Each time you read passages in the scriptures, you can learn something new. Even if it’s a passage you’ve read before. God taught us to crawl before, toddle before and walk before we run. Reading the scriptures is the same. Because we are growing, the same passage means something more each time it’s read, studied and applied to ourselves. How can we be closer to Jesus Christ? My parents started me on the path to know, follow and be like Jesus Christ. But, because of the atonement,...

by School Of Life on 1 September 2017

It is so easy to feel anxious, worried, overwhelmed, or just out of control in our lives. Many things around us cause us to stress or fear, and everywhere we turn, it seems like more bad news pops up. How do we live in this world, but not be of it, like Scripture tells us? How do we open ourselves up to love ourselves, our neighbors, our world, and our God well without becoming burdened by all the hurt and the brokenness? How do we continue to seek Christ when everything seems to be crashing down...

by School Of Life on 1 September 2017

I’m glued to the news and weather, watching as flood waters ravage parts of Texas. I’m also texting with friends in the Houston area to confirm their safety. I can’t help today in any physical ways with the Texas flooding, but I can pray. And that’s a powerful tool. Maybe you are also watching from a distance and want to pray specifically, but you aren’t sure how. I’ve been brainstorming specific ways we can pray for the current flooding in Houston, south Texas, and beyond. These specific...

by School Of Life on 1 September 2017

“Lord, show me how to be the wife I need to be,” I asked each moment frustration visited during my restless nights. Hubby had been diagnosed with diabetes. After the shock, I went to action. With the diligence of a loving, caring wife, I developed the perfect diet. I made sure I sent him links to videos that showed the best way to beat diabetes. And to my chagrin, during my frantic dash to remedy the problem, hubby seemed relaxed, undisturbed in the least about his diagnosis. So I did what...

by School Of Life on 1 September 2017

Just because an opportunity presents itself, and it looks appealing, doesn’t necessarily mean it is from God. And likewise, just because an open door looks a little uncertain, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t walk through it. The key is knowing how to discern if an opportunity is really an open door from God. I don’t want to miss those open doors because I was afraid to walk through them. But I also don’t want to take every opportunity that comes along, assuming it is from...

by School Of Life on 31 August 2017

Soda is addicting. Science has proven this. The sugar, the caffeine buzz, the carbonation – it tastes and feels so good. Who wouldn’t love it? The problem with addictions, however, is that if left unchecked, they can eventually kill you. While I’ve never been addicted to soda, I used to be addicted to control. The satisfaction of having a say over how something turned out was sweeter to me than a Coca Cola sugar buzz. Or at least, that was until God stepped in. By His grace, God showed me...

by School Of Life on 31 August 2017

Prayer can be hard business. Whether it’s those mumbled words over a meal in public or the heartfelt cries from an ER waiting room, our prayer lives reveal so much about our relationship with God. But often prayer gets lost in the jumble of life—we get busy, lazy, or distracted. So if you’re stalled out and need to jumpstart your own dialogue with Jesus, here are some tips to enliven your prayer life (even if you’re not much of a pray-er). If You’re a Reader 1. Change your perspective....

by School Of Life on 31 August 2017

If there is a single driving force in our society today it may well be what I call instant self-gratification. It is into this mindset in our society that the Bible speaks about fasting. Is it any wonder that few people are listening? Nothing seems as silly to the natural mind or as repulsive to the body as fasting, especially when you place our demand for instant self-gratification in a consumer-oriented world where life is all about seeking and obtaining whatever suits our fancy. Even from...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Our thoughts have the power to paralyze or motivate us, to thrust us into the depths of despair or propel us to the heights of celebration. They can center us in truth or lead us, slowly but steadily down the destructive path of deception. Scripture tells us human wisdom is faulty at best, leading mankind to call good evil and evil good.  Imagine having the power to rise above our petty, contrary, and often harmful thought patterns to view our world and circumstances as Christ does. Though we...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Many of us have been there. Middle of the night. Darkness surrounds. Stars shining brightly. All is quiet. All should be at peace.  Except for one problem.  We can’t sleep.  Thoughts are swirling, anxieties pressing hard. Peace feels far away. Fear seems to be bigger in the dark. It’s hard to see or think with clarity. Too many things can keep us awake. Wide awake. If you’ve lived long enough, you may have found yourself there. Maybe the kids woke you up, or the new pet. Maybe it’s...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017