Glimpses of Glory We are surrounded by the incredible, the wondrous, the beautiful creation of God. He has given us glimpses of glory, His glory, detailed throughout His creation, but, in our hurried, busy lives, we too often miss it...in our rush to get everything done, we miss Him. But when we pause, take time to see, really see, the beauty around us, we will see glimpses of glory. We will always find God when we seek Him for He never leaves us. He is always with us and always loves … [Read more...] about Glimpses of Glory
I was recently blessed to receive a free copy of The Homemaker's Quiet Time Journal to review, and I LOVE it! It is a wonderful resource written by Crystal Brothers of Serving Joyfully. It has been a blessing to me that has helped deepen my personal devotion time with God, and, although not necessary for the review, I love it so much I want to share it! The journal is well laid out, organized, and helpful. It begins with helpful insights about the importance of a quiet time with the Lord, … [Read more...] about Review for The Homemakers Quiet Time Journal
What a gift today is! Today was not guaranteed to happen. Yet, here I am with air to breathe, food to eat, and clean water to drink. I have clothes to wear, and, if I choose to put them on, I have a dozen or so different colors and styles of shoes that I can even match to what I'm wearing! I take all this (and so much more) for granted each and every day. Rarely do I wake up and just thank God for today. I do sometimes remember to thank Him for my family, but most often I am asking for … [Read more...] about The Gift of Today
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
"Good times", "That's good", "It's all good"... we use the word "good" in many, many ways. We say a movie was good, our kids are good, we fight the good fight, and we even say God is good! So, what is "good" really? It is the opposite of bad; the absence of evil. So yes, most definitely God is good! But...He is so much more! God is my Creator, Sustainer, Provider, Savior...my absolute everything. Yes, He is good, but oh, He is so much more! God is Love. God loves us with a deeper, … [Read more...] about God is So Much More than “Good”
Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. (Psalm 27:3) Confidence, true soul-deep, unshakeable confidence, comes from God. We can create a sense of earthly confidence, smugness, put on a confident air, but genuine, stand-strong, no matter what, confidence is a gift from our Father when we stand in His protection. Many of us aren't often surrounded by armies we can see. But, the Bible tells us in … [Read more...] about Heavenly Confidence
My son loves to create and design new things, especially weapons. Clay, Lego’s, paper, the medium doesn't matter, he just loves to create. When a package is delivered, it is just understood at our house that he gets the box. We also know that there will quickly be cardboard swords, shields and all manner of newly designed weapons all over the house with battles to be fought, enemies to be defeated, and wars to be won—and there are no spectators, only … [Read more...] about Paper Swords