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October 14, 2021

Jehovah Jireh – No Matter, He IS Enough

Drawing on the Father’s love in the midst of emotional struggle 

By: Christi Grimm 

I swallowed hard, fighting back tears. I was there for a follow-up appointment, but you would have thought I had been given a death sentence.  I couldn’t control the overwhelming sadness and the tears began flowing.  On the other side of the room, sat a kind, older woman.  She showed me empathy and handed me a tissue.   
There was no major reason I should have been experiencing this kind of sadness. Sometimes middle-aged hormones do crazy things – I have officially entered a weird season!  It’s like pregnancy without the end result. Depression isn’t something I have typically struggled with, so the last couple of months have thrown me for a loop. I will be abundantly grateful to be on the other side of this valley.   

How do you worship when you feel so lost? When the sadness overwhelms? How do you hear from the Lord when the emotion seems to crowd out His Voice?  How do you absorb His Word when your mind is so foggy you can’t remember the last sentence you read?  How do you raise your arms in praise when you can’t seem to see in vibrant color, but only in drab, muted colors?  How do you show God your love for Him when your passion seems to have all but left you? What then? 

It is easy to praise, to worship, to raise our arms in thanksgiving, to live in awe, to have passion, to give love, and to listen and obey His Voice when your mind and body are clear.  But what to do when you are middle-aged and struggling; you are young and pregnant; you are a confused teenager; or you are grieving a loss? What then? 

Worship anyway. 

Read anyway. 

Give thanks for His creation anyway. 

Raise your arms in praise anyway. 

Jehovah Jireh (The Lord who will provide) is worthy of my sacrifice.   

He is worthy of my sacrifice of worship to Him even when my worship may be accompanied by tears and a cracking voice. 

He is worthy of my sacrifice of sitting at His feet and reading His Word, even if it means I have to repeatedly read one verse because I do not have a clear mind at the moment. 

He is worthy of my sacrifice of thanksgiving even if His creation doesn’t excite me right now and the colors are muted. 

He is worthy of my sacrifice of lifting my arms in praise even if it means I am not lifting them with passionate overflow in my spirit. 

But in all of this, if all I can do is “show up” right now, He will even receive that!   

He receives our feeble attempts at coming to Him and He provides.  He provides relief, perspective, another day, and steadiness. He is Jehovah Jireh:  The God who Provides. 

God’s Love for me is not based on how much I can do for Him. His Love for me is settled, it is provided – no matter what my hormones may be doing inside of me!  I can never be MORE loved by my Savior and I can never be LESS loved by my Savior!  This brings me great confidence, immense trust, and enormous faith in the midst of not feeling myself.   

I KNOW He will provide for my needs- all of them.  He will provide a way through the valley to the other side.  He will provide ideas of solving the problem.  He will provide the right professionals to help.  He will provide any and everything we could ever need, think, or imagine!  He is my Provider and He is your Provider!  Lean on Him, no matter your current state, for He IS enough! 


Christi is a fifth generation Florida girl who loves the sand, the sea, and the sunshine! When she is not busy mothering her 6 children, she enjoys her garden, traveling, experiencing new cultures, and indulging in warm chocolate chip cookies while reading a good book or journaling. Christi is passionate about bringing women alongside her into a life of freedom in Christ, and does so by leading Beauty for Ashes Women’s Retreats. 

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October 12, 2021

Connecting with God

Three questions to ask yourself when you feel like you’re not connecting with God. 

By: Erica Hunt 

Spending time with God can be a deeply enriching experience, but there are seasons where it does not feel so enlightening. There are times in our Christian walk when we can feel really disconnected with God, even as we consistently keep up the spiritual practices that are supposed to deepen our relationship with Christ. We can feel let down when we make an effort to come to the Lord and spend time with Him and only feel as if He did not reciprocate the gesture. 

A sense of dissatisfaction can be a good thing, if it shows that we desire a deeper connection. Taking time to evaluate our hearts will help us wade through the disappointing days when we feel disconnected from God. Here are three questions to ask yourself: 

What do I mean when I say, “I do not feel connected with God?” 

What do you actually mean by ‘connection’? Anytime you come to the Lord by reading his Word or spending time with Him in prayer is connection. How that connection makes you FEEL is going to be different almost every time. Do you mean that He did not make His presence known? Or that you did not feel emotionally connected? Were you expecting an audible voice or visions? Do you feel that He did not fulfill His “end of the deal” in some way? Take the time to be honest with yourself and with God and determine what exactly you are looking to get out of your quiet time. 

Am I setting aside enough time to develop a meaningful connection? 

This question can be tricky, because even our small moments, given sacrificially, can be pleasing to the Lord. But if you are spending moments in the Word, and feeling unsatisfied, it may be because you are not allowing enough time for a deep meaningful connection. Just as in any relationship, if we want to connect with someone, we spend time with them. Not a few minutes here and there, but good quality time over a cup of coffee or a shared activity. It’s the same with our heavenly Father. Finding some quality alone time with the Lord, may help deepen that connection. 

