Hope in Darkness

Hello! Did you remember to wear green today? I had my daughter give me a manicure with hand-painted shamrocks. I always do something special for St. Patrick’s Day because it’s a significant date to me, even though I’m not Irish. Twenty-five years ago today, my son Sam, who was not quite three weeks old at…

Episode 64

Today’s episode was inspired by the word “inconceivable” from last week’s declaration. If you missed Episode 63, I encourage you to listen and then repeat the declaration from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians that I gave you. I firmly believe that speaking declarations drawn from the Bible empowers our tongues with truth. That’s why every…

Episode 63

Ephesians 3:20-21 promises us that God is able to do amazing things THROUGH us! We are his workmanship and we are his vessels. We are crafted and created to do amazing things. In fact, we can’t even imagine what God can do—and WILL do—through us. Let’s not limit our thinking. Let’s allow our imaginations to…

Episode 62

Hebrews 11 is referred to by many as “The Hall of Faith.” Today’s episode covers the first six verses of that chapter, and I hope it will encourage your walk of faith. You and I demonstrate faith when we’re confident that God will keep his promises. We demonstrate faith when we’re certain of what we…

Episode 61

The book of Proverbs is filled with wise sayings. Today we focus on two verses that speak of the benefits of loving and worshiping God. There is no reason to cower in fear when you stand in awe of God. Proverbs 14:26 says that confidence and strength flood our hearts when we live in awe…

Episode 60

Back in Episode 11 of the Believe & Speak podcast, I mentioned that Christian followers of Jesus have been adopted into God’s family. Therefore, believers have the right to claim the promises God gave to Jacob and to Israel. Jacob was a patriarch of God’s “family,” the nation of Israel. Because we belong to that…

Episode 59

This week’s episode was inspired last Saturday during a small group study of my book. I’m taking a few 20- to 30-something-year-old women through my new book, Longing to Belong: Discovering the Joy of Acceptance, and last week we were discussing the chapter called “I Am Not Invisible”, which includes a character profile of Rahab,…

Episode 58

This episode was inspired by the fact that my firstborn is celebrating her birthday today. She just turned 29—the age I was when she was born. But she (and her wonderful husband) have already given me two beautiful granddaughters, and they’re expecting their third child in July. I’m blessed to have multiple generations of family…

Episode 57

I’ve often heard professional athletes say their favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13. They credit God for the “against all odds” strength that he provided so they could pull off a “come from behind” victory. But Paul, the author of Philippians, is not crediting God for his physical strength. Verse 13 in the NIV says,…

Episode 56

I was recently challenged to bring a message of hope to those who might be despairing to the point of death. To be honest, I feel ill-equipped to redirect the thoughts of someone who considers suicide a better alternative to living. But I know that I know that there’s life-giving power in believing and speaking…