Walking In God’s Wisdom

Choosing community over independence

February 28 2024

Choosing Community In A World That Champions Independence

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. — Romans 12:15 (NIV) “Why can’t I just live by myself and do my research? It would be so much easier.” My friend’s question was rhetorical. She knows, as I do, that God created us to live in community with others. But just because something…

October 12 2023

When We Feel Knocked Down, Jesus Can Lead Us To Victory

…he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” — Genesis 3:15b (NIV) Recently I did something for the first time in over five years ~ I jogged. This may not sound like much for many of you, but trust me when I say this was BIG for me. Because in June of…

September 7 2023

Why We Should Give Each Other A Second Chance To Make A Good Impression

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” — 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV) I immediately noticed him when his motorcycle…

June 15 2023

How Can We Feel Peaceful When There Is No Peace?

Honest to a fault. I’ve been told this many times in my life. Essentially it means I can’t tell a lie ~ even to my own detriment. Here are some examples: I once noticed I had received a higher score on a test than I deserved. I showed it to my professor and expected him…

June 8 2023

The Importance of Choosing To Believe God’s Truths Rather Than The Enemy’s Lies

Blindsided, her accusation rendered me speechless. As she gave voice to her feelings, I struggled to understand how she could have misunderstood my heart. In vain I offered her the truth ~ I never thought nor felt the things she perceived in me.   As we parted ways, I thought of the old saying: You can…

May 25 2023

Why Is It Important To Choose To Lead Lives That Glorify God?

Verifying the lane next to me had ample room, I signaled my intent to change lanes. But immediately the driver in the next lane aggressively flashed his lights, sending me a clear message. Wanting to give him the benefit of the doubt, I reasoned he may be pressed for time. But as he passed me,…

May 18 2023

Learning To Look At Hardships As God’s Blessings In Disguise

I confess. A math nerd at heart, I actually enjoy solving a complex algebraic equation. I take comfort in knowing everything on the left side of the equal sign has an equal value to everything on the right side of it. In other words, an equal sign creates balance. But equal does not always mean same. Both in life…

May 4 2023

How We Can Overcome Frustration When We Fail To Reach A Goal

Holding up two pairs of pants, the customer’s eyes searched mine. “Which size should I buy? This one fits now, but the other one is the size I want to wear after I lose more weight.” As a young college student I had no idea how to answer this question. Is there even a right…

March 23 2023

If Jesus Tells Us To Knock On Doors, Why Don’t They Open?

“Help me!” Even before I heard her plaintive cry, I heard the thumping on the door. The doors in our house tended to stick and my little one lacked the strength to push this one open. After a few unsuccessful attempts, she asked for help. Smiling, I opened the door and greeted her with outstretched…

February 23 2023

How Can I Love Someone Who Constantly Gets On My Last Nerve?

Biting my lips, I smiled and miraculously managed to hold back the critical words forming on my tongue. I had a long history with this individual. And while I could say I felt a genuine concern for her, our personalities definitely clashed. As a Christian, I know Jesus calls us to love our neighbor (Mark…