Forgiveness

  Forgiveness is one of the hardest things to do. Yet, we are called to forgive because God forgave us. It's still hard. After all, we are human and we are messed up. Being a stepmom and showing forgiveness your husband's ex is at the top of the list of hard things to do. She probably is hurting or angering your husband on a regular basis and making life difficult. You might even feel like she is selfish and not putting your stepchild first. She might make you mad and you might … [Read more...]

Busy

  When people ask me how I am doing or what’s new or how I’ve been, my answer is almost always the same: busy. I’m busy trying to make everything around me go smoothly. Trying to take charge of my life and my family because I’m scared something will get messed up. I’m actually afraid I will mess it up. I feel weak and unimportant not at all mighty. Do you feel like that too? Remember God is Mighty to save. Isn’t that the best news? I don’t have to be mighty because I belong to a … [Read more...]

Life changing

I can think of so many moments that could be considered life-changing. How do you choose just one? Studying abroad? Meeting my husband? Being a stepmom? Deciding to go back to church? Giving birth? So many moments - good and bad - have made me who I am today. But if I had to pick one and choose the most impactful life-changing moment it would be choosing to follow Jesus. I can't remember exactly when but at some point after becoming a stepmom a desire started growing in me to know God … [Read more...]

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...]