Unbreakable Love

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016 Key Bible Verse: Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:39) Dig Deeper: Romans 8:31-39 At times, it is easy to doubt God’s love and instead believe that our circumstances, sins, or failures will distance … Continue reading Unbreakable Love

Released

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 Key Bible Verse: [The LORD] lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. (Psalm 40:2) Dig Deeper: Psalm 40 Have you ever experienced God’s unconditional love becoming unmistakably real? Just before I was … Continue reading Released

God Is Bigger

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 Key Bible Verse: “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.” (Isaiah 43:2) Dig Deeper: Isaiah 43:1-13 In my darkest moment, in my deepest despair, Jesus had come to me in love, not to condemn me, but simply to accept … Continue reading God Is Bigger

Blind Spots

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016 Key Bible Verse: Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy. (Proverbs 27:6, NASB) Dig Deeper: Proverbs 15 My friend Elizabeth [has] the ability to speak well-aimed, incisive truths that her friends need to hear. Not only does Elizabeth see and name good things in me … Continue reading Blind Spots

Soul Friend

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 Key Bible Verse: There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24) Dig Deeper: John 15:12-17 I first learned the word anamcara during [a] pilgrimage to Ireland. Anam is the Gaelic word for “soul,” cara the word for “friend.” An anamcara is a “soul friend”. Originally, this referred … Continue reading Soul Friend

Sacrificial Commitment

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 Key Bible Verse: Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. (1 Samuel 18:3, NASB) Dig Deeper: 1 Samuel 18:1-4; 20:5-17 Close friendships immerse us in what Saint Benedict called “a school of service for the Lord.” In friendships we have an ideal environment in which to grow the … Continue reading Sacrificial Commitment