Have I asked Him to connect with me? 

Have you spent time in prayer preparing your heart for an encounter with God? Have you asked Him to reveal Himself to you in a deeper way? Have you asked Him to connect to your heart in a way that you can understand?  
God is God; He can move mountains, part seas, hold the sun still, and answer you when you call out to Him. Sometimes, we have to be patient for His answer, but, until He does, we keep asking. Be persistent! God is not ignoring you. In Matthew, Jesus tells His disciples to “Ask, and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who ask receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Mathew 7:7-8) As disciples we too, are commanded to pursue the Lord in this way. 

Be encouraged that God does want to connect and have a relationship with His people; so much so that He pursued, served, and died for us! But, as in any relationship, a rich relationship with Jesus involves our wanting, prioritizing, and seeking time with Him. Evaluate your heart, set apart regular times to spend with the Lord, ask Him to show up for you. Do not be discouraged if feelings don’t change right away. Our feelings do not change God’s love for us, or His desire to connect with us. 


Erica grew up on the South Dakota prairie, along the Missouri River. Growing up her parents introduced her to Jesus and taught her to walk in His way. She keeps busy teaching 7th and 8th grade students who keep her laughing and humble. Along with her love of the land she enjoys traveling, learning fun facts and historical information, and is always up for coffee, ice cream and a good conversation with friends. She and her husband, Justin, have been married just over a year and live in eastern South Dakota.

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September 29, 2021

What’s In A Name?

Names of God found in the Old Testament

By: Tristany Corgan

A person’s name can tell us a lot about who they are. If you see the name Dr. Brown, you know that that person has pursued higher education and graduated with a doctoral degree. If that person also goes by Professor Brown, you learn that this person works for a university, spending their days teaching students and grading papers. If you find that this professor is a Mrs. Brown, you discover not only that she is a woman, but also that she is married. And if you hear her called “Mom,” you realize that Dr. Brown is also a mother. These names—Dr. Brown, Professor Brown, Mrs. Brown, and Mom—all refer to the same person, yet each name tells you a little something different about her.

It’s the same with God. As we read and study our Bibles, we come across many different names used to talk about God. While these names are quite different from each other, they all refer to the same God, the God of the Universe, the only true and faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with His people (Deuteronomy 7:9). But each of these names tells us a little something different about Him, and together they give us a better, fuller picture of who our God is. Three of the most common names used in the Old Testament are God (Elohim), Lord (Adonai), and LORD (Yahweh).

Elohim

Elohim is one of most common names of God in the Old Testament. The word is translated as “God,” and it is used over 2,500 times in the Hebrew Bible, including in the very first verse – “In the beginning, [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1, ESV) This name of God emphasizes His greatness and power and also shows Him to be our creator, sustainer, and judge. (1) David surely understood this when he wrote, “O, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous—you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous [Elohim]!” (Psalm 7:9)

Something interesting about this name for God is that Elohim is actually a plural term. What is so significant about this detail? The name Elohim points us to God’s trinitarian nature. Our trinitarian God is three persons—God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three distinct persons, but they are all the one true God. So, when we read about Elohim, it’s a reminder that all three persons of the Trinity are at work.

While “God” is probably the most common name we use to refer to the One whom we worship and serve, this is not His personal name. In fact, the term elohim is also used in Scripture to refer to human rulers and false gods. (2) When speaking about humans, Asaph wrote in Psalm 82, “I said, ‘You are [elohim], sons of the Most High, all of you; nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.” (vv. 6-7). Moses, speaking to the Israelites, declared, “And the LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD will drive you. And there you will serve [elohim] of wood and stone, the work of human hands, that neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.” (Deuteronomy 4:27-28).

Now, this does not mean that we can no longer call Him “God” or “Elohim.” This name is still a great reminder of His greatness. However, it also serves as a reminder to always pay attention to biblical context.

Adonai

Adonai is another common name for God in the Old Testament. The term translates as “Lord,” and it highlights the authority, power, and influence our God has. He is our master and our ruler, and this name is like a title of respect. (3) As Israel crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land, Joshua proclaimed, “Behold, the ark of the covenant of the [Adonai] of all the earth is passing over before you into the Jordan.” (Joshua 3:11) Like Elohim, Adonai is also a plural word, which again points us to God’s trinitarian nature. (4)

This name for God is also like Elohim in that it is also used to refer to humans in the Bible. (5) In 1 Samuel, David called King Saul adonai: “Afterward David also arose and went out of the cave, and called after Saul, ‘My [adonai] the king!’ And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the earth and paid homage.” (1 Samuel 24:8) Again, this does not mean that we cannot call God “Lord” or “Adonai,” for they still remind us that He is our sovereign King, the King of kings. Yet, we also see that Adonai is not our Lord’s personal name either. If Elohim and Adonai are not God’s personal name, then what is?

