I Can, through Christ

Many people love the verse Philippians 4:13, which says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (KJV). It is a heartening, uplifting verse, and I love it as well. Here is what the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges has to say on it: “I can do all things] More exactly, I…

Leave a Margin

In a book I have been reading called Amma: The Life and Words of Amy Carmichael, I read a quote that caught my eye. “Don’t do as I know I did, for truly I had to do it. Don’t work each day till you are unable to do one minute more. DON’T. Leave a margin…” That…

Do You Take God’s Name in Vain? 

One thing many people do that bothers me is taking God’s name in vain. It hurts my heart, especially when people use Jesus’ name angrily. Not long ago, I listened to a sermon by Greg Laurie about the commandment, “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.” Here is the…

Live Up to His Name (Because You Can’t Change It) 

A while ago, my pastor shared an anecdote about Alexander the Great. According to this story, Alexander had a cowardly soldier brought before him. He asked the soldier what his name was, and the soldier told him that his name was Alexander. Alexander the Great told Alexander the soldier that he needed to live up…

“My Advocate” Essay

For school recently, I wrote this essay about Martha Snell Nicholson’s poem “My Advocate.” This is such a moving poem! Please let me know what you think! “My Advocate” I sinned. And straightway, post-haste, Satan flew Before the presence of the most high God, And made a railing accusation there. He said, “This soul, this…

A Lesson in Humility from a Demon

After reading The Screwtape Letters months ago, I remember a few specific points that author C. S. Lewis made. Recently, I was reminded of some thoughts on humility from the book. There are so many profound passages in the book! I think the one included below is one of the the ones I am thinking…

Complaining Vs. Honesty

Sometimes, I mistakenly think it’s wrong to share about unpleasant things in my life. It can be anything from not mentioning that I slept poorly, to not sharing about difficult schoolwork, to not opening up about a question I’m struggling with. There’s a myriad of reasons, depending on the matter. I just don’t want to…

The Love of the Beloved

As one part of my devotions, I have been studying Song of Solomon, which I have never studied before. Song of Solomon is a series of poems about a couple in love and their deep relationship. The story parallels the love between the church and Jesus Christ.  The book is filled with touching verses about…

I Need Rest

Something God has been teaching me about over the last several months is rest. I’ve been pressuring myself to make every moment count for eternity. That’s a big job. I like to be busy, but I forgot an extremely important commandment from God: And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in…

Fully Engaged

My title was stolen from the title of David Jeremiah’s message I heard this morning, “Fully Engaged with Life.” This is such an insightful sermon! Please use the link to listen to it when you have time. This sermon was about something that had been on my mind this morning. What is my daily attitude?…