Apr 272016
 
Are we Starry Eyed? The Privilege of Motherhood

Motherhood is a whirl of activity. It is sometimes a giant blur. It feels like being on a merry-go-round that one can never get off. In the midst of the daily tasks and challenges of motherhood, sometimes we forget to enjoy the present. We forget to cherish the soft baby skin and the cute childlike talk and the closeness that comes from being needed 24/7. The call is great. The mission is impossible. The consequences of failure are dire. Of all of the roles we take on in life, motherhood is not the place to mess up. Fortunately, we do [ …read full story ]

How much time do you have?

 Posted by on Mon, Apr 4, 2016
Apr 042016
 
How much time do you have?

Do you ever feel like there is not enough time to do what you need to do? Do you ask yourself how you will fit it all in? How do you decide what to do first? How do you decide what can wait for tomorrow? There are so many facets of our lives. It is not possible to do everything in a day. How do we figure out what we should be doing? I am comforted by Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:33 “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” [ …read full story ]

What is Spiritual Formation?

 Posted by on Sat, Jan 9, 2016
Jan 092016
 
What is Spiritual Formation?

Sometimes big words throw us off, but Spiritual Formation is just the fancy term for how we grow spiritually. It encompasses all that God does by His Holy Spirit to bring new life to us. Spiritual Formation is the transformative process that happens when we submit our lives to God and surrender to His will. It is the means by which He changes us from carnal people far-from-God, to Christlike saints, who are walking with God and living to see His will be done on earth as it is in heaven! So how does this happen? How do we participate [ …read full story ]

Jan 052016
 
Thankful for the Thorns?  How to delight in weaknesses

Shockingly, Paul tells us to be thankful for our weaknesses, for insults, persecutions, and difficulties. He argues that God allows these things into our lives so that we remember to walk in the Power of God, and not in our own strength. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my [ …read full story ]

In His Name

 Posted by on Wed, Nov 18, 2015
Nov 182015
 
In His Name

Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth. Some days, or weeks, or even months, require more ‘calling out’ than others. I’ve been in one of those seasons. Needy, you could call it. Longing for rescue. Hoping for one of those things you throw off a ship to save a drowning sailor…you know, a life preserver? One of those times when you are thinking about so many different things that you don’t seem to be able to think at all? Overwhelmation, one writer called it. A silly word, but I like it. It describes [ …read full story ]

Sep 032015
 
No pain, No gain? The Joy and Terror of Injury

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”  2 Corinthians 4:8-9 Have you ever had a bruised week? Or maybe a bruised month, or a bruised year? A time when you felt like you were being tossed around through the washer and dryer and you got stuck on spin-cycle? Last weekend, my friend met her sixteen year old daughter to get a manicure together. As she followed her home from the nail salon, she watched her daughter get into a car accident. Could you [ …read full story ]

10 secrets to harnessing Joy

 Posted by on Fri, Aug 7, 2015
Aug 072015
 
10 secrets to harnessing Joy

Have you ever ridden a horse? One of the essential pieces of equine tack is the harness.  To control the horse, you must put his harness around his head, and attach the reins.  Unless you are a professional cowboy, the horse will get away from you if you try to hold on to him and direct him without a harness or reins! So often we set out on our spiritual journey thinking we have found joy and we know how to hold on to it.  We don’t realize that it takes planning, effort, and encouragement, to harness joy. God has [ …read full story ]

5 reasons to serve without competing

 Posted by on Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Jul 282015
 
5 reasons to serve without competing

1.  God called each of us to shine for Him.  He created us.  He sustains us.  He purposes to use us to reflect His glory.  When we focus on Him and follow Him, He will shine through us to accomplish our unique calling. 2.  We don’t need to worry about what other people are doing.  We get distracted from what God wants us to do when we look to the right or to the left.  No need.  God wants us to set our gaze on HIM, and He will shine light on our path.  He has a mission plan for [ …read full story ]

The Facebook Lie

 Posted by on Sun, Jul 19, 2015
Jul 192015
 
The Facebook Lie

You’ve seen it. You’ve probably even done it. A happy Facebook post with a happy photo attached. You know, the perfect family shot. Everyone is happy and smiling and completely adoring one another. Or, the perfect couple shot. Kissing. Looking in each other’s eyes. Smiling, totally happy, a match made in heaven. Or, the siblings, oh so sweet, playing together so nicely! Or the gloating mother over her new baby. The kindergarten graduation. The happy birthday boy. Talent show winner. Prom King. All-American this or that….. The new house, the new car, the new hat…….whatever. Facebook. You love her and [ …read full story ]