Soul renovation

Oddly enough, whenever I’m at the dentist’s office, there always seems to be one of those home makeover shows playing on the TV in the waiting room. T …  »

Love conquers all

In John 13:35, Jesus says, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”[[NLT]] That doesn’t necessarily seem too har …  »

Achieving greatness

When you think of “great” men and women, what sort of people come to mind? Many of us would list out …  »

The settlement

The first verses in the first chapter of the book of Isaiah are terrifying! In them, God uses strong …  »

Let’s make history

Have you ever wished you could do something that would change the world? But did you ever feel that …  »

Always with you

The Bible lets us know that we can expect to go through some difficult times while we’re on this ear …  »

From pun to prayer

Today, while visiting a small town, I learned yet again that when God says “Jump,” I should ask, “How high?” He always knows best. I walked past a shi …  »

Back to basics

I was standing in the checkout line at one of our local stores and noticed the lady ahead of me was wearing a brightly colored T-shirt with a Bible ve …  »

A temperamental garden

My small elementary school had the most amazing gardener we all called “Uncle Silas.” He could make …  »

My career coach

When I graduated from college, I had my heart set on becoming a professional full-time translator. F …  »

The making of a violin

One morning, I walked into my music teacher’s classroom to start my violin lesson and noticed two vi …  »

The baby in the other incubator

Charity, an Activated reader for many years, had a well-paying job in the banking industry. She had …  »

Why is it important to spend time alone with God?

All relationships take time. A relationship with God, while unlike other relationships in many ways, still follows the rules of other relationships. T …  »

Being with God

If there is anything that Easter reminds us, it is that “salvation”—God’s wonderful gift of peace with Him in this life and in the life to come—is not …  »

Arms around me

Happiness is made up of many things: it is a smile of a child, the golden glows of a sunrise, the wa …  »

One of the listening crowd

Again [Jesus] began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got i …  »

The final straw

Answer me speedily, O Lord; my spirit fails! … I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for G …  »

In need of a makeover?

There are countless people whose lives have been changed by an encounter with Jesus, both within and …  »

Unfailing love

When you are troubled, when you are perplexed or confused, come to Me. Lay your head on My shoulder. Find your comfort in My eternal promises. Listen …  »

My Father sent Me

As My Father sent Me, so send I you. I send you out into a world of hurt and loss, pain and suffering, heartbreak and loneliness, need and yearning, s …  »

Weathering the storm

Remember the time when I calmed the sea?[[See Mark 4:37–41.]] My disciples were panicking and though …  »

Life-changing forgiveness

Forgiveness is not an emotion, it’s a choice. When you make the decision to forgive, it doesn’t mean …  »

The mountains and the valleys

You have encountered both high mountains and deep valleys throughout your life of faith. You have at …  »

You can rely on Me

You can find safety and serenity even in the midst of turmoil, when the proverbial winds of fear blo …  »