“Let the Word of Christ Dwell in You Richly”

My friend and I are studying the Book of Colossians together. As you probably know, that’s where this verse comes from. Col. 3:16 – “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” This is such a powerful little letter from the Apostle Paul to the Colossian church. It holds a special place in my heart as it was the first book Will and I ever studied in our walk with Christ. We had a pastor at the time, during our first year in the faith, who taught us the inductive Bible study method and I just remember the Word coming alive to us. We have continued digging in and applying God’s Word to our lives in this way throughout all these years and have experienced this fullness, this richness, of His Word dwelling in us. And man, what a beautiful and powerful thing it is.

God’s Word is manna to our souls. Jesus IS the Bread of Life. He IS the Word (John 1:1, 14). You want to experience more fullness in Christ? Go to His Word. Allow it to dwell in you…to go down deep and penetrate your heart, change your mind, and transform your entire life and being. It is a supernatural, living Book. Because it is The Word…it IS Jesus Christ. And as born-again followers, believers, and children of the Most High God, we have continual access to Him…He lives in us! And through us! Isn’t that so awesome?! All these years later, it still baffles me to think of all of His goodness, richness, and mercy that dwells in me through Him. It never gets old or stagnant. I learn something new every moment I spend in His presence. It’s amazing and truly awe-inspiring.

This one little verse inspired me to write today. And a lot of times, that’s how the Holy Spirit works with me. I actually got out my new little prayer journal this morning and started to pray for people and this part of this Scripture was printed on the page and it just started prompting all kinds of thoughts. So I shared the verse to Instagram first (again, I’ve still not been very active at all over there but when I come across a verse that stands out to me I am prone to share it there), meditated on it, then prayed through it for myself and my brothers and sisters in Christ, and then the Lord moved me to come here and write about it, too. So here I am.

I have jotted down many ideas for our podcast (which we need to do another episode soon…it’s just a busy time for us right now) and one of the things I wrote down is “Godly confidence vs. earthly pride.” Another is “brokenness/humility vs. prideful spirit.” I realize these are kind of the same thing but I have just been adding to the list of topics as the Lord gives me thoughts, so these will likely just be one message, but I think you can see where I’m going here. As we studied last week in our home fellowship, the Beatitudes tell us that we must be broken/poor in spirit (realize our need for a Savior), and humble in heart to come into the Kingdom of God. We must maintain humility as a child of God as well, for we never want to look like our adversary, the originator of pride.

But have you ever considered that IN CHRIST, we are also called to have a confidence and a boldness, an assurance of Who’s we are and Who lives in and through us? This is different than an earthly pride, arrogance, and ego. This is not about us, but the One we represent. The One Who’s presence has transformed us into a new creation. This is not “self-confidence” as the world around us pushes. It is dying to self, in fact, and realizing that it’s still not about me and I bring nothing to the table. Jesus has invited us to HIS table, to feast on Him, the Living Water and the Bread of Life…it will one day be the ultimate feast–the marriage supper of the Lamb!!! And hallelujah, what a Day of rejoicing THAT will be!!!!

So I just felt like this was an important matter to cover today. The Word should be living and active in and through us, DWELLING in us richly!!! Dwell is defined as “to live as a resident; reside.” Another definition says “to live permanently.” The Word is to live in us permanently. Amen!! I see so many professing Christians today who are ignorant of what the Word of God actually says because they have been conditioned to think that the Word is just something that they listen to their pastor preach from once or twice a week and that this somehow “feeds” them for the week. So as you can see, the majority are starving. Christ has invited us to a banquet, a FEAST, where He Himself is the main course. We must come. And we must come empty so that we may be filled by and with Him. And we must keep coming, daily, moment by moment. THIS is how we will experience His richness. His fullness. This is where we will find wisdom AND (very importantly), be able to impart that wisdom to others–as the rest of the Scripture says, “teaching and admonishing one another.” How can we do this if we don’t truly understand the Word ourselves? This is why we don’t see discipleship being practiced en masse today. Not many at all in the Body of Christ are confident enough to teach others, and what a shame. What a disservice this has become to young believers and to a lost, watching world. There lies a great responsibility on the saints who are mature in their walk with Christ, to teach others how to walk with and grow in Christ. We can’t shuck away all of the New Testament books that have devoted so much time and ink to instructing us all as to how we should be walking, growing, producing fruit in our lives, and how our relationships with one another (and the Lord!) should look. And this is the burden that we feel and carry through our every day life. It should be felt by all of us. And it should be making an impact in this world.

