Can Your Words Actually Create?
Let's go back to the very beginning of it all -- where the power of the spoken word first came into play in our story: creation.
Merry Christmas -- Could It Be That Your Story Is So Much Bigger Than You?
Well, friends, it's our last Monday together of 2017...and we wrap up the book of Genesis with a beautiful promise from God that has been woven in every detail of our story since the beginning of time...
If your words could start a fire, what kind would it be? Oh yes! This year is all about Words.
A new year means a new Monday Musing journey...let's take our first step on the path into the book of James to lay the foundation and set our direction for our walk this year deep into the forest of our words...
Is Your Vindication Moment Waiting On You To No Longer Need Vindication?
Twenty-two years of Joseph's story have passed and it's finally time for everything to come full circle. He was perfectly positioned to pay his brothers back for the evil things they did to him. But he didn't. Why? Because God has a way of working us out of us.
What Have You Allowed God To Do In You During Your Greatest Season of Suffering?
One of my favorite pieces of Joseph's story is what we get to see this week, a glimpse into his heart through the names of his first two sons and what they even mean for us today.
Are You Convinced You've Been Forgotten?
Have You Let Your Pain Rename You?
How tempting it may be at times, friends, to redefine ourselves based on our pain or circumstances. But as we look at one small verse in Genesis 40 this week, we see the beauty of holding onto God's calling on our lives, no matter the pain.
Can You See Others' Pain in the Middle of Your Own?
Oh how easy it would have been for Joseph to be consumed in the pain and heartache of his own story...that's always the easy option. But we see this week the character of a man who while in his own prison cell can see someone else's pain in theirs.
Would You Rather Be in a Prison With God Or in a Palace Without Him?
Have you ever been falsely accused? Joseph was, too. However, the accusations against Joseph this week may have a more severe consequence than you or I have ever dealt with from being falsely accused, but there's still a beautiful reminder in this piece of his story for us today...
What Does Resisting the Devil Really Look Like, Especially When He Is Relentless?
Even though the setting changes, the persistent lie of the enemy stays the same. Let's look this week at how Joseph chooses to respond to it and how that should look for us in our own stories -- no matter how differently from our original plans they are unfolding.
What is the Price of Favor?
So what if your picture, your story, isn't looking the way you thought it would? Let's talk this week about 5 things scripture says God does for us when we are faithful to Him even when we aren't where we think we should be...
What Will You Do When God's Path Looks Different Than Your Plan?
We know what Joseph's picture for his life looked like. But we see this week that God's picture looked very different -- and we learn a beautiful truth that can be found even when our stories don't unfold the way we hope, plan, and expect them to...
Do We Truly Know Where Jealousy Can Lead?
It led Joseph's brothers to plan his death and then sit down to have dinner... Jealousy and envy are only the beginning of a dangerously slippery slope. May we recognize them in our hearts so we don't end up in a place of numb and seared consciences like where we see Joseph's brothers this week.
Is There a Right Time to Share Your Dreams?
We've talked before about how God can speak to us through our dreams. This week, we learn a few things we need to take into account when it comes to sharing our dreams with others -- things Joseph didn't do...
Are You Prudent or Simple?
As we flip a few pages back in Genesis this week to the beginning of Joseph's story, we see the first stirrings of conditions for a perfect storm of suffering -- and what could have been done to avoid it.