Sharing the Miracle of Heart Renovation


by Jennifer DeFrates, contributor to Heart Renovation

 

For a long time, God wasn’t real for me. I grew up believing in God and loving Him, but somewhere along the way, I lost sight of Him.

 

In high school, I had some very serious events affect how I saw myself and God. To me, the Bible became an authoritarian set of rules about how to behave and what was acceptable to God. I felt that being a Christian was about what I did or didn’t do, not who I was.

 

I even tried to walk away from my faith for a time. I was tired of living with the guilt of never being good enough for God based on my broken understanding of who He is, but God never let me go. He occasionally broke through my hard heartedness to remind me that I belonged to Him. However, I was never ready to hear Him clearly until I was ready to know Him truly.

Heart Renovation, Spiritual Growth, marriage, Humility, Jennifer DeFrates, small group Bible studies, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

3 Ways to Influence the Most Unlikely People

by Lyneta Smith

Pop quiz!


Who said the following about the Most High God?


“How great are His signs and how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and His dominion is from generation to generation.”1


Bonus points if you get it on the first try without Googling.


Abraham?


Job?


Daniel?


It sounds like something any one of these mighty men of faith would say, but instead it was one of the most ruthless and brutal leaders in the known world. He evoked fear and trembling over people from every language (Daniel 5:19).

Humility, influence, God’s sovereignty, 3 Ways to Influence the Most Unlikely People, Lyneta Smith

The Joy of Humility

“Humility.” The word was seared on my brain.

Two weeks ago at the Florida Christian Writers Conference, the attendees were dazzled by beautiful Lake Yale. Every morning the lake greeted us with its serenity and offered the perfect retreat for writers. Anne of Green Gables would have called it “the lake of shining waters.”

The sun shining on the lake, however, was blinding. One morning I was hypnotized by the glistening ripples, and I studied them too long. The image of the sun on the water was seared across my vision, and I said a fervent prayer that I wouldn’t lose my sight. 

 

 

Humility, serving God, Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center, Florida Christian Writers Conference, The Joy of Humility, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies