Jessica Thompson

Joy Is Coming

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

Seasons of prolonged suffering have a way of beating your spirit down into the dust. Relational suffering. Physical suffering. Emotional suffering. Financial suffering. All of it can leave you feeling hopeless. We find ourselves looking up at the sky and wondering where He went or if He was ever there to begin with.

Joy Is Coming

Grace In The Wilderness

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

God’s children spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness. Imagine the hopelessness. Imagine the frustration. Imagine the seeds of distrust that were blooming into outright trees of anger and pain. “He brought us out of Egypt for this?” Some of us don’t need to imagine this anger, this pain, this sense that maybe God has forgotten or betrayed you.

Grace In The Wilderness

The Advocate

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

If you are going to memorize a passage of Scripture, can I suggest these two verses? My guess is you are going to need the good news they deliver every day of your life, multiple times a day. I love the tone that John is taking here, “My little children” is such a sweet term of endearment.

The Advocate

Oh Come Let Us Adore Him

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

Oh Come, see Him loving you before He was ever even born. (Ephesians 1:3-6) Oh Come, see Him planning our rescue. (Genesis 3:15) Oh Come, see Him being born into brokenness, poverty, and bloodshed. (Matthew 1:18-25) Oh Come, see Him living in utter obscurity as a boy, teenager, man. (Luke 2:52)

Oh Come Let Us Adore Him

Christ Is Enough

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

There are mornings I wake up beleaguered by my past sins. It is almost as though my conscience waits until I am too tired to fight it, and then it wages its war against me. Concerning the battle of the ever-accusing conscience, Horatius Bonar says…

Christ Is Enough

The God of Rejects

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

We should take great care in observing how the psalmist relates to God. Our eyes and hearts should be open to seeing what the psalmist appeals to and how he addresses God. How does the sinner have communion with a holy and upright God?

The God of Rejects

God at the Feet of Sinners

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

The disciples and Christ have just finished their last meal together. The disciples, of course, didn't know this, but Jesus did. As an act displaying his humility and kindness, he kneels before them. Jesus "who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,” lays aside his outer garments.

God at the Feet of Sinners

The Gospel for the Relational Failure

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

Today I want to give you some good news. It is good news for the relationship failure; for the one who is self-focused; for the one who is impatient with the change in others’ lives but is comfortable with the slow as molasses change in their own.

The Gospel for the Relational Failure

The Mother's Freedom To Love

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

You are free to love your children without any expectations because you have been loved immeasurably. You have a Heavenly Father who rejoices over you with singing.

The Mother's Freedom To Love

NETFLIX And The Waiting Game

BY JESSICA THOMPSON 

To say that I have been in a funk would be a huge understatement, it would probably also give you the impression that maybe since I have known I haven’t been conquering and moving forward in my sanctification I have felt sad about it.

NETFLIX And The Waiting Game

When Parenting by Grace Doesn't Lead to Change

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

A twelve-year-old girl stomped out of the room and slammed her bedroom door. Her two parents sat at the table completely befuddled. They had been trying to lead her to grace, to forgiveness,

When Parenting by Grace Doesn't Lead to Change

Inexhaustible Grace for Exhausted Women

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

Moms, your worth is not determined by what present you get on Mother’s Day. Everything that is true about you was said on the cross thousands of years ago. You are wicked enough to need a Rescuer and loved enough to have one.

Inexhaustible Grace for Exhausted Women

Feeling Restless and Finding My Resting Place

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

I woke up this morning feeling restless. It could be the 7,000 holiday calories I have eaten every day for the past two weeks or it could be that a new year has started and so follows the resolutions. I have a feeling it is deeper than both of those reasons though.

Feeling Restless and Finding My Resting Place

I'll Get the Tip

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

It was happening again. I sat across from my dear friend at one of our favorite restaurants. We were finishing our glass of wine and eating the end of the sushi when the waitress approached. She laid the check on our table, refilled our water glasses, and moved on.

I'll Get the Tip

Proclaim the Good News (to Children)

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

Why is it that we are so afraid to give the message of grace to our little ones? We bombard their ears with law on a constant basis. “Obey your parents.” “Remember the golden rule.” “Be kind to everyone.” The list goes on and on…

Proclaim the Good News (to Children)

Whatever is True

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things (Phil 4:8).

Whatever is True

Do You Trust My Love?

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

Recently I took eleven kids to the movie theater, only three of them were my own. Crazy, I know. When we found our seats, I told the kids that I was going to get popcorn. One child asked me in a panicked voice, “What about me? Will I get popcorn?”

Do You Trust My Love?