God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12



Grit is the place where passion and perseverance meet. It’s resilience in the face of rejection, strength in the face of fear. Even in the face of impossible odds. Even if you’re hanging on by a thread, you hang in there. No matter how many times you’ve been knocked down, you get back up! That is God strengthening through trials. That IS following Jesus.

Always Give Your Best!



Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

Colossians 3:23



When you’re not doing something you’re passionate about the only way to be sure you’re doing your best at it, is to imagine your CEO is the Lord Himself. It changes your perspective on a massive level. We should always approach everything as if God is always watching: our friendships, our marriage, our job…fill on the blank. Always give your best!

Arm Yourself!

Two Edged Sword


The Lord surrounds the righteous with favor as a shield.

Psalm 5:12



As believers, we expect that God would guard us against evil, but in a world populated by human beings gifted with free will, you’re bound to get hit with some verbal and/or emotional shrapnel. God will surely shield us from the spiritual arrows shot in our direction, but we are to arm ourselves with God’s word and our faith to withstand the assaults waged on us by others. So holster up, it’s a rough world out there.

Knowledge = Worship



“For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

John 4:24



Our worship of God is directly related to our knowledge of Him. If we do not increase our knowledge of Him through reading is Word and other materials that give us a greater view of who He really is and how mercy has saved us from destruction, our worship will grow stagnant and our faith will also. We must have a childlike curiosity about our faith, always wanting to learn more. Then our worship will be heartfelt and joyful and our faith will grow exponentially.

Increase your knowledge and your worship will reflect your joy in knowing God more!

Pray for Your Friends



“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”

Luke 22:31-32



Jesus prayed for his friend Peter. If you love your friends, you will pray for your friends. You will pray for them as fervently as you pray for yourself: you will pray for mercy, wisdom, strength, health, and provision. Pray often! Prayer changes lives! It also opens the door to evangelism for those friends you have that do not yet know Jesus.

Shining a Light into the Darkness



The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18



There are things that will happen throughout your life that will crush your spirit. Sometimes it’s repeated disappointments that accumulate over time. Finally, the weight is simply too much to bear. God draws near to those who call out to Him in these anguished times. When your spirit has been crushed, call upon the One who will help you tread through the waters of depression, frustration, and brokenness, shining a light into the darkness.

Don’t Be Discouraged

Storm and sunset.


“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

Deuteronomy 31:8



In our flesh, it’s easy to get discouraged. When things don’t work out as you’d believed they would, your strength and determination can be replaced by doubt. One way to avoid these pitfalls is to shift your focus onto God and let go of these things. As often as we try, it’s only through God’s strength that we can stand firm.