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?

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FMF: Loyalty

Loyalty: faithful in allegiance (Merriam Webster).

In the Bible, God’s Word, we learn a great deal about loyalty.

  1. We see God as loyal to His chosen people.
  2. We are reminded of our urgency to be faithful to God.

What We Need: Faithfulness

Faithfulness is what we need. Unfortunately, we live in a world where faithfulness feels like a thing of the past. We live in a world, where many lack faithfulness. Many today struggle to commit to a phone plan, much less to their significant other, friends, family, or more importantly – to our great God.


The Faithfulness of God

God has gone out of His way, literally, to display His faithfulness to His chosen people. Even though we have ran away from God, He has chosen to send His Son Jesus Christ. He died on the cross for our sins. He rose again on the third day. He came to give us life. Abundant life. {See John 3:16, 19:1-20:18}

Our risen Lord is our best example of what true faithfulness looks like!


Our Devotion

Let’s consider our own lives.

How have we devoted ourselves to God and His Son Jesus Christ? And to our relationships?

While faithfulness is not always easy, it is absolutely blessed by God. When we choose to trust the Lord with our lives, He will guide our steps. God will bless our efforts and give us the strength to stay faithful – as we seek to live out our purpose and seek to obey God in everything!

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6).”

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In Him,

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REMINDER – New Journal Designs!

Just a reminder friends, that our brand new study begins on Monday!!

This is a good opportunity we are met with, but it is also a hard one. We all face different and difficult seasons in our lives

. . . which sometimes makes it hard to just dive into the Word of God.

Or to make it our highest priority.

I know the struggle of committing to Bible study, especially one like this one, where we aren’t sure how long it will last (or maybe how long I will last). Let’s jump into the Word of God – together! And watch what marvelous things He will do in our midst. Choose to worship Him in this moment with what we can offer!


Starting Monday, we will be diving into the book of 1 Corinthians. I love the ease of the schedule. You set the schedule for how your week of studying will go. Let’s just draw near and study at our own pace.

No pressure what so ever. Just draw nearer to the Lord, let Him speak to us through His Word, and encourage each other.


There is a helpful journal (which I share a bit of next week – Monday, I believe), that I have assembled. You can purchase it over at Amazon.

What I find amazing is how the journal is formatted. It is different from our usual journals. This one actually allows you to write notes and get highlighting crazed – while studying the Word of God. It is a different type of journal than what we are used to, but I have been enjoying it.

If you aren’t interested in the manuscript journal, we still have our eight week basic Bible study journal available too (with two new “cover designs” {here is 1 of them}).

One last note: The website for this blog will soon be changing. Be sure to use this link instead.

Looking forward to our time of community and studying the Word together.

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Resting on the Hope {{POTF}}

In the book of Titus, we are reminded that our beliefs are important. Trusting our Lord Jesus is so important. Our relationship with Christ really does affect every area of our lives. One thing to consider today is the level of importance we have given our Lord to spend quality time with Him. This is something I am considering for myself.

My Commitment –

Today, my day started much later than it normally does. I knew I had things I wanted to read and study through the course of today, and yet I spent the time somewhere else. The problem isn’t resting, but in how I chose to rest. Somehow, I have believed the lie that I need to be “entertained” in order to rest.

Friends as I think on my own life, I want us to just consider the level of commitment we are given our Risen Lord. I mean, how much time are we giving to simply spend with the Lord? 30 minutes is my goal in terms of my uninterrupted quiet time, which isn’t much time in the span of things. Yet distractions can even keep me from doing this precious thing in my mornings.

Resting on Jesus –

This is like “the verse” I have been drawing strength from lately. I love this Scripture, where we are reminded that we can rest on the hope of eternal life. Rest on the hope of our Lord Jesus.

That faith and that knowledge come from the hope for life forever, which God promised to us before time began. And God cannot lie (Titus 1:2, NCV).

Faith and understanding rest on the hope of eternal life. Before time began, God promised to give that life. And he does not lie (NIRV).

I needed the word “rest” to meet me where I am. We are given the abundant privilege to trust and walk with our Creator through His Son Jesus Christ. We can fully trust and rest in our Lord Jesus and not have to worry about a thing!

This is a kind of hope that will never fade away.
We are given the opportunity to soak up quality time with our great God.

How are we taking advantage of this precious gift? Don’t let it slip by. Being with Jesus is such a precious gift!

We can sit in His presence and soak up His joy and peace. Our Lord Jesus is waiting for us. I know how easy to get caught up in the things of this world, even when we know the Lord Jesus wants to hold us and have quality time with Him.

It isn’t a legalistic thing, but a genuine relationship thing!

Let’s rest in our Lord Jesus. For me, “quality time” is something that fills my soul. And to know the Lord wants to meet me in that way, is mind-blowing. He wants to fill our souls. He wants to meet us where we are, and fuel us with excitement for Him and absolute joy – despite circumstances.

We can actually rest and just trust the Lord to take care of things fully. We can draw nearer and take delight in the Lord who has chosen to rescue us.

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Resting in Him,

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ONE Week Away – Meeting the Thessalonians

Friends, Our study is only one week away! I am excited to share this journey with you all! The study of “Meeting the Thessalonians” has been such a rich time of worship, that has led me closer to God. Honestly, God has used this study to prepare my heart and mind for the season He is allowing me to enter into. I am eternally thankful for this time of study, and that I have been able to daily commit myself to taking the time to scripture write 1 Thessalonians. As I conclude my last week of 1 Thessalonians for this study, I am thankful for this time of preparation for our study together.

God knew it was exactly what I needed. So now, I invite you, dear friend, to join me in “Meeting the Thessalonians”. This is where God is going to meet us and speak tenderly to our hearts – no matter what we are facing in our daily lives. No matter what circumstances we may find ourselves in.

Honestly, life has been tough for me lately. There was even a millisecond of hesitation of switching the study date. Fear not journal lovers (if there are any of you out there), we are pressing on and going to begin our study in one week!

While there is a lot of things I am currently facing, I also have a lot of things on my heart and mind that I believe God is leading me to share with my fellow bloggers and readers. But this study isn’t solely for me, it is for you too. God has a specific word He wants to share with you personally! God wants to meet you right where you are, even if your life seems like mine – a big mess.

Even in the mess, God wants to show us Himself. He wants to reveal Himself to us, even in times like now where life is far from perfect. These are the exact moments, where we need to draw nearer to Him. We need to experience the faithfulness and presence of our great God!

With all that said, I hope you will consider joining me for our study. “Meeting the Thessalonians” is our nine week Bible study. There will be something for each of us to read, during the weekdays. We will meet back here, during the week to grow and learn together.

As a way to prepare ourselves for this study, I advise grabbing the journal. If you can afford it, please consider purchasing the official “Meeting the Thessalonians” journal. It helps to support this blog, plus all new format to help us gain a better quiet time. The new format will be utilized in all upcoming studies. I wasn’t able to afford the journal this time around, but I am looking forward to getting one of the future ones. They look really good, and helpful to move me in the right direction in growing spiritually.

Whether you use the journal or a notebook, you will have all you need to enter into this study with confidence that you will abound in your faith and relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ!

We begin January 29, 2017. Get ready, my friends, for you are going to love all that God will show you during this time of spiritual worship!

You can find the Thessalonians reading plan, by clicking here.

Feature image by David Travis.

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