An Open Letter to Godly Single Ladies

This is a different sort of post than I would normally write on here. But it’s an increasingly relevant topic to me and my friends as we traverse this journey of young adulthood. So if you are a single young lady, or know someone who is, this post is for you. ❤

To my single sisters in Christ:

I know that you’re wondering what the future holds. I know many of you are longing for your dreams to be fulfilled. Many of you feel stuck in the waiting. There are days when your hopes soar. . . and then there are days when you feel like you’re in a pit of despair.

I know, because I’ve been there. And while I don’t know what the future holds for either you or me, I know the One who does know. And I want to share with you some of the truths and resources that have encouraged me and allowed me to reach a place of accepting and even embracing my singleness. Continue reading

The Kingdom of Heaven: A Strong Foundation

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Matthew 7:24-29, NKJV

We have finally reached the very end of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

After three chapters of digging into the heart of God’s laws, exposing our failures and wrong attitudes, encouraging us to prioritize the truly important things, and warning us that only a few will discover the path to eternal life, Jesus concludes with this final parable of encouragement and warning.

Continuing the theme from the previous passage, He emphasizes in pictorial form the connection between knowing and doing.

Whoever hears (knows) what Jesus has taught, and actually does those things, is like a wise person who builds his house on a firm foundation. I wouldn’t even call that person exceptionally wise Continue reading

The Kingdom of Heaven: Knowing Jesus

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast our demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Matthew 7:21-23, NKJV

Almost 11 years ago, I wrote these verses in a notebook and memorized them. To be quite honest, though, they scared me. What if I were one of these people who will be turned away by Jesus?

Twelve-year-old me wrote this entry in my journal around that time: Continue reading

The Kingdom of Heaven: Bearing Good Fruit

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Matthew 7:15-20, NKJV

I find it strangely coincidental that this is the next passage to go over in my Sermon on the Mount series. Why? Because it deals with a topic that has come up a lot recently for me.

For one thing, my church has strongly encouraged everyone to watch a certain movie that deals with a lot of false teachings that have crept into the church. Some of those teachings had an influence on me, especially during my early years, and I have seen how some of them have had destructive results for people that we know and love, especially over the past couple of months.

For another thing, my young adult group just had to deal with a difficult situation where the leadership asked someone to leave because of the false ideas he was proposing and arguing to the group. Continue reading

5-Year Anniversary

It was November 2, 2014 that I started this blog. Here I am now – 5 years, 153 posts (not counting this one), and nearly 5700 views later.

I want to thank each of you who have taken the time to read it, comment on it, and/or share it with others.

This little corner of the Internet was birthed out of a desire to publicly share the things that the Lord was (and is) teaching me. I hope that I have done that well, and that it has been a blessing to many of you!

When I first started, I generally wrote about topics that were more specific to myself and what I was learning at the time. Things like failure and patience, or analogies that I found in color wheels or constellations.

And then I shifted to more of a Bible study format. I blogged through the Beatitudes, the book of 1 Samuel, and now I’m working on wrapping up a series on the Sermon on the Mount.

My question for you is: which do you prefer?

As I look ahead to hopefully another 5 years, are there any particular topics you’d like to hear my thoughts on?

I’d love to hear your ideas in the comment section below! 🙂