Acts 4:33b-34 And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales Again God brings me to a verse I would never have picked. I feel like I’m at the starting line of a race, but instead of starting the race my coach keeps pulling me aside and saying, “you know where you are going right, you know you are supposed to run right.” And now, at the last second before the starting pistol fires, my coach takesRead More →

Isaiah 26:10 But when grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and do not regard the majesty of the LORD. So here is another verse I wouldn’t have thought to start with, but God is so good at painting a complete picture for me. I think I still have this image in my head that if I just treat people with grace, if I just do the right things, everything will be perfect.  But this verse clearly states that is not true.  This verse clearly tells me that even theRead More →

Proverbs 1:8-9 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. I’ve decided to take this just one step at a time, and for a while one verse at a time.  This is the first verse God sent me to.  I know, it isn’t anything that would normally come to mind when thinking about becoming a graceful person, but I had to stop and reread it–twice. A garland to grace your head…to grace your head.  I hadn’t really thought about this meaning of grace whenRead More →

1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. Of all the things I am, and all the things I am becoming, a faithful steward of God’s grace is not included. Not that I wouldn’t like it, and not that God isn’t trying to teach me.  It is just that I’m very sure the way I live my life isn’t allowing me to learn to be a steward of God’s grace. How do I know that?  I know my attitude.  I know how my attitude has been pulled andRead More →

During Lent, I challenged myself to find a Bible verse for labor for every day.  I challenged myself further by requiring the verses must come from the book of Psalms.  I posted the verses every day on the Facebook Page.   A few weeks after it ended, a reader asked if I had a copy of all the verses I had used.  Actually, I didn’t. But I had posted them all on Facebook, so it didn’t take too long to go back and get them all.  Here they are for you, in no particular order. Psalm 18:16 He reached down from on high and tookRead More →

This semester I’ve been working through a postpartum study guide, and it seems it is the lactation part that always makes me stop and wonder. Lamentations 4:3 Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert. Isaiah 66:11 For you will nurse and be satisfied at her comforting breasts; you will drink deeply and delight in her overflowing abundance.” Hosea 9:14 Give them, LORD— what will you give them? Give them wombs that miscarry and breasts that are dry. This physiological wonder was so normal in the Bible that it was used as metaphor. So important was lactationRead More →

James 1:6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. I love being reminded of the power we have in prayer.  I love being reminded how big God is.  But I also love being reminded what the Bible says. As I was reading this verse tonight I couldn’t shake the feeling that I needed to share that doubt was OK.  Asking God questions when I don’t understand is a great way to learn. Asking God to show me the truth when what I see is different thanRead More →

I promised to share what God was challenging me with. I wish I had a word for it, but the best I can come up with is aromatherapy. I am familiar with many complementary therapies because I work with women who are preparing to give birth. I know about some herbs, can give a good massage, can demonstrate a few key acupressure points and can tie a rebozo like nobody’s business. But I have always been drawn to aromatherapy. This is very strange because I am a woman who is bothered by scents, most chemicals give me migraines. Something is different about aromatherapy. The oils are plantRead More →

If you do much reading in Leviticus you are familiar with the term pleasing aroma. It seems our sacrifices are accepted as a pleasing aroma by God. And to some extent, I can agree.  The smell of a wood fire burning outdoors, the smell of cooking meat on a grill.  These are pleasing aromas to me as well. But I have to draw a line at the full burnt offering, I simply do not find the smell of something burning as pleasing. Psalm 141:2 May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. IRead More →

1 Samuel 15:20  “But I did obey the LORD,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the LORD assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king.” I opened an old journal tonight and found this verse highlighted. I always wonder what Saul was thinking, how did he not realize that what he was doing was disobeying God rather than obeying.  It seems so obvious in the text that he disobeyed. The answer is rather simple, I am only able to see what the writer shared and that sharing happened after the event.  The writer knew how it ended and the entire eventRead More →