Strength to Move Past Our Failures

Ericka Loynes

Read: Luke 22:54-62; Acts 2:36-41 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter . . . And [Peter] went out and wept bitterly. (Luke 22:60-62) Have you ever known people who are outspoken? They are not afraid …

Strength to Rise Above Ridicule

Ericka Loynes

Read: Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:26-38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38) Imagine you’re walking down the street, and everyone you pass is staring at you. Now imagine, that just by looking at you, they also know you broke …

Strength to Surrender and Sacrifice

Ericka Loynes

Read: Mark 14:32-38; Luke 22:39-46 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:36) When I was in middle school, my cousin passed down one of her old coats. I thought it was so ugly and outdated. I begged my mom not …

Rely on God’s Strength for Contentment

Ericka Loynes

Read: Philippians 4:10-13 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (vv. 12-13) Living within our means is a good practice, but this discipline can be challenging …

Not in Our Own Strength

Ericka Loynes

Read: Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (vv. 10-11) My family and I love superhero movies. When a Marvel or DC Comics movie comes out, my husband reserves our favorite seats …