Posts with the category “ponderings”

God's Glory
by Tina Ikemire on January 12th, 2021
Here is one of the devotions I read to kick off the New Year that is super timely. It was written by, Paul David Tripp in his devotional, New Morning Mercies… “Here’s the bottom line. The Christian life, the church, our faith, they are not about us, they’re about him—his plan, his kingdom, his glory.” It really is the struggle of struggles. It is counterintuitive for us all. It is the thing that ...  Read More
Five Quotes That I Am Pondering As We Kickoff 2021
by Tina Ikemire on January 7th, 2021
“Worship is forgetting about what’s wrong with you, and remembering what’s right with God” - Mark Batterson“Worship is not an experience. Worship is an act, and this takes discipline. We are to worship ‘in spirit and in truth’. Never mind about the feelings. We are to worship in spite of them.” - Elisabeth Elliot“When God is at the center of your life, you worship; when He’s not, you worry.” - Ric...  Read More
Awkward Gifts
by Tina Ikemire on December 25th, 2020
MERRY CHRISTMAS!I wanted to share one more Christmas devotion with you this week, and this one from Pastor David Jeremiah was too good not to pass along!    “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.  — James 1:17  The Wall Street Journal once ran an article on the awkwardness of exchanging gifts in the office or among business associates. “As...  Read More
Why We Need Christmas
by Tina Ikemire on December 24th, 2020
TODAY'S DEVOTIONAL IS FROM ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHOR'S: MAX LUCADO If you haven’t read anything from him, I encourage you to get a copy of one of his books, and be ready to be encouraged. Max wrote this devotional in 2016, and it is still super timely for us today… Whew, what a year! We couldn’t wait to get past the election and all of its stress and strife. Maybe the holidays will be better, we t...  Read More
The Angels Worship
by Tina Ikemire on December 23rd, 2020
   ““And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly  host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth  peace among those with whom he is pleased!”” — Luke 14-2:13 ESV  Angels had been present on many august occasions, and they had joined in many a solemn chorus to the praise of their Almighty Creator. They were present at the creation: “The morning stars ...  Read More
Silent Night
by Tina Ikemire on December 22nd, 2020
Today, let’s dig into the background of one of our favorite Christmas Carols… SILENT NIGHT! HOLY NIGHT! Written by Joseph Mohr, 1792–1848 English translation by John F. Young, 1820–1885 “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: He is Christ the Lord.”  (Luke 2:11)When this beloved hymn was written by two humble church leaders for their own mountain village parishioners, litt...  Read More
God With Us
by Tina Ikemire on December 21st, 2020
This week on the blog, I want to share some devotionals that have really encouraged me during this Christmas season. I pray you can use them to strengthen your faith and help you get the most out of this Christmas season. Check this one out from Pastor David Jeremiah: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.  — Isaiah 7:14 “Immanuel” consists of two Hebr...  Read More
25 Questions for Mary
by Tina Ikemire on December 12th, 2020
One of the most fascinating people in the Christmas story in scripture is Mary, the mother of Jesus. Her willingness to be used by God and her attitude she kept as she journeyed into the unknown was truly remarkable.  I encourage you this Christmas season to dig into the scriptures and see what you can learn from Mary. Max Lucado did a piece on some questions people would have loved to ask Mary, a...  Read More
We Are Becoming
by Tina Ikemire on September 21st, 2020
I stumbled across this devotional by Eugene Peterson, and I wanted to share it with you… When the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.  — 1 CORINTHIANS 13:10, THE MESSAGE Not one of us, at this moment, is complete. In another hour, another day, we will have changed. We are in the process of becoming either less or more. There are a million chemical and electrical interchanges going ...  Read More
Some Quotes To Inspire You
by Tina Ikemire on July 29th, 2020
I love reading quotes. I have many files and lists of quotes that I have collected over the years. For me, a good and timely quote can provide much needed insight, clarity, and inspiration. Here are a handful of quotes that I like on the topic of Scripture. “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this ...  Read More
You Are A Chosen People
by Tina Ikemire on July 21st, 2020
In my reading this week, I came across a very encouraging blog post by Pastor Mark Driscoll - check it out: 9But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,  a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show  others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into  his wonderful light. 10“Once you had no identity as a people; now you ...  Read More
Believers - Now Is Our Time
by Tina Ikemire on July 10th, 2020
Navigating these uncertain times has not been easy for any of us. We have been perpetually bombarded by messages that are often contradicting, especially lately. When these messages come out, it seems that people just become more entrenched on their “side” and become more impatient with those that don’t think like they do. We have seen this with the mask, wear one or don’t one? We have seen this...  Read More
Be Strong and THRIVE
by Tina Ikemire on May 18th, 2020
Not long ago, I drove by Pastor Derek’s house, and I saw my little buddy Simeon sitting on a stool at the end of his driveway appearing to be selling something. (Now this wouldn’t be the first time the Johnsen kids unleashed their entrepreneurial spirit on our little corner of Lake Holiday.)I texted Derek to inquire about the sale. I received a quick reply informing me it was a plant sale with pri...  Read More
Devoted to Him
by Tina Ikemire on May 6th, 2020
This morning during my devotions, I was struck again by the faithfulness of God.  I reflected on how many times in my life God has…  led me, strengthened me, provided for me, encouraged me, empowered me, carried me, believed in me, stuck with me, shown grace to me and forgiven me.Sometimes you can’t help but wonder why the Almighty God of the universe, the Creator of all things, would do so much f...  Read More
Count Your Blessings
by Tina Ikemire on April 21st, 2020
Type your new text here. Praise God for the sunshine! Looking back at my upbringing in California, I realize that I definitely took some things for granted. For example, the sunshine, the warmer temperatures, the breeze off the bay, and the best sourdough bread on the planet! So, now, when we get sunny days, I try to pause and thank God for the warmth it provides.Maybe that can be our homework for...  Read More