Devotional

CUTE GIRLS MADE: Expression of God, Part 2 (Genesis 1:26; 2:7)

As the expression of our Creator, we are God-breathed, literally His inspiration. When we inhale the breath of God through worship, the Word, and a workout, we are filled with the Holy Spirit’s oxygen to exhale His breath to those we encounter in the same three disciplines. First, we worship God by communicating His character to […]


CUTE GIRLS MADE: Expression of God, Part 1 (Genesis 1:26; 2:7)

You are the expression of God: “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness’” (Genesis 1:26). This expression comes from the breath of The Almighty: “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man […]


CUTE GIRLS MADE: Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20)

On the set of a television program, a young woman shared how she had been the property of a biker gang. They owned her. She was not her own. After a nationwide raid by federal agents, she was set free physically, but God had much more in store for her. He would also free her […]


CUTE GIRLS MADE: Unique (Proverbs 139:14)

Do you often compare yourself to other women, labeling the result? Adjectives, such as skinny or fat, tall or short, beautiful or plain, smart or dumb, funny or stuffy, rich or poor, successful or failing, fit or unhealthy, flood your mind. Comparing and its cousin labelingdefeat the healthy self-esteem God intends for you. As we […]


CUTE GIRLS MADE: Confident (Proverbs 3:26)

Is there anything you would like to change about your look? Body image is one of the most pressing challenges with females in our Western culture; however, the Bible communicates a recurring theme: True beauty comes from the inside. Let’s examine what the Scriptures teach about God’s design of a woman through the acrostic: CUTE […]


Fear Paralyzes. Faith Catalyzes. Part 2 (2 Timothy 1:7)

The most frequent command in the Bible is to “Fear not.” Fear stems from trusting in ourselves, rather than God. When we operate in fear, at least three things happen: we become weak, we hate what we fear, and we fall apart. Whether inside the lines of athletic competition, in a heated argument, or a […]


Fear Paralyzes. Faith Catalyzes. (Joshua 1:9)

When I was five-years-old, I panicked as I peered out the window of our vehicle, while my dad drove across the Mackinac Bridge, one of the world’s largest suspension bridges spanning five miles and rising 552 feet above the Straits of Mackinac, connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. It didn’t help matters that […]


The Thirty Sayings of the Wise: Resist Rebels (Proverbs 24:21-22)

Can you honestly say that, prior to every decision, you first consider what God desires? If we would adopt the practice of praying before making a choice, we would experience a much more fulfilling life. In his final pearl of thirty wise sayings, King Solomon taught: “Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and […]


The Thirty Sayings of the Wise: Wicked Worry (Proverbs 24:19-20)

Do you ever look at someone who bends the rules and envy their success? Maybe they don’t strictly adhere to the team training plan and cut short their reps, only to receive more playing time than those who work wholeheartedly. Perhaps, they mishandle the truth and close more sales than their competition. Possibly, they cheat […]


The Thirty Sayings of the Wise | Weep Over Others’ Woes (Proverbs 24:17-18)

Have you ever attended a sporting event and cheered over a mistake made by the opposing team? We all have. Whether in athletics, academics, business, or ministry, competition brings out the best and, sometimes, the worst in us. The higher the stakes, the more likely we are to cheer when our opponent falters. Solomon taught […]


The Thirty Sayings of the Wise: Bounce Back (Proverbs 24:15-16)

Are you lusting for something or someone outside God’s design for your life? Has the object of your affection captivated your mind and taken over your thoughts? Perhaps, you long for a position in your company or on your team, a title in ministry, a scholarship at a particular school, a part in a major […]


The Thirty Sayings of the Wise | Sweet Success: Keep God’s Commands (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

With the beginning of each new year, it is insightful to revisit the question: What is my definition of success? David’s first words to Solomon and his last words to his successor to the throne were to keep God’s commands (see Proverbs 4:3-9; 1 Kings 2:1-4). Even God Himself repeated this same charge to David’s […]


The Thirty Sayings of the Wise | Sweet Success: Gratification (Ecclesiastes 2:1-3; 8b-11; Proverbs 21:17)

We often fall prey to the belief that success leads to the fulfillment of our every desire, when the process of delayed gratification can actually provide a higher level of satisfaction because our journey is typically more meaningful than the destination. Solomon pursued pleasure for the sake of gratification (see Ecclesiastes 2:1-3; 8b-11). David’s son […]


The Thirty Sayings of the Wise | Sweet Success: Security (Ecclesiastes 5:10-20; 7:12)

Do you struggle with insecurity? It might be the result of where you search to be secure. Solomon pursued money for the sake of security (see Ecclesiastes 5:10-20). He was wealthier than any other king on the planet (see 1 Kings 10:23). In our search for security, we either pursue one or the other. “The […]


The Thirty Sayings of the Wise | Sweet Success: Control (Ecclesiastes 8:2-10; 1 Corinthians 1:24; 2 Corinthians 12:9)

Do you try to control those around you, attempting to micromanage every outcome? Few have been afforded the ability to do so like Israel’s King Solomon. Solomon built up military might for the sake of control (see Ecclesiastes 4:13-16; 8:2-10). As Israel’s king, he ruled over God’s people (see 1 Kings 1:35), whom he overtaxed […]


The Thirty Sayings of the Wise: Sweet Success (Proverbs 24:13-14)

What is your definition of success? Most of us have contrived a measurement of time, talent, or treasure that defines victory. Vacations, accolades, positions, academic degrees, cash, assets, or ticks in a stock market account might comprise our chosen indicators that we have arrived. Success is the progressive attainment of a worthy goal. Consequently, it […]


The Thirty Sayings of the Wise: Warn the Unwary (Proverbs 21:11-12)

Are you in the midst of a relationship with someone who is heading toward a cliff in their decision-making? When people in our lives are unguarded, unsuspecting, and gullible, God calls us to get involved. He wants us to warn the unwary. Solomon penned: “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering […]


The Thirty Sayings of the Wise: Pressure Pusher (Proverbs 24:10)

How do you respond to life’s challenges? Are you someone who rises to the occasion, or do you crumble in fear? Conflict is “two objects attempting to occupy the same space at the same time,” (from the Latin words con, meaning “together,” and fligere, meaning “to strike”). It presents us with an opportunity to either respond in […]


The Thirty Sayings of the Wise: Slippery Schemer (Proverbs 24:8-9)

Satan is a schemer. Consequently, when we contrive a deceitful plan, we are sinning against God and the victims of our conspiracy. Whether in dating, an affair, marriage, family, politics, business, sports, nonprofit work, or even ministry, Solomon warned: “Whoever plots evil will be known as a schemer. The schemes of folly are sin, and […]