• No Fear and Cows in the Kitchen

    For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 I have these twin chalkboard cows that sit on my kitchen counter. Currently they display the word self-control and the scripture 2 Timothy 1:7. One morning my husband stopped as he read the verse. For God did not give USA Spirit of fear…? Evidently my chalky handwritten letters were squished too close, so the words ‘us a’ ran together as ‘USA’. We chuckled about this, but then it hit me. How true those words are! 1. God did not give us a Spirit of fear I am writing this on…

  • Finding Your Great Assignment A Journey or a Destination?

    Overwhelmed hardly began to describe how I felt. I knew God placed this dream in my heart, but I had no idea where to start. There were so many questions! I needed help. ….Have you ever noticed how God loves to stretch His children? It may not be fun, but it is fruitful. Author Lysa TerKeurst describes a time she felt overwhelmed, even at a loss in her writing abilities: “I had a choice at this point: give up or push through. I wasn’t a great writer at this point but I had a great assignment. I needed to get my writing up to the point where it can meet…

  • In The Waiting Scripture Memory Challenge Verse 5 May 2019

    I’ve sat in waiting rooms   … busied my hands with needlework   … filled my mind with worry   … walked hallways   … startled at a phone ring    … cried, journaled, prayed  I’ve waited. But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.   1. Uncertainty We’ve all been there. In the waiting. Most of us do not enjoy it, viewing it negatively, involving difficulties and even sorrow. We also value busyness, while waiting often implies inactivity. Even by definition to wait is “to allow time to go by, especially while staying in one place without…

  • Simple Discipleship A Book Review

    Simple Discipleship Grow Your Faith, Transform Your Community By Dana Allin Published by NavPress Good resource. Presents the idea of discipleship as a simple, somewhat organic process, growing out of relationships – stemming from Jesus’ example of how He interacted with His disciples. The author has been involved with developing a discipleship assessment tool, available online for a fee, and refers to this assessment throughout the book. The book I received includes a code for one free online assessment. As described in the introduction, the book is broken up into four parts. The first part of the book digs into what characterizes a disciple of Christ. The second part involves…

  • Scripture Memory Challenge Verse 4 - April 2019

    First, let me get this out of the way. This should have been posted on the 15th. Yes, I know, I’m a few days late – but better late than never, right? So, have you ever heard Priscilla Shirer speak? That girl can bring it! And since I’ve spent the past week or so mulling over her teaching from the 2019 Going Beyond Simulcast we had the opportunity to host at our church, I thought I’d pick a verse from her focus passage, John 15, for my memory verse this month. Abide in Me, and I in you. John 15 As I looked at , and thought about Priscilla’s teaching,…

  • Restoration Year A Book Review

    Restoration Year A 365-Day Devotional By John Eldredge Published by Thomas Nelson From the publisher: We all need to believe that our lives can be better, our relationships can be smoother, and our futures, both in this life and the next, are bright. This 365-day devotional by bestselling author John Eldredge will guide you on a year of restoration and transformation. Through following God with your whole heart, you can experience a rich, profound relationship with God and others. Find your hope ignited and excitement for the future growing as you learn how to refuel relationships, renew your joy in living, and re-create a passion for your Creator. This 365-day devotional…

  • God, Miracles and … by Chance? Extraordinary Miracles

    …wait, back up …extraordinary miracles? Aren’t all miracles extraordinary? Setting the Scene It was the early years of the church. Jesus’ followers were passionately spreading the news of salvation through Jesus. Paul, a recent convert to belief in Jesus Christ, was among these and as passionate as they came. Before Paul’s conversion to Christianity, he had been fervently persecuting Jesus’ followers. But now these followers of Jesus included Paul himself. As Paul turned his signature passion toward spreading the Gospel he now knew, without a doubt, to be true…God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul . God GOD was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul…

  • Scripture Memory Challenge 2019 Verse 3

    It’s March 15th and time for the 3rd verse of our Scripture Memory Challenge! For March I’ve chosen: Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable–if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy–dwell on these things. JOY My women’s group recently finished a Bible study on joy, from the Biblical book of Job. Yes, Job and Joy. I knew Job’s story, and joy was not what I associated with it. But Job: A Story of Unlikely Joy (by Lisa Harper) changed those ideas of what Job has to offer. It IS about…

  • His Presence Over My Purpose Releasing Myself from 'Finding My Purpose'

    I have put pressure on myself to 'find my purpose', as if to discover some great hidden thing. As if it is all up to me (sigh), which thankfully, it is not... God told me to write, but I did not trust He was giving me enough information...I had subtly shifted my focus from following God's lead to wandering down my own path...