The TRUE, undefiled, agape love of God that we should possess and express will come from a place of confidence in our God and His character, in our redemption through Christ His Son and His beautiful gift of salvation toward us, in the Holy Spirit-our Helper-Who lives in us and leads us into all Truth, and in the Word of God-our roadmap and Guide to all things we will ever need to know–the Living Word which is sharper than any two-edged sword and is not to be minimized or compromised in any way. This Word makes us bold as lions and sometimes…a lot of times, actually, will cause us to confront things and call out sin and yes, even will divide us from those around us who are not as sold out for Christ or devoted to applying His Word to their own lives as we are. Again, this does not make us arrogant or prideful for refusing to bow to the culture–or even the modern-day church, with all the doctrines of men that frequently are held in higher regard than the Word itself.

We must recognize that because someone is passionate and unwavering in their love of the Truth, that does not make them pride-filled. You should be able to tell the difference. Is said person stuck on themselves and their opinions, or are they rightly dividing the Word of Truth, which we are all called (but haven’t been conditioned) to do? As the Church of the Living God, we must decipher between the two. It’s a dangerous time for the people of God. We know that much deception abounds and our only answer is to ALWAYS go to the Source–the Word. I can’t emphasize that enough and I know that I say/preach it all the time. I honestly will say that in every message we have ever given or will ever give, every piece of counsel, every conversation…you can bet that Christ and the Word (One in the same, remember) is the focus. We die to ourselves daily and we pick up our cross and we follow after the Master. This is not about us, but about Him. And in ALL THINGS, we allow Him to dwell in us (live in us) RICHLY, and we are so filled with His Truth by now, that that is what comes out. Not of us, all of Him. And we want to pass it on. To everyone!!!!

It does move us to rejoicing…”to songs and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in our hearts to the Lord.” How can it not?! Sidenote for those following along with the blog, I DID sing on Sunday in front of the group and I was still scared to death, but Sammy is a great teacher and he’s helping me a lot…God bless my brother in Christ!!! Anyway, I hope and pray this for all of you today, my brothers and sisters, that you are full on Christ, that His Word is living in you in all fullness, that this brings about so much Godly confidence that you will never shrink back but are like a tree planted beside the (Living) waters, bearing much fruit in every season. And that others are able, as Will says, to pick off your tree. That you are fulfilling your purpose in this short time we have on earth to grow the Kingdom of God. Because we ALL have such an important part to play. And we have the Roadmap. Amen, thank You, Jesus!

That’s all for today, folks! I hope you all got something out of these ramblings. Have a great Tuesday!

“An Exhortation to Obedience & Remembrance” (Dt. 8)

Hey y’all, good morning. I hope everyone had a good week and that you’re all continuing to fight the good fight out there. It seems like everyone I’ve talked to over the past couple of weeks is really struggling in some area or another, and we have to understand the spiritual war that’s waging behind the scenes. This is only going to grow in intensity, so we must keep our armor on at all times and use the weapons of warfare that God has given us. His Word, prayer and supplication in the Spirit (both for ourselves and for our brothers and sisters in Christ), our faith, the truth and peace of the Gospel, righteousness, the helmet of salvation to guard our minds and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and I would also add the Body of Christ here. It’s not one of the pieces of armor listed in Ephesians 6, but it’s a very important part of our walk and our battle against these forces and powers of darkness that we are up against. We should all be building ourselves up in our faith while we can in all of these areas. This has been on my mind and heart and in my prayers for my brothers and sisters a lot lately. In fact I’m thinking our next podcast episode should be about spiritual warfare and I’m going to be praying about it.

