Daniella Whyte is a bestselling author, blogger, podcaster, and graduate of Liberty University.
Posted 3/19/16 at 8:19 PM | Daniella Whyte
Ephesians 5:2 (NLT)
Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
There is no greater happiness and way of life than following after Jesus. The grace He gives to us every single day, in spite of our sins and shortcomings, demands that we live a life that imitates His. This free-flowing grace should direct our lives and influence our conversation.
Posted 3/16/16 at 2:54 PM | Daniella Whyte
Ephesians 5:1 (NLT)
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
Children are often encouraged to imitate the good deeds of their parents. Young people are motivated to follow the example of their good teachers and mentors. For one to follow in the footsteps of another is often the highest compliment and greatest honor.
Posted 3/2/16 at 3:33 PM | Daniella Whyte
Isaiah 8:17 (NLT)
I will wait for the Lord, who has turned away from the descendants of Jacob. I will put my hope in him.
It is easy to believe in God when things are going well — when food is on the table, bills are paid, family is healthy, and life is going good. But what happens when situations take a turn south? What do we do when God seems so far away from us?
In life, we will face some difficult tests. We will be tempted to give up when all hope seems lost. And there will be times when we will not understand our pain or suffering. God sends these moments into our lives not to see us doubt and get discouraged, but to see if we will still trust Him enough to go in the opposite direction.
When God feels distant, we can take comfort in the fact that He is not really distant — He is closer than ever before — just in a different way. We can know Him on a deeper, more intimate level than we ever have in our lives when we thank Him in spite of pain, love Him during periods of trial, and surrender to His will during moments of suffering. FULL POST
Posted 2/24/16 at 1:22 PM | Daniella Whyte
Luke 21:19 (NLT)
By standing firm, you will win your souls.
Patience is one of the most hated, yet one of the most needed qualities in our lives. Very simply, we hate to wait. Rarely do we run into another individual to whom patience comes easy. It’s not just a cliched phrase, however, “good things really do come to those who wait”, especially those who wait for God, on God, and in God.
Posted 2/18/16 at 2:29 PM | Daniella Whyte
Micah 6:8 (NLT)
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
If an individual is convicted of a crime, one of two things will happen. Either he will be sentenced to prison or the judge will show him mercy and reduce his sentence. If he were to be shown mercy, he would more often than not be humbled by the grace of the judge and try to do better.
The truth is, justice, mercy, and humility are qualities that are hard to come by in humans. This is not the case with God. God is overflowing with this — it is His character and nature. He deeply desires us to model this type of attitude and behavior before the world.
Posted 2/11/16 at 11:42 AM | Daniella Whyte
Psalm 27:4 (NLT)
The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
What is it that you seek most? What are you in pursuit of? Is there something you desperately want beyond anything else in life?
Some people are seeking power while others pursue positions. Others are attempting to find the quickest route to millions of dollars while many more are on the hunt for the next big opportunity. Still others are searching for a certain man or woman of their dreams. And scores more are trying to find food, shelter, and clothing — basic human needs — as well as freedom and hope. What you seek after most will define your life.
Posted 2/7/16 at 11:39 AM | Daniella Whyte
Psalm 27:1 (NLT)
The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
God is a steady and sure, bright and brilliant light for all His children. We would do well to relinquish ourselves from following after the darkness in the world and turn our feet and heart to the light that shines from above. God is not a reflection or expression of light, He IS light.
Posted 2/1/16 at 9:40 AM | Daniella Whyte
Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We like to think — or at least imagine — that we can be close to someone in life. Not the sort of pseudo closeness we hear about in love songs and in movies, but closeness that is marked by truth and moved by intimate moments. Our human nature yearns to trust wholeheartedly, to be supported strongly, and to love gently. At certain points of life, however, we may feel abandoned or betrayed. When difficulties come, we may feel disappointed and as if there is no one to turn to.
Posted 12/17/15 at 8:09 PM | Daniella Whyte
"Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off" (Proverbs 23:18).
I don't normally write about rainbows, sunsets, or most nature-themed subjects for that matter. But I was going home from running errands one day and I saw a perfectly beautiful sunset. For about half a mile, it did not move. It just stayed there --- shining brightly, beautifully circular, red-orange, hanging high in the sky, but in the distance touching earth. FULL POST
Posted 11/13/15 at 5:13 PM | Daniella Whyte
"My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him" (Psalm 62:5, NKJV).
We live in a world that wants everything fast. From high speed internet to fast food restaurants, to fast cars and automatic bill pay, it goes without being said that instant gratification is the order of the day. If we're not careful, we can fall into the trap of wanting things to happen immediately to the neglect of perfect timing. FULL POST