I Believe

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever BELIEVES in him shall not perish but have ETERNAL life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to SAVE the world through him. (John 3:16-17)

What’s God doing in your life?

This is an important week!  It’s a week of reflection on all that Jesus did for us.  How He walked this earth and surrendered His life to death on a cross, for our sins!  Maybe you have had a tough time in the past answering this question, but this week…  I want you to really look at what God is doing.  How has the message of the cross transformed your life?  Do you remember that day that you surrendered your life to Christ?  Have you thanked God lately for His faithfulness in bringing you from the dark places of your life into the light?  Have you thanked Him for sending His Son to die for your sins?

I know this week reminds me of all that I have through my Savior!  I’m a sinner, saved by grace.  I did nothing to deserve all that I have through God’s hand of mercy.  I’m adopted as a daughter into the family of God.  All because I surrendered my life to the King of Kings.  The One who has called me by name.  The One who took time to form me in my mother’s womb.  The One who set me aside for a purpose.  The One who said that my sin would no longer separate me from His grace!  I’m walking in the abundance of who God is because of what Jesus did in my place!  I have joy, hope, peace, love, faith, and so much more because God sent His Son for me.

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Triumphal Entry

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes.’ (Luke 19:41-42)

It’s a day of celebration!  The King is entering Jerusalem.  Hundreds of thousands of people are gathered.  They are calling out… “Hosanna, Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord (Luke 19:38).”  The people are throwing their cloaks on the road before Christ in honor to Him.  They are humbled at the King’s presence.  They lay down their palm branches and the King enters on a donkey.  The prophecy from Zechariah 9:9 is fulfilled.  The moment is filled with jubilation.  It’s a moment that we continue to celebrate and call Palm Sunday!  I can’t begin to imagine what that day was like.

Yet, one thing leaves my heart feeling kind of heavy.  Here is a day filled with excitement.  A day filled with people rejoicing and celebrating!  A day where most people are wearing smiles on their faces.  Yet, there is one who is weeping.  One who rides in, somber as can be.  Yes, Scripture says that Jesus saw Jerusalem and wept over it.  This grieves my heart!  The Savior knew what Jerusalem was missing.  He knew what this day meant.  Yes, today they would rejoice at the fulfillment of a prophecy, but in just five short days…  They would cry, “Crucify Him!”  They would turn their backs on the One they just moments earlier celebrated!

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Holy Week

Then he said to him, ‘Rise and go; your faith has made you well.’ (Luke 17:19)

I would like to take the time to celebrate Holy Week a bit differently this year.  I want to break it down day by day and walk through it with you.  Let’s take a look at what many have come to know as the “Passion Week”.  The last week of Christ’s life on earth.  Let’s walk through this step by step and see what we find.  May this Easter be an Easter where we learn what it means to truly follow the One who went before us.  The One who gave His life for us!  Will you go with me to experience Christ in a new way?  Will you journey with me through Holy Week?  Let’s see what we can find through the Gospels and learn something new about this amazing Savior of ours.

One thing I want to explore is the Lord’s ministry to 10 lepers.  Here He is just days, even moments away from His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.  He is still busy about His Father’s work.  His days are full of activity.  He hasn’t slowed down one bit.  In this story, we find that the Lord was traveling between Samaria and Galilee.  He was on His way to Jerusalem.

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Search and Rescue Mission

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (Luke 15:7)

It’s time to go on a search and rescue mission?  Are you ready? 

Easter is right around the corner and we are getting ready to celebrate the resurrection of our King.  I’m thinking the best way to celebrate this is to pray for that one lost sheep or possibly invite that one person to church.  Is there someone in your life who has been waiting for an invitation to church?  Most churches are packed on Easter.  They even offer extra services!  Now is the time to ask that extra friend or family member to church.  Now is the time to go on that search and rescue mission for that one who left the fold.  The one who went wandering off the path. 

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Thank you!

I thank my God every time I remember you. (Philippians 1:3)

I want to take a moment to be honest with you today.  The truth is I don’t feel like writing a devotional.  I feel very worn out emotionally.  On Monday, I watched my brother swear into the Army.  I have been thinking about him ever since.  I watched my little brother become a man on Monday and it’s really been weighing on my heart.  The decision he made changed his life.

In fact, I came home through the Atlanta airport on Tuesday and I saw a man dressed in an Army uniform.  My eyes immediately started to water, as I thought about my brother at his first day of training.  I have to say I will never look at another soldier in the same way again.  Now I look at soldiers and see the face of my brother.  The face of someone’s son, the face of someone’s spouse, the face of someone’s father or mother, and so much more.  Read more