My beloved is mine and I am His.. Song of Songs 2:16a NIV
I don’t want to disappoint you, but this isn’t an exotic story about lovers. On the other hand, it is.
Are you intrigued?
I started reading a new devotional by the writers of The Chosen series called, “The Chosen. 40 Days with Jesus”. Day one is called “Before” and begins with this verse…
“Fear not, for I have Redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1 ESV
Can you hear God saying this to you? Continue reading “A Love Story”
He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8: 44b NASB
Have you ever wondered where Fear comes from?
First of all, God gave us the feeling of fear as a protection mechanism. For instance, if there is a lion about to jump on you. Unless you are the Lion King, you might want to get out of the way. Or, there is a tornado coming, get to your basement. You know what I mean.
But there is this fear that can come out of nowhere and really plays havoc with our minds. Maybe the fear of being rejected, being alone, no one likes me, I am not good enough. I could go on forever about the different fears. There is not one person that doesn’t fear something. Some people have a fear of snakes, water, fire, etc. Mine is spiders! Hate them!
Let’s talk about the fear that takes hold of you and grips your very being. Continue reading “Fear is a Liar”
Loss of personal freedom.
Loss of jobs.
Loss of investments.
Loss of things we have planned and looked forward to.
Loss of friends due to illness.
Loss of respect for authority.
Loss of lives.
Loss of peace of mind.
It has all been so much to process. Continue reading “5 Ways to Survive & Thrive in this Difficult Season”
Pharisee or Tax Collector?
Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
“The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. ‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’
“I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 18: 10-14
Let this sink in for a minute.
I have to tell you, I’ve been like this tax collector before. Continue reading “Humility”
Let’s start with the fact that many ladies know me as the girl that often has dessert first and I am (was) a self-proclaimed carb-a-tarian!
Even though I appeared to be in “good shape” I had a misunderstanding about using food to promote good health. You may still see me enjoying dessert, but I have learned how to feed my body the way the creator designed it with the foods that he provides. Jen Roland recently stated at The Connection’s HealthierYOU event that we should focus on being healthy with our eating habits approximately 80% of the time.
Yes, there will be special occasions when we want to have a treat or make a not so healthy choice…likewise, we should not be so rigid or hard on ourselves if we make a not so healthy choice every once in a while.
We need to strive to find balance. Continue reading “5 ways to boost immunity & improve your health”
“May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
I want to encourage you to stay connected to God’s Word during this COVID-19 stay at home order. It is easy to become complacent or lazy. No one is expecting you to be anywhere or do anything. We have a lot of distractions. And some of us can get down and then we spiral from there and tend to not feed ourselves. And when I say feed, I mean with God’s Word not actual food. Don’t allow yourself to become anemic or weak because you aren’t being fed.
We must make God our #1 priority.
He is who we need to draw our strength and hope from. We can’t depend on food, social media, Netflix or other people. Those things will not satisfy. They will only give temporary satisfaction. Continue reading “Stay strong. Stay connected.”
I once read something that really made me stop and think… It has really made the word gratitude mean so much more to me.
“What would you have if you woke up with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?”
I know that It would be impossible for me to thank God for every little thing in my life, every single day… but, I needed for God to know how thankful and grateful I truly am for all of his provisions and blessings.
How could I do this? Continue reading “Free Air”
Do you remember sitting in the kitchen with your mom?
I loved watching my mom make meatloaf.
First she would put in the chopped meat, then the breadcrumbs, ketchup, and an egg. I would watch her take her rings off as we spoke about the things of a teenager life. Then, she would put her hands in the meatloaf and mix it all up. When it was the perfect consistency, mom would put it in the loaf pan and into the oven at 350 degrees for one hour.
Oh, it would smell so good when it was almost done! Continue reading “Mix By Hand”
Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 NASB
Hey Parents & Grandparents!
I want to share something that’s been on my heart for a while. “Having a Good Foundation in Christ for our Children”
The world isn’t getting better.
Jesus hasn’t returned yet.
Social Media is telling all of us, especially our vulnerable children, how we should or shouldn’t feel, how we should look, what to wear. Jean ads with half naked people. Endless pictures that stay in our minds.
Alcohol… all at their fingertips. Continue reading “Having a Good Foundation in Christ”
I love sitting on my couch in the morning with my cup of coffee.
Lately, I’ve had time to look out the window and reminisce about when my kids were toddlers.
I remember almost 13 years ago, we were living in Virginia Beach. My husband was working in Las Vegas, Nevada. Before I knew it, he was gone for two years. I had an almost one year old, a three year old, and a five year old.
They were loud, demanding, and they cried a lot.
I was all alone. Continue reading “Lemonade”