Yahweh

God’s personal name is Yahweh, and He introduces Himself as this in the Burning Bush: “God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’ And He said, ‘Say this to the people of Israel: ‘[Yahweh] has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14) As Yahweh, God is the great I Am—the One who was, the One who is, and the One who always will be (Revelation 1:8). This name highlights God’s self-existence, self-sufficiency, and eternality.

In Hebrew, God’s name was actually spelled YHWH, which is called the tetragrammaton (which means “four letters”). This is because the Hebrew alphabet does not contain any vowels. Also, this name was considered unsayable, for anyone who took this name in vain would have received the death penalty, according to Jewish Law: “Whoever blasphemes the name of [Yahweh] shall surely be put to death.” (Leviticus 24:16a) When the Jews would read the scriptures, they would substitute YHWH for Adonai to ensure they never misused the personal name of God. Therefore, scholars even to this day do not really know how to pronounce YHWH. The name is typically pronounced Yahweh (whose vowels came from Adonai or Elohim), and some have even translated the name as Jehovah. (6)

Many people in the Old Testament actually combined Yahweh with another word to reflect their personal experience with God and further describe His character and nature. To Abraham, He was Yahweh Jireh, the LORD who provides (Genesis 22:14). To Moses, He was Yahweh Rapha, the LORD who heals (Exodus 15:26). To Gideon, He was Yahweh Shalom, the LORD who brings peace (Judges 6:24). To David, He was Yahweh Raah, the LORD who shepherds us (Psalm 23:1). And to many people throughout the Old Testament, He was Yahweh Sabaoth, the LORD of hosts (Isaiah 47:4).

What’s in a Name?

A name tells us a lot, and God’s names tell us a lot about Him, who He is, and what He does. He is Elohim—the triune creator, the powerful sustainer, and the great judge. He is Adonai, our sovereign King, our master who is worthy of our respect and fear. He is Yahweh, the One who has always existed and will always exist for all eternity. He is our provider, our healer, our peace, our shepherd, and the commander of angel armies. He is God, and He loves and cares for His people. Next time you’re reading through the Old Testament, pay attention to what names of God are used and the significance of those names in the narrative and remember to praise and glorify God for who He is.

1. “What is the meaning of the word Elohim?”, Got Questions, accessed June 15, 2021, https://www.gotquestions.org/meaning-of-Elohim.html.
2. Ibid.
3. “What is the meaning of the word Adonai?”, Got Questions, accessed June 16, 2021, https://www.gotquestions.org/meaning-of-Adonai.html.
4. Don Stewart, “What Does the Hebrew Term Adonai Stand For?”, Blue Letter Bible, accessed June 16, 2021, https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/don_stewart_1304.cfm.
5. “What is the meaning of the word Adonai?”, Got Questions, accessed June 16, 2021, https://www.gotquestions.org/meaning-of-Adonai.html.
6. “What is YHWH?”, Got Questions, accessed June 18, 2021, https://www.gotquestions.org/YHWH-tetragrammaton.html.


Tristany lives in sunny central Florida. She graduated in May 2021 with her master’s degree in Biblical Exposition from Liberty University, and she works at a local Christian non-profit. She is an avid reader, amateur photographer, and self-proclaimed theology nerd, and she loves flowers, oldies music, and going to Disney World. Tristany has a passion for encouraging women to know and love the Word of God, and she writes about the Bible and theology regularly at tristanycorgan.com.

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September 27, 2021

Looking for Grace

Quiet Time in Suffering 

By: Jordan Sparnroft 

How do you have a quiet time when you’re struggling just to get out of bed and even brushing your teeth is a struggle?  Quiet time in suffering is not going look like the images you see on your favorite Christian influencer’s Instagram. It probably won’t have the cozy blanket, soft lighting, hot cup of coffee, beautiful prayer journal, leather-bound Bible and sun rising perfectly in the background. 

When I was losing a parent to cancer, experiencing two miscarriages in a row, and facing a serious diagnosis for my new baby, I had not established a quiet time routine and the Quiet Time Companion didn’t exist. I was spending time with God but it definitely wasn’t an image you would want to see scrolling through Instagram. Instead of being wrapped in a cozy warm quilt, I was smothered under a blanket of grief and the only words I could utter were: ‘Why?’ and ‘Jesus.’ 

When you’re struggling to do life’s most basic tasks, prayer does not come easy. Just uttering the name of ‘Jesus’ is enough. Yet, there are some means of grace that are especially fitting for us and our quiet time during seasons of suffering.  
 
Suffering is a prime opportunity to let the body of Christ do what it was meant to do: bear each other’s burdens. In the Garden of Gethsemane, when Jesus was wrestling with the immense suffering ahead of Him, He called upon His friends to come and pray with Him.  In your suffering, reach out to your people who love Jesus. Don’t just ask them to pray for you but request that they pray with you. Ask them to text you Bible verses proclaiming Who God is and that remind you of His promises. 

