The best things about being sick is getting well. Interestingly, getting well reveals how wretched you actually felt. And that realization forces you to acknowledge how much you took your health for granted. How you neglected and abused it.How you assumed it would always be there, compensating for your poor choices.How it deteriorates when it’s… Continue reading Your Spiritual Health Matters
This post started as a teaching send-off at our church's Wednesday morning Bible Study this week as we're going through the study I wrote this summer on 1 & 2 Samuel. Several ladies asked for a copy of this teaching, so I figured I would post it for you all. I would love to give… Continue reading The Difference between Knowing About God and KNOWING God
🎉Today I interrupt normal programming to bring you an EXCITING UPDATE!🎉 Have you ever stood back and watched God do His thing? This past week I was able to do just that. You may remember, I spent this last summer writing a Bible study to work in correlation with our senior pastor’s sermon series on… Continue reading A Break in the Action for an EXCITING Update!
Control. It’s one of life’s greatest ironies, isn't it? There are a lot of different reasons we seek control, including: FearUncertaintyDoubt/self-doubtInsecurityPrideUnwillingness to submit to God’s plan The more we try to control something or someone, the more we realize how little control we actually have. Then out of pride, anger, frustration, and/or fear we double… Continue reading The Irony of Control (part 1)
We had some of the strangest weather yesterday. It started out with a constant misty-drizzle, everything was drippy and dreary. Then a few hours later, the sun came out displaying one of my favorite things: sunshine glittering off raindrops still clinging to the grass and trees. Everything looked bright and exciting, fresh and clean, holding… Continue reading My 15 Minutes: Matthew 7:24-27: Sunshine and Thunderheads
Do you ever read Scripture and have more questions than answers? Sometimes, ideally, the answers you seek are found in other parts of Scripture. Other times, if you’re lucky, a Biblical scholar may have spent months going through dusty old tomes of historical and cultural documents and written about what he’s/she’s learned. Then there are… Continue reading My 15 Minutes: Matthew 2:1-12: Out of Town Guests
Warning: I purposely didn't edit this post. I wanted it to be my raw thoughts and feelings as I wrestled with God this morning. I have a feeling if I polished it and made it read perfectly it would lose some of its authenticity. This is me at my most real. This morning while eating… Continue reading The Devil’s Roller Coaster??
Sometimes the Bible is hard to read—I don’t mean difficult, I mean boring. Some sections are just not as exciting as others. To be honest, some passages used to make me groan every time I came to them. Logically, I knew God included those sections for a reason, but I was hard-pressed to figure out… Continue reading My 15 Minutes: Matthew 1:1-17: Geneaologies, Our Heritage, and Women
Today I joined a gym. Before you ask “How long is this going to last?” Know I’ve already asked myself that at least a dozen times. I’ve read the Scriptures commanding me to take care of my body more times than I can count. And every single time, I’ve felt the Spirit spur me to… Continue reading Day 28 of 31 Days of Seeing Jesus in Your Daily Life: Importance of Community
I love shiny things! I love new shoes and outfits, jewelry, crystal, oiled wood, polished stone, and sunshine glittering off the lake. I jokingly tell my husband, diamonds may not be this girl’s best friend, but sapphires, emeralds, and amethysts are some of her favorite companions. Ladies, I know I’m not alone here. And, Gentlemen,… Continue reading Day 22 of 31 Days of Seeing Jesus in Your Daily Life: OOOOOH Shiny!