The following is an email devotional I sent out to the ladies in my small group.
I hope that this email finds you well! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been just exhausted lately. If that describes you this week, make sure to take some time (even 30 minutes) to do something just for you And if you need to rest more than you need to read this email, that’s ok! I totally give you permission to close your email and come back to this at another time. 🙂
This week’s devotional is in two parts. First, I’d like to spend some time processing some of the themes in Judges. Then we’ll move on to Ruth briefly.
Chris preached on the theme of Judges this past weekend, and I thought he did a good job! When he presented the cycle we see in Judges of sin – oppression – repentance – deliverance, did you see yourself in there? I did! Do you ever feel like certain areas of your life are 2 steps forward 2 steps back? Or maybe you’re just stuck in a sin-confess, sin-confess kind of cycle and never find deliverance.
It can be so frustrating! Where is the victory Jesus talked about in that?! (more…)
The idea of waiting on the Lord, and hoping in Him has been a theme that has been rolling around in my head lately. So much so, that I had to finally process some of it aloud (well, in type). I sent an email last night out to my small group, mostly to remind them of some small-group-business, but also as an outlet to get my thoughts a little more cohesive and to hopefully encourage a few of them. Maybe it will encourage you where you’re at too. I wrote:
So how are you all doing? Is anyone else feeling tired from the sheer business of this time of year? Or is it just me? In the midst of all that is swirling around me, I have found myself bouncing around between some Bible verses, and I want to share them with you. Isaiah 40: 29-31 says: (more…)
The Lord has been speaking the word “hope” over me in regards to my upcoming trip to India. I believe that He wants to send hope with me there to the little girls, and build my own hope. So in preparation, I’ve been doing some studying on hope in the Word. I ended up in a very interesting place in the Bible – a place you wouldn’t expect to find hope. Lamentations. But this is what I read in Lamentations 3:
21 Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope: (more…)
Can you believe that October is already over? I love this time of year, watching all the leaves change to beautiful warm colors. Here in Tennessee, many of the trees turn a bright red or orange. It’s simply stunning to take in a view of the turning trees on the mountains here.
I have exactly 30 days and counting until I leave on my trip for India – I am so excited! It was great to be home a couple of weeks ago and share about these precious girls and God’s heart for them. I am looking forward to another trip home for Thanksgiving and I hope that I get to see many of you back home while I’m there. (more…)
Monday, July 26, 2010
The loss of a loved one. The loss of a job. Illness. Divorce. Theft. Destruction. Just hearing those words is enough to put a knot in your stomach. Going through any of them is enough to make one sick. And all of us have felt the grief of loss at some point in our lives. In the midst of the pain you find it hard to eat or sleep. The distress you feel makes it hard to think about anything else… let alone even think straight. You can feel like you’re falling. You begin to wonder if God even hears your cries. The Psalm writer had the same feelings when he penned his song to the Lord. (more…)