Play worship music and lots of it! Even when you don’t feel like it. It takes the focus off of you and puts it back on Christ. Put on the Dwell app and have the Psalms read over you while you sleep. 

God often speaks to us the most in the midst of suffering. However, we easily miss it if we’re not careful. Ask Him to open your eyes and your heart to His grace. It’s easy to lose sight of Him in the midst of chaos. Looking for His grace allows us to see. This form of worship and thankfulness breathes life into your darkest moments. Look for His grace in every small thing. Thank Him for DoorDash, modern medicine, a hug from a dear friend, the Facebook group of people who are navigating the same waters of grief, a kind smile from a stranger, a hot shower, a nap, etc. The little things are the big things. When you look back on your suffering, these are the moments you will remember seeing God most clearly. 

A quiet time is as necessary in sorrow, trial, and pain as it is as it is on our good days (if not more so!). It’s just going to look very different. When – by God’s grace – you are able to have that ‘Instagram snap shot’ kind of quiet time, frantically write it all down: everything you’re going through. Don’t hold back, God can handle it. Document your anger, your questions, your confusion, your sadness, and anxiety. When I look back at those tear-stained pages, they’re my most cherished prayers. I remember that as I wrote them, God felt so far away; but when I look back on those entries, His love and mercy are written all over them and I feel Him closer than ever before. 

Psalm 51:15-17 

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. 
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; 

you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. 

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; 

a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 

Applications for quiet time in suffering: 

1) Don’t expect your quiet time to look picture perfect. 

2) Depend on other believers! 

3) Worship. 

4) Look for the grace God is showing you and say thanks. 

5) Honestly pour out your heart to God; He can handle it! 


Jordan grew up on a farm located in a small town in Virginia. She married her NY native husband 8 years ago. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Jordan was a professional mental health therapist. Apart from raising her 2.5 year old daughter with a complex medical diagnosis, Jordan also teaches English to kids in China online. Through numerous trials involving grief and loss she endured in her 20s, Jordan fell more in love with Jesus and realizes her need for Him everyday. Her passion for studying God’s word and knowing Him more deeply grows with each passing day.

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May 27, 2021

Ordinary Holy

By: Christi Grimm 

She asked if I’d go for a walk.  I said yes.  She was turning 50 and wanted to hike 50 miles on the Appalachian Trail.  How could I say no? Of course I wanted to join her, but selfishly I also saw great opportunity of uninterrupted time with Jesus.  Hours upon hours of talking with Him and Him conversing with me.  It would be glorious.   

We practiced, we prepared, we planned. For months we discussed and schemed how this sisterhood adventure would go down.   

At last, the day arrived.   

Day one was hard.  “One step in front of the other” are the words I kept repeating to myself.  My eyes were opened to how difficult this week-long hike would actually be.  The terrain was something a beach girl was not accustomed to. My pack was much too heavy to lug around for such long periods of time- the weight tagging along like so many burdens I had once carried. Day two would be better…. 

The rain began, pelting us incessantly for 48 hours.  My romantic ideas of the trail were replaced with concentration, focus, and diligence.  Where was this glorious time with Jesus I had fantasized about?  Where was His Voice?  Where were the deep spiritual insights I was to receive on this 8-day hike?  They eluded me, passing around the bend faster than I could walk.   

We kept going.  Day 3, day 4, day 5…. 

Frustrated, I cried out to God: “God where are You? I am here, and You are not speaking! Is this just wasted time?” 

One sentence – that is all He spoke.  The entire trip He spoke only ONE sentence: “I am in the journey.” 

“I am in the journey”, this I know.  But really?  Is that really what He was going to leave me with? I had come all this way and the only thing He had to say was that He was in the journey?  What a disappointment.  What a let-down.  Thanks, God…. 

We continued on. We struggled, we laughed, we got annoyed, we got a bit angry, we laughed more.  Until we were finished.  It was beautiful and we had done it!  Our course had been completed.  We were tired! 

“I am in the journey.” Those words rang in my ears. 

“But where were You?  I am so disappointed that You didn’t speak more clearly. I wanted to see You, hear You, experience You.” 

His presence was in the ordinary.   

