Episode 163

We’ve been surrounded by pink and red hearts over the past several days, and I pictured all those Valentine’s Day decorations as I read Galatians 5:6. “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” (NIV) Not following the letter of the law. But faith in Jesus. Love is an expression of our…

Episode 162

If you went to Sunday school as a kid or even if you’re a more recent student of the Bible, chances are you’ve heard the stories of Daniel in the lion’s den and of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the fiery furnace. These familiar stories tell of how these men faced execution because of their…

Episode 161

Today’s declaration is as simple as this: Jesus is coming back. Jordan Feliz has a song called Jesus is coming back that encourages us to keep our heads up. I can’t help but grin and groove a little whenever I hear it. Jesus is coming back to earth in the same way he ascended into…

Episode 160

It’s still early in the new year and it’s never too late to begin a good habit. I enjoy listening to the Craig Groeschel Leadership podcast. His January message is called Mastering the Habits That Matter Most. In it, he made a powerful statement that I wholeheartedly agree with. He said, “If you want to…

Episode 159

Last week, I encouraged you to make a New Year’s Resolution to study Scripture with greater intensity this year. The study of God’s Word helps us know Him better, and knowing Him better helps make the wise wiser. I got a kick out of our declaration, and I invite you to listen to that episode…

Episode 158

I often associate wisdom with age, but Proverbs 9:9-11 makes a different connection. Wisdom comes from God. Not from aging. From God. If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, then the wise can become even wiser. James tells us that if we lack wisdom, we can ask God who gives generously…

Episode 157

Making it to the end of 2022 feels like crossing a finish line. Even though my race of life isn’t over, I couldn’t help but think of how crossing from December into January puts me another year closer to the award that awaits when I do finish this strenuous race called life. I selected today’s…

Armchair Prayers

God used my old “armchair parent” story recently to encourage me in an unexpected way. A few weeks ago, I spent a glorious weekend at the beach with a group of my closest girlfriends and my sister. All but one had heard about the time my daughter’s former principal called me an armchair parent. My newest…

Eleventh Hour God

Have you ever given God an ultimatum? I only did it because I was desperate. My husband, Steve, was not convinced God would be okay with my ultimatum. Until I quoted the scripture that kept running over and over in my head. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will…

Episode 156

Christmas is a few days from now, and you might be reading or listening to the Christmas story from Luke 2. This is the third Christmas season for the Believe & Speak podcast, and I’ve done episodes in the past that covered the familiar story of shepherds on a hillside and a baby in a…