Anyway, I just wanted to kind of follow up to my last blog post and tell y’all what’s been going on over here in my world. I’ve been asking the Lord all week if (and what) I should write about, but nothing came. So I’ve continued to just seek Him and stay off of social media and go on about my day-to-day life, pressing in and doing the good works He’s laid before me. I must tell y’all, I’ve had a peace this past week from shutting out all the clamoring voices and tuning into the One that I want to always guide and guard my heart and soul. And today I have a message to share. I really want to write a poem soon, so hopefully that inspiration will also come. But for today, I wanted to give my thoughts about a portion of my Bible reading from Deuteronomy chapter 8.

Yes, this is Old Testament. Yes, it is to Israel. And yes, it’s still important to us today. Same God. Same children OF God (us…grafted in, remember?) So I would say we can take these spiritual parallels and apply them to our own lives all these centuries later as well. Side note: I have never (nor will ever) professed to be a Biblical scholar, but I am a daughter of the Most High God, bought with high price of Jesus’ blood and my aim is to glorify Him in my life and body and entire existence on this planet. Did y’all know that, as the Westminster catechism says, “the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever?” Yeah, that’s some history from our “reformed”/VERY legalistic days of our journey in Churchianity, BUT that statement is true and I’ve never forgotten it. We’ve learned so much over all these years, even in all the manmade rituals, doctrines, denominational divides, etc…God is so good!!!! I know I’m kind of getting off on some rabbit trails here but it goes back to some things I’ve heard lately that just haven’t sat right with me. You know how the Holy Spirit just gives you that soft nudge when you hear something erroneous? That’s what I’m talking about. I remember not too long ago, that a brother in Christ said that we can’t glorify God. And I think what he meant was that we don’t bring anything to the table (we understand from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount/the Beatitudes that this is true—we must be poor in spirit to come to Him…spiritually bankrupt), but we absolutely CAN (and are EXPECTED) to glorify God in our lives, as followers and disciples of Christ. The majority of the New Testament is chock full of commands, rebukes, encouragements, and exhortations as to how we can do just that, so there was a lot of ink wasted if the former is true. And we know that’s not the case.

But back to today’s reading. I’ve entitled this blog post exactly what my (KJV) Bible has titled chapter 8–“an exhortation to obedience and remembrance.” Y’all can probably already see where I’m going here, but I think it’s important that we go there. I would like for you to read this chapter on your own because I’m not going to list every Scripture here (it’s a short chapter-only 20 verses), and let the Holy Spirit lead you and teach you through it and help you apply it to your own life. Don’t ever take man’s interpretation, including mine, over the infallible Word of God coupled with the application of His Spirit that God wants to reveal to you specifically. But since I’m the one writing this post, I’m going to share a few verses and thoughts that stood out to me.

“And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭8:2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I wrote in my Bible that this sounds like sanctification to me. God wants us to REMEMBER His faithfulness which He has shown in our life—to lead us through the “wilderness,” to humble us, to (test and) prove us, to know what’s in our hearts, whether we would keep His commands or not. Is this not the process that every born-again believer must go through in our walk with the Lord? It’s so important for us to remember His work in our life. He taught the Israelites that “man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭8:3‬ ‭KJV. So this goes back to my little disclaimer I gave above, that we MUST stand on the Word of God in all things and be taught of Him, as this is our sustenance and the way to Life.

Moses reminded them that God provided for every need that they had during these 40 years of wilderness testing, that He disciplined them as a good Father does, as He brought them to the Promised Land, and that “therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭8:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Doesn’t this spur your thoughts toward how God still works in this way with us too? It does mine. He’s doing this in each of us—bringing us out of “Egypt” (sin and bondage), unto Himself, through this “wilderness” of trials and testing (life!!), where He disciplines and provides for us, but shows us that we don’t live on bread alone but by every Word that comes from Him, as He leads us toward the Promised Land!!! I love this!!!! Meditate on that some today, would you? I plan to.

