• 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…

  • My Approval Seeking Self

    Hi, my name is Lori. And I am an approval seeker. Nice to meet you. May I sit down now, please? So I’ve been thinking a lot about this approval seeking thing. When I began blogging in 2011, I dove headfirst into how I am a self-proclaimed approval seeker. Ok, but whose approval do I seek? • those who I look up to • those who I see and think that’s where I want to be someday • those who I want to model my life after So, is there someone who fits this billing for me? Is there someone who is all that? But what if, after I find them, I…

  • A Simple Girl seeking approval

    I am a simple girl. No frills. A continual work in progress, but desperately seeking His approval. Desperately Seeking the Approval of One. Many times, I find I make decisions based on my anticipation of the the reaction of my sweet husband, or my kids, or even my friends (gasp!).  More often than not this is a subtle, but compelling, variable.  Even now, as I write this, I wonder what my hubby will say after he reads it.  Will he think I am taking onto one more thing when I already have way too many irons in the fire? And what about my friends?  Will they think it’s just a silly endeavor?…