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There is a call for prayer today, now more than ever: The battle rages, and revival is coming!

How to Navigate a Shaky Political Environment without Completely Losing your Mind

Negativity is a trap. It’s like a weight around your neck, and is very addicting. Once your start down that path, its hard to stop. With everything going on in the USA right now, its easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged, and even easier to get sucked into the negativity. (I get it! Its rough […] Read more…

My Life Inventory: A stream of memories… the world through my eyes.

I am currently going through a blogging course called Write Your Worth by Alicia Cain. She is guiding us through the process of finding our unique voice and telling our story. This Life Inventory is one of our first activities, which is to go through our memories and document what you saw, felt, did, experienced. Even if your observations were of big world events or something you witnessed happening to someone else, you were still present for them and experienced them, and what you saw became a part of who you are. Here is my list:
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Fighting for the Truth – A Call to Stand Up and Impact Culture

So last night I had this crazy spiritual warfare dream, I felt like I needed to share! In the dream, I was part of a small group of believers living in a shaky political climate, there was just a lot of stuff going on and it seemed like the country (wasn’t clear which) was falling […] Read more…

Seeing others through the eyes of Heaven

The First Promise of the Messiah ~ Advent 2014 Day 1

This is a story of Redemption. And it goes all the way back to The Garden. When man falls short and creates a huge gap between God and His children, and when God announces His plan and promise to redeem His children, and someday bridge the gap once again. He gives hope, and begins making the Way…

…God’s first question was “Who told you that you were naked?” His first reaction was one of heartbreak was over innocence lost and the impending separation that was about to come. His reaction was not one of condemnation. And was one of anger towards whoever was responsible for manipulating His words and leading His children astray. Read more…

O Come, Let Us Adore Him ~ Jesus is Calling (Advent 2014)

He invites us to His nativity. To see God take on helpless humility for us. To witness centuries of promises and prophecies fulfilled one holy night. You see, the begotten Son of God was actually there, lying in the cold darkness where animals fed, His infinite glory wrapped in finite humanity. He came to that place in time for you, for me, for us. He was there… Read more…

When Tragedy Strikes… Dealing with the Questions

Struggling with heartache as I watched dear friends dealing with the loss of their loved ones this week. 2 tragedies among friends in 48 hours. Untimely deaths… Accidents… Spouses, Children, & Dear Friends left behind. This book has been such a blessing and a comfort to me, and an precious reminder of the fantastically good nature of God and his heart for us.

We ask tough questions, so did Ann after her own heartbreak:

“Can there be a good God? A God who graces with good gifts when a crib lies empty through long nights and bugs burrow through coffins? Where is God, really? How can He be good when babies die, and marriages implode, and dreams blow away, dust in the wind? Where is grace bestowed when cancer gnaws and loneliness aches and nameless places in us soundlessly die, break off without reason, erode away. Where hides this joy of the Lord, this God who fills the earth with good things, and how do I fully live when life is full of hurt? How do I wake up to joy and grace and beauty and all that is the fullest life when I must stay numb to losses and crushed dreams and all that empties me out?”

– Excerpt from Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts

I am loving exploring the answers to those tough questions along with her the past few weeks… and in light of the events of the past few days — just the reminder my heart needed. Praying for the loved ones working through their loss this week. Thank You, God that you have their precious hearts in your hand. Read more…

Do We Bring God Glory When We Debate Controversies?

Fellow blogger, Chelsea Dent at Momma Dent Gets Personal just wrote a great post: “Debating Controversial Topics: Does it Bring God Glory?” She brings a much needed balanced perspective on all the hot button issues surfacing on social media. I have been guilty of this myself, and I am trying to balance out defending the truth with honoring God’s instructions for how we are to get along as fellow believers. Finding that balance between love and truth is easier said than done, but it is important that we let God continue to work on our hearts and show us how to live this out and honor him. Read more…

#SheSharesTruth ~ Spiritual Mothers

Some of these women in particular really invested in me, inspired me, spoke into my life (You know who you are). These “mother” figures gave a SIGNIFICANT amount of their time, invited me into their homes, and encouraged me as a wife, woman, and future mom (I became pregnant with my daughter during my time there). They taught me recipes, inspired me with their home-making, crafting, sewing, thriftiness, the way they raised their kids, loved their husbands, served the church, volunteered in the community, and treasured their quality time with their loved ones. Read more…