• Filling Your Life with What Matters

    It’s been a week of laughter and hugs, of little hands reaching out, of purple tongues from purple ice cream and silly giggles from tickle-boxes turned over, of delighted squeals while mixing up a batch of sugar cookies with icing and covering them with sprinkles. It’s been a week of learning to swim without floaties and summer showers with picnics in the rain, of reading new books and telling old stories, a week of saying good-bye to my favorite uncle, and of holding close our newest while introducing her to cousins from afar. It’s been a week of birthday celebrations and watching for falling stars, of singing to the top of our…

  • Going Beyond the “Worry Prayers”

    Last week, we looked at a strategy for battling worry, and I feel like there’s so much more to say on this topic. Worry is one of those daily struggles and the worst thing about it, is worry robs us of a desire to glorify God. Worry wears down our faith and tempts us to view life through a limited and dark grid. When worry drives our thinking, then we’ll be running ahead of God’s grace for the situation, and lifting up “worry prayers” to the throne rather than faith-driven prayers surrounded by worship. I hope you’ll pull out your Bible as we walk through a portion of Scripture that applies to…

  • Giving You Some Worry-Abolishing Truth!

    When your heart is overwhelmed with fear, hearing the counsel to “Just trust God” can seem a bit unrealistic and even unsympathetic. But actually, intentionally moving your heart to a place of trust is the safest, most reasonable and realistic thing you can do. Trusting God requires something, it is a hard choice. But truly “trusting God” can only happen when you know His character. Trusting God is the natural response once you know Him intimately. This week, we’ve been investigating how to deal with regret. We looked at 2 Cor. 10:3–5 because it provides us with instruction for how to respond when wrong thinking creeps in. That passage challenges us to…