Sep 29 2017

Depending on my understanding or trusting in his

The Five-Minute Friday word for today is depend.

dependDepending on my understanding or trusting in his


Proverbs 3:5

“H-o-r-s-e is plural.”

“No, it’s not,” I replied.

“It is,” she said exasperatedly. She knew she was right.

I knew she was wrong and corrected her with a final, “I know.”

She gave in, but it was hard.

I know how that is too. God tells me what is right, and I argue. To him, I’m a child. He’s patient with me. But in the midst of my know-it-all moment, I struggle to trust in his ways.

Really? You want me too…? I question. When I’m in my right mind and stop depending on my own way and accept I don’t know everything, he freely gives wisdom and guidance.

I’m dealing with harder issues than spelling horses. But the wrestling match of trusting him over what makes sense to me gets me time and again.


If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

James 1:5

Trusting the Lord is not turning off your brain

The Bible doesn’t encourage ignorance. Instead, God encourages the pursuit of both knowledge and wisdom. With knowledge, there’s the temptation to think we know more than we can possibly know. We all have blind spots. None can see the full picture. It’s in those places that extend past our ability to know, we trust God. When we do, there’s a promise for us:

Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3:6

What do you need to trust the Lord for today? How is depending on your own understanding keeping you from trusting?

Will you take time to seek God?


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Sep 22 2017

I accepted a life

The Five-Minute Friday word for today is accept. With all my thoughts about accept, I was drawn to one proposal I accepted that changed the course of my life.

I accepted a life

I accepted a life


We sat together, having a private moment exchanging gifts. With the magic of Christmas morning, he gave me one more gift.

A small box.

Just there right size…for a ring.

I hoped and held back my excitement.

When I opened it and saw that it was indeed a ring, I smiled and looked over to him. He was already on bended knee, ready to propose. Of course, I accepted. He was my dearest friend, and I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. And the adventure began.

Had I known the twists and turns life would take us, would I have accepted his offer? There were times over the years I regretted it. But as I am now—who I am now—I realize God knew best in putting us together. Those tough spots in our lives molded and deepened me. Those plot twists became friends and experiences I wouldn’t have otherwise.

Instead of accepting a man to be my husband, I accepted a life. This life is full. I’m thankful for him and the family we have together.


I’ve been married for twenty-one years. It’s taken me a long time to get there, but I think Mr. Real is awesome. I can think that and not lose myself in the process. Yes, during some of my roughest times, I believed his awesomeness diminished me. That was a soul-sucking lie. But we hung in there to discover the beauty of marriage—accepting and loving each other.

In what ways have you grown because of your life?

We all make choices that lead us to the life we have today. I shared my choice to marry and how it has grown me. Marriage isn’t the only life choice that grows us. Choices come in big and small packages. In God’s hands, they are all opportunities to mold us into his image.

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Sep 16 2017

Have you been duped by this trick?

The Five-Minute Friday word for today is support.

Have you been duped by this trick?


Sufficient grace 2 For 12:9

I stand looking in the mirror. My eyes are naturally drawn to the flaws. I pick at myself and don’t notice how unkind I can be. The critical eye feels right. My heart slumps. And God longs to give me grace, but I think about a new diet book or exercise. God’s strength was ready to be applied, and I missed it.

I came late because I didn’t know how to handle the dominoes of one wrong turn after another. I feel embarrassed. God longs to give me grace, but I try to make a joke to offset how hot my cheeks feel. God’s strength is ready to be applied. Another opportunity lost.

Weakness is an opportunity for God to fill me with himself and transform me into his image. His gift of grace is always at the ready. When I feel the weakest, God has the perfect support structure for me: Himself.


Have you been tricked in filling your feelings of weakness with something other than God?

Even in being tricked, I can receive God’s grace.

So can you.

In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul gets an unexpected answer to his prayer. He wanted God to remove his problem. Instead, God gave him grace, a sufficient grace.

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