As part of the PeppPray service, members of the PeppCare team offer an encouraging email to the GSEP community on a monthly basis. These posts focus on a bible passage and point to God's love, promises, and truth.
The Highest Aim
“Aim at heaven and you will get the earth thrown in.” - C.S. Lewis
An Awe Inspiring Creation
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." - Psalm 139:13-14
The Prayer You No Longer Pray
I pray every day. Maybe they are little “popcorn” prayers, quick little requests thrown up to God; “Please protect my family, keep them safe and healthy.”
Let Your Faith be Bigger Than Your Fears
"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever." - -1 Peter 1:24-25
Faith Like a Child
What does it mean to have faith like a child?
Using my M.A.P. for Daily Guidance
Each day, I give time for Meditation and Prayer (M.A.P.) to help me get started on having a good day. I often refer to this time with my Higher Power as “using my M.A.P. for daily guidance.”
God's Presence - The Spirit of Thanksgiving
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Is it possible to be thankful for everything life seems to throw our way? I often...
Childlike Faith: Confidence, Assurance, and Hope
Four months ago, we welcomed our second daughter to the family. A perfect baby girl woven together in her mother’s womb (Psalm 139); a testament to God’s mysterious, miraculous workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)...
Seek Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk in Humility
“He has told you, Oh man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” - - Micah 6:8
Practice your Patience Quotient
Practicing patience entails the acceptance of suffering or delay without becoming distressed, angry, or upset. At times it may feel that things in life are not fair...
A Prayer for Perseverance
My prayer for us all is that we would continue to persevere. I pray that we would be granted faith beyond our human capacity. I ask God that our love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment (Philippians 1:9).
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord - Proverbs 21:30
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want
Inspired by the 23rd Psalm, Aimee Gregory, current Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership student-authored an affirmative prayer and created an accompanying art piece.
Love Thy Neighbor
Associate professor of psychology, Dr. Natasha Thapar Olmos, authored this post that was featured on the Pepperdine Community newsroom in November 2021. She explored why we should attempt to understand other people's perspectives and how identifying our spiritual values is the first step toward inspiring empathy, compassion, and community healing. We are sharing it again as our Guidepost to start this new year with fresh perspectives.
God's Goodness and Love Will Follow Us Throughout Our Days
On an August afternoon in 2017, I was sitting in an orientation event as a brand new doctoral student. One of the assignments in this orientation for us was to draw a picture of how we envision ourselves in 10 years.
In This Season: Celebrate with one Another, Think of Others, and Praise the Lord
It’s time to celebrate this holiday season and gather together with family and friends to rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ!
A Heart of Gratitude
As we enter the week of Thanksgiving, I offer the following passage and prayer:
Trusting God's Plan and Purpose
Proverbs 3: 5 - 6
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding; In all thy ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct thy paths.
Acting on Faith, Living with Courage
Last March when we were required to quarantine and work or study from home, many of us didn't expect this would last a whole year, and possibly, more...
God's Prescription | Morning and Night
Every morning, consider reading Ephesians 6:10-19 and memorize the scriptures. When you are feeling overwhelmed and troubled, take a step back, and reflect on this prayer, and remain encouraged by standing firm in the power of God...
Do Not Be Weary In Well Doing
As we pause to take stock in the events of the past 12 months, it is easy to bemoan our circumstances. It is easy to become overwhelmed with sadness, sorrow, grief, anxiety, and fear and fall into a state of depression...
Together, We Will Rise
As we reflect on the year 2020, it is impossible not to recognize a year of tumult and unprecedented challenges. Indeed, the past year brought with it a major health pandemic and crisis, a shift in the way we work and socialize, political upheaval, racism and cultural strife, economic stress and uncertainty, and general angst in what is sure to be remembered as an age of disruption...
Heart in the Right Place
Although we continue to grapple with the scars of centuries of social injustice, a raging pandemic, and just a general sense of uncertainty and division in society, I find comfort when I consider Israel's King David and his role in constructing a temple for God...
We come today lifting our cups and praying that you refill us...
Finding Hope in Crisis | This Too Shall Pass
There was once an ancient Persian King who wanted a reminder that would leave him with a peace of mind both in good and challenging times...
Consulting With God | Where Our Help Comes From
As we continue to address the vestiges of systemic racism uncovered in our beloved country, it becomes increasingly apparent racism is an ugly word that many people do not want to talk about or even attempt to define...
Maintaining Emotional Health During the Days of COVID-19
While some may feel relatively little impact from the COVID epidemic, there's a lot of uncertainty for many, with job layoffs, health fears, and the loss of friends or family...
Lamentations 3 should be our "go to" bible passage in times like these. The prophet Jeremiah is grieving and complaining about his dire situation. Yes, he is certainly within his rights to feel downcast about his life's journey and all the devastation he had witnessed...