Reset with Bonnie Sala

Bonnie Sala

We all need a daily reset! Bonnie Sala shares 2-minutes of truth and grace from God’s Word that will reset your spiritual life. Learn to connect the way you live with what you believe.

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I had to rise very early one morning to catch a flight. There were a lot of important things happening at home and I'd be gone for a whole week. I felt anxious!  My old pattern of coping has been to try to control everything and everyone. But I didn't want to go back to that; I'd worked hard to move away from this unhealthy way of handling life without Jesus. 

Dec 3

2 min

In the Bible book of Acts 5, there's a story about a couple named Ananias and Sapphira. They sold a piece of their land so that they could give the funds to the church. But they decided to keep some of the money for themselves and lied to the church about it. Almost as soon as the lies left their mouths, they fell down, dead!

Dec 2

2 min

It's devastating to stumble just before you reach the finish line of a race. Others rush past you as you sit in the dirt and the prize slips away. Yet what we experience as defeat can still serve God's purpose.

Dec 1

2 min

I was preparing to go a mission trip in a developing country.  The trip was going to involve a lot of outdoor work, so I was careful to select clothing that wasn't the "best" of my wardrobe.  In fact, let me be honest:  I packed my old clothes.  As the trip concluded, I washed the clothes as best I could and left them in my hotel room for the woman who would clean after I checked out.  I felt self-righteously generous as I toted my nearly empty suitcase home.

Nov 30

2 min

There once was a farmer who told his son to be home at a certain hour but one Saturday night the son failed to come home.  At midnight the father got out of bed and turned the lock on the front door.  He was still awake when he heard his son come home and try the door, without success.

Nov 29

2 min

If you read Bible stories as a kid, it's interesting to revisit them as an adult.  The story of the children of Israel escaping Egypt, Red Sea parting and all, was always a favorite of mine. What strikes me now is the evidence God gave His people that He was with them.

Nov 26

2 min

Have you heard of Marie Kondo?  Kondo is a popular guru known for helping people simplify and tidy up their lives.  She asks people to really think about why they own the things that they do. Many around the world have been inspired to take critical stock of what has use or importance in their homes.

Nov 25

2 min

Mae's husband was mad again.  She crouched in the bathroom, his breath hot on her neck as he yelled, "Stop crying like a baby! You're crazy!  No one else would put up with you!"  The fact of the matter was, that no one but Mae would put up with her angry, abusive husband.  Beaten down for many years, Mae continued to pray that God would change her husband. Unfortunately, Mae's church gave her bad counsel, sending her back to the anger, again and again.  Woman and men, like Mae, need our compassion and help.

Nov 24

2 min

Have the words, "You make me so mad!" ever come out of your mouth?  If so, you're not alone.  It's easy to think that someone else's wrong or thoughtless behavior is causing you to be out of control and angry!  If that were true--and many people live their lives as if it is, we would constantly be angry and bitter!  We're surrounded by a world of imperfect people who will always irritate, wrong and disappoint us.

Nov 23

2 min

I met a friend in person for the first time; she's a vibrant woman who exudes Jesus' love.  Patricia has been a nurse and educator for over 50 years in New York City.  As she shared her story with me, I was struck by the way racism had affected her life as a black woman—like the time a patient kicked her, screaming "Get away from me!" when she tried to care for the woman. I would have never seen that wound in my friend.  How many times, I wondered, have I been blind to much in the lives of those around me? 

Nov 22

2 min

What is heaven like? Heaven already exists, but it's not in its final form, according to scripture. The Bible refers to a place where God is and where Jesus returned to when He ascended from earth. This place is a realm where followers of Jesus are fully alive in completely perfect bodies, having shed the broken-down versions we lived in on earth.  The Apostle Paul wrote, "we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself" (2 Corinthians 4:14).

Nov 19

2 min

Let's play a word association game:  what comes to mind when you hear the word, "obedience?"  My friend, Luisa, comes back with "blessing."  I, on the other hand, think, "coercion, followed by…spanking."  I recall a Christian parenting program that instructed parents to insist on first-time obedience from their children, or else!

