• 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...

  • 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…

  • Fixing My Eyes on Jesus A Book Review

    Fixing My Eyes on Jesus Daily Moments in His Word By Anne Graham Lotz Published by Zondervan From the publisher: This beautiful, daily devotional by Anne Graham Lotz will help you start each morning with a focus on Jesus. Fixing My Eyes on Jesus will encourage, uplift, renew, and challenge you on your spiritual walk. Trusted Bible teacher, bestselling author, and CEO of AnGel Ministries Anne Graham Lotz understands how easy it is to lose focus on Jesus and stray off course. Stay on the right path with this beautiful, daily devotional that is perfect for new believers as well as those more seasoned in the faith. Selections from Scripture coupled…

  • 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…