“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like Him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want” (The Message). 1 Peter 4:1-3 Living Free I want to live free! I want to conquer my sinful habits of selfishness and pride. I want to put aside foolish, childish thinking … [Read more...] about Living Free to Pursue God’s Will
Trusting God is a choice, one we must make daily. He is faithful and can be trusted, but it is up to you and me to choose to trust Him. Give Him whatever is weighing you down, whatever is troubling you, whatever is causing you pain~give it to God today and watch Him create something beautiful out of it. And He will bless you with rest! "Then the Lord said to him, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you.” (Gen. 31:3) Jacob had wronged his brother … [Read more...] about Trusting God When Life is Hard
Today is a day of rejoicing! It has been one year today since Connor's life-saving, life-changing surgery and he is doing amazing! We are praying and thinking about his future--and we rejoice in the goodness of God! We rejoice and celebrate life and are so thankful that God answered our prayers with "yes," but even more so, we rejoice and are thankful simply that God hears and answers our prayers! God is not good because He gives us what we want. God is good because...God is just good. … [Read more...] about The Beauty of Hope
I have seen a number of news stories and articles lately about how the Christian church is losing the younger generation. And I will admit, as a Christian mom to two teenagers, this is alarming! Young people, even those raised in church, are apparently leaving. Kids, active in their youth group, are growing up, graduating high school, and, as they enter into adulthood, many are leaving the church building behind. They have no desire to attend services or "fellowship" with other church … [Read more...] about How do We Ignite Faith in the Next Generation and Keep Them From Leaving the Church?
I have not shared this story with many. It is supernatural, incredible, and miraculous. And it is true. In 2011, I faced the greatest fear of my entire life...and witnessed the miraculous. In the most terrifying and difficult season of my life, I was blessed with the most intense peace...a peace that absolutely cannot be explained in human terms. A peace beyond my understanding and impossible to explain apart from Jesus! I "saw" Jesus holding my child. I "saw" angels circled around … [Read more...] about Witnessing the Miraculous, Seeing Jesus!
Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. (Psalm 86:11) So many things pulling at my heart,my time, my life-- some good, some not, but countless things demand my attention, scream for my focus. I am called, just as every believer is, to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength—all of it! Not pieces, not half, not most, not what's left...but all! Undivided, complete, whole--all for … [Read more...] about Undivided
I can't do this. But God can! This is true for absolutely everything we do. But, the bigger the dream, the loftier the goal, the harder the challenge, the more we realize just how true it is! Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4, NASB). ~*~ This verse does NOT mean He gives us everything we want. We can't claim this verse for a new car, or quote it when we want new shoes. "Well, God wants me to have the desires of my heart … [Read more...] about But God!
We all have pain, hurts, mistakes, and regrets. We have been hurt, and we have inflicted hurt on others. We have pain, and we have caused pain. And It doesn't matter if the offense is intentional or accidental, it still hurts and we want, we need, relief. Whether seeking relief from mild discomfort or debilitating pain, headache or migraine, a hurtful word spoken or a horrible deed, we can only find real, lasting relief in one way...it's not necessarily the shortest way, and it's often not … [Read more...] about Real Relief
My son spent a few days in the hospital last week. He has rare and potentially serious health risks so his doctors tend to be extremely cautious, and because of his symptoms, he was admitted to the hospital . Thankfully, it wasn't serious and he was able to come home yesterday where he is recovering quickly. We rejoice and praise God! There is nothing I have experienced in life harder than watching my child, my son, suffer in pain, endure medical tests, procedures, and surgeries, and fight … [Read more...] about Growing Pains
God is faithful. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and His grace is sufficient for all our needs. He can be trusted in all things, big and small, and, sometimes, it is the seemingly small things that can become the biggest blessings...even a pink toothbrush! Sometimes, when our world is spinning out of control and all we can manage to do is hang on, even small things can become a huge worry. Sometimes that "last straw" can truly bring us crashing down. Yet, God sees all. He understands our … [Read more...] about The Pink Toothbrush