Nov 18

2 min

Jesus is one person, but in Scripture and in our relationships with Him, we see so much of our own humanity.  First, each of us sees Jesus as He relates to us, and us to Him. Because Jesus was fully God and fully man, we all can each see ways that "Jesus was just like me."

Nov 17

2 min

It used to be popular to put adhesive stickers on the bumper of your car, endorsing a politician or bragging that your kid was an honor student at the local elementary school.  One especially irritating bumper sticker read, "Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven."  It was infuriating when the driver of a car with this sticker on it cut you off in traffic. Jesus, himself, showed open anger for religious people who honored Him with their lips when their hearts were far from Him. (Mark 7:7)

Nov 16

2 min

My son once took part in a discipleship program that involved mountaineering activities.  One night was spent deep down in a cave, with this restriction:  no light of any kind was allowed.  Some found it difficult to sleep, panicking, unable to discern up, down or even the passing of time. 

Nov 15

2 min

Old Testament law of the Bible dictated that farmers should cut grain in a circular pattern.  This left the corners of a field untouched, so that poor people and immigrants could harvest there for free. Few of us own fields today, so how can we interpret this? Yes, you can give money to people who help the poor, but you're passing helping to the hands of others. There's something exciting about giving directly to another person who has a need; that's why God put hundreds of reminders to care for the poor in the Bible. 

Nov 12

2 min

When I was a kid, I lost my backpack on a bus. It held some clothing and all my money, about $10. When I discovered it was gone, I was distraught. I cried as we searched all around us. My dad said he would replace the money, which only pained me more because I knew he didn't have much either. Imagine my relief when a passenger discovered that my backpack had slid under the seats up to the front of the bus!

Nov 11

2 min

When Candice first noticed Leon's cough, she never dreamed that Leon would spend six months in the hospital, too weak to talk on the phone, with Candice unable to visit him.  When Leon finally returned home, much suffering was behind him but there was still a long journey of recovery ahead of him.

Nov 10

2 min

Children love the story in the Bible of the boy David defeating the giant Goliath with a slingshot. It illustrates something that we believe is impossible by the time we reach adulthood – conquering a problem that is much bigger than us with just a flick of the wrist. It wasn't David's good aim that defeated an outsized enemy, but the power of God. Even so, sometimes we need help finding the right tools.

Nov 9

2 min

Are you a rule breaker?  Rule-breakers are often glamorized-- the bad boy, the rebel in real life, the guy who says, "I'll do it, my way."  Religious people, of course, also do things, "their way," proudly keeping the rules and feeling pretty good about it. Both rule breaking and rule keeping are both just symptoms of sin. The rule breaker says, "I don't need God," and the rule keeper says, "Aren't you impressed, God?  Look at my checked list of dos and don'ts!  I'm doing everything right!"   

Nov 8

2 min

One of the things I love about the Bible is that it tells us about real people with real flaws and shows us how God interacts with them.

Nov 5

2 min

Feeling distracted lately? In this hyper-connected world, distraction is our constant companion and temptation. We take in so much information, so many images and so much stimulation, that before you know it, time is gone. Not only that, but mindless scrolling focuses my mind on what the Bible calls "the world." This includes things like "the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life." (2 John 2:16)

Nov 4

2 min

If you're a movie fan, you might argue that the most famous spy in the world is…Bond… James Bond, the British agent who's been played by a dozen actors in at least 25 films.  But the Bible also has a spy of great reputation, and his name was Caleb. 

Nov 3

2 min

When Jo Shetler moved to a rural area of the Philippines, she discovered that her new neighbors had a beautiful technique for resolving conflicts. Jo was a teacher and she was distressed when someone else came to town trying to teach a conflicting curriculum. She wanted to address the other teacher, but one of her Filipino friends told her frankly, "Jo, you don't know how to discuss things with others." So Jo asked her friend to teach her the way.

