certain way and when we fail to hear God over the shouting of the media it can lead to poor body image, eating disorders, and a struggle with doing and creating in our power. Keeping our eyes on God helps to remind us it is not in our power that things change but in God's grace....

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What is Marriage Then?

How is marriage defined? What does it represent? Is it all about mutual feelings or something bigger?...

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Our God Speaks

God speaks through His living active Word to reveal to us His character, His thoughts, and His attributes to teach us who He is and how to bring Him glory. If we have trouble hearing Him, the Bible is a good place to start listening....

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Make Your Mouth a Fountain of Life

From the depths of your heart radiates truth. The beauty of a soul tuned to the Lord is reflected in the words. Let your heart reflect Jesus and the inward changes He has made in you and rivers of living water will flow out to others....

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Filled With Awestruck Wonder

We stand as witnesses to the miraculous and divine daily if we stand "in Christ," as believers, as Christians....

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Who Are You Wearing?

Do clothes really make the woman? Is outward appearance truly a reflection of success and well being. If we look a certain way will it solve all of our ills?...

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Why Settle For Less? | Aspire Beyond Regular

Seek after God and look not for the mundane but the bold and the stunning! Be awed by the transforming power of the Gospel....

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Bring the Bible Home to Your Heart

We know and understand God by reading His Word. Every page speaks His name, every scripture reveals His character. Create a time for purposeful Bible reading....

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When Father's Day Hurts

Father's Day is a day chosen to honor fathers and all they do to bless our lives. For some the sting of fatherless childhoods, single motherhood, or the loss of a father can bring hurt to the surface....

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Oh, How He Loves Us! | The Marriage Metaphor

Marriage is a representation of Christ and the church and a love so amazing it is poured out for all eternity in a never ending stream of grace covering all sin for all time. It highlights in two people the growth and spiritual maturity achieved through Christ over time. The marriage metaphor allows us to fully appreciate the enormity of God's love, mercy, and grace....

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Servanthood: A Lost Art?

Have we lost the art of servanthood? Have we allowed the world to twist, pull, corrupt, and change the definition of a word originally intended to mean a demonstration; a beautiful outpouring of our love for each other expressed as a devoted waiting upon?...

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Spiritual Disciplines For the Purpose of Godliness| Prayer | 3rd in Series

Prayer is an expression of our heart, an outpouring of intimacy, a loving dialogue with the Father.The Word of God makes it clear we are to participate in prayer. How do we focus on becoming improved pray-ers? ...

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This Mother's Day | What is the Goal of Motherhood?

"Motherhood is about the adoration and enjoyment of our great God," Gloria Furman. Changing our thoughts on the goals of motherhood. Rooting ourselves firmly in Christ as we navigate the motherhood path. ...

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Grace Poured Out | Wash in the Waters Again

We celebrate the grace of Christ and proclaim His glory through baptism. We announce to our brothers and sisters we have trusted in Christ, our old self has died. Baptism serves as a celebration, proclamation,and an illustration of what it means to be a Christian not just for the person immersed but for the church as a Gospel reflection. ...

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The Preciousness of Jesus | Fixing Our Eyes on the Cross

What happens on the Monday following Easter when the candy and discarded broken and bent baskets are heaped into the clearance bin and the backdrop shifts? Our excitement and joy may wane and the treasure become less distinct. John Piper believes this is the time we should draw upon the strength of our brothers and sisters sharing ours in return as "...our worst spiritual ...

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Truths About Christian Suffering | Our Life, God's Story

All Christians suffer. Either you have, you are, or you will. It is comforting to know we are not alone in this suffering as the presence of God is with us....

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Valentine's Day | Be Mine

Pinning our hopes on a wordly ideal this Valentine's Day can leave us wanting more. When we realize it's not about us, it's about God, we are full of the indescribable joy that comes from the glory of God....

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Spiritual Disciplines For the Purpose of Godliness| Bible Intake |2nd in Series

Our soul cries out as a "deer pants for water" and "thirsts for God" (Psalm 42:1-2). Quench this thirst by hearing purposefully, reading consistently, studying deeply, memorizing intentionally, meditating thoughtfully, and applying God's Word accordingly....

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Love So Amazing, So Divine | Poured Out, Overflowing

Crave the milk and meat of the Gospel, delight in the Lord. As your knowledge of Him increases that love will bubble over to others....

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Spiritual Disciplines For the Purpose of Godliness| Journaling |1st in Series

The spiritual disciplines we choose change us from the inside out when we hone our focus and dependent on the Holy Spirit stand before God and in His presence allow Him to do a good work in us....

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Happy New Year!|Resolution or a Real Solution

Wait upon the Lord and find strength for a true heart change in Him....

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Harried, Hurried? | Finding Rest in the Merry-Thon

Harried, hurried this Christmas season? Refocus, realign, and re-entrench yourself in the Word.Fix your eyes on the cross and rediscover indescribable overflowing joy!...

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