The God of the Unexpected

She lived with the pain of unfulfilled longings, desires unmet, children held in her heart but never in her arms. Hope for bearing was now long past, the dreams of youth swallowed up by a barren womb. Scripture notes that Elizabeth was “righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord” yet she struggled under a shadow of shame. In her...

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The Nameless Mention

Matthew’s gospel opens with a long list of names all leading us to Christ’s birth, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” These are the first words of the New Testament, and they introduce the list of names which concludes with “. . . and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.” (Matthew...

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One Courageous Woman

As long as I’ve walked with God, as many experiences as I’ve had that looked like complete disaster . . . never . . . NEVER has God let me down. I’ve seen Him work through horrendous circumstances in redemptive ways that none of us could’ve predicted or explained. After the terrifying storm passes, it is evident that God didn’t forsake His own; He had everything under control after...

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Born for This!

You were born to spread God’s glory throughout the earth! Are you living out your purpose today? “Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14) I love Mordecai’s challenging question to his young niece. He was asking her to look fear in the eye and nobly press in to her purpose as a beautifully fierce woman. I’m asking the same thing today...

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A Woman After God’s Heart

We’re celebrating Advent on the blog by exploring the lives of a few women who had an integral role in God’s redemption plan. Today we’ll meet Ruth, one of my favorite women in Scripture. Don’t you admire her beautiful heart? She has character traits that I desire for God to develop in me; I want to be like her when I grow up! Ruth was a Moabite, so she was of mixed decent. Abraham’s...

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