The jig’s up

David was tired of going to war as the Lord commanded, so he took a little vacation. Then he saw this woman—WOWSERS! What a woman! They were two consenting adults—where was the harm? Secret lust. Secret sex. But it’s hard to keep pregnancy secret for too long—and this secret was out before they ever got… Read More

Colossians 3:18-19 Go all out in love

Submission is not something we in America do well. I can’t speak for those in other countries, because I don’t have enough experience in and of your cultures. But individual rights and privileges–something I believe in and support–can lead us to think only of ourselves and what we deserve and have rights to.  Individualistic thinking–what’s… Read More

Colossians 3:17 Take myself out of the limelight

I have been wondering lately, how much of what I do is so that people will think good of me? If I am living for God, trying to be someone who reflects His light to the world, why do I feel the need to have my shadow–my silhouette–superimposed on His light? What would it look… Read More

Colossians 3:16 Pay attention

Today I am memorizing and saying Proverbs 4:20-23 out loud at least seven times. I must admit, this is my own translation of the verse–helps me to remember it easier. I was amazed at how much it aligns with today’s text of Colossians 3:16. Thank you for reiterating, Lord. Say Proverbs 4:20-23 out loud with… Read More

Colossians 3:15 If I cultivate thankfulness, what will I reap?

How does cultivating thankfulness generate peace and harmony? Try a variation on counting to ten next time you are irritated, frustrated, or ready to give up on something or someone. Name ten things you are thankful for right now–big and small, physical or emotional, person or situation. Or try listing ten things you are thankful… Read More

Colossians 3:14 Love is your basic, all-purpose garment

No matter what else you wear, never forget to about the basic, all-purpose garment which should be part of every outfit–LOVE. Wear it every day.     Colossians 3:14 (New Living Translation) Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.   Colossians 3:14 (The Message) And regardless of what… Read More

Colossians 3:13 Can I change how I respond?

Is the glass half-full or half-empty? Are you positive about people or do you keep a list of their wrongs and  your judgments of them? Do someone who hurt you have to say he is sorry before you will forgive them–is your forgiveness dependent on someone else? Does your forgiveness have strings attached?  In the… Read More