Fruit of the Spirit Series: The Fruit of the Spirit is Love

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…

In verse 25, Paul adds If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. The way we handle ourselves should be in line with these attributes of the Holy Spirit. The first of these is love.

By my count, the Bible has the word ‘love’ translated into it 503* times.  That’s a big deal! When Paul was writing his letter to the Galatians, I think there is a reason he chose to list love as the first quality of walking with the Spirit. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he said, So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13).  If you look at Mark 12:29-31, you will see Jesus said there was no greater command than to love our neighbors as ourselves (and the first command to love our Lord God with everything we have).  There is definitely no shortage of instruction to love in the Bible. So, what is Biblical love? How can we show it?

Continue reading

Fruit of the Spirit Series – Who is the Holy Spirit?

John 14:15-17 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you…”

I am starting a blog series on the fruit of the Spirit. First, let’s take a look at who exactly the Holy Spirit is. Jesus told His disciples that He would leave this world, but would not leave them alone. He was leaving them the Holy Spirit, a “Helper”, to be with us always. So what exactly does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit and how can you know if you have Him in you?

Continue reading

Forgiveness: What Does the Bible Say About Forgiveness?

Matthew 6:14-15  For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

The basic point of this post is that if you want forgiveness from our Father, you’re going to have to give it to others; whether you think they deserve it or not.  This is a truly difficult concept and I’ve recently had my eyes opened into what forgiveness actually is and I’d like to share that with you.

Continue reading

The Best Marriage Advice I Ever Received

1 Peter 3:1-2  Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct.

I have read over this verse countless times.  However, when your marriage is struggling, or when your husband isn’t behaving the way you wish he would, it’s hard to get a straight thought in your head!  So, turning to this verse in my times of marital ‘non-bliss’, was not my first inclination.  In fact, my first instinct was to beat HIM into submission with maybe a frying pan or a wooden spoon!  I mean, after all, HE is the one not behaving as he should, and HE is the one who has a problem, NOT ME!  Well, this verse was the beginning of my introduction to humility.

Continue reading

Accept the Gift of Salvation


Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

This is a verse I see a lot of people struggle with.  The thought that there is nothing we can do to ensure our salvation is a scary one.  But it also can be a very humbling and comforting thought.

If we dissect this verse a bit, we find that through our faith we are saved by God’s grace.  Paul tells us this grace comes to us, not because of anything we did or didn’t do, but it is a gift from God.  Have you ever thought that you don’t deserve this gift?  I struggled with this for a long time.

Continue reading

Why is God Making Me Wait?

Micah 7:7  But as for me, I will look to the Lord;  I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

We’ve all been there.  We’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting for God to hear us, to give us some sort of sign or guidance.  Maybe you’re going through this right now.  This has to be one of the most difficult things for me as a Christian.  I think this is mostly because of how incredibly close I feel to God when I do get an answer right away.  When I don’t get an answer, I start to feel forgotten or rejected.  Have you felt this separation and perhaps even frustration?

Continue reading

My Husband Isn’t Making Me Happy

Ephesians 4:2-3: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

I’ve heard so many women say this to me. ‘He just doesn’t make me happy anymore’.  Know first that I sympathize with you, and I have felt this way on several occasions. And it’s a devastating feeling.  But also know, that it is not your husband’s job to make you happy.

Happiness comes from within you. It is not something someone else is required to give you on a daily basis. I am here to tell you, true happiness can only be found in a strong relationship with the Father.

Continue reading

What is an Idol?



Isaiah 2:8 Their land is filled with idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their own fingers have made.

Do you know what idols are? Many people think they are statues that ancient religions worshipped. However, idols can be many many things. An idol is anything you put ahead of God in level of importance.

Continue reading

Trying to Do it All


Luke 10:40-42
But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Are you a Mary or a Martha?  I know most of us women are a combination of both depending on the day!  I was thinking about this in the chaos of today.  If you’re not familiar with the Bible’s story of Mary and Martha, I will summarize it for you (though I highly recommend you read about it in Luke 10!).  Mary and Martha were sisters and they welcomed Jesus into their home.  Martha was so worried about getting everything just right, she didn’t get a chance to sit down and talk with Jesus.  Mary was rubbing His feet with oils and speaking with Him; putting everything on hold to get the most of her time with the Lord.

Continue reading

Spring: The Season of Hope


Song of Solomon 2:11-12  For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

I just love the spring. Birds are chirping, squirrels are frolicking, the grass is starting to green, flowers are starting to come up from the ground, and colors are coming back to the earth.  This is such a beautiful reminder from the Father of our new life in Him. After such a dark period with no leaves on the trees and dead grass, there is now hope for what we know is coming. Flowers, colorful birds, bright green leaves, and new life all around us.

Continue reading