But let’s keep reading. Here comes the warnings. Oh boy. Do you know how many warnings are in God’s Word?? It’s like God knows how prone we are to wander and forget, huh? Yikes. Nothing new under the sun. Anyways, Moses tells the people that when they come into the Land and have eaten their fill and have enjoyed their prosperity, they were not to become prideful and self-sufficient, thinking that they had done all of this themselves. I’m actually going to put the rest of the verses from the chapter here now because they are so important to hammering home this point.

“then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; and thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭8:14-20‬ ‭KJV‬‬

As I said earlier, God knows how forgetful we are and how we have such a tendency to wander away from Him. It is imperative that we do whatever it takes to remember His promises, His faithfulness, His character, AND His expectations. God is looking for those who are obedient to His commands. For those who He is able to test and try and prove. That our hearts are His, that we desire no other god before Him (idol worship…and as humans, we can literally make ANYTHING an idol in our lives). If you haven’t had a chance yet to read/listen to my previous blog post/audio message, “What’s Consuming Us,” I hope and pray you will make time to do so, as it goes right along with this one and is an open and honest, heartfelt message about what God showed me last week.

I believe this is ALL part of our journey. Part of the sanctification process. The same God of yesterday is the same God of today, and He is working in the same way. He wants to make a people for Himself—called out, set apart, hearts tested and tried and proven to be true to the glory of His holy name. He will not share His glory with another. He’s looking for those who worship Him in Spirit and Truth. Let’s be found faithful and obedient “unto the voice of the Lord our God.” Amen? Amen.

So much has changed for me and in me this past year, I would say. And I think this is the beauty of growing in our walk with the Lord. Up to a couple of months ago, I couldn’t stand the KJV of the Bible. I know that sounds harsh, but it’s true. It brought to mind those early days in our walk of staunch legalism that I alluded to earlier in this writing, where we were taught so many doctrines of men that are blatantly contrary to what we read in Scripture, and I honestly felt that it was stumbling block. God is now using it in such a way that I no longer feel like this about it and have actually come to thoroughly enjoy my time in it every morning, reading it just as fluently as I do any other translation. And I praise God for this.

Another area He’s grown me in is in the gifts of the Spirit. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about it, but this was another realm of confusion for me for many years because of our experience in the church system, from one extreme to the other. We have to truly be willing to submit ourselves to the authority of God’s Word, and as I have said many times, allow the Holy Spirit to teach us and not men. So many well-meaning men have it SO wrong. And I’m not saying I have it all right…by no means!!! I’m learning and growing every single day and that is the awesome and exciting thing about our pilgrimage in this foreign land, don’t you think!? We must keep a humble spirit and recognize where we’ve been wrong, confess those areas if they’ve led to sin (pride, self-sufficiency, idolatry, etc.) just like we saw with the Israelites, and keep going…keep growing…keep moving forward with our faithful God.

Lastly, and I’m going to close with this, I have always hated my voice. I’ve never ever in a million years even pretended to think I could carry a tune in a bucket. I mean sure, I will belt my heart out to God in the car or the shower, just like anyone else…but that’s about as far as it’s ever gone. Until now. And I must admit I’m scared to death!!! But our sweet and outgoing-as-all-heck brother in Christ who is in our home fellowship and plays the guitar, has recruited me to start singing with him!!! Like I said, I’m scared to death!! So please pray for me. I want to honor and glorify Him in ALL that I do, and as Sammy keeps reminding me, it’s another way to lift up and praise His name. And He gave me my voice, I know that. It’s just another struggle within myself though. I have these in a lot of areas and I know that my faithful God will see me through. Same for you. A year ago, I’d never have thought I could actually write a blog that would reach nearly 7,000 people so far, and to me that’s just incredibly humbling and all glory to my Father above!!!

