Tag Archives: God

God The Creator series on Genesis 1

Created Like Him to Create

God is the ultimate Creator. That’s amazing itself, but what’s also amazing is that He created us in His likeness to create, too.

What can that look like?

Join me at Do Not Depart today to look at God the Creator and how every action we take is a creation, and can be a creation of love. Be sure to also check out the rest of our God The Creator posts all month long where we’re looking at Genesis 1 thorough Genesis 2:3 together.

God The Creator series on Genesis 1

God and Special Needs

Where is God in Special Needs?

Where is God in special needs?

You know the answer already: He’s here. Always.

But sometimes it’s hard to see that, no matter what your challenges in life are. Click over to Do Not Depart today to read about ways our family has learned to see God all the more because of our special needs journey.

God and Special Needs

While you’re there, check out the rest of the “Where is God?” series at Do Not Depart this month.


A book review of What Keeps You Up at Night? by Pete Wilson (Thomas Nelson, 2015)

Fear, Focus, and Trust in our Dreams {Book Review – What Keeps You Up at Night? By Pete Wilson}

I’ve read a few of Pete Wilson’s books now, and they always blend encouragement with conviction, personal stories with biblical ones, and reminders with love.

His newest book, What Keeps You Up at Night? How to Find Peace While Chasing Your Dreams (Thomas Nelson, 2015) keeps up with Pete’s recognizable tone.

A book review of What Keeps You Up at Night? by Pete Wilson (Thomas Nelson, 2015)

This book is really about fear, focus, and trust.

Fear stops most of us from chasing our dreams, even the ones we’re sure God placed in our hearts.

Focus allows us to progress in our dreams. Focus on the tasks at hand, yes, but also constantly renewed focus on God and His heart for our lives.

Trust is a big one. Trust that God understands our hearts (He created them!) and acts for good.

“The faithfulness of God is stronger than whatever fears or challenges are holding you back.” – p. 44

Pete Wilson is a good storyteller, and he hears and experiences a lot of stories as pastor of Cross Point. He uses this skill to both notice powerful stories and then relate them to his readers as examples of biblical truths and wisdom and evidence of a present God.

This book won’t tell you what your ultimate God-given dreams are, but it does help readers see reasons to focus and trust. In a world where we’re often told we have to pave on our paths—totally on our own—Pete reminds us that God is constantly with us and community offers a solid journey.

“What if we were to think of depending on God not as the absence of strength, but, rather, as the presence of courage?” – p. 62

His approachable tone makes this a good read for people of varied situations and backgrounds. While readers may not come away with totally clear steps for their specific dreams, this book reminds us all that we play a part in a much bigger story, which helps reframe and remind us of our focus, no matter what our circumstances and dreams are.

How have you seen God’s presence in your dreams and steps in your life?

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher as a part of the BookLook blogger program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Why holiness is important and how holiness fosters relationship with God

Holiness and Relationship

Over at Do Not Depart this month, the team has been studying “holiness” and what that means as believer.

As a kid, I loved school. I loved learning, reading, and sometimes even studying. My family firmly believed that knowledge created opportunities as well as our own understanding of people and events around us. Why holiness is important and how holiness fosters relationship with God

While I still believe that now (and still love learning), I’ve also experienced how easy it is for me to get “stuck” on the knowledge part and sometimes forget about other aspects beyond knowledge.

The same goes for our knowledge of God. We already know we can only know so much about God (Isaiah 55:8-9). In the pursuit of more knowledge and facts, we may sometimes forget God openly offers us a relationship.

Pursuing God in ways beyond facts deepens our relationship. God created us to be with Him. Our pursuit of His ways draws us closer to Him as we see more of who He is.

To read the rest of this article, including why holiness is important and how holiness fosters relationship with God, click over to my post at Do Not Depart.

Learning about trust together {Isaiah 55 study at Do Not Depart}

Learning More About Trust

My friend and fellow Do Not Depart writer, Lisa, started off this month at Do Not Depart sharing that there are many instances where “the more you know, the more you love” is true. Especially when talking about God.

At Do Not Depart this month, we’ve been studying Isaiah 55. (Click here to see all the posts in the series.) The more I read Isaiah 55, the more I saw that all of what God calls us to involves trusting Him.

I wrote a little about that today at Do Not Depart. Click here to visit the post, plus see a recap of all the posts from this month’s series.Learning about trust together {Isaiah 55 study at Do Not Depart}

*If you missed it earlier this month, I created a free image/printable with Isaiah 55:8-9 on it. Click here to access that post and free downloadable.

How many situations have you been in where you realized more trust changes so much? Share in the comments over at Do Not Depart.