Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace :: Quietly Through Link-up #19

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 I love this verse. It is an invitation to pray with confidence — confidence that we will be heard by a compassionate and loving God — whenever there is a need for mercy and grace. It’s a wonderful promise, isn’t it? But I wonder something: am I selfishly taking advantage of this promise? As of late, I have been deeply convicted of my selfish prayers. I have become aware […]

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And the Lord Turned and Looked :: Quietly Through Thursday {Plus Link-Share}

But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!” Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowded. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”  So Peter went out and wept bitterly. (Luke 22:60-62) And the Lord turned and looked at him. The Lord. Jesus. The Man who said, “Peter, you are going to reject Me, deny Me, turn your back on Me.” When Peter did what […]

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Quietly Through Thursday :: Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8) Depart! I am a sinner! Get away from me Jesus! Do you hear the sorrow in Peter’s voice? The agony? The urgency? Because of the fishing miracle Jesus had just performed, Simon Peter knew (or at least has some idea) that he was in the presence of a Man of great power and significance. Whether or not he knew he is in the presence of God, I don’t know. But what […]

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Ever Wonder Why Life’s Not Fair?

 “Life’s not fair. If it were, we’d all go to hell.” My sons, ages 8 and 3, were recently playing with a little neighborhood boy. They had been taking turns riding in a wagon. My 3-year had obviously taken a little too long of a turn and the neighbor boy was exclaiming, as all young people do, “It’s not fair!” My older son replied, in his very matter-of-fact tone, “Life’s not fair. If it were, we’d all go to hell.” I immediately shushed him. I was a little embarrassed that this truth — one I often […]

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The Simplest – and Best! – Reason for Bible Study

I love Hello Mornings, an online ministry dedicated to encouraging women to spend time with God, plan their day, and make healthy choice first thing in the morning. This encouragement is wonderful and has really changed my life but (and this is a big but), if I start to hold Hello Mornings’ advice up to the same level of God’s word I can find myself discouraged, feeling guilty and wallowing in self-induced shame. Which, I am sure, neither God nor the Hello Morning staff wants. So why can I end up feeling so low? Because […]

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Being Good Is Just a Fable

Do you remember way back in the day when Amy Grant first sang “I Have Decided”? I do. I was just a kid and enjoyed that song so much. I would blast that cassette tape on my stereo, shout the lyrics at the top of my lungs, and dance like crazy in front of my bedroom mirror. Oh, it was so much fun! But, oh, how it confused me so. Being good is just a fable? I just can’t cause I’m not able? What is this Grant girl talking about? How do you get to […]

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