I love you all and I am going to leave you with two songs that popped into my mind as I wrote these words today. I’ve shared both of them here before, but I pray they will bless your heart and draw you to worship the Father today. This first one is the one that Sammy says will be our debut (lol). I absolutely love it and I think it goes great with today’s message.

And this one is just a great reminder about our faithful God:

Hope you all have a very blessed Saturday and if you’ll please keep us in prayer, we are heading out to Planned Parenthood to fight for life and souls. Thank you all!!!!

What’s Consuming Us?

Good morning, friends! I hope you have all had a great week. I hope even more that I am able to write everything that is in my heart and spirit right now in this blog post and that I’m not all over the place. Trusting the Holy Spirit here, y’all…let’s get to it.

So I have not written much in the past week or so and my interaction on social media has also dwindled pretty much to a halt. It started off with some discouragement I was feeling toward the end of last weekend, which snowballed throughout the week and had left me doubting so many things. Most of all myself. I realized that this was all from the enemy so I would take it to the Lord and leave it with Him and feel better for a moment but then it would come again, in waves. All week long. I struggled and struggled and because my natural tendency (as an introvert) is to pull away and isolate myself when I’m down, this is exactly what I did. From people anyway. Not from the Lord. I actually had some very wonderful and powerful times of worship and prayer with Him. I also had some not-so wonderful times where I felt like my prayers were bouncing off the ceiling and all I wanted to do was cry. And I did that some too. I’m just being open and real with y’all here. And I’m going somewhere with this story, I promise.

I’m not going to go into all the details of my woes and discouragements. This is real life in the end days. Things are hard for us all, in some sense or another. People don’t know how to truly love and treat each other well anymore. We’ve lost the human connection and interaction that God intended us to have and have replaced it with counterfeit “friendships” behind screens like the one I’m typing on now. Everyone is so engulfed in what’s going on with their social media feeds that they are missing what it means to really be SOCIABLE anymore–to enjoy the presence of someone’s company. We are all so distracted. I had this talk with my daughter yesterday and I was telling her how I cannot stand social media, that it has replaced being REAL friends in REAL life, and I said that I miss the old days before all this technology. She told me she doesn’t remember those days, that “everyone’s introverts these days.” I proceeded to give her my opinion as usual–that it’s not that everyone’s an “introvert” (and maybe I’ll rethink classifying myself as such, too), but rather that we’ve been so conditioned now to think that these forms of interaction are suffice to our existence. And they’re not. We’ve created a bunch of “keyboard warriors” who only know how to interact behind a screen. Most of them do not know how to hold a real conversation or think for themselves in real life situations. And it irks my last nerve. But I digress. You can all see where I’m going, I hope. But now I’m going to switch gears a little bit and show you some things God has so graciously shown me, both through His Word and through my experiences, feelings, and emotions this week.

I think what I actually want to do, because I’ve been going for some very nice and awesome walks and talks with the Lord this week, is to go ahead and go for one now and finish out this blog post by making an audio recording and sharing that here. Hopefully I can multitask well because I still have a lot more to say and I have a lot of Scriptures I want to share with y’all.

Ok, here y’all go! Please excuse the background/road noise.

“Moralism Kills” (Podcast Episode)

Listen here: https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-37wvx-122535c

What is moralism? Do “good people” go to Heaven? No…SAVED PEOPLE do. And it’s not all about “going to Heaven” anyway. Remember, our purpose on this planet in being redeemed, born again children of God, is to bring the Gospel to the world, make disciples of all the nations, and represent our King everywhere we go. Why is this not what we see in the church as a whole then? We do not understand the weight and responsibility of the call because we have not been taught rightly. But it’s all there in the Word of God. We live in a culture of death and this culture has infiltrated the church. Tune in and listen to this important discussion which goes along with the one we did previously about sin. The movie we mentioned is called Timechanger, if you’d like to search for it to watch it. You can find all of our previous episodes here:

https://saltysaints2.podbean.com/

Sharing Time Again!!

