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Devotional Series: Isaiah, Week 2

Linnea White


Isaiah, Week 2 | Exaltation

Exalted: Placed in high regard, lifted to a powerful level.

"The eyes of an arrogant man will be humbled and the pride of men brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day and the idols will totally disappear." Isaiah 2:17-18

I see an epidemic of anxiety in our nation, in our world. I believe it is because of the need to lay worries and burdens down at the foot of the cross. We need to allow God to humble us. Without Him, you and I would not be able to breathe breath into our lungs. We would have no beautiful trees to gaze at, and no sun to shine upon our faces.

When we realize we do not have the capacity emotionally, physically, spiritually to do anything apart from God, we stop making the things of the world idols and begin to turn to Him for every aspect of our lives. Jobs, homes, relationships, comforts, and the future all consume us. When these things are what fuels our decisions instead of Jesus, they become idols. They will not fill us up, no matter how "beautiful" they are, no matter how "lovely" the relationships are - they cannot and will not be what fills the voids in our hearts. Those places can only be filled by His perfect love. Because, to be honest, no matter how hard we try, we mess up, we fall short, and Jesus is the only one who never has and never will.

"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear" 1 John 4:18IMG_1227

When we are filled and fueled by His love, all of our fears can no longer stay.

When we allow God to humble us and give us humility, it exalts our perfect, mighty creator God. It allows us to place our fears, anxieties, and agendas at the feet of Jesus. What a beautiful exchange!

Exalting God and becoming humbled is an action that gives us rest in His presence - something only achieved because of the work Jesus did on the cross.

My prayer for all of us is that God would bring to light any idols or "things" that are holding us back from the goodness and Lordship of Jesus.

We exalt you, King Jesus. We lift you up. We welcome your presence. May your kingdom come and your will be done... and all the people said, amen!

Be blessed this week, friends.


Devotional Series: Ruth, Week 1

Linnea White


Ruth, Week 1: An Unforeseeable Future

Ruth’s story is one filled with pain, sorrow, and an unforeseeable future. To be honest, I cannot fathom what she was going through. She lost her husband - her covering, her provider, her lover. Life in that time was famine stricken, and without a husband to look after her, her safety was compromised. After her husband died, she would then be married to his brother. However, another tragedy arose, and her brother-in-law also passed. This left Ruth, her sister-in-law, Orpah, and her mother-in-law, Naomi, to fend for themselves. Naomi urged her daughter-in-laws to go back to their people. Orpah agreed to do so, and with tears left them both. Ruth, however, refused to leave Naomi and go back to her family.

She said, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” (Ruth 1:16-18)


Your God will be my God. Ruth was a Moabite woman, she was from a tribe that followed many gods and partook in pagan worship. At that moment, when she told her mother-in-law she would go with her for life, she denounced the pagan gods and vowed to follow the one true God.

When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her and they both embarked on the journey back to Bethlehem. Ruth had no idea what was in store for her, and little did she know that one day her decedent would be the Son of God.

I look forward to digging into the book of Ruth with you ladies. God is faithful, and while His timing is more complex than we can understand. we can trust that He knows every detail, and is bigger than every circumstance.

xo, Meg

Devotional Series: Be Free, Week 5

Linnea White


The Be Free Series Continues: Week 5 | Kindness

Yesterday my husband, Scott and I watched the movie Enchanted. If you haven’t seen this movie, I recommend it for a light-hearted laugh. Gizelle is a story book princess who finds herself no longer in her fairytale land (literally) and is wandering the streets of NYC, a true damsel in distress. While this character is highly exaggerated there are a few characteristics of her nature that model the kindness that we should strive to have inside us.

When there were people who treated her poorly, she didn’t harbor bitterness - she showed them kindness. When someone was rude to her, she always thought the best of the other person. She went out of her way to help her friends and put their needs above her own. Indeed, we are not fairytale characters and life has greater complexity than black and white. However, when it comes to the outward kindness that we give to one another, it stems from the way we see Jesus.

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

When we truly understand the forgiveness that we have received from the cross, the meaning of forgiveness has a whole new perspective. We can then treat each other with a genuine, pure, kindness that will overflow from our hearts.

In Luke 5, there is a story about a paralyzed man who was eager to meet Jesus and be healed by him. His friends couldn’t find room for him inside the house where Jesus was teaching. They had such kindness, love, and compassion toward their friend that they lowered him into the house through the roof to meet Jesus! This perfectly exemplifies how we are to treat one another in kindness. Not only did Jesus heal the paralyzed man, but he also healed the sins of his friends because of their faith.

IMG_0144I encourage you when you are wronged to not harbor bitterness but instead show them kindness.

I encourage you to clothe yourself in compassion and kindness.

I encourage you to think the best of others.

I challenge you to go out of your way to show kindness to one friend this week.

“Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

Be blessed my friends, Meg


My hope and prayer for this devotional series is to have each of us grow together and grow in our relationship with Jesus. May we gain a better understanding of our identity in Him. I have been seeking His voice and guidance on where to start this devotional and I believe that this is the best place to start – this “Be Free” series. It will take us each one step closer to being truly free in Jesus. There is no freedom apart from Christ Jesus, who died for our sins, and once we experience that freedom, we can truly live.

Each week during this series we will soak in His truth and apply it to our daily life – one fruit of the Spirit at a time.