Encouragement from James 1:4

Scripture Passage: James 1:4 “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4 NIV I love to wear my grandmother’s butterfly pin because it reminds me to persevere. Hi, I’m Laura Lacey Johnson. When a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, new muscles grow, a specialized tongueContinue reading “Encouragement from James 1:4”

How Do You Recognize God’s Voice?

Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 3:1-21 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” 1 Samuel 3:9 NIV How do you recognize God’s voice? Better yet, do you expect Him to speak? Hi, I’m Laura Lacey Johnson. The prophet Samuel learned to recognize God’s voiceContinue reading “How Do You Recognize God’s Voice?”

Are You Feeding Faith or Fear?

Scripture Passage: Psalm 56:3 ESV When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. What’s your biggest fear right now? Hi, I’m Laura Lacey Johnson. Years ago, my mom taught me a valuable lesson when I told her about one of my fears.  She could see I was spiraling into despair and wisely introduced meContinue reading “Are You Feeding Faith or Fear?”

Do You Ever Feel Overwhelmed?

Scripture Passage: Mark 14:34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them …” Mark 14:34 NLT Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Whether it’s watching the news or what we face in our personal lives, it’s easy to feel this way. Thankfully, we’re not alone. Hi, I’m Laura Lacey Johnson.Continue reading “Do You Ever Feel Overwhelmed?”

Do You Ever Think What You Have to Offer Won’t Make a Difference?

Scripture Passage: John 6:1-13 “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” John 9:6 NLT Do you ever think what you have to offer won’t make a difference? The story of Jesus feeding the five thousand illustrates how our “not enough” becomesContinue reading “Do You Ever Think What You Have to Offer Won’t Make a Difference?”

What Unanswered Prayer Tempts You to Give Up on God?

Scripture Passage: Luke 18:1-8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” Luke 18:8 NLT Do you ever wish God would hurry and answer your prayer? I do, but Delay is a test of your faithContinue reading “What Unanswered Prayer Tempts You to Give Up on God?”

What Are You Doing to Strengthen Your Spiritual Foundation?

Scripture Passage: Matthew 7:24-27 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.” Matthew 7:24 NLT Recently, a storm in our area scattered debris far and wide, and I thought about the parable in Matthew 7 when Jesus talked about two houses: oneContinue reading “What Are You Doing to Strengthen Your Spiritual Foundation?”

How Do I Respond?

Scripture Passage: Luke 10:25-37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”Luke 10:37 NLT Like many students, these days, my daughter, Elle, is navigating the challenges of completing schoolwork online as a result of COVID-19.  Recently, Elle saw a question on the message board from aContinue reading “How Do I Respond?”