Nov 2

2 min

Giving God praise may be one of the least understood spiritual disciplines of our day.  It's incredibly valuable because it puts us in the right position relative to God. When we give God praise, wrote Ruth and Warren Myers, "We consent to His gracious, transforming work in our lives; we agree that He can work in us, so that we'll be willing and able to do His will. In other words, we choose to let Him be God in our lives. This is our greatest privilege, the highest thing we can do."[1]    [1] Ruth Myers and Warren Myers. 31 Days of Praise (Sisters: Multnomah, 1994), 23.

Nov 1

2 min

Lee thought that no one knew what he watched privately on his phone. No lightning bolt had come from the sky to strike him--it was his personal secret. But secret sin isn't a secret from God.  A hidden sin is no less a sin than a public one. Both need to be repented from and God forgives both.

Oct 29

2 min

Alfonso has two sons who are adults. He's no longer the one to put bandaids on their scraped knees or buy videogames for their birthdays, but he wants to stay connected to his sons in a healthy parent-child relationship. Transitioning from the role of parent of children to parent of adults can be puzzling!

Oct 28

2 min

He had the degree.  He'd done research with a prestigious university. Month after month went by and my son applied for jobs, networked, interviewed, and interviewed.  But not a single job offer in eight months.

Oct 27

2 min

We don't encounter the title Lord, much these days, aside from period English dramas or the Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. But the word, Lord, is found throughout the Bible. When written in all capitalized letters, LORD is the English translation of the Hebrew name of God, YHWH, which is a respectful abbreviation of God's name, "I Am Who I Am" from the book of Exodus 3.

Oct 26

2 min

Elijah had a difficult task.  This prophet, in the Old Testament of the Bible, was God's spokesman in a land that wanted nothing to do with God. The rulers of the land hated Elijah's warnings and they kept trying to kill him. Elijah ran away into the wilderness, thoroughly exhausted, scared, lonely, and depressed.

Oct 25

2 min

As crazy as it sounds, God made us because He wanted to have relationship with us. He made us for relationship, for love, which is why we feel so terrible when we're lacking in either one. He made us to need Him and to need one another. That's why He called His people the Body of Christ, with parts that have different functions. We are all different and designed to rely on one another. 

Oct 22

2 min

Psalm 91 talks about the lion, the adder and the dragon and says that you, as God's trusting child, can triumph over these adversaries.   All of the difficulties and challenges that you will ever face in life are represented by one of these three images.

Oct 21

2 min

The Bible records Moses as a humble man, but he didn't start out that way. (Numbers 12:3) He went from orphan to prince to fugitive to leader to wanderer. By the time he was called humble, Moses had learned that it was not his personal prestige that defined him, but the grace of God in his life. As a humble man, Moses was dedicated to serving others, even though it cost him personally. Seeing the pain of others very often humbles us, as we recognize how much we've been given.

Oct 20

2 min

Life is complicated today. Apart from God's design for living, there are so many lifestyle options, you may be unsure just how to navigate.  It makes me think of the cities I've been in throughout the world where driving lanes might be painted on the roads, but no one pays any attention to them; everyone goes their own way as fast as possible, and chaos ensues.  We generally think that we can figure out what's best for us, and chafe at a God who limits us or tells us how to live. 

Oct 19

2 min

The life of David in the Bible is a picture of how humans can do both wonderful and terrible things. David was full of faith and grace, made in the image of God, yet he still sinned, just like us. David's life gives us insight into how to find and follow God's purpose in our lives.

Oct 18

2 min

Many of us experience church through the language of economics: funding, budget, promotion, engagement, growth.  If we produce a quality church experience, we'll attract more attendees, right? That's a good business model. But the family of God isn't a business.

Oct 15

2 min

The apostle Paul, who wrote the letter in the Bible to the Romans, recognized how it seems counterintuitive for humans to place their faith in God. When telling the story of Abraham, who had his first son around age 100, Paul wrote, "against all hope, Abraham in hope believed." Practicing faith isn't the most natural option in our minds.

