Emma Danzey’s mission in life is to inspire young women to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. Emma is a North Carolina resident and green tea enthusiast! She is married to her husband Drew and they serve international college students. She enjoys singing, dancing, trying new recipes, and watching home makeover shows. During her ministry career, Emma recorded two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran the Refined Magazine, and served in music education for early childhood. Currently, she is in the editing stages of her first two writing projects: a Bible study on womanhood and a non-fiction book on singleness. You can visit her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com
When we know the heart of God is gentle and lowly, when we know that He is Perfect Love, then we can know that anytime He is disappointed it is not out of hateful judgment, but out of a deep-rooted compassion towards wanting the best for us. It is His heart that desires the best for our lives that is only found in Him.
Many of us might have multiple Bibles in our homes that we do not think twice about the great value and privilege of having them. We may have gotten lax on our Scripture memory. We might even want to avoid spending time reading the Bible. Let this removal of the Bible app stir in our hearts a greater desire to speak against this when able, and to enjoy and learn more about the beautiful gift of having the Word of God in front of us.
Whether you are a Mary or a Martha, both women have incredible qualities and are equally loved by Jesus (John 11:5). Each woman learned different lessons from the Savior and welcomed Him in.
We see that the Lord called Bezalel by name. He selected Bezalel for a specific task. This connects to where the Bible tells us that we are God’s workmanship to do His work (Ephesians 2:10). How has Got gifted you? Has he fashioned you to have a certain skillset? Are you naturally talented in a specific area?
There are times in our weeks when we have to put aside our schedules to focus on the needs of others. We do this in the power of the Holy Spirit, not in our own strength. Jesus was never lazy, but He was also never a workaholic. We can learn from Him in the way that He cared for the needs of others.
Providing a safe place to give them a voice in their pain is a huge blessing. I am a fixer and I want to provide solutions, but in this kind of loss, there is not a “band-aid answer.” The best thing to do for a friend in this situation is to give her a place to share her heart and process her emotions.
Maybe you feel overwhelmed by trials and hardships lately. Perhaps you believe everything is going all wrong? We can have hope and confidence that even in difficulties, we can have strength in Christ. John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Even though it might seem mundane, anytime we look at trees, may we be in awe of the Creator. Let us rest in His presence, be empowered and live for Christ, remember that God sees us.
Discernment can be a tricky thing when it comes to the Christian community. We are called to believe the best about others, but at the same time we are called to uphold the truth of God’s Word. There are patterns and red flags that can come up which should cause concern and make us consider stepping back from a church or community where there might be a false teacher.
I believe that I cannot give an answer to this question for you personally. However, we can each examine the history and follow the conviction of the Spirit as we are making decisions. It all comes down to asking questions. Am I sinning by participating in a Halloween event? Am I causing others to sin by my choices? Can I confidently invite Jesus into what I am doing?