By Gail Schmidt, Volunteer for Setting Captives Free
May 12, 2023
The song “Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman began to run through my mind over and over this last week. As I thought about this song, I felt the Spirit asking me what worship meant to me. Is my heart centered on God as I worship?
I thought about what the term “worship” meant to me. As I thought about this, what came to mind is that I worship God when I am singing praise songs to Him either in the church service or in my own devotional time each day. To me, worship was synonymous with ...
By Gail Schmidt, Volunteer for Setting Captives Free
April 4, 2023
I went outside to take a walk a few days ago. The sun was warm. The sky was blue. I was listening to some praise music as I walked. As I looked down at the sidewalk, I saw a tiny green plant growing among the cracks. The flower that was blooming on this little plant was delicate and beautiful. It was open wide, enjoying the sunlight as I was.
In my mind came the thought of what this flower might be like in rich, fertile soil where its roots would not be confined by anything and it would be well watered. How big would it grow? How deep would its roots be? Would it have multiple blooms on the ...
By Gail Schmidt, Volunteer for Setting Captives Free
March 2, 2023
A song has been running through my head for the past few months. The song is titled "Life Defined," and it is sung by Shane and Shane. The chorus of this song is;
All I am my life defined
By I've been crucified with Christ ...
By Gail Schmidt, Volunteer for Setting Captives Free
February 15, 2023
Living life in the fast lane, getting ahead anyway I can. Viewing the next best thing for me. Wanting more and more and more, the more I get, the less satisfied I am. My life is running on empty no matter how I chase the dream.
That dream of being somebody. That dream of self-importance. That dream that never seems I can achieve because that dream is not focused on God.
Living life in God’s will. Living to please only Him. Living with eternity as my focus and the world in my rearview mirror. How do I do this I asked. How do I achieve this dream? It is not how you live, but whom you live for. This was my ...
By Gail Schmidt, Volunteer for Setting Captives Free
February 2, 2023
Mercy: Let us not forget what God has done for us. His mercy is new every morning. (Lamentations 2:22-23) It flows from the veins of Jesus, our Lord, and washes us white as snow.
His grace has been given to each of us. We have not earned His favor. ( Ephesians 2:8-9) It is given freely to those who put their faith and trust in Him as their Savior.
Forgiven, redeemed, and retore are we by His love, mercy, and grace. We are taken into His household and given abundant life in Him. (Ephesians ...