Saying “I think I’ll get rid of my idol today” is like an alcoholic saying, “I think I’ll stop drinking today.” It’s not that simple. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about breaking free from idolatry.
When my husband and I were newlyweds, we taught a class on dating and marriage at a Bible camp. To get the discussion going, we’d ask the teenagers, “What would you do if you woke up one day, looked at your spouse, and thought, ‘I don’t love this person anymore’?”
Do you ever struggle with believing that your idol is really all that bad? It’s hard to give something up when you’re not convinced that it needs to go. Looking at the consequences of idolatry is one way we can convince ourselves. We’ll do that today by comparing the consequences of having an affair with […]
Imagine this. You’ve been married for 23 years. You have a house, a dog, two cats, and three kids. You know your spouse like the back of your hand. That’s why it hurts so much the day he says, “I’ve had an affair. Will you forgive me?” You rant and you rave. You cry and […]
I still remember the words of a successful agent at a writer’s conference. He said, “Money changes people. I’ve only met a couple of Christian writers who haven’t been negatively affected by success.” That’s a little scary. Everyone tells us to pursue our dreams, but no one tells us to make sure we keep God […]
Last week I posted three questions to help you get back on track when you’re not feeling close to God. Here are four more questions.
Do you ever find yourself feeling distant from God, but you’re not sure why? Today we’ll go over 3 questions you can use to get back on track when you’re not feeling close and add four more questions in my next post.
Have you ever gone through a season in your life when you didn’t feel close to God? I’m guest posting today at the Upper Room about one of those seasons in my own life. If you’d like to read it, click here. If you want help losing weight, Heidi Bylsma is starting a study today […]
Do you ever feel like you want to have a daily quiet time or renewing-of-the-mind time, but you just can’t make yourself do it? If so, try praying through some of these Bible verses. Here’s an example of a Scripture prayer you could pray for Jeremiah 31:3-4:
If you ask any group, “How do you get close to God?” you usually get the same answer: spend time with Him. It’s a good answer, but I don’t think it works. At least not by itself. Think of it this way: what if you were in a relationship, either married or dating, and you […]