"To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice" (Proverbs 21:3). Throughout Scripture we are given many "lists of virtues or character traits that we as Christians are to practice (Romans 12:17-21; 2Peter 1:5-8; and Colossians 3:2-17 to name a few). Not only does living by them set us apart from the world, but it aids us in fulfilling our higher calling to be like Christ who perfectly modeled these virtues in His life (1John 2:6 and Philippians 2:5-11).
It's on the Christian radio station, it's in the books; many youth leaders embrace it, some pastors even preach it - so just what could be oh-so-wrong with promoting self-esteem? In a nutshell, self esteems says "I'm good enough," while the cross commands our eyes to Jesus, whose perfection exposes just how broken we really are.
There was a desperate, restless aching in my soul to be loved, to find approval. As I flipped through my feed, various streams of content flashed by: Weddings & Romance. Accomplishments. Celebrations. Friendships. Continuing to scroll, I felt the prick of discontentment steadily increasing.
So often we think of peace as something you feel once in a while. I have even heard it said, that when making a decision, you need “feel peace about your choice” in order to know if you made the right one. We often ask God to grant us peace to live a more calm life. But what we fail to realize is that we are asking for a gift our Father has already given to us.
There was a time where I wasn’t leaning on God as much as I should. I felt like I didn’t have the authority that Jesus has given to us. Instead of praying boldly about my depression or insecurities, I would hide in my room, sometimes lying in bed all day because I was too anxious or depressed to do anything if I was off work.
Recently, my mom and I have been working through an inductive study  of 1 Peter together. We just finished 1 Peter chapter 1, studying the themes of suffering and salvation. Today I thought I'd share some of the gems I've been learning about salvation.
If you have ever been rock climbing, even on a climbing wall, you know that there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. You have the harness and rope and the really important guy on the ground with the belay (aka the belayer). There’s the chalk so your hands can grip better and of course the secured anchor at the top.
The truth is, in this messed up world, we’re all going to face challenges. Most people have experienced financial problems, illness, or death of loved ones. On a smaller scale, we all have days that nothing seems to go right or we just can't find the motivation to press on in the mundane. Other times, we may simply doubt whether God is really there. If you aren’t the person struggling right now, then you probably will be later on.
When I was 16, I was a junior, and it was by far the most challenging year of high school for me. On top of having eight classes, I was in a rough situation. I had caught a person in some serious sin, and that situation did not get handled the way I had hoped. Between trying to study sulfur for a class presentation in chemistry, editing photos for my photography business, and attempting to address the situation, the Lord strongly convicted me of an issue in my heart
As we study what makes a woman after God’s own heart, we often think about being in the Word, praying, and living out a pure life. Serving our families is very important in the Bible and so it should be in our lives as well. When looking back on your home life, how well can you honestly say that you have served your family? I do not know about you, but I have really let this subject slide in my own life. I will admit, I am not where I would like to be. I’m far behind, but the future is open for us. We can either stay in the same rut or choose to change.