It was in the difficult labor of each day.  As I labored hard over every step, my dependence on Him became more and more clear, showing my frailty and need of a strong Father. (Habakkuk 3:19) 

It was in the crash of the lightning straight ahead of us. As we trudged through the storm, He revealed His great power and His provision for even the smallest of creatures. As I experienced His power, I was humbly placed in my rightful spot – in His protective Hand. (Psalm 91) 

It was in the rushing waters flowing down the mountain.  The mountain rivers never run dry just as the living water never runs dry in me as I abide in my Savior.  (John 8:38) 

It was in the beauty and creativity of the trees and flowers, the birds and their songs, and the tiny creatures.  He is a God of Beauty.  He is a God of creativity.  He loves showing us His creative qualities and I am made in His image.  Therefore, He loves my creativity!  I am free to express the creative parts of me because I serve a creative God! (Gen. 1:1, Gen. 1:27, Exodus 35:35) 

It was in the smile of each hiker we passed by.  Dirty, smelly, unkempt – our instinct to shy away from such people.  As I received each smile and encouraging word, I returned the same and perhaps passed by an angel unaware. (Hebrews 13:2) 

It was in the kindness of strangers named Roy.  As he handed us fresh fruit to enjoy before climbing the next mountain, I was profoundly encouraged, refreshed, and filled with joy that we mattered to someone and they would take the time to sit at the base of a mountain waiting to bless us.  I matter to God.  He sees my weariness and provides a reprieve.  (1 John 3:16-18) 

It was in the gentleness, calmness, and quiet wisdom of another stranger, Lucky, who went out of his way to rescue 4 girls from 2 days of rain, providing shelter, comfort, and instruction.  God is my great teacher.  He does not laugh at me, he does not condemn, he is not irritated with my innocence, lack of understanding, or naivety.  He takes delight in “teaching me the ropes.” (Mark 6:34) 

It was in the acceptance of sisters:  the good, the bad, the ugly.  As the broken parts of me surfaced, I was met with acceptance, showing that I am unconditionally loved.  God loves me.  I can come to Him as I am and He loves me regardless.  He will receive me always, redeem me always, and restore me always.  (Jeremiah 31:3) 

The Voice of the Lord shouts!  The Voice of the Lord is quiet.  His Voice is still.  He speaks many words, He speaks few words.  His Word is alive and active and sharper than a double-edged sword.  His Voice is in the ordinary.  He sanctifies the ordinary and calls it Holy. 


Christi is a fifth generation Florida girl who loves the sand, the sea, and the sunshine! When she is not busy mothering her 6 children, she enjoys her garden, traveling, experiencing new cultures, and indulging in warm chocolate chip cookies while reading a good book or journaling. Christi is passionate about bringing women alongside her into a life of freedom in Christ, and does so by leading Beauty for Ashes Women’s Retreats. 

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May 13, 2021

Grace & Healing

By: Tiffany Joy Layton

No matter how spiritually mature we get, we will never stop needing accountability and sound truth from godly friends. I was recently reminded of this while having a conversation with one of my closest friends. I found myself venting to her about some health issues I was facing. I have several hormonal diseases which sometimes leave me quite overwhelmed. As I went on and on about how I just can’t take this anymore, she lovingly said something to me that stopped me in my tracks. She simply said, “Tiffany, have you asked God to heal you?”. I paused for a moment and -somewhat ashamedly- said, “well… no I guess I haven’t.” 

As my friend and I continued to talk, I realized something: Over all the years of battling these health conditions, I really never had asked God to actually heal my body. I had not taken care of my body’s needs in my younger years and had brought some of this on myself. I felt I didn’t have the right to ask God to heal something that I had likely caused. 

It’s so crazy to me how theologically astray we can be sometimes, even after years of studying scripture. I expected my gracious friend to begin reassuring me that I hadn’t done anything wrong. But her response was unexpected and very powerful. She said to me, “You know, in the Bible, Jesus didn’t shy away from healing people because they were sinners. He healed them and then told them to go and sin no more. So Tiffany, repent for the part you have had in your health, and then ask God to heal you. If God’s healing or salvation were based on whether or not we are sinners, none of us would have any hope of heaven.”

I’ve thought a lot about that conversation since it took place. I began thinking about how applicable this is to our walk as Christians. I know I cannot be the only one who has felt as if I had to earn God’s healing, love, approval, or even possibly salvation. But, as I was lovingly reminded recently, that idea is simply not biblically accurate. Are we free of responsibility? No not at all. But God does not limit Himself or His resources to us because we are sinners. If that were the case, none of us would ever be able to truly know God. 

So then, how do we properly view and approach God when we are in need of His healing?

WE COME WITH HUMILITY AND REPENTANCE

God does not expect us to clean up our mess before coming to Him. But He does ask us to repent and show humility. 

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

It is important that we search our own hearts to ensure there is no sin hidden away. Take a moment to read the passage below. See how Jesus takes a woman who was living a very sinful lifestyle and he simply tells her ‘go and sin no more’. 

“Jesus stood up and said to her, ‘woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you; and from now on sin no more.” John 8:10-18

When I read this particular passage I am reminded that Jesus stepped in to intervene, but also challenged her to stop sinning and pursue a better way. And even though that was thousands of years ago, He is still asking the same thing of us today. 

