Hi friend! Approval, Hurricane Michael, Investing in our Kids, Breast Cancer, Ministering to the Sick - we've touched it all. Read snippets below or click the link to read it all. God bless you!
I love this quote from my Pastor just this last Sunday...
“If we’re not devoted to the Word of God, we’ll be dependent on the words of man."
Please hear me when I say this…it’s not enough for us to seek guidance and answers from those around us, if we are not deeply rooted in God’s Holy Word. Without saturating our hearts and mind with the spoken words of God, we will allow Satan to creep in from the opinions of others.
Who I am is dependent on what God says about me...NOT MAN! He has some beautiful promises in His Word! Here is what I want you to know… (Continue reading here.)
Please stop and pray for those who are in the path of Hurricane Michael right now. May they feel God’s presence and protection in a powerful way.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” Isaiah 43:2
This summer, a friend informed me of a study LifeWay conducted for a book centered on kids who stay engaged in their faith as adults titled Nothing Less. The top 5 predictors of spiritual health for young adults include:
1. Child regularly read the Bible while growing up.
2. Child regularly spent time in prayer while growing up.
3. Child regularly served in church while growing up.
4. Child listened primarily to Christian music.
5. Child participated in church mission trips/projects.
As I was chewing on this list, I thought through ways my man and I are intentionally incorporating the survey's top predictors into this oh so short season of raising future thriving, church attending adults. Here are a few ways we are being intentional: (Continue reading here.)
Back in November of last year I received a call that came with an overwhelming diagnosis that changed my life from that moment forward. “Cancer” is all I could hear on the other end of the phone. I was forty-one years old and scared to the core!
From the very beginning, I heard Jesus asking, “Do you trust Me?”
To be honest, that was a hard question to answer because I felt as if Jesus had walked away from me. That sounds so crazy now, but during the diagnosis I felt alone.
As my doctors created a battle plan, my daily life began to consist of tests, doctor visits, blood work, chemo and ultimately surgery. During the process, I lost my hair. We all know that back in the Bible days your hair was your glory and of course it’s still an important attribute for women still today.
Yet again, the Lord kept asking, “Do you trust Me?” (Continue reading here.)
When someone we love becomes very sick, often times we don't know how to proceed. Here we list our favorite ways we find best to minister to those who are sick.
Hi, friend. It's been a noisy week in our country. We've attempted to add calm and clarity from a Biblical perspective on the blog. May the words written here point you to the truth and peace found in God's Word despite the chaos in the world. Keep the faith remembering that this world is not our home. Love those around you well.
This isn’t a decision to go right or go left. This is a decision to follow Christ.
Does that mean we should sit quietly by while chaos abounds? Absolutely not! We must stand for what we believe in, but not become angry when there is opposition. We must speak out for God’s Word to be this country's guiding truth, yet not become bitter against those who disagree.
We are truly blessed to live in the USA, but this place is not our home. We are here for a short time, on a specific mission. A mission that can't afford to be tainted by hate. Continue reading here.
What would this world look like if we showed deep love for one another? What would this world look like if we were intentional and loving in the way we treated others and spoke to others?
I thought back over our married years and came up with four ways that we as a family have tried to show love to others. I hope they can help spur you on to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those you come in contact with. Continue Reading Here.
As a faith-based blogger, is it okay if I dodge this touchy subject for fear of being divisive? Would you blame me? Can I simply sweep an issue of this magnitude under the rug? Should I steer clear of all things Kavanaugh or should I boldly assert where I stand and persuade you to stand with me?
I have wrestled with these questions all week long as I’ve gone from place to place. Unsure of how to respond, I skipped my usual day to write.
I don’t do politics. I do Jesus. But, even Jesus girls need to know how to respond in times of such political contention. Continue reading here.
What's better on a cool fall evening than a piping hot bowl of soup. We've shared our favorites here, please share yours.
What a week!
We covered Christ pursuing us, the beauty of encouragement, healed broken marriages, and a modern day miracle. Then we shared our 5 top memories from our very first conference!
Our hearts are full.
So you're a Christian. A Christ follower. You love Him, worship Him, talk with Him often, serve hard... At least that was your story.
But, somewhere along the way you got lost. You now find yourself far away from your Heavenly Father. Things may appear great on the outside, but on the inside you know things are different. Continue reading here.
As I was in our attic reminiscing over tubs filled with our daughter's tee ball uniforms and dance costumes, our son's outfit he wore home from the hospital and many other sentimental moments, I stopped in my tracks when I saw an envelope that held prayers and letters of encouragement that I had received over the years, some of them twenty plus years ago. Continue reading here.
Once upon a time, a broken boy married a broken girl and together they had a very broken marriage. Hopeless is what some called it. There was only one thing that could save it and His name was Jesus. After many years and feeble attempts of trying to fix it on our own, we finally reached out to Him. And, He reached back to us. Continue reading here.
While I longed to be full of the love, peace, and joy promised to those who love Christ, depression, anger, and abusive behavior jerked me around on a chain. I was a slave to my erratic emotions, desperate for saving from myself. I needed a miracle. Perhaps that’s why I love the story of the demon-possessed man whom Jesus freed in Mark 5:1-20. Continue reading here.
What a DAY Saturday was!! By Faith She hit the road and traveled to Paducah, Ky to speak at the Fearless Women’s Conference. The Lord showed up in a mighty way and we still can’t get over it! Read our top 5 highlights here.
