Author: Holly Barrett

Co-heirs with Christ

Romans 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Co-heirs of Christ…would we want to be co-heirs with anyone else? I heard a story one time about one of the wealthiest men in America who’s estate plan is to give away the majority of his money and not leave his children with much. He felt that they should earn their living just as he had and just because they had been born his children didn’t entitle them to certain privileges or inheritances. That’s probably a good sentiment for raising children. But aren’t we glad that our Father in heaven doesn’t see us that way? Once we are redeemed by Christ, we are co-heirs in the sufferings and more importantly in His glory! We have an inheritance sealed by the Holy Spirit that we can truly count on. We don’t have to try harder or be better. God’s promises will be kept by Him and our inheritance is assured. Thank you, Father for the assurance You give us, for the perseverance You grow in us through suffering, and for the promise of an inheritance beyond anything we will ever imagine....

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A New Chapter

I love a good novel. One that keeps you hanging on every word. The plot thickens. The turn of a page brings a turn of events. I am breathless as I hang on to every last word as the story unfolds. Life is often like a novel. We start out in one direction and a plot device is introduced and we don’t get to see our plans through to the end. One chapter ends and a new one begins. In the Bible, Ruth’s story changed when her husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law died. Then her mother-in-law decided to go back home. So Ruth moved forward with her to a brand new life. Another Old Testament story tells us how Esther’s new chapter began when she was rounded up for the king’s harem. So she stayed true to her faith and moved forward where God would use her. And at the beginning of the New Testament, Mary’s life was challenged by a plot turn that no one could have predicted. So she accepted God’s bidding and moved forward in obedience. All of these women saw their stories change in an instant. There are many other stories like this is scripture. I also know many women today who are writing their new chapters one line at a time. And I am inspired by their spirits, their tenacity, and their obedience. One chapter...

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Love Letters

I Thessalonians 2:13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. I was thinking today about letters…you know, the kind of letters we treasure. Whether they are love letters, cards of encouragement, or notes from our children, we all have letters that we cherish. Okay, so maybe in today’s world they are emails, but we keep them nonetheless!! We may even read them over and over again. We picture the writer as they labored to put their thoughts and feelings about us on the page. And we are filled with that warm glow that comes when we know we are loved. That’s just what God’s word is to us. It’s a love letter from the Father written to tell us how much He loves us and to show us the lengths to which He has been willing to go to redeem us. How precious is the word of God to those who believe!! Today let’s pray for those we meet who do not know the word of God. Pray for those who have heard from God but haven’t fully understood what He is saying to them yet. God has promised us that...

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These are the moments…

I spoke at my church’s mid-week devotional last week and talked about those snapshots we take…those precious moments of time that are frozen and framed to remind us of those we love and the good times we share. Some of my favorite photos are those where faces are smushed together and we get a close up of happy grins (smushed is the technical word for this photographic shot!). Here’s a few of my recent favorites…these were taken in the spring at our women’s retreat… What is also special to me about these pictures is that they are pictures of “my people.” The friends that I get to spend time with, laugh with, and sometimes cry with. The women who inspire me every day with their courage, their enthusiasm, their love, and the way they walk with our Father. In just the last few days, I’ve gotten to work side-by-side with several young women who helped out on a service project. I shared the big red sofa in my living room with a sweet young gal who wanted to talk and ended up listening a lot too. And I sat in the hospital waiting room with one of my dearest friends as we waited news of her husband’s surgery. These are the moments that bind us together as women…sisters…friends. We don’t have to do things or go places together so...

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