Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of Your love. – Ephesians 4:1-2, NLT

Today, I just keep thinking about honorable living. What am I doing to live a honorable life? This Scripture we are examining this week isn’t talking about worldly definition of honor, which is “morally correct or honest”.

For those of us who are seeking Jesus Christ to be King of our lives, this means choosing to glorify our Mighty God. It is about our King, knowing He will work all things for our good (see Rom. 8:28). It is choosing to live and act because of God’s character and redemption plan for us!

I cannot imagine trying to live and act outside of Christ. Earthly honor is nothing, in comparison to that of Christ’s glory. Oh friends, what are we doing to live for Christ’s honor and glory? What are we doing to show ourselves as His beautiful soldiers and how He has changed us from the inside-out?

When we make it our aim to live a life worthy of Christ Jesus’ sacrifice, He will provide all we we need! When we make it our aim to live for Christ and remember what He has done for us through the cross and His resurrection, there will be exceedingly less injustice than we experience in our present world (as each of us run to Jesus).

Oh friends, keep running to our King Jesus, and everything He is!


Happiness, or Unhappiness

The thing about life and the pursuit of happiness is, some of us would do the craziest things in attempts of finding happiness and to have a moment of a soul at rest.

Today. Well, more appropriately, in this moment, I am running to Jesus reminding my spirit that I need Jesus more than this TV show or that TV show.

Here is the thing about current social temperature. It reeks havoc on our mental health. So, I am choosing to try and remember I need EXTRA self care and nurturing.

Each day, I am trying to seeking peace by seeking our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ! How are you all holding up?

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).”

“Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it (Psalm 34:14).”

I am also trying to remembering that His version of happiness and this world’s are Heaven and earth. Which will we live as citizens as, for the temporary happiness or eternal blessedness? He gives us greater happiness than we could ever ask for or even imagine!

“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!

Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them!

Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised!  

Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully!

Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them!

Happy are the pure in heart; they will see God!

Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children!

Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!

Happy are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil lies against you because you are my followers.

Be happy and glad, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven. This is how the prophets who lived before you were persecuted (Matthew 5:3‭-‬12 GNT).”

I ask again, how are you holding up? Meet me in the comments. =]


How I Quiet Time on Exhausted Days

Do you ever find yourself frustrated, physically exhausted, and in desperate need of God’s Word? Oh friend, I am right there with you. Many times, I have laid right where you are stuck. And, I get it. Here is my short “quiet time” story:

Shortly into my “Quiet Time”, I am totally exhausted and need a nap. I take too many naps for a 32 year old. I am telling myself, even a sentence or a paragraph is still much needed time in the Word of our God (And, it is true for the soul). But if I could be honest, that does nothing for the irritation. Which, is okay – as long as I stay faithful in drawing nearer to the Lord through Bible study and prayer. What my heart needs most is precious time with King Jesus!

Today, I want to give you a practical example of what an approachable quiet time looks like for me. I try to limit coloring or grabbing a different pen, if I can help it. Because, well, it is energy spent.

This week’s passage is Ephesians 4:1-2, which we will break into doable chunks.

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

Ephesians 4:1-2, NLT

One of the ways, I study the Bible is by breaking it into small chunks. If you have been around a while, you know it’s one of my favorite ways to study (and our next study will continue this tradition, but let’s keep you in suspense a bit longer about the book we will be studying!).

For this particular Ephesians passage, we could easily break up this passage into five or six doable passages to focus on each day, as we deny ourselves (that is, our sinful nature. I am not talking about neglecting rest when you’re in a flare up or have zilch energy to read or listen to your audio Bible, and remember to offer yourself grace!) and seek Jesus Christ. These are bite-size ways to draw nearer to the Lord and apply the Word of our Lord to our lives.

Monday: “Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord. . .”

Tuesday: “beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling. . .”

Wednesday: “for you have been called by God. . .”

Some related Scriptures you may look up for Mon-Wed are listed below: [PSST: You could grab two. And read or listen to two a day.}}

1. Romans 8:28
2. Romans 11:29
3. Romans 12:1
4. Philippians 1:27
5. Colossians 1:10
6. Colossians 2:6

Thursday: “Always be humble and gentle.

Friday: “Be patient with each other…”

Saturday: “making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love...”

Related Scripture for Thurs-Sat:

1. Ecclesiastes 7:8
2. Ephesians 1:4
3. Colossians 1:11
4. Colossians 3:12
5. Colossians 3:13
6. 1 Peter 3:8

Now, I share these Scriptures – because I, for one, love to look up related Scriptures using Bible Hub. I hope you enjoy them.

Some days, or many days, I couldn’t read two Scriptures in one sitting. Just listen to your body and seek Christ. He will help you! Blessings to you all.

In Him,

Devotions Walking Into The Light (Ephesians)

How Big of a Dream

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:19‭-‬21 NLT).”

I don’t believe I have had many of these moments. But today, I wish God healed me instantly on a physical and emotional level. Chances are, I am not alone in this dream.

This Scripture reminds me of our Mighty God’s potential to speak, act, and heal, as He wills.

He can do far more than we could ever think or envision for our lives. Even though my life isn’t turning out like I hoped for, our God is so amazingly good to us!

I want to help us focus on our Savior Jesus Christ and God’s unlimited abilities. Friends, our God can do absolutely anything He wants in our lives. And, that is a statement that bears repeating: Our God is so big He can do absolutely anything He wants in our lives. Ultimate anything. How high would you dream, if you had that kind of unlimited resources? Maybe, it is time we start dreaming bigger. . .

Excuse the shorter blog post, it has been a dozy of a week as far as my health goes. I did get my facial pain under control for now, but the new medicine comes with a low blood pressure price.

Blessings, my friends. Celebrate His goodness and His unlimited power! He can do ultimate anything in our lives! If I could do anything, ultimate anything, I think growing an avocado tree is as big of a dream that I could think up. How about you? How big could you dream?

Chronic Illness Journal My Heart

Just Come!

Our lives can be consumed by pain or chronic illness. When we are in these rough places of intense symptoms (or pain), it can be quite difficult to think of anything else. I am in this place tonight, well last few days – to be honest.

It is in these moments, that we need to desperately cling to our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ tighter than ever before.

Do you remember the woman who had the issue of blood?

I find myself thinking about her and the hem of His garment lately. Her desperation is what led her to Jesus. And His grace and power is what saved her! Keep running to our Savior Jesus, my friends!

43 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure. 44 Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. 45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.” 47 When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. 48 “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

Luke 8:43-48, New Living Translation

Friends, all we are expected to do is – come to Jesus Christ, just as we are! It is His power, which heals. He may heal us today. Or He may wait until we reach Heaven – because He wants to use our suffering to draw us nearer to Him and help us to encourage others.

Our Mighty God is in the healing business.
But, we don’t know His plans for our trials.

And, He makes us sons and daughters of the Most High God – who face trials and sorrows and overcome. So each day, we can endure and overcome our circumstances by walking through them. Jesus, in John 16:33, says, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

We don’t know His plans, but can know His Word. So, let us take time to pray and read the Bible today. Take time to read and talk about His Word. I don’t care if it is Ephesians, Proverbs, or another book of the Bible – keep running to Jesus and sharing Him with others.