El Shaddai

When I breastfed my children, I knew how dependent they were on me. I also knew I could quiet them when they were fussy by feeding them. I was their sole source of nourishment. As strange as it sounds – Scripture uses this picture of breastfeeding to illustrate how God wants to take care of us! The Hebrew word shad means “breast”—specifically a woman’s breast. It is the root word for the name of God El Shaddai. His name reveals God as the pourer of life, nourishment, and blessings. While the Hebrew word is associated with nourishment, I also want us to consider the English translation “all-sufficient.” Webster defines sufficient …

The Names of God

Today my seventh Bible study officially releases – The Names of God: His Character Revealed. This has been a crazy season to write and publish a book. Change has become the new normal. People have been sick, divided, and frustrated with ever changing regulations. In the midst of it all, I don’t know that there has ever been a more appropriate time to study God’s names. I say this because during difficult seasons it can be easy to create a god in our own image – one that makes sense to us in confusing moments- rather than remember that we were created in His image. His names remind us that …

Wandering

Has anyone else felt like they are wandering through their days? Sometimes I have scheduled meetings or disciplined moments when I am purposeful and focused, but often I find myself waking up unsure of exactly how I will spend my time or thoughts. Some things have to get done everyday – for me its answering emails, working through projects on a to-do list, as well as meal prep and kitchen duty. For you it might include caring for small children or an aging parent, homeschooling, working from home, or maybe like me your schedule has been cleared in a significant way due to social distancing. Whether we have found ourselves …