Jolita Peterson
The Wonder of Advent

The Wonder of Advent

The Wonder of Advents a child, I would eagerly await the arrival of December 1, the day we could start opening our Advent calendars. The thick, paper calendars – imported from Europe by my mom who’d spent most of her childhood there as a missionary...

A Change of Heart

A Change of Heart

A Change of Heart Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV) Until I was twenty-four years old, I had only lived within a one-hour...

Day 12 – Galatians 6:11-18

Day 12 – Galatians 6:11-18

<Back to Reading Plan OverviewDay 12Galatians 6:11-18from the Galatians reading planRead the Word Galatians 6:11-18 | Philippians 3:2-3 | Romans 2:25-29ReflectIt’s so easy to judge other people by what they do or what they say. How can she be a Christian when she...

Day 11 – Galatians 6:1-10

Day 11 – Galatians 6:1-10

<Back to Reading Plan OverviewDay 11Galatians 6:1-10from the Galatians reading planRead the Word Galatians 6:1-10 | Hebrews 12:11-13 | Proverbs 3:27ReflectIf you’ve ever had a garden, you know that planting seeds is pretty straightforward. If you want to grow...

Day 10 – Galatians 5:16-26

Day 10 – Galatians 5:16-26

<Back to Reading Plan OverviewDay 10Galatians 5:16-26from the Galatians reading planRead the Word Galatians 5:16-26 | Romans 7:22-23 | Ephesians 5:8-10ReflectJesus has set us free from the penalty of sin. But that doesn’t mean sin is completely gone. As long as we...

Day 9 – Galatians 5:1-15

Day 9 – Galatians 5:1-15

<Back to Reading Plan OverviewDay 9Galatians 5:1-15from the Galatians reading planRead the Word Galatians 5:1-15 | John 8:31-36 | I Peter 2:16ReflectImagine a convicted criminal, imprisoned for 20 years, who learns that they have been declared innocent and can go...

Day 8 – Galatians 4:8-31

Day 8 – Galatians 4:8-31

<Back to Reading Plan OverviewDay 8Galatians 4:8-31from the Galatians reading planRead the Word Galatians 4:8-31 | Colossians 2:20-23ReflectPaul is frustrated with the false teachers because they are taking matters into their own hands, adding rules and...

Day 7 – Galatians 3:26-4:7

Day 7 – Galatians 3:26-4:7

<Back to Reading Plan OverviewDay 7Galatians 3:26-4:7from the Galatians reading planRead the Word Galatians 3:26-4:7 | Colossians 3:11 | Romans 8:14-17ReflectAncient Jewish males used to greet the day thanking God that they were not a Gentile, slave or woman. Paul...

The Batteries That Work Best

The Batteries That Work Best

The Batteries That Work Best This summer, we’re taking a close look at how we can feel restored and refreshed. As our bodies, minds and spirits continue to recover from the incredible stress of a prolonged, world-wide pandemic, it’s important to be intentional about...

Day 6 – Galatians 3:15-25

Day 6 – Galatians 3:15-25

<Back to Reading Plan OverviewDay 6Galatians 3:15-25from the Galatians reading planRead the Word Galatians 3:15-25 | Romans 4:13-14 | Matthew 5:17 | Hebrews 8:6-7ReflectGod always keeps His promises, even when His timing is different than ours. God promised Abraham...

Day 5 – Galatians 3:1-14

Day 5 – Galatians 3:1-14

<Back to Reading Plan OverviewDay 5Galatians 3:1-14from the Galatians reading planRead the Word Galatians 3:1-14 | Romans 10:17 | Genesis 15:1-6 | Romans 4:18-25ReflectPaul uses strong language to the Galatians, calling them “bewitched” and “foolish.” He’s...

Day 4 – Galatians 2:11-21

Day 4 – Galatians 2:11-21

<Back to Reading Plan OverviewDay 4Galatians 2:11-21from the Galatians reading planRead the Word Galatians 2:11-21 | Acts 15:1 | Romans 3:20-25ReflectIt’s tempting to think that, once we become a believer, life will be smooth sailing. Paul’s story is a good...

Day 3 – Galatians 2:1-10

Day 3 – Galatians 2:1-10

<Back to Reading Plan OverviewDay 3Galatians 2:1-10from the Galatians reading planRead the Word Galatians 2:1-10 | 2 Peter 2:1 | Colossians 1:3-6ReflectThe second chapter of Paul’s letter to the Galatians reads more like a political thriller than a biblical...

Day 2 – Galatians 1:11-24

Day 2 – Galatians 1:11-24

<Back to Reading Plan OverviewDay 2Galatians 1:11-24from the Galatians reading planRead the Word Galatians 1:11-24 | Acts 8:1-3 | Acts 9:1-19ReflectPaul was getting pushback from believers who doubted his authority, so he takes these verses to outline his...

The Lens of Gratitude

The Lens of Gratitude

The Lens of Gratitude Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. Philippians 4:11 went to the eye doctor a few weeks ago, for a much-needed checkup. I’d suspected my lenses were off and,...

Day 1 – Galatians 1:1-10

Day 1 – Galatians 1:1-10

<Back to Reading Plan OverviewDay 1Galatians 1:1-10from the Galatians reading planRead the Word Galatians 1:1-10 | Acts 15:24 | 1 Thessalonians 2:4ReflectHave you ever heard or read something that you thought was legitimate but later found out was not true? In his...

The Influence Of Our Words

The Influence Of Our Words

The Influence Of Our Words Death and life are in the power of the tongue… Proverbs 18:21 (ESV)   ometimes I forget that my words have power. Too often, I’ve said something hurtful because I didn’t fully weigh my words ahead of time. Or, when I...

The Roman Soldier

The Roman Soldier

The Roman Soldier e'd lost count of how many crucifixions he’d witnessed. Too many. It wasn’t something a person ever got used to – the visceral brutality of the Roman death penalty ensured it left an impression – but after participating in so many...

Dormant

Dormant

Dormant Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings;he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep...

Day 25: Coventry Carol

Day 25: Coventry Carol

Lullay, lullayMy little tiny childBy-by, lullay, lullay Oh, sisters two how may we doFor to preserve this day? This poor youngling of whom we do sing Herod the King in his ragingCharged he hath this day His men of might in his own sightAll children young to slay Then...

Day 11: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Day 11: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry gentlemen let nothing you dismay Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day To save us all from Satan's pow'r when we were gone astray Oh tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy   In Bethlehem, in Israel, this blessed Babe was born And...