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Stepping into 1 Corinthians

His Nails {Stepping Into 1 Cor}

A few days ago, we wrapped up week 2 of our beloved study “Stepping into the Corinthians”. We looked at 1:10-17 over the course of the week.

What was your favorite part?
What did you struggle with?

Let’s take a moment to read it here.


For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed (Titus 2:11-13, NLT).

As I went through my week, I was reminded of these truths found in Titus. Our beloved God has brought salvation to all people. Regardless of our gender, nationality, lifestyle, etc, our Lord Jesus Christ is calling us to repent (confess and turn away from our sin) and make the decision to follow Him.

We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are (Rom. 3:22).

My favorite part about this passage is how it demonstrates that our Lord Jesus will help us, as we transform and made Christlike. Even though we have sinned against Him and even welcomed the distraction of division at times, His arms are wide open and ready to receive us. It doesn’t matter what we have done, because our great God and His grace is still greater.

God is amazingly holy, which scares me at times (erm, most of the time). Yet, we are allowed to walk into His holy presence – because of the work of Christ. In 2 Corinthians 5:21, it says we were given the righteousness of Christ. This gives us full access to God.

So while meeting with Him (or prayer) might scare us, it is the place we desperately need to be. Coming away from social media for the weekend – really helped me to get into a good rhythm of simply being with the Lord: Understanding our relationship is one on one.

Our great God is lovingly waiting for us to come to Him. He is waiting for us to realize that He has rescued us from sin, death, and will continue to rescue us from everything that gets in ours and His way. He is not going to abandon us.

For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” (Heb. 13:5b)

He is in this relationship with us for the long haul, because His pierced hands and feet remind us of His level of commitment toward us. He rose again to give us brand new life, and He wants this intimate relationship with Him to be the absolute center of our new life.

What are we waiting for, my friend?

Featured Photo by Luke Ellis-Craven.

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Chronic Illness Emotional Health Journal Uncategorized

Surviving Summer Struggles

Lately, I have profoundly struggled. It is in different areas, from mental health to Dysautonomia and others. Combine everything, and it can make or break my focus. By focus, I mean my special time with Jesus.

I feel the weight of my trials in my focus. I find myself in a whirl of distractions – keeping me from our Risen Lord. Things that keep my heart from wanting to seek Him. The sin? From wanting to seek Him. This realization is a big step – the most important one.

Confessing my sin to my Beloved Savior Jesus Christ and trusting Him – is what will bring forth the healing.

The Spiritual Truth Behind It

These troubles come to prove that your faith is pure. This purity of faith is worth more than gold, which can be proved to be pure by fire but will ruin. But the purity of your faith will bring you praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is shown to you (1 Peter 1:7, NCV).

Our troubles will show us where our faith is. We each face this struggle of seeing how close our struggles bring us to Christ, or draw us away. How will our circumstances be impacted by our faith in Jesus Christ? Or vice versa?

As I pull my heart, mind, and body toward pursuing Christ, I want to share some of the best ways to fight through these Summer times. Each spiritual activity will help build up our faith when we need it the most.

How to Fight Through My Summer Struggles?

Being prayerful.

Prayer is essential. Connecting with God is the glue. When we pray, God absolutely shows up and touches everything. While He may not remove our situations, He will give us strength and peace to carry us through.

In this song, When We Pray, we are reminded that the world is changed by the Church’s prayers. Prayer is a needed ministry not only for others, but for our own lives too!

Listen to the Bible.

Let’s actively listen to God’s Word, making Him our “go to” for Someone to listen to. Many of us hate being alone, so listening to God’s Word is the perfect sound!

Using YouVersion has helped me to simply listen to the Bible. I am reminded that I can choose to listen to the Bible, versus Netflix for a hour or so. But as I listen, my heart is turned closer to my God.

Two recommended reading plans:

Listen to praise music.

Like many, I spend a lot of time on YouTube. and recently discovered some encouraging videos. This discovery helps me worship as I listen and utilize the on screen verses. Also: I have my own playlists.

Christian Support.

We need followers of Christ to confide in. We need people who will pray for us, and check on us. Understanding individuals who will love us where we are, and help us when we are weary.

Featured image by Aleksandr Eremin.

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*Secret Glimpses Devotions Diving Into Corinthians

Who Are We Living For? {Diving Into The Corinthians}

This week, we have been studying 1 Corinthians 3. I have loved every moment of it. While it isn’t always easy to stop distractions for Bible study, it is always worth it!

Let’s get started, shall we? Grab your Corinthians journal, Bible, notebook – whatever you need.

Brothers and sisters, I couldn’t speak to you as people who live by the Holy Spirit. I had to speak to you as people who were still following the ways of the world. You aren’t growing as Christ wants you to. You are still like babies. The words I spoke to you were like milk, not like solid food. You weren’t ready for solid food yet. And you still aren’t ready for it (1 Cor. 3:1-2, NIRV).

God wants to save us, and to be in community with us through His Son Jesus Christ who paid the price! But, there’s more to our story: God wants to be our Refuge, Peace, and Comforter. He wants to rescue us from sin, help us through difficult times, and become our Best Friend. This is the God we get to experience on a daily basis.

Life gets rough, but it’s encouraging to know: God wants to be there for us.

Meeting with our Lord Jesus is going to transform us. God’s Spirit will actually change us from the inside out.

