Scripture Sunday: Romans 5:4


As you know, some friends and I are doing a Bible study called “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit.” It’s based on the Old Testament book of Ruth.


We just started yesterday and the study has been a blessing thus far. I thought maybe I’d use some of the daily verses for Scripture Sunday and kill two birds with one stone. Plus, if you’re doing the Bible study with us, this could serve as an additional platform.

Romans 5:3-4 is the memory verse for day one, and I feel like that’s such a great verse for this study:

3 And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.

What an incredible verse about not quitting. Here’s that same verse broken down:

“And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions…”   The previous verse talks about rejoicing when things are good, but did you know God also wants us to rejoice when we’re suffering? We are only human and this is so difficult because most of us have a hard time finding joy in our struggles. It’s hard to see the lesson and the grace when we’re going through hard times. God acknowledges this in the next verse, and tells us why we should still rejoice.

Have you ever felt you were suffering? I have. Most of us can recall a particularly difficult time in our lives where we experienced pain and suffering. It could be physical or emotional. Some of you may even be there now. Don’t quit. Here’s why:

“because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.”

Basically, God will use whatever trials we endure to teach us perseverance and give us Hope. We only have to stay the course and hope in Him.

In 2014, I experienced pain and suffering like nothing I’d ever known. I learned in that time that our God will not only use our suffering to mold us and shape us for Him, but he also suffers alongside us. He feels and he knows that with which we struggle. 

Think about the book of Ruth. Her father in law and husband had just died and now her mother in law was leaving to return back to Israel. Our Bible study author suggests that Ruth, a Moabite who worshipped idols, may have possibly found God during her marriage. 

Elimilech, Naomi and their sons, who were all God worshipping Israelites left Israel to escape famine and suffering, instead of waiting on God to bring them through it. They traveled to a land with idol worshippers and an evil king, and after about a decade, Naomi’s suffering increased when she lost her husband and both children. 

She was ready to quit. Ready to quit both her daughters in law and just go back to Bethlehem. But Ruth? Well, she and God had different ideas. In fact, God used this former idolater and she actually became a part of Jesus’ family tree. 

It’s amazing what God can do with our struggles. Struggle produces endurance, proven character and hope. Don’t quit. Rejoice in your trials and be blessed. 

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Esther is one of my favorite books of the Bible, as Esther is a woman of remarkable courage and obedience. How frightening would it have been to become queen and have to hide your heritage and identity? 

The verse above has been used at graduations and dedication ceremonies for years, as it is a verse about God’s purpose for our lives. 

Today, let’s talk about that verse and what it means within the context of Esther 4.

Queen Vashti had just been disposed of for disobeying the king. Esther, a beautiful young Jewish orphan, was selected from a large pool of eligible girls to be the queen.

The Jewish people were facing a time of great persecution and oppression, although Esther’s uncle and guardian Mordecai had a high ranking position within the town. For her safety and the safety of her family, Esther was not to disclose her identity or heritage within the palace. 

When Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman, Haman was angry enough to influence the palace to issue an edict to eradicate the Jews. Mordecai put on his sack cloth and ashes, and was wailing. When Esther received word of this, she sent a eunuch to find out what was wrong, as she had not yet heard of the plot against her people.

Esther 4:14 is a part of a bigger conversation between Esther and Mordecai. Mordecai asked Esther to intercede on the behalf of her people, to which she reluctantly agreed to do. Esther knew she faced the possibility of death because, according to the laws, anyone who entered the king’s inner court without being called could be killed.

Mordecai had faith in God to rescue His people. After all, God told Abraham “This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations!” 

When Mordecai said the words above to Esther, he was reminding her that God didn’t just raise an orphan girl out of exile and into the palace for no reason, and that Esther had to have the courage to carry through with God’s purpose for her life.

While none of us are in quite the same situation as Esther, the same still applies to us. We have a purpose in life, and when God puts us in a place or situation for a reason, it’s up to us to see that reason and bring it to fruition.

Think about the places where you work, where you live and where you regularly go. Are you in any of these places by accident? God doesn’t put you anywhere for no reason. If you’re unsure about the purpose, ask God to help you see it.

It’s up to us to be obedient to His plan, as Esther risked her life to save her people. 

Have a great week!

 

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Wordfull Wednesday 


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Last week, I expanded upon a quote I’d found by tying it to Scripture. This week I’m doing some of those same things, but I’m going to share some personal truths here as well.

Last week, I shared about five things we need to stop doing. One of them was to stop living in the past. Today’s post kind of bridges off of that quote.

Years ago as a student I encountered a teacher who, at the beginning, seemed caring and loving, but the more we came to know her, the more we realized she would go out of her way to tear down her students, to belittle us and stir things up between us. She enjoyed reducing her students to tears and she enjoyed making us feel small and inferior. 

I allowed this person to cause a significant amount of emotional damage in my life, and not surprisingly, I held a grudge against this person for many years. Way to live in the past, huh?

It’s been said that holding grudges is allowing someone to live rent free in our heads with no benefit to us. I was too immature at the time to realize that a person who is so quick to destroy you first of all has a problem within themselves. But worse, I was too immature to understand that holding onto all of  those things rather than letting them go was doing nothing for me. Who was it actually hurting? Certainly not that person!

