A Million Little Reasons

There are a million little reasons why I support Compassion International. One reason is the little boy in Ghana that I sponsor and have seen grow and learn over the years thanks to Compassion. Years ago I heard some of my favorite bloggers like Emily P Freeman, The Nester, Kat Lee at Inspired to Action and Tsh at The Art of Simple talk/write about their experiences with Compassion. I could site the organization's efficiency and how many lives they've transformed but the experience these … [Read more...]

Lessons from Daniel

Have you ever had that happen where a theme or a story or a person or a verse will come up in more than one place? For me that has been Shadrach Meshack and Abednego. I can't get these guys out of my head. On Sunday at church we were studying Daniel and then on Monday listening to the happy hour with Jamie Ivy while driving to work she talked about Shadrach Meshack and Abednego with Bianca Juarez Olthoff. Random, right? I'm thinking no actually. God wants me to learn something from these … [Read more...]

One Word 2016

Since 2009 people throughout the blogosphere have been choosing a word or even a phrase to guide their year. I last did this in 2014 and don't feel like I was very successful. But this year I'm feeling like I need to try again! So... My one word for the year is really a phrase: give it over to Jesus. God had already been trying to teach me how important it is to "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5) Have you participated in One Word before? Did … [Read more...]

Allowing God to Direct Me

The other night I had a dream about T. He was literally calling out to us for help but we could do nothing because of something to do with his mom. I'm sure this is just me worrying but I also wonder if this is an unconscious need of his and not just mine? If that is the case, how do we help him? Immediately after I woke up I journaled a prayer to God and this verse came to me... Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV) 4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach … [Read more...]

Holding onto Worry

Last night I had trouble relaxing. I was thinking - and worrying - too much. Baby was all wiggly and the Braxton Hicks contractions I was having were getting pretty uncomfortable. Plus my back hurt and my hubby wanted to talk about how I was getting to the hospital if he wasn't around. He was worried I'd drive myself when it comes time for Baby to be born! All these things were heavy on me causing heartburn and anxiety. Honestly, seems a little silly now. None of those things were a big deal. … [Read more...]

The Depth of His Love

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22 "Jesus brought death to Death itself securing everlasting life for us, the children of the Most-High God!" She Reads Truth Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 I can't even imagine the depth of God's love for me that he would send his one and only son to die so that I may live. Yes, Jesus took the punishment for me so that I can live with Him in … [Read more...]

Seek God First and Ask

  For now we see indistinctly as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully as I am fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12 It's comforting to realize that it's ok that I can't comprehend everything here on earth but one day I will see my Lord face to face and will understand completely just as He already knows me fully and completely.   There's nothing about you or me that God doesn't already know. The choices you and I make - good or bad - … [Read more...]

Rerun Tuesday: Seven Ways to Pray for your Stepkid

From the archives: Seven Ways to Pray for your Stepkid Ever feel stumped when you are wanting to pray for your stepkid? Here are seven ideas that stepmoms can use to pray for their kids. (Since I have a stepSON, I’m going to use “stepson” and “he” in these prayers but you can easily switch that if you have a stepdaughter.) 1. Pray for his salvation. Father God, I pray that my stepson asks Jesus into his heart. I pray that he is on fire for you Lord and that he will have a close and growing … [Read more...]

Happy New Year

I haven't been around in a while but I haven't forgotten you ladies. Happy New Year to you all! I'm excited for what this next year will bring. Are you? In 2014 I spent a lot of time waiting: for a new job; for my stepson to do better in school, to want more; and to get pregnant. After five months of interviews and follow up conversations I didn't get the job. But you know what? I was ok with that. God gave me such peace about it. I'm not kidding. I knew He had a reason why that job wasn't … [Read more...]

Inspire

When Caitlin Jane was visiting her sponsored child in the Dominican Republic she was inspired to write "Sing Over Us." Caitlin's song and story are truly inspirational. And Compassion has asked "what inspired you to sponsor a child?" As a child I remember my Aunt sponsored children through Compassion International. I remember being intrigued by that and wanting to sponsor children as well. I don't know if I ever talked to my parents about that wish though.  As a senior in college, one of … [Read more...]