What does El-Shaddai mean, anyway? This name is rich in meaning, and holds promise for us in every season. Continue reading El-Shaddai: Mighty to Nurture and Supply
What does the name of God Adonai mean? It was definitely the hardest for me to write about so far. It carries with it a hard but very sweet truth. Adonai means Master. Continue reading The Names of God: Adonai
Ancient Hebrew was written without the vowels. This special name for God was written in Hebrew with the consonants YHWH. German translations used the vowels JHVH. After not speaking this name for over 900 years, God’s people weren’t sure what vowels to add in. Since they often used Adonai as a replacement name for this sacred, unspoken name, they simply put the vowels of Adonai into the German translation to make Jehovah. Most scholars believe it should actually be translated as Yahweh. Continue reading Yahweh or Jehovah?
Yahweh is God’s personal and most sacred name, appearing more than 6,800 times in the Old Testament. It carries the reality that God is eternal, unchanging, and self-existent. It is also rich with the reality that He is holy and righteous to punish sin, and that He is love- ready to sacrifice and make a way for our relationship with Him to be restored. Continue reading Yahweh: God’s Personal Name
In this series, we are exploring the Hebrew names of God to help us draw closer to and delve deeper in our relationship with God. This post looks at what Elohim means, where it is in the Bible, and how it points us to God in a unique way. Continue reading Elohim: Most High, All-Powerful Creator
Throughout the Old Testament alone, around 20 different names are used to refer to the One true God of the Bible. But why are these names practically important in your everyday life? The answer lies in the meaning of life … Continue reading The Power of the Names of God in Your Life
Think about those people you feel you deeply love- and those that express that they love you. Now make a mental list of the things that confirm for you that this is real love. In short- how do you define … Continue reading What is Love?
Want to hear a true story about God working in our lives in real time? This is the next installment of the God Stories Project. Without this one, my Mom wouldn’t have survived childhood. And the rest- well, we would … Continue reading The Podium Story (A God Story)
Want to hear about the first time Elijah realized that God was working in his life and protecting him? Let him tell you all about it! Continue reading The Dresser Fell On Me
I wasn’t prepared for what happened that night as I tucked my son into bed. “Mommy, I’m not sure if I believe in God. How do you know that God is real?,” my four-year-old asked. It caught me off guard. I … Continue reading The God Stories Project
My college English teacher set a precedent for me for how to pray for others. He showed me how to pray Scripture for others. If you’d like to know a simple, effective way to pray for those in your world, this is the top approach I would recommend. Continue reading Praying Scripture
I’ve been amazed as I read Scripture to find all that it says about the knowledge of God. Romans 1 tells what happens when we simply choose not to thank and glorify Him- and reveals a really amazing benefit of choosing to prioritize knowing Him! Continue reading Crazy Amazing Benefit of the Knowledge of God
All of us have a longing and restlessness for something beyond our physical and emotional needs. We either try to satisfy or silence this longing, but the truth is, God has set eternity in our hearts. But what does this mean? Continue reading Life Untasted
You know how sometimes you say something to someone else and suddenly realize- “Hmm..that is helpful to me.”? Well, that happened to me tonight as I was putting my sons to bed. All is Well My eldest had just finished … Continue reading The Secret to Shrinking Problems
I remember an encompassing feeling of longing I used to have as a child. I would be walking down the alley-like street between my sweet, elderly neighbor lady’s house and mine, and it would come over me. As I splashed … Continue reading To Be Known
Did you know that God longs to guard your heart and your mind with His peace? How much do you let Him do that in your own life? Statistics show that how much we experience peace has a significant impact on our physical and mental health. Find out how you can experience it more in your own life. Continue reading God Longs To Do This For You
Songs echo the idea of world peace, some people just can’t get any peace, and many people have been to countless counselors and therapists to try to find it. Do you have it? You Can If You Want I can … Continue reading Got Peace?
What does “the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit” in 1 Peter mean? For the extroverted, boisterous, passionate woman, the words may seem to signify that beauty is beyond reach. For the shy, perhaps they are misleading. Let’s look at what is meant in these passages and discover hope for all women that we can depend on the LORD to work true beauty in our spirits. Continue reading Unfading Beauty: What Does Gentle and Quiet Really Mean?
This season has brought new heaviness. I have often felt my face drooped and my spirit hanging heavy in the off moments of my days. Through it all, I have felt God impressing on me to, “Carry yourself light.” And it has made all the difference. Continue reading Carry Yourself Light
Can you imagine what it would be like to not be bound by the constraints of the ticking clock over your mantle and the pressure to get to that next appointment on time? More than that, could you imagine what … Continue reading Outside of Time
“I’ll get you now!!!!,” the child screams as he launches forward with his sword. Even if you don’t allow toys that look like weapons, Popsicle sticks start saying, “Bang, bang!,” sandwiches get bitten into gun shapes, and yard sticks become … Continue reading Violence or Valor?
Finish the statement from Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of _______.” Wisdom, right? No! The answer in this chapter is “knowledge.” (“Wisdom” would be the answer in Proverbs 9:10). It is incredible that knowing and … Continue reading The Key to Both Wisdom and Knowledge
Where does this phrase come from, and what does it mean for us today? This is not just a pretty idea for customer service or a nice thing to do for someone you care deeply about. This is hard stuff. Continue reading The Extra Mile
So much of life benefits from a simplified approach. But what if I were to tell you that there is one area in which wisdom pleads for you to develop a complexity mindset? What Demands a Complexity Mindset? Our fellow … Continue reading Complexity Mindset (Stops us from wounding others every time)
Imagine throwing a cloth in the fire and rather than it burn to embers, it turned pure white, unhurt by the flames. God says that our inheritance in Him has similar properties. Continue reading Asbestos Inheritance
In a world of endless options and limitless needs to be met, sometimes a simple thing like praying for others can seem a bit overwhelming. Where do we even start? How Do We Prayer Well for Others? To me, the … Continue reading Top 2 Ways I Pray for My Friends
The Power of Standing Ovations Think of the last time you were part of a standing ovation (or at least present at one). Recently, I was at one of the first performances of the year of Moses at the Sight … Continue reading Your Living Ovation
What is the best gift ever given- that is also available to you? What is the true meaning of Christmas? It’s no secret… Continue reading The Greatest Gift of Christmas
As you pass through the lights and glitter of the season, if not you, someone around you is grieving. This season has a way of reminding all of us of what we have lost. Grief should be a welcome part of this season of joy, making the real meaning of the season sweeter. Continue reading When Merry isn’t Possible
The universe is expanding, and in recent years, scientists have discovered this expansion is accelerating. What do they speculate this will cause? Continue reading Dark Energy and the End of the Universe