It is a busy season for us as we’re getting into the thick of the southeast Texas heat and work is picking up, so I’ve not had much time to post, but today I simply wanted to share a blog post from a sister in Christ that I’ve met recently through Instagram. She has a blog and a podcast and I encourage you to go check them out! This post is so very timely and she’s done an excellent job writing this message, and I hope it reaches many and penetrates hearts as it should. She’s right on the money here.

https://karenroth.org/blog/f/why-do-you-call-me-lord-lord

Holy Aloneness

This is a wonderful message that brought me so much encouragement this morning, and I simply wanted to pass it on in case someone here needs it too. I love my sister Joanie and she is one of my favorite people to listen to when I need to be ministered to by the Lord. Her messages are always so timely and full of His wisdom and maturity and penetrate deep into my heart and spirit. The narrow path we walk in this world can be so lonely at times and we must allow the Lord to work in His beautiful way, always calling us out from the crowd to sit at His feet. I need this rest and recharging today and if you do too, I’m praying for you, my friend. 💜💜

Happy Mother’s Day! 💜

“Except the LORD build the house, They labour in vain that build it: Except the LORD keep the city, The watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: For so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: And the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; So are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: They shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭127:1-5‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Good morning, y’all. Something that’s been on my heart most of this week is the difficulty of today for those who’ve lost their mothers. We have two different men (along with their children and for one of them, their grandchildren too) whom the Lord has pretty recently connected us with and this is going to be their first Mother’s Day without the physical presence of their wife and mother to celebrate. My heart goes out to them as I ponder on all of the years that they spent loving Jesus and loving one another. Loving their children and their families. Loving people around them. Making a difference in their own little corner of the world. You see, for both of these men, they and their wives had relationships with the God of the universe through Christ Jesus our Lord…what a blessing!!! To truly know and understand and to have experienced the sacrificial love of Christ—this is the only way that any of us can fulfill the role of Motherhood successfully. (Fatherhood too…any “hood,” actually, but we’re talking mothers today).

Being a mother is the absolute greatest joy, privilege, honor, blessing, reward, gift, AND responsibility that we will ever experience on this earth, in my opinion. Being a mom is the only thing I have ever known beyond the shadow of a doubt that I wanted to be. And 21 years on this side of motherhood with two beautiful grandbabies in tow, I can honestly say that it has been so much more than I ever could have thought or imagined.

I feel sorry for this world we live in today. This evil culture of death who swears that the murder of the unborn brings freedom and joy and happiness and all this other garbage that they profess. As I shout loudly and proudly when we stand for life outside of the demonic gates at Planned Parenthood, “THE WOMB SHOULD BE THE SAFEST PLACE ON THE PLANET FOR A CHILD, BUT SADLY IT’S BECOME THE MOST DANGEROUS.” Abortion is NOT birth control. Abortion is MURDER. Abortion is stealing a precious life and soul away from an entire family, generation, and world. A life created in the image of God Almighty. A life full of purpose and beauty and significance. It is heartbreaking how much the ball has been dropped in the past however many decades, where people actually believe these lies, accept them, and pass them onto these younger generations.

I wrote a blog post earlier this week, “Out With The Old???” where I talked about this very matter. We are in such a state of moral depravity because we’ve removed God from everything. We say there are no moral absolutes, everyone has their own “truth,” and anything goes. Anyone who knows God and knows their Bible understands that this is all hogwash. Garbage. Lies of the enemy straight from the pit of hell. And there’s coming a reckoning. A day of wrath where ALL evil, wicked works of darkness will be exposed and judged. And everything except righteousness will be burned away.

