Open Your Hands

  “My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” Psalm‬ ‭63:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬ ⠀⠀ Grasping is everywhere. Our culture prizes grasping for identity, status, acceptance, money, and control. Even as Christian women, we will be tempted to cling to our perceived needs as though no other human could identify with us or understand. ⠀⠀ We look fearfully around us and wonder how our concerns will be met and who will meet them. We hang onto pain, fears, failures, and shame because we’re more comfortable with carrying them around than with releasing them to Someone more … [Read more...]

This All-Sufficient Grace

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV) Whatever stage of life you’re in, you know the necessity of God’s sufficient grace. We may be tempted to believe, though, that his grace is a thin veneer over what we’re able to do on our own. But His grace accomplishes more than simply shining up our best efforts. It works in us to achieve what God desires to produce in and through … [Read more...]

His Righteous Right Hand: An Advent Devotional

*This devotional originally appeared in the Gentle Leading Advent devotional series. You can access the entire series here, and sign up to receive the rest of the devotional in your inbox by clicking this link.   “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians … [Read more...]

His Promise is Stronger than Your Struggle

In Exodus 33, Moses implored God, “Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight,’ Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 3:14 ESV) Moses pleads with God in a way that many of us mothers do. We pray, “show me what to do,” “be with me”, “remember us”, “teach us”. And God’s reply to Moses, is much like Jesus’ … [Read more...]

Sufferings of This Present Time

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God… For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” Romans 8:18-19 ESV When we’re grieving a loss, we often are tempted to focus our attention on … [Read more...]