I was 18 years old and had a brief crisis of faith. I'd been raised in church and had served God faithfully the majority of my life. Life is still "life" and sometimes hits us with curve balls we don't expect. It just so happened for me that all those curve balls knocked me flat. … Continue reading I Had an Unplanned Pregnancy and I Gave My Baby Away
"I have spent too many hours concerning myself with others."
I am a bit of a book hoarder. I'm in recovery these days since I've found my overwhelming large book collection drives my husband bonkers. Honestly, I can't say that I've read every book in my book collection. There are some I've picked up over the years either as a gift or at a conference, … Continue reading The Beauty of Revisiting
Hope springs from accepting where I’ve been and deciding to move forward.
Maybe if we as a church would spend more time focusing on the person next to us than we do on our own problems or even on what we think we have to offer, things might be different. Maybe if we quit waiting on the Pastor or church leadership to do all the work and instead we step up and fill in the gaps, the ministry would be more effective. Josiah found himself in the book of the law that day and it changed him. It caused him to realize his utility was not just as a ruler, but as an encourager. He led a nation to repentance through service. Perhaps it’s time we follow his example. So often, we’ve looked at all of the things we think exclude others from ministry rather than finding their gifting and encouraging them in it. As we encourage and equip them, they draw closer to Christ and the negatives often fall away. We all have rough edges that need to be sanded down over time. Let’s stop focusing on the edges so much and start advocating for the heart. Let’s stop condoning sinfulness in church while casting stones at the folks outside. Let’s restore true worship again where we lose ourselves in wonder at a God who sees us, broken and fallible, and adores us anyway. Let’s follow his lead and radically love those we deem despicable. Maybe we can begin to see their hearts instead of their actions. Maybe we can find the person, whom God loves unconditionally, instead of focusing on the outside appearance. We believe God saves us through faith and not through our works, yet we judge the works of those who haven’t yet come to know Him and forget to love. If you want to change the world, do it…one word of encouragement at a time.
True peace is a gift that no one should ever have the right to snatch away.
New life begins the moment we make a choice
I wonder what ripples my life will leave after my drop in time has passed. Will they grow to be a wave strong and forceful, or will they fade slowly into the others unnoticed? Such is the nature of life, a drop in the bucket of eternity and it's gone in an instant. You welcome … Continue reading Ripples
I was at a birthday party years ago. I'd joined a group of fellow homeschooling mom's who were discussing daily activities, curriculums and parenting choices. In the midst of the group was "that ONE mom". You know the one I mean. She talked of how organized her life was. She shared how many hours she … Continue reading The Color of my Lawn
I've always felt a little bad for Job. Here's this righteous man of God who's so amazing that the Lord actually brags about him (Job 1:8 "8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who … Continue reading The Little Word “When”