In case you missed any posts, here they all are in one place. Enjoy!
In the days to follow, I remember watching as people all over our country were seeking after God. I remember hearing the word "PRAYER" used more in those days than I have in my entire lifetime. People searching the Scriptures longing for hope, longing for something more than this world has to offer. I remember seeing our country unified more than ever.
Now I watch as our country is further from God than it's ever been in my lifetime. How easily we forget God's sovereignty and that He mourned alongside of us. Just like David wrote in Psalm 27, our ultimate hope and comfort is not found in wartime victory or physical safety, but in the goodness of God. Seventeen years later we should not forget. (Continue reading here.)
I recently had a situation that pushed my rejection button. It was all perceived of course, but I was physically tired, obviously spiritually thirsty, and the perceived slight drained all my rational thinking. I was ready to throw in the towel on all I was involved in.
I grasped that my thought pattern was crazy, but I was like a car whose gas light had been on for the last 20 miles. I was running on empty and in the danger zone. Crazy, irrational thoughts railed against all I knew to be true. (Continue reading here.)
Overcomer! by Audra's Mom
Audra's mom, Carmen, shares her story of what the Lord has walked her through in this 4 minute video. May it encourage your heart and mind today of what an awesome God we serve!
Click here for Carmen’s Story
God instructs us to "pray without ceasing," and in His kindness, He has supplied us with a whole book to use to guide us in our prayers! We have many favorites, but here are five passages to get you started. (Continue reading here.)
We've bolted out of the gate into our 2nd year of blogging! Here's a glimpse of what was on the blog this week. Enjoy!
We tackled a controversial subject on the blog this week. Take a sneak peak at this 4 minute intro video!
Jesus engaged people who were caught up in sin. He healed them, He protected them, He hung out with with those that, at the time, were considered the lowest of the low. He loved the sinners!
But, what you NEVER see Jesus doing is accepting peoples’ sin. He ALWAYS called out their sin, gave them opportunity to turn from it, and asked them to follow Him. This is where truth comes in!(Continue reading here.
In the book of Jude, he emphasizes that while salvation is of the utmost importance, sound doctrine and true faith cannot be twisted or manipulated. Without correct doctrine, we can’t fully understand the truth about Jesus and salvation.
This is where we have to be mindful and on our guard about the authors we read and the speakers we sit under. (Continue reading here.)
Highly likeable and relatable personalities who stand on a “Christian” platform are distorting the Word of God and the enemy is cackling at their effectiveness. These writers, speakers, vloggers, whatever wield tremendous influence over the hundreds of thousands of women who are following them.
I watch with great sadness as my fellow sisters-in-Christ stop to give these voices an ear. They think that because they sprinkle in Jesus here and there then they must be safe. They are not. (Continue reading here.
The book I had chosen to read and recommend had enough truth to pass under the “Christian” label. Unfortunately, with its feel good vibes it won the confidence of Little Red Riding Hoods everywhere, including me.
Thankfully, God prompted a trusted friend to speak the truth in love to me. The alarm sounded once more, and I finally stopped pushing snooze! Continue reading here.
Our desire for ourselves as well as for you, is that we can recognize the enemies lies and squash them before he gets any kind of a foothold in our lives. Listen or watch this message.
TOP 5 - People We Recommend
There are a sea of voices and personalities that beg for our attention as we scroll through social media. Who should we give an ear to? Which ones handle God's Word carefully and spur us on to Godly living? While we have many, here are our Top 5 favorites.
The past week's post all in one place.
We are reflecting on God’s blessings when we are obedient and how He uses us in different seasons of life! Maybe life is not exactly how you pictured it or had planned for it to be...if you have surrendered your life to Christ, rest assured that He will use you right where He has you!
Tears, anger, and doubt matched the onslaught of rain pelting my vehicle as I drove toward the airport. A girls’ weekend away was upon me. While most females find joy and longing at the thought of getting away, I had only angst. (Click the title to continue.)
You may know her for all of her back-to-school viral videos and everyday hilarity. We know her more intimately as Susannah, a woman seeking hard after Jesus and pointing others to Him as she goes.
Thank you Susannah for keeping it real...both in the car drop-off line and on your knees in prayer at home. Each one can be a struggle and you communicate that well. You prove that both laughter and gut-honest confession about a faith that is being stretched and strengthened is good for our souls. (Click the title to continue reading.)
It's our first birthday!! To celebrate, we want to reflect on this past year, recalling God's faithfulness throughout, and share our favorite blog posts. Grab a comfy blanket, snuggle up, and enjoy! (Click the title to continue reading.)
Here's a blog recap of our week!
“Divide and Conquer”...it’s a phrase I have heard so many people use and I am guilty of using it myself. Here recently though, these three words have really pierced my heart and brought me great conviction. Continue Reading
Today and every day, we appreciate all the teachers who have touched our lives. I may never get my commas and tenses right. But, I will always hold this pen and remember that it was a teacher who believed in me first. Continue Reading
I was sleep-walking through one of the most amazing blessings God grants women: motherhood. This sleeper was tired of pushing the snooze button. It was time to wake up! Continue Reading
We married young; it wasn’t unusual in the 70s to marry right after high school. Ricky was the ripe old age of twenty and I was eighteen. It was ok because we knew everything about everything. At least, we thought we did. Enter reality… Continue Reading
Scars are Good Reminders