Walk with God – Hand in Hand

This picture has been on my vision board all year, but up until today, I hadn’t paid much attention to the “hand in hand” part. I’ve been walking with God for years, sometimes more closely than others. But I’m not sure that I’ve done much hand-holding. I feel like the Lord said to me, “If you are holding my hand, you will never get too far ahead or too far behind me.” I seem to be the type of person who likes to rush ahead when I know where we are going, and when I can’t, then I give up and lag a good way behind without even noticing. Neither one of those is possible when holding hands. I want to always be holding God’s hand so I can sense the tug when I get just a bit ahead or behind and correct my position. Growing up, whenever we went […]

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When Nothing Satisfies

Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed multiple moments where I felt rather dissatisfied and discontent. The interesting and troubling thing about these feelings is that they weren’t during frustrating, trying, or even mundane moments. Instead, these feelings have come at moments where I expected to find contentment, deep happiness, and feelings of fulfillment. They’ve come at moments where I was in beautiful and peaceful places and in times where I should have felt deep connection with others. I couldn’t muster up those positive feelings and ended up wondering what was wrong with me. I was annoyed with myself for not feeling thankful or fulfilled. In one of those moments, an old song came to mind: “When Nothing Satisfies.” Those moments and feelings came to mind this past Sunday as I was singing in worship. God started talking to me about this frustration I was feeling. He reminded me about […]

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The Most Life-Changing Thing I’ve Learned

Much of the modern-day church is missing one of the most important pieces of the Christian life. This missing piece has led to luke-warm christianity, pharisee behavior, false teachings, and acceptance of many things from the kingdom of darkness. It has led to a generation of Christians gripped by fear, suffering from anxiety and depression, who can be even more divisive than unbelievers. I was a Christian for over 30 years before I realized that God was trying to talk to me all the time. I thought He only spoke occasionally—like, for really big things—and that I would perhaps hear Him maybe 10 times in my life. Well, actually, I thought He was often speaking to me, but only through scripture. So anything scripture didn’t cover, God wasn’t able to speak to me about. As a side note, I now realize that there were times I thought God was the […]

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Cleaning Up The Post-Christmas Clutter…

…in our homes and in our hearts. As I was quieting myself for time with the Lord, I was distracted thinking about all the after-Christmas clean up my home needs. I’ve got bags and bows that need to be stored for another year or tossed out if there isn’t room. The garage is full of boxes that need to be broken down and recycled. My tree and decorations need to be packed up and put away until next year. There are toys everywhere. I have things that the kids have already broken that are waiting to be fixed. There are many things to do, but with the kids still home from school, not so much time to do it. Perhaps your home is like mine in this season. And as I was setting aside these thoughts to listen for the Lord, He said, “What about the clutter in your heart?” […]

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Journal Questions To Process With The Lord

Hi friends, I usually have a women’s group at my house once a month to process and reflect on what God is doing in our lives and support one another as we walk out what God is calling us each in. Unfortunately, I had to cancel tonight because of a sick little one. But I already had these questions prepared with the Lord and think He still wants to use them to bless people even though it won’t be in a setting where we can process together. So if you are interested in reflecting with the Lord, here are the questions. Looking back: What new thing has God been teaching you or speaking to you about this month? What was unexpected about this past month? What does God want to say about that? Ask God to highlight something from this year that he wants you to reinterpret with him. What […]

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Faith Looks Toward A Better Country

2020 has been quite a year. Currently, here in the United States, we are somewhere in the middle of finding out the results of an intense and polarizing presidential election. While my experience is limited to my small circle, it seems that many people are losing their peace while watching election results roll in. I’ve only recently learned how to remain in God’s peace, but I really wish more believers would take hold of this right that they have as Christians—we have a right to peace (Philippians 4:7). When election day was drawing closer, we were reminded repeatedly to exercise our right to vote. Many people didn’t take advantage of their right. Only 66% of those who were eligible voted this year, and that happens to be the highest percentage turnout for an election in over a century! I hope you voted. But even more than that, I hope you […]

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Shift in Perspective

What if God wants to use your “least favorite option” and change it into a “best case scenario”? When we partner with God and listen to Him, we can find peace and joy where we only expected pain and misery. When we let God take the lead, we learn that, with Him, nothing is impossible for us. But we have to learn to walk with, to follow, and to listen to Him so closely. We need to pursue the Father’s heart like Jesus did—who only did what He saw His Father doing. (John 5:19-20) If you have time for the TLDR (Too Long Didn’t Read) personal anecdotes, see below. I haven’t had much time to write these days. With the summer and now with schools in our county only offering virtual learning, most of my time and energy is focused on my callings of being a mom, wife, and homeschool […]

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Shining light on the evils of racism and on the lies of the enemy

There have been so many horrible events recently that continue to shine the light on the problem of racism in our country. As I’ve been reflecting on many news stories over the past month and talking to others, I’m recognizing lies the enemy is trying to feed me. So I’m fighting back by shining a light on those lies, and replacing them with a truth. If you’d like, share the lies you are hearing and the truths that combat those lies in the comments. LIE: My voice doesn’t matter/There are already plenty of voices speaking out. TRUTH: Proverbs 31:8-9 “Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!” THOUGHTS: I always thought that black men and women had a voice equal to mine, but now I realize that though it should be […]

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He Restores My Soul

The past couple months have been really busy for us. With our 3 little ones home from school and my husband and I trying to stay on top of a busy work season, plus finishing up all the final details before publishing my book, we’ve been feeling a bit worn down. It is easy in times of busyness, or fear, or exhaustion, to look for ways to restore or recharge ourselves. I tend to look for short funny videos on Youtube or a good fantasy or sci-fi audiobook that I can play while doing other things. Those are my favorite “escapisms.” I haven’t had a whole lot of time for those forms of escapism lately, but I also haven’t had much time for my traditional quiet times either. Our little ones are not deterred even by locked doors, rest times, or bedtimes and most of the moments when they are […]

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Digging in the Dirt and Planting Good Seeds

plants growing from seeds

Here in Georgia, we are well into spring. Flowers and trees are starting to bloom and yellow pollen is everywhere. Spring has always been my favorite season. There is so much beauty and expectation of growth. It is the time of year that makes me want to dig in the dirt and plant things. Unfortunately, I have proven that I don’t have a green thumb, so my budget for plants is restricted. My children also get excited to plant things this time of year. I bought some seeds for them but we need to go buy the soil, since what we have around here in the ground is red clay, and the seeds need some softer soil mixed in. With the kids home from school indefinitely, we’ve been given extra time to pour important truths into their hearts. One of the things we’ve been talking about with them is planting […]

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