WE STUDY TO APPLY THE WORD

The importance of regular time spent studying God’s word is proven in the story I’ve just shared with you. Had my friend not spent committed time knowing God’s word, she would not have been armed with the truth needed to dispel the lie I was believing. Had I not spent time in God’s word, I wouldn’t have received her gentle rebuke in humility. In order to truly live this Christian life as God intends, we must know and follow His word! And the only way to do that is committed time spent studying and meditating on Scripture. 

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT

When we are seeking for the Lord to heal an area in our lives, our prayers should be filled with His truth that comes from Scripture. It does not matter if we are needing healing spiritually or physically, the process is still the same. 

WE ASK GOD FOR GRACE

Sometimes God doesn’t choose to bring healing right away. Sometimes, our healing waits until we see Him face to face. Other times it can be instantaneous! Regardless, God’s grace is powerfully sufficient. I have battled with my health conditions for years. There have been many times I would be crying on the bathroom floor out of desperation. God never once left me. He never once withheld His grace from me in those moments of pain and grief. 

“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.2 Corinthians12:8-10 NLT

God’s grace is there when we do not receive our healing on this side of heaven. His grace is also there in the waiting season while we petition and plead with Him. When I choose to worship regardless of getting my way, when I seek to glorify Him in my responses and attitudes, when I follow His desire for me to repent and sin no more, there is grace. 

When God looks at me – the wretched sinner I am with all my flawed understanding of Him – He still chooses to extend healing to me. He looks at me with grace. 


Tiffany was born and raised in central Alabama and earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology while residing in Mobile AL. She then moved back to her hometown and met her husband while working as a barista in a local coffee shop! Tiffany and her husband Lex have now been married for 6 years and have both service in several different church staff positions. She is a proud dog mom and loves coffee, songwriting, art, Japanese/Thai foods, sunsets, and spending the day at the lake/beach! Tiffany is passionate about helping women deepen their understanding of Scripture through Bible study and quiet time, and as a result, creating lasting discipleship!

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May 6, 2021

Three Reminders for Doing Your Quiet Time When You’re Angry with God

By: Grace McCready

Your boyfriend of three years just decided to break up with you over the phone.

You miscarried the first child you had conceived since getting married five years ago.

Your mom called to tell you that she found out she has cancer. 

Your best friend from college betrayed your friendship in order to pursue a guy.

Your boss laid you off from your amazing job without explanation.   

There are a million other difficult scenarios which may have happened, be happening, or will happen in your life. Currently, I’m facing a sea of question marks as I graduate from college and enter adulthood. That’s the difficult scenario I’m facing right now. But whether you’re facing frustrating knowns or frustrating unknowns, I realize you may be angry with God.

Everyone tells you to run to Jesus but you just want to run away from Him.

Everyone tells you to read God’s promises in the Bible but you just want to throw your Bible in the trash.

Everyone tells you to praise God in the storm but you just want to drown in the storm.

Everyone tells you to watch for God’s hand moving but you just want to watch Netflix shows.  

Everyone tells you to feel God’s comfort but you just feel abandoned.

I know the last thing you want to do right now is have a quiet time. Perhaps your skin crawls at the thought of opening your Bible and thanking God for His goodness. But everyone tells you to do it anyway. 

How is that even possible? 

Perhaps by remembering these three things:

1. It’s okay to vent to God.

God of my praise do not be silent! For they have opened a wicked and deceitful mouth against me; they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They have also surrounded me with words of hatred and have fought against me without cause. In return for my love, they act as my accusers; but I am in prayer. So, they have repaid me evil for good, and hatred for my love. (Psalm 109:1-5 NASB, emphasis mine)

Your prayers don’t have to be pretty. They don’t have to include lots of shallow words and phrases. They can include raw statements and hard questions. You don’t have to hide your anger or your grief from Him.   

2. It’s okay to ask God questions.

Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children; and the Lord answered him, and his wife Rebekah conceived. But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why am I in this condition?” So, she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb; and two peoples will be separated from your body; and one people will be stronger than the other; and the older will serve the younger.” When her days leading to the delivery were at an end, behold, there were twins in her womb. (Genesis 25:21-24 NASB, emphasis mine)

When Rebekah’s twins were struggling in her womb, she didn’t hesitate to ask God why. And He wasn’t disgusted with Rebekah’s question. Instead, He gave her a direct answer. God may not provide an audible answer for your inquiries but He uses other people, Scripture, and prayer to speak to us (which is why we have quiet time).   

3. It’s okay to wait in the discomfort.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and I wait for His word. My soul waits in hope for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; yes, more than the watchmen for the morning. Israel, wait for the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is abundant redemption. And He will redeem Israel from all his guilty deeds. (Psalm 130:5-8 NASB, emphasis mine)

God knows you may be struggling right now. But your timeline for healing may not look like His timeline for healing. Confess the sin in your life—the bitterness and unforgiveness that you’ve been holding onto instead of Him. Be willing to wait in the silence, no matter how long, to see God redeem the hard things in your life. 

