Life Changing Resolution

“Lord bless this house and shut my mouth.” I can relate to that coffee mug statement. So this New Years I have a truly life changing resolution. I resolve that my mouth will be kind. In Psalm 17 David asks God to hear his prayer, and in his plea he states why his words are…

The Passion That Comes Through Bible Reading–Video Devotion

Finding the Passion to Live Addicted to Christ from Wholly Loved Ministry on Vimeo.   Why do I allow that which is loudest to rob me of what’s most important? An alert on your phone catches your attention. You open Facebook or Instagram and have multiple notifications. Everything from advertisements to party invitations to comments…

We Should Pray

When you feel a nudge towards prayer, do you listen? Or are you too distracted? Too inconvenienced? Too busy? A few months ago, my daughter and I were driving down the highway when the traffic quickly slowed down from its usual 55 miles per hour pace to almost a complete stop. Sirens rang louder as…

In a Spiritual Funk–Video Devotion

In a Spiritual Funk from Wholly Loved Ministry on Vimeo.   I was in a funk. And I was baffled by it. There was nothing blatantly “wrong”. In fact, my life was overflowing with blessings. I was healthy, had a wonderful husband, beautiful kids … the list goes on and on. So why did I feel…

“Idol” Promises

Have you melted down precious metals or jewelry recently to make a golden calf? Me neither. Consequently, I’ve always sort of breezed by the biblical command about not bowing to idols, assuming it didn’t apply to me. I mean, clearly I’m not anything like those Old Testament fools who worshiped false gods! Right? But when…

When Others Reject Us

Rejection stings. While growing up, I was the awkward, frizzy haired kid from Podunk, Oregon. The one who came to school with a big, old feather dangling from my hair, my favorite pair of Velcro shoes on my feet, and clothes that immediately caused a stir—but not in a good way. I had no sense…

Fighting Discontentment–Video Devotion

It’s easy for me to focus on what I don’t have, be it material or opportunities, but doing so only feeds my discontentment and makes me miserable. Scripture teaches there’s a better, more joyous way to live!

Living out God’s Crazy Love

I hope someone has told you how crazy you are or recently given you a baffled look. There’s no doubt that we live in a society overrun with comparison and consumed by peer opinion. But Christian, what people say of us shouldn’t fit the mold. As the public watches us live for God’s glory, they…

Weekly Challenge 1-4-18

“Our assignment is not fruitfulness but faithfulness. The secret to fruit bearing and anxiety-free living is less about doing and more about abiding.” Max Lucado, Anxious for Nothing “I am the vine and you are the branches. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from…

Resisting Temptation — Video Devotion

When faced with temptation, many of us focus on standing strong, on gritting our teeth, digging in our heels, and doing all we can to push through faithful and true. But what if there’s a better way? The Best Way to Resist Temptation by Wholly Loved’s Christa Cottam from Jennifer Slattery on Vimeo.

Learning to “Be” — New Year Reflections

If only we had more strength, more time, more determination and dedication, then all would be well and we’d live successful and enjoyable lives. These are the undercurrents of most New Year Resolutions. Resolutions that many will abandon less than a week after making them. What if our greatest efforts to do-do-do actually work against…