Sunday, July 29, 2018

Now I will praise the Lord!(Genesis 29:35).

Remember, through all of life's ups and downs, how God has been so faithful to you.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

"Surely the Lord was in this place, and I wasn't even aware of it" (Genesis 28:16).

Friday, July 27, 2018

"Rebekah said... listen to me and do exactly what I tell you" (Genesis 27:8).

I had a GREAT idea last night. I went over the whole scenario and planned out exactly what I was going to say. It was so good! But then, this morning, the Bible:

God doesn't need us to help Him accomplish His will. 😲🤣

Thursday, July 26, 2018

"When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him" (Genesis 26:12).

It's never about what we do, but about what God does with what we do.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

"This is my request  ... (and) this is how I'll know" (Genesis 24:14).

In July 1994 I asked God to "give me a sign" if there was any hope to meet this guy that I was 😍... or else I needed to forget about him. The next week at church, Jeff walked over and introduced himself. I was so excited to finally meet him, but even more excited that God had answered my prayer!

Don't be afraid to ask God for exactly what you want. Be specific. If He has a different answer for you, He's big enough to work that out. But if He wants to answer your prayer in exactly the way you're praying... it can be pretty fun to experience.

Monday, July 23, 2018

"Please sell me a piece of land of land so I can give my wife a proper burial" (Genesis 23:4).

Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. We bring honor to the name of Jesus when we rely on him to help us think clearly and do what is right, even in times of great emotional stress.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

"Get rid of that slave woman and her son. He is not going to share the inheritance" (Genesis 21:10).

It's better to wait patiently for God to fulfill his promises, than entangle ourselves with complications trying to hurry the process on our own.

Friday, July 20, 2018

"Abraham replied, 'I thought this was a godless place ...'" (Gen. 20:11).

But there is no such place. God is everywhere, and powerful to override any decision we make to accomplish his perfect will and plan. We are weak, but he is strong.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

"God had listened to Abraham's request and kept Lot safe" (Genesis 19:29).

Keep praying... and praying... and praying. God uses your prayers to move someone from where they are to where he wants them to be.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

We may laugh... but it's never too late for God to do what he said he would do. His ways are not our ways, and all his promises are yes and amen.

(thoughts on Genesis 17)

Monday, July 16, 2018

God sees you right where you are, and is telling you what to do next. (Genesis 16)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Remember when God started a conversation with you... planted a desire in your heart... that would not only bless you, but bless the world for his sake?

It's time to pick up the conversation where it left off. (Genesis 15)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Each stage of a child's life has blossoms and bumps, and parents are there to help them navigate and celebrate. But life-stages don't end at age 18.

Let your Father guide you through the stage of life you're in. Surround yourself with wise counselors, instead of depending on yourself to figure out what seems best.

(thoughts on Genesis 13)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Oh, that I would be quiet and cover someone's indiscretion rather than shame them by commenting to even one other person. (Genesis 9)

Monday, July 9, 2018

"Stepping out in faith" is not a cliche. God may say, "Not yet. Not here. Not this." But we keep stepping out and testing the waters until... kairos. (Genesis 8)

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Obedience and devotion to God can be the only preparation we need for him to suddenly choose us to solve a problem and make the world a better place. (Genesis 6)

Friday, July 6, 2018

Our lifetime is made up of a million tasks and relational details, but there's an overarching theme that's creating our legacy. (Genesis 5)

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

If we fill our days with all the good and beautiful things God has given us to enjoy, we won't have any time to go looking for what we think is missing. (Genesis 3)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

In redemption we return to the place where God intended us: to have satisfying, purposeful, and creative work with him. (Genesis 2)