Holy Spirit Led

Paul couldn’t talk to the people like those who were being led by God’s Spirit. They wouldn’t allow the Holy Spirit to change them. They chose their sins, instead. We all have been there.

When living by the Holy Spirit: We will actually want to be around other Christians, talk about the Lord and Bible, and allow Him to radically change our lives. Their focus is on the Savior and eternal things.

Without the Holy Spirit leading us, our focus is on other things. It isn’t on our Risen Lord who can defeat the giants in our lives.

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good (1 Peter 2:1-3, NIV).

If we want to see God perform miracles in our lives, we have to go deeper in our relationship with Christ!

Finding Excitement in Christ

There is an undeniable joy, when we have spent time with the Lord! He replaces loneliness and incompleteness with the filling of our soul. It’s inexplainable, other than to say “our cup overflows!”

To grow in Christ, we make the choice to invest in our relationship with Him. We choose to turn from sin and run to God – prayerfully sharing our need for Him! We may have screwed up, but no matter what – God’s grace is made available to each us – as we turn to Him.

Three questions for us –

  • Are we turning from sin, so we can turn to Christ?
  • Are we craving (and enjoying) alone time with our Lord Jesus?
    • Reading the Bible?
    • Prayer?
    • Being with other Christians?
  • How are we following Him in obedience?

Featured image by Ruben Mishchuk from Unsplash.

In Christ,

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Summer Psalms

Psalm 1 {Summer ’17}

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow evil men’s advice, who do not hang around with sinners, scoffing at the things of God. But they delight in doing everything God wants them to, and day and night are always meditating on his laws and thinking about ways to follow him more closely (Ps. 1:1-2, TLB).

In this Psalm, we are reminded that we can either: spend our time with the wrong kind of people or center our lives around God’s Word. The difference between the two – is life changing.

Oh, the joys of those who . . . delight in doing everything God wants them.

We are given the opportunity to be excited about the Word of God. We can open our Bibles, and hear directly from God day or night. We can find excitement in our lives, through our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We don’t have to turn to sin or the wrong kind of friends, in order to feel soul satisfied.

More than anything else, God wants to show us how much happier we would be – if we sat at His feet and let His Words transform our lives (and even our circumstances).

Meeting with God brings prosperity. It isn’t about choosing friends with the right connections. If we want things to go well in our lives, we need to seek after the Lord. Let’s take this Summer, to read the Bible and take our cues from God. He has soo much to share with us, as we come and bring all that we are – to Him.

Our relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, is the most important one we have. Our great God has chosen to make His dwelling place with us, out of shear love and desire to be with us. While things arise making it difficult to meet with the Lord, we can still make that choice to be with Him. It may look totally different from one day to the next. But, this is a choice we will not regret.

Being with Jesus leaves us changed men and women. Remember what is said about the Apostles in Acts? People knew they had been with Jesus. Their lives were completely changed, because they spent time with Jesus. May the same be true for us too!

[Those who devote themselves to God and His Word] are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper (vv. 3).

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13, NIV).

Just a reminder: Our Psalms study is kicking off in the Facebook group. Don’t be shy, just hop on over and join us – as we read through the Psalms this Summer! {Also note: I am in the process of updating my blog, to merge the chronological//psalms blog with this one}

Featured image by Nicole Honeywill.

In Christ,

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Inspiring Women (05/17)

The Jesus-Girl Who Confesses

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

As daughters of God who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ, we need to willfully enter our prayer closet and bring before God our desperate need for His forgiveness and deliverance.

The most sacred thing in our lives, is our relationship with God. No act of human influence can compare to Jesus Christ who has touched our souls, for He has chosen to rescue us!

Lord, I told you about the evil I have done. I am sorry for my sin (Psalm 38:18; ERV).

This is what we need to do, because we are accountable to God for what we have done. While we may avoid this truth, if we could, the reality is – we can’t hide from our sin. No one has been able to successfully hide from their sin. Adam and Eve tried to, but they ended up only hiding from God. Walk out of the darkness, by entering Jesus’ well-lit presence!

Before we can become a woman of influence, we have to be a woman with a humble heart who acknowledges her sin before a most holy God. We must allow Jesus Christ into our lives.

Here are some truths we must grasp –

(1) God is set apart, and cannot even look upon sin.

O Lord my God, my Holy One, you who are eternal. . . But you are pure and cannot stand the sight of evil (Hab. 1:12a, 13a, NLT).

(2) Even though it is uncomfortable to think about our sin, let’s find comfort in our Christian community where we all must confess our sins and turn from them. Also, let’s confess to one another, so we may be prayed for and healed.

But he was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace; he was lashed—and we were healed! We—every one of us—have strayed away like sheep! We, who left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on him the guilt and sins of every one of us! (Isaiah 53:5-6, TLB)

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working (James 5:16, ESV).

(3) Most importantly: As we repent of sin, let’s celebrate Jesus Christ as our Redeemer. He has paid the ultimate price, and loved us with an eternal love.

. . . Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice (Psalm 51:7b-8, NKJV).

I invite you to enter a quiet place, where you can talk to God about the struggles with sin and seek His forgiveness.

Want to learn more about confession, sin, what God says, and having a relationship with Jesus Christ? I am hosting a daily devotional on 1 John over at Indoor Outreach. Join us, as we dive into God’s Word!

Featured image by Ben White.

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