As mothers, it is our duty to lead our children and grandchildren and everyone around us closer to Christ. There are many ways we can do this. And there are even more ways we can fail. We need the love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, strength, and power of the Holy Spirit alive and active in and through us every single day of our lives. What we do today matters for eternity. That’s a big weight…a big responsibility. But what a reward and day of rejoicing it will be when we meet Jesus face to face and we hear, “well done, my good and faithful daughter (servant).”

Amen and amen!!! Whatever side of motherhood you are on today, I pray that you are celebrated and that your life has been one filled with joy and great purpose as a wife, mother, grandmother, etc. And the awesome thing is, if it hasn’t been up to this point, every day is a new day to start over!!! By the grace of God, call upon Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and surrender your life to Him and BECOME the woman you should and could be, in Him. “Behold, if anyone is in Christ, SHE is a new creation…Old things have passed away and ALL things become new!!!!” 2 Cor. 5:17. Praise God, hallelujah!!!!

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!!!

*Edited to add: sooooo much more I could have said on motherhood. So so so very much more. Here’s a song Will just shared with me that brought tears. Hope you mommas all enjoy.

Out With the Old???

Good morning, everyone! This is just something I am thinking and pondering on while I’m having my quiet time today and I thought I’d share it here. I’m in 2 Kings for one of my chapters in my reading plan and I’ve just found it so amazing how, from chapter to chapter, there might sporadically be one king here and there that did right in God’s eyes (Hezekiah was the only one-so far-that actually did completely right by removing all the high places and idols and everything else as God commanded; 2 Kings 18:3-8), but then their own son would come along next and build those high places and idols back up and do everything evil in the Lord’s sight and bring about God’s judgment. Then you’d have that go on for several generations…a vicious cycle. More evil than good, even within family lines.

I know that’s the condition of man, but it’s just so disappointing. In my opinion, where they failed first of all, was by not holding to Deuteronomy 6. They did not obey God’s commands to teach the next generation DILIGENTLY to obey all of the Lord’s instructions and to love Him with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength. To never turn on Him or disobey Him. To walk in His ways, keep themselves from the sin and idolatry of the people around them. And it was to the demise of their very souls. So many of them incurred God’s wrath and judgment and earned what they deserved for the great err of their ways.

We are in such a sad state today for the very same reason. I know that Deuteronomy 6 was written to Israel, God’s chosen people, but God is the same forever so don’t you think He really wanted that instituted for all time?? That every generation ever to come would be taught diligently to obey and love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength?? I do. A lot of times in modern-day Christianity, we are taught (whether directly or passively) to almost disregard the Old Testament. I’ve even heard well-meaning pastors and teachers emphatically state that because we are under the “New Covenant of grace,” we really only need to spend time in the New Testament. I actually sort of practiced this for much of the beginning of my walk. I mean sure, I would read the Old Testament SOME, but more as part of a checklist while going through a reading plan or something. Even when “digging in” through a Bible study of some sort, it wasn’t held in nearly as high regard as it should have been.

