Adopted and Fearless

by Lauren Craft


“Switch places with me, Lauren,” my grandmother would say, guiding and holding my tiny hands.


Every time we strolled on a sidewalk together, she chose the edge closest to traffic. She asked me to walk along the safer side, the side farthest from moving cars. That way, she could shield me if a vehicle spun out of control. She did this everywhere. Even in her neighborhood, where no one drove fast.


My grandmother could likely picture the terrors if a car had slammed into us. Many years later, the memory of her protective instinct reminds me of our Heavenly Father’s defensive posture toward His children. He doesn’t want us to dread what’s lurking around the corner.

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A Different Verdict


by Katy Kauffman


Guilty, guilty, guilty, I told myself as I waited for the judge’s verdict. My head hung low as I waited for his decision.


I can’t believe I did that again. What was I thinking?


I glanced over at the gallery of spectators. Their condemning glares held my attention. Faces of disapproval. Their eyes penetrated my soul. I saw the faces of those who had made me feel inferior in the past. Who made me feel despised. Among them sat an envoy of the enemy, an ambassador of guilt and shame. He had harassed my spirit too many times. Of course, he would show up now. Truly I felt condemned before the judge even confirmed it.

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