• 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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...

  • Scripture Memory Challenge 2019 Verse 2

    It’s the middle of February already, which means it’s time for our second Scripture Memory Challenge verse for 2019! In case you are new here, we are reNEWing our minds throughout 2019 by memorizing 12 Bible verses – you can find the original post  here – it’s never too late to join in! The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and write words of truth accurately. Delightful Sayings My verse for February is . As a writer, I just love this verse! It sums up a huge part of why I write. The original word translated here as teacher (or preacher) also means collector of sentences. How cool is that! In context, it…

  • Scripture Memory Challenge 2019 Verse 1

    At the beginning of 2019, I issued a challenge for you to join me in reNEWing our minds throughout 2019 by memorizing 12 Bible verses. So it’s time to get started! If you want to read the original post you can find it here. My verse for January is  On the day I called to You, You answered me. You made me strong and brave.   I Call – He Answers I love the idea of my strength and bravery coming from God, don’t you? It really takes the pressure off, whew! I mean, it is not my responsibility then, right? Well, maybe a little. God does require my cooperation. He answers…