do you need encouragement?

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We live in a truly blessed time. There is no limit to the number of resources available for us to learn more about God, each other and get encouragement. Sometimes I find myself drowning in blogs, podcasts and books. But really, that is more of a blessing than a curse.

Here are some of my favorite podcasts, apps and blogs. I hope you find something you like in this list. Continue reading “do you need encouragement?”

what love can do

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It’s one thing that I as an adult and follower of Christ would come up against people that did not agree with my beliefs or who would give backlash about the way I am living my life.

But, when it’s my child facing this… it brings out the mama bear.

And rightfully so, I want to protect her.

My old self would have jumped on board to bring down this other person attacking my child but really what would that do but cause emotional chaos and a war of words. Continue reading “what love can do”

when you lose the horizon

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Pain is a great teacher. It is not a journey any of us would volunteer for, but once there, it can reveal valuable truths that we cannot learn any other way.

When we go through a crisis, it is not at all unusual to feel disoriented. The world looks different after a layoff, diagnosis, death of a loved one, or when distressing news is dropped on our doorstep. Continue reading “when you lose the horizon”

in the waiting

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About 6 months ago I moved to a new town.  I’ve been thinking a lot about what is it that God wants me to do here? I’ve had the feeling of stay still for a long while now but I don’t want to stay still. I’ve thought about starting a women’s group but I question if I am wanting to start it for all the right reasons. Of course I want to bring glory to God through anything I do. But are the emotions of missing the ladies in the community I once was part of triggering this?  Is it something I want to start to keep me busy because I am not feeling purposeful at this moment in time?  Continue reading “in the waiting”

deserve

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Every day I hear people say to one another, “You deserve it” or “I deserve it”.

And while I hate that word, deserve, my actions and attitudes prove that I often feel the same way. I feel I deserve to be treated with respect. I deserve to get good assignments. I deserve for life to go smoothly. I deserve rest.

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. Romans 7:15-20 Continue reading “deserve”

prayer

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My childhood pastor made a statement recently on social media that really resonated with me. I’m kicking myself right now for not writing it down, so I’m paraphrasing him. He basically said that when we pray (as the modern day church), do we pray like we truly believe that God is going to deliver on His promises? Do we pray like we believe that He has the power to heal, to provide, to restore, to deliver? Continue reading “prayer”