• How Did We End Up Here? Recognizing Pride

    I envy crafty people. I can spend hours browsing Pinterest, buy a small fortune in supplies, only to end up with a mess. At one point it was jewelry. I imagined the beautiful pieces I would create, picturing myself proudly gifting them at Christmastime. It appeared so deceptively easy! You can guess how that ended. How I cannot string a simple set of beads into an order worthy of adornment is beyond me! I finally admitted defeat and surrendered my supplies to a someone more talented. But God used my attempt at jewelry design, to teach me an unexpected lesson. When I began purchasing jewelry supplies, I was surprised to see so many teeny-tiny…

  • What’s the Main Course? Mary and Martha

    Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 I have always been a realist. Never…

  • Boy with a Sword Establishing Sword Rules

    Not every mom needs to establish rules for swords in her home. But then, I am not every mom. I am a mom of boys. Two of them actually. The rowdy variety. The kind who collect emergency room visits resulting in team-colored casts and chin stitches. The kind who are compelled to check out how the diesel pump works (soaking their brother in diesel fuel … a story for a later date). My boys also happen to have a Mom who did not grow up with brothers. Or even a clan of male cousins. Which, unfortunately for my boys, produced a nurturing, and often over-protective, Mom. Yes, I am that…

  • Contentment Why is it so hard to find?

    I spent years hearing that God satisfies all my longings. And I believed it. At least I tried to believe it. So … why do I continually feel a nagging discontent in my soul? Am I really saved? Am I not praying correctly or reading my Bible enough? Do I not have enough faith? What am I doing wrong? What is wrong with me? Maybe I need to ignore my restlessness. Keep telling myself to be content. After all, He created me, so of course He is the answer to everything. Somehow I cannot reconcile this truth. And I have really tried. We see people all around us searching for…

  • Scripture Memory 2015 Living Proof Ministries SSMT 2015

    Get ready for SSMT 2015! SSMT is only hosted every other year, that’s why I am so excited this is one of those other years! I have participated in SSMT twice (over the last 4 years). I can speak from experience that intentionally memorizing scripture over the course of an entire year has had a HUGE impact on my spiritual life. God’s Word is truly alive and active!  It will never return void. You will not regret one second you spend in scripture memorization – I promise! I want to encourage you to join me in participating in SSMT 2015 –  memorizing 24 verses of you choice over the course…

  • The Candy Cane Note The Year I Interrogated Santa

    Santa always seemed a little creepy to me. From sweaty department store Santas to the thought of some guy sneaking into my house through the chimney – yeah, a bit freaky. Of course I wanted the presents. And Mom and Dad so obviously wanted us to enjoy the surprise of it all. In our family, we went beyond leaving Santa cookies and milk. We left him an entire bottle of Pepto-Bismal and a spoon. For the massive tummy ache he must get from all the cookies and milk and flying around the world. And Santa must have appreciated this gesture because a little bit of the pink stuff always remained…

  • Sifting

    Just wanted to remind you that there isn’t anything you go through that hasn’t already been sifted through God’s hands. Yes, some things are consequences of our own decisions. Some things are consequences of other people’s decisions. Some are for our own … sifting. But it is He who allows it all. In some way it will all make you stronger as you depend on and follow Him through it! And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your…

  • Trusting Your Feelings

    I’ve heard it said some people have head-knowledge of God without heart-knowledge.  Never allowing what’s in their head to move to their heart. This morning I was reading a blog post from a friend of mine, Beth Moore. Don’t you just love the way technology allows us to have “friends” who wouldn’t know us from Adam if we met on the street? Anyway, my friend Beth was discussing “knowing” God is real. In her subsequent related post she sums it up as “The question conveyed on the post was about the time when you moved from believing God exists (Hebrews 11:6) to knowing (2 Timothy 1:12).” That struck a chord…