Oct 14

2 min

My friend Ben hates camping. He doesn't like sleeping on the ground, and he especially dislikes when the wind snaps at the tent walls because it's loud, cold, and unsettling. Modern tents are usually made from waterproof performance fabrics, but historically, tents were made from animal skins, which could also be waterproof and flexible.

Oct 13

2 min

I grew up in a peaceful home. Fighting was a rare occurrence, that usually involved doing after dinner dishes.  The fight invariably ended with some snapping of a dish towel and tears.  But if you and I are Christ-followers, we do have some fighting to do in the here and now, because, we've got enemies.

Oct 12

2 min

"Going rogue," is the term the authors of the book, Letting Go, use to describe the rebellion of a wayward person. Originally used to describe elephants who had abandoned their roles in the herd for erratic and dangerous behavior, the person who has gone rogue has chosen to ignore God's authority in their lives.  They choose a pattern of unrepentant sin and walk away from roles of spouse, sons or daughters, friends, employer or employees. "When a fool decides to reject God's voice, he'll stubbornly and inexplicably allow his life, job, marriage, family, children and money to go up in smoke."[1]    [1] Dave Harvey and Paul Gilbert. Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016), 47.

Oct 11

2 min

You can probably call to mind a law of your government that you think is unjust.  In the United States, interracial marriage was prohibited by law for centuries. In China, giving birth to more than one child was punishable under the law for decades. Disobeying these laws was illegal, but not immoral. 

Oct 8

2 min

Inventor Benjamin Franklin is credited with creating the soothing seat that's especially popular with mothers and babies. It's called the rocking chair. The chair rests on curved, usually wooden feet, that allow it to sway gently backward and forward in a calming motion.

Oct 7

2 min

The Bible book of Psalms is a collection of 150 poems and prayers designed to be set to music. Do you know how commercial jingles or multiplication facts set to music stick in your head? Well, Psalms are meant to permeate our minds in the same way so that we carry them with us always.

Oct 6

2 min

The teen movie Mean Girls became a cult classic for its depiction of high school female cruelty and cliques. The movie obviously struck a chord: We women know that we can be horrible to one another, and we've all experienced some degree of treachery in navigating friendships.

Oct 5

2 min

Think about this:  If our greatest need was money, perhaps God would have sent someone to teach business. If it was of utmost importance that we understand the workings of the universe, maybe Jesus would have taught astrophysics. And, if we lacked information, God could inspire more gospels.

Oct 4

2 min

Most of the original ten commandments are phrased in the negative, "you shall not." But the negative is only half the picture. After reminding the Israelites to obey God's commands, Moses spoke these words still inscribed in many Jewish homes, "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength" (Deuteronomy 6:4-5).        

Oct 1

2 min

Ever heard the story of King Hezekiah?  This Jewish king was a man of integrity who was righteous, was faithful to his family, honest in his work, and glorified the God who set him on the throne. But "After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded," the book of 2 Chronicles tells (32:1).

Sep 30

2 min

Have you seen a beach pebble before? The stones are completely smooth, rounded and refined by the constant churning of ocean waves. People who are humble have often experienced that same churning, which is a painful process.

Sep 29

2 min

Since ancient times, people have sensed that something stands between God and us. So, all sorts of sacrifices and rituals were invented to try and please God. The Bible says that what is standing in the way is called sin – something that every human does. In contrast, God is the only righteous being.

Sep 28

2 min

1:30, 2:30, 3:30…AM.  I watched the hours progress slowly on the glowing display of my bedside clock.  Why couldn't I shake this anxiety?  The worries in my life seemed to parade around my bed, larger, yes, so much larger, than they ever were in the light of day. In the quiet of night, life's burdens, fears and sorrows bubble up to the surface of our minds.  Scripture has many things to say about our anxieties and the darkness of the night, but here are two truths to hang onto. 

Sep 27

2 min