When I began the podcast version of blog posts, I called it Regular Girl Devos because I am not a Bible scholar, just a regular girl trying to apply Bible answers to life’s questions. Sharing what I know now about living faith has helped me move beyond simply knowing about faith.
I know that God is full of love and grace. Every day is an opportunity to grow in this labor of love as I work on feelings of fear, anxiety, judgmental attitudes, depression, and condemnation.
“Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in ‘His love’ than in your own weakness.” — Mother Teresa
King David showed me in Psalms that my struggles are not unusual or something to be ashamed of. He was a mighty king, a man after God’s own heart, and he struggled too. I am just a regular girl who doesn’t always react, think, or say things in a godly way. Yet God promises me the same love and grace that David received. And He promises the same to you. Amazing, isn’t it?
There is special freedom in getting older. Working at applying knowledge will never end, but you have a quietness that develops in your soul, an undercurrent of certainty. In living faith, you know the hardest work is done and there is comfort in knowing your heavenly reward awaits.
As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.2 Timothy 4:6-8 NLT
I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him.Psalms 116:1-6 MSG
Death stared me in the face, hell was hard on my heels. Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn; then I called out to God for help: “Please, God!” I cried out. “Save my life!” God is gracious—it is he who makes things right, our most compassionate God. God takes the side of the helpless; when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me.
When I was beleaguered and bitter, totally consumed by envy, I was totally ignorant, a dumb ox in your very presence. I’m still in your presence, but you’ve taken my hand. You wisely and tenderly lead me, and then you bless me. You’re all I want in heaven! You’re all I want on earth! When my skin sags and my bones get brittle, God is rock-firm and faithful. Look! Those who left you are falling apart! Deserters, they’ll never be heard from again. But I’m in the very presence of God— oh, how refreshing it is! I’ve made Lord God my home. God, I’m telling the world what you do!Psalms 73:21-28 MSG
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