The Bible has many verses about holding grudges and forgiveness, but read this verse:

James 1:19-20 (NIV). 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

Holding grudges is bad for your physical health, but worse still for your spiritual health. When people do us wrong, it’s hard to let go of the anger and forgive them, but as James said, holding in your anger isn’t pleasing to God.

I struggle so much with letting things go. It’s an area of my life that I’ve really been praying about and I hope you’ll pray for me, too. Have a wonderful week. 

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Scripture Sunday: Hebrews 10:24


24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

I just finished the Bible study The Comparison Trap by Sandra Stanley and it was an amazing experience. I was actually sad to finish it because it was over! I got so much out of it though, and I gained some new perspectives on envy and comparing oneself to others

For instance, the verse above can be applied to comparison like this: when were envious of someone, our knee-jerk reaction is to tear them down. Instead, let’s compliment and celebrate the successes of our sisters when we’re envious, and stir up love in them. This will also help us to right our hearts and remove that envy and discontent from them.

I actually tried this this week: there is someone I’m often envious of for various reasons and I made it a point to compliment her. I found that even though I was nervous about it and I didn’t want to do it at first, it made me feel better. Who knew something so simple could bring you joy?

This week, celebrate the successes of your peers even if they have what you want. You will be amazed by the joy and peace it’ll bring to you.

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Scripture Sunday: Hebrews 13:5


Just one of God’s many promises to us: Never will he leave us, never will he forsake us. 

Aren’t you glad? No matter what is going on in our lives, God is still God and he will never leave us. He’s by our side even when it feels like He isn’t.

Have a wonderful week.

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Scripture Sunday: Jeremiah 33:3


Have you ever seen a verse or maybe heard a song or sermon, and just known it was for you? This week, Jeremiah 33:3 showed up on my YouVersion Bible app as the Verse of the Day. Feeling comforted and inspired, I shared it on Facebook. I then scrolled through my feed and noticed my cousin had posted the same verse hours earlier.

I couldn’t deny that I needed that verse. My family is currently going through something very difficult. My dad received the news last week that there are no other treatment options for his cancer, which has spread once again.

My family is now realizing our days with him on this Earth are numbered and it’s a hard realization for us all. There are no easy answers for why my dad has cancer and why he hasn’t been healed, but we do know this: God has a plan, which we do not know. In time, that plan will become known to us.

Have a wonderful week.

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Happy Mother’s Day


When I read Proverbs 31, I think of my mom.


She’s the strongest person I know. When I was in preschool, my mom was going through college, trying to get her nursing degree. At this time, my dad was diagnosed with cancer the first time.  My mom attended college, worked full time, raised a preschool child and cared for a sick husband.

Now my mom is once again caring for my dad, who has stage four metastatic colorectal cancer. I watch her struggle, but I also watch her trust God and continue to be a faithful Christian . I am both amazed by her strength and proud of her resolve on a daily basis.

My mom has always supported me and encouraged me, even when she didn’t agree with my plans. 

My mom has always prayed for me and with me. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Proverbs 31 mothers. We are blessed to be your children.

And Happy Mother’s Day to my mama!

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Scripture Sunday: Ephesians 2:19-22


I recently have begun a Bible study with about 250 other ladies in the blogger community. The Bible study is centered on the book The Comparison Trap by Sandra Stanley and it deals with something all women face, not just bloggers. That something would be “comparing ourselves to others.”

I know there will always be someone we admire and want to be like, or even someone we’re jealous of. We may even base our self worth on how much we can be like them.

God didn’t want us to compare ourselves to anyone, for we are fearfully and wonderfully made. He formed us individually in the womb and he created us for a specific purpose. 

We are His children and he has set us apart.

Remember this week when you want to get trapped in the Comparison game that you are unique and wonderful with your own unique and wonderful purpose.

I encourage you to read this book- I’ve only just started and I’m learning so much. 

Have a wonderful week.


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Finding time in your schedule to do your quiet times

I realize the title of this post is a bit controversial, as quiet times should be the most important thing in your schedule. Since I’m trying to be real with you, know that I’ll be the first one to use “I didn’t have time” as an excuse for not doing my quiet time. It isn’t that I don’t want to do it, or I truly don’t have time, it’s often that I just simply didn’t put it first.

I’ve tried doing my devotional at night before bed, and I’ve done it first thing in the morning. I’ve done it during my lunch break and in my classroom right after school. Here’s what I’ve noticed though-  during any of those times, it’s highly likely that I’ll be interrupted.

I have found a solution that works, though. My drive to work, after my children are dropped off, is my time alone. At those moments, when no one else is in my car, I listen to an audio devotion and I pray. There is no one in the car to interrupt me, and if someone calls, I can let them leave a voicemail.

My days tend to run more smoothly if I’ve started it off with prayer and a devotion. I’m glad I can use my time in the car, because then I’m not likely to be interrupted, and it frees up the rest of my time for my family and household tasks.

What are you doing with your driving time?

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