To be honest, I’m pretty angry with God right now. I’ve been praying for many things He hasn’t provided yet. And it’s hard.

But the absolute worst thing I can do is reject God because I’m struggling. The same is true for you. Angry prayers, hard questions, and uncomfortable waiting are better than the alternative—throwing in the towel and giving up on God. Because He’s never ever ever given up on you.


Grace McCready is a recent college grad who studied business administration and communications. She enjoys writing, spending time with her family, and hanging out with friends. Her passion is for young women to live transparently and thrive during their single years. She blogs about the Christian life at Tizzie’s Tidbits of Truth.

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April 22, 2021

When Surroundings Dictate our Time with God

By: Erica Hunt

 “I just can’t sit still.” 

“There is too much noise! I can’t concentrate!” 

“How am I to enjoy a ‘quiet time’ when I cannot stand silence?” 

“When I see the piles of dishes or laundry or homework, I have to get them done.” 

Our surroundings really do matter when we are trying to accomplish the many tasks we do. As we grow up, we learn to develop ways to cope with distractions and interruptions. Why, then, do we allow distractions to interfere with our times of Bible study and prayer? 

We can’t let our quiet time be dependent on our surroundings, because our surroundings and circumstances will change. Throughout the different seasons of life, our time with God will vary in length. Illnesses, family demands, schoolwork, retirement, and life in general gives us new opportunities to navigate the use of our time. Choosing to prioritize God’s Word in our life takes effort. There will be times it might not be as difficult to schedule extended periods of time in Scripture. Other times, it will call for creativity and sacrifice. 

If we truly prioritized our relationship with Christ, shouldn’t we do whatever it takes to spend time with him?

In Old Testament times people were required to go to the temple to worship God. Before they could even enter, they had to be physically and spiritually cleansed. But because of Christ’s death on the cross, Christians are free to worship at any time, in any place, and in any state we find ourselves. Through Christ, we can be in the most beautiful church building or in the darkest prison and still have access to the throne room of God. 

Though Christ has opened the door for us to worship God, there is an atmosphere in which we can’t meet with God. It’s when we’re hindered by sin in our life and our hearts are not in a posture of seeking Him. The terrifying truth is it’s only our own sin and pride which hinder our relationship with Christ and keep us from meeting with God. (Isaiah 59:1-2). But the championing truth it is if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Keeping our hearts in right standing with God is vital in our relationship with him. When we are right with God spiritually, we have no hindrance of meeting him physically. We enjoy the freedom to worship God publicly, but in many countries it’s illegal for Christians even to read the Bible. Nevertheless, believers risk their lives to worship together and read Scripture. They don’t let anything stop them from planning ways to meet with God. When we realize the freedoms we have, it seems a petty thing to allow our surroundings to dictate our time with God.

So, what if I really can’t make it work? What if I really do need my conditions to be right before I can give my best time to God? 

There are true and legitimate duties and accommodations needed for some of us to study the Bible. Ask God to help you discover how to incorporate Him into your life. He is so ready and able to help you. The Holy Spirit is the best problem solver there is! 

If you are waiting for peace and quiet, all your chores to be done, or the kids to nap, in order to have your quiet time, you may be waiting a long time. 

The purpose of slipping away to meet with God is to be with him. We do not have to have a clean house and our life in order before we can schedule a time for God. In fact, He invites us to put aside these things for better things, His presence. (Luke 10:38-42) And when we’ve been in His presence, the gifts He gives spill over into the other responsibilities of our day. 


Erica grew up on the South Dakota prairie, along the Missouri River. Growing up her parents introduced her to Jesus and taught her to walk in His way. She keeps busy teaching 7th and 8th grade students who keep her laughing and humble. Along with her love of the land she enjoys traveling, learning fun facts and historical information, and is always up for coffee, ice cream and a good conversation with friends. She and her husband, Justin, have been married just over a year and live in eastern South Dakota.

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April 6, 2021

As a Deer Pants for Flowing Streams

By: Grace McCready

If you’re thirsty for something (or someone) besides the Lord, this poem is for you. I know exactly how you feel, but please don’t give into despair. Let your thirst for imperfect things and people point you to your perfect Father. 

As a deer pants for flowing streams, 

So pants my soul for empty things. 

My soul thirsts for affirmation, 

For worldly affirmation. 

When shall it be mine? 

My soul thirsts for love, 

For a man’s broken love. 

When shall it be mine? 

My soul thirsts for attention, 

For shallow attention. 

When shall it be mine? 

My soul thirsts for companionship, 

For temporary companionship. 

When shall it be mine? 

My soul thirsts for meaning, 

For meaning in empty accomplishments. 

When shall it be mine? 

My soul thirsts for possessions, 

For worthless possessions. 

When shall they be mine? 

Affirmation. 

Love. 

Attention. 

Companionship. 