I want to make a side-note here really quick (or actually, who knows how quick it will be…let me just get to it, lol). Last night in our home fellowship, we had some really deep discussions over the Old Testament…and it was AWESOME. This is a new group that God has so graciously formed over the past few months in our life…in our home…in our hearts, and man–the conversations we have been having honestly have been mind-blowing. We’ve been walking with the Lord for 15 years and we truly consider ourselves to be Bereans, meaning we are never content to take anyone’s word for what God says in His Word! We seek it out for ourselves diligently, and we worship the Father in Spirit and Truth and try to be led of Him in all things. Y’all know some of our experience in “Churchianity” and how we do not believe it lines up with Scripture, so yes…we question everything. It’s the mind of Christ that God has given us…we use it!! Anyway, some of the things that we talked about last night (and last week, too) are things that we have never even considered or thought about in all these years. And it hit me as we were talking about all of it. We have never been at a place in our walk yet where we could handle discussions of this magnitude, honestly. Our spiritual maturity wasn’t there and I don’t think our minds and hearts could have really comprehended it all. So this got me really excited because you start to see God’s Word open up in a whole new way…like layers of an onion being peeled back. It’s been so awesome!!! We haven’t had someone (in real life) to teach us things in so long. And I don’t say that in a prideful way…we are ALWAYS learning, ALWAYS digging in…but typically we learn from God Himself. From His Word and His Spirit. As He intends all of us to do. And yes, He’s used many, many men (and women) over the years, to teach us all kinds of things. But we also have had to “eat the fish and spit out the bones,” if you know what I mean. You have to learn through the Spirit to have discernment, to test everything, and take nothing at face value. Remember my recent post, “Do Not Be Deceived”…There’s so much deception here today. It’s so easy to be lied to and manipulated at every turn, and not even know it. That’s the scary thing! And saying all this was the point to my “side-note”–if anyone tells you (or even implies) that you don’t really need to know the Old Testament, run for the hills and pick up your Bible and start reading in the OLD TESTAMENT!!!!! As I said before this long aside, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is holy. He is our Creator. We are all made in His image…but we are not all His children. 1 John 3:1-10:

1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 7Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

I have lately just been flooded in my spirit as I read through God’s beautiful, timeless, inerrant Word with so many lies being taught, held, and stood firmly upon as truth by some well-meaning brothers and sisters–some highly deceived and truly uneducated yet seeking their way through all of this the best way they know how, and some completely oblivious and even obstinate toward God’s Word because they hold to man’s word, interpretations, and indoctrinations over the actual Bible itself. It’s sad and it’s scary to me as I watch it play out day after day. I hate social media and the way that we all interact behind our screens today. It really bothers me and if I had my say-so, I’d be off of all of it in a heartbeat…but I also understand that this is just how it is for right now-the main mode of communication, and it’s a tool that God can use for good so that we can reach people with the Gospel and try to teach them Biblical Truth. That’s what I use these platforms for. And I am grateful to be able to connect with others in this way, even if I don’t can’t stand the method.

Anyway, I feel like I’m all over the place in this post but like I said, the Holy Spirit just keeps prompting me of things and reminding me so I’m just typing as I think through all of it. We need to read, study, and ask for God’s wisdom and revelation as we go through the Old Testament (and New) in order to really understand, first and foremost, the character of God and His attributes. As Will regularly says, “God sticks to the same themes.” Always. He doesn’t change. And if WE have misunderstood Him based off faulty teachings, misconceptions, or trying to fit Him into a mold that we are comfortable with, WE better be the ones to change our views to line up with the truth. His Word (illuminated by His Spirit) is the only thing on this planet that we can trust to tell us Who He is (and why we so desperately need Him). When we get away from that and go our own way, we are headed to destruction. Which goes full circle back to my original thought and closes out this point.

In the Old Testament with Israel, the peril of the younger generation was due to the elders not doing their part to pass on a godly heritage to them. They had forsaken the Lord and His ways and taught their children to do the same. So even today, how do you pick up that mantle and pass it on when it was never passed to you in the first place?? What if you’ve never known a true Christian in any of your family tree? Well, that’s the case for both Will and myself…so we get it. It just seems so impossible, so insurmountable, and such a gigantic responsibility–to have all the weight on us now to pass this legacy forward without any history of godliness or example of discipleship to draw from. But what we DO have and what we DO draw from, is again–the strength and power of the Holy Spirit, Who helps us in our weakness and leads us into all truth…and the infallible, living Word to guide and teach us about all that God would have us to know and learn. I know that we do our best, but it’s a great responsibility and I feel so inadequate a lot of the times because the bar is so high and so much is at stake. I pray that our children and every generation that may come after us will walk in the ways of the Lord and see and remember our example, and that they would pass a baton of loving, fearing, and serving the Lord onto their children and all of the lineage hereafter. I will pray that for all of you and your families as well. Thanks for listening to me ramble on about this and I pray it resonates with someone today.

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