Meaning

Possessions. 

Help me long for You 

More than I long for these. 

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. (Psalm 42:11 ESV) 

This poem is based on Psalm 42:1-2 (ESV). 


Grace McCready is a recent college grad who studied business administration and communications.  She enjoys writing, spending time with her family, and hanging out with friends. Her passion is for young women to live transparently and thrive during their single years. She blogs about the Christian life at Tizzie’s Tidbits of Truth.

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March 16, 2021

Five Directions for Your Quiet Time

By: Erica Hunt 

One of the things that I most struggle with in my daily quiet time is direction for what to study. I like variety and enjoy mixing up a linear Bible reading with the study of Biblical topics that interest me. Having grown up reading and hearing Bible stories, it is easy for me to find some studies or books of the Bible unappealing or harder to get excited about. If my reading through Numbers was difficult, my heart is not always ready to jump into Deuteronomy. The battle between the flesh and the spirit is evident when we come to the end of a book and become stuck in our quiet time planning. It can be overwhelming to try to find books or topics that align with what we believe God is leading us to learn and also find personally interesting. 

Over the years I’ve come up with some ideas to help keep my quiet time interesting. So, whether you are really stuck at what to pursue next, or just need some fresh ideas, here are some thoughts that can help you plan and prepare your quiet time.

Pray and Ask God. This may be the most obvious place to start, but if we are honest, it is often not our first thought when searching for study content. If cultivating a relationship with God is what quiet time is all about, then surely, we should look to Him to direct our time. Ask God what it is He would like to teach you; what book of the Bible He would like to use to speak to your heart. He has given us so many resources. What books, literature, sermons or podcasts would help us deepen our relationship with Him? Allowing Him to guide the path of study will help keep our focus on Him as we pursue his character. 

Start over. Reading through the Bible multiple times over does not improve your standing before God. You don’t get a special prize for rereading it a certain number of times. But, starting at Genesis and read straight through to Revelations is always an option. You could also read through certain sections, such as the Gospels or Psalms over repeatedly. An alternative to reading cover to cover is reading the Bible chronologically (the books in the order they take place historically). Often the worry about rereading the Bible is that it will get boring or old, but just as we can never learn everything there is to know about God, there are always new and fascinating things to learn about His Word. The Holy Spirit is a ready Helper to guide us in our study and show us new and wonderful things we do not know. 

Find a topic you are interested in. God created the world and everything in it. It may seem strange to think about, but since God created all things, He enjoys a lot of different subjects! God appreciates math, He enjoys bugs, and He hung the stars in the heavens. He likes variety; just look at the different sorts of people he has created! He writes music and stories in the hearts of men. He has given us the ability and freedom to create things. The Lord delights in you learning about His creation! Whatever is true, right, lovely, pure, admirable, we can learn about these things, and in the process of doing so, we learn more about our Creator and His character! With your Bible as your primary textbook, find something that you are interested and see what God has to say about the subject. You may be surprised to find that with a little digging the Bible covers a wide variety of topics. 

Take the time to study the background or author of a book of the Bible. Have you ever wondered why God chose the people that he did to author the books of the Bible? Or why the book of Ephesians is called Ephesians? Or what is with the seemingly random dividing of the verses and chapters throughout the book? There are many things ABOUT the Bible that will help our understanding as we read the pages of Scripture. Knowing the author, the setting and historical culture and context of the books of the Bible give insight to what was written and why it was written. Using your quiet time to deepen your understanding of how the Bible is set up and written will help you deepen your understanding of the Word, and of God. 

Ask a spiritual mentor. I love discussing what God is teaching me with my mom and sisters. These conversations challenge me to dig deeper into Scripture and learn about the heart of God. A lot of books and devotionals that I have read have come from recommendations from friends and family. Keeping a list of resources supplies long-term ideas for future use. Asking a friend also opens up an avenue of accountability with them, if they know you are wrestling with or studying a specific topic. 

I feel a little lost when I do not have an intentional direction for my quiet time. When I do have a plan or idea for what I’d like to study, my heart gets excited and expectant for what God has for me. Studying topics that spark interest help keep our attention and focus while spending time with God. We should want to be sure that we are listening to His voice and pursuing what He would have us learn about Him. Enjoy the freedom to read, write, think and explore the many ways and wonders that He has created for us to come to know Him better. Do not become overwhelmed or worried about the vastness of Scripture. Follow where God leads as the Holy Spirit guides you to a deeper relationship through His Word. 


Erica grew up on the South Dakota prairie, along the Missouri River. Growing up her parents introduced her to Jesus and taught her to walk in His way. She keeps busy teaching 7th and 8th grade students who keep her laughing and humble. Along with her love of the land she enjoys traveling, learning fun facts and historical information, and is always up for coffee, ice cream and a good conversation with friends. She and her husband, Justin, have been married just over a year and live in eastern South Dakota.

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