I think one of the hardest things for me to come to terms with is the possibility that I have disappointed God. For me it s something I have been wrestling with all my life. Fear has brought me to points where I do not respond in faith simply because I am afraid I will make the wrong decision and disappoint God in some way. Then there are those moments I know I have disappointed God. It's not something I am proud of, and I feel like it was very clear when my actions were a disappointment to ... View the Post
What do you believe?
Every day we need to ask ourselves what it is we believe. What we believe about God, our husband, our children, our life's ministry, everything. What we believe will determine whether we respond to this world in FEAR or FAITH. It will also determine what we do with our time, and who or what we invest in. Everyone believes in someone or something. All the events in this world that either inspire us and encourage us, or that makes our heart heavy and draws us into moments of hopelessness or despair, are all based of off something that someone has chosen to believe whether it be about themselves, God, or this world. In Hebrews 11:6 it says that it is impossible to please God without faith, and that we need to BELIEVE in Him. Jesus has called us to BELIEVE, and that is my word for 2016. I hope you will enjoy the devotionals below that I write on this topic throughout the year.
So, we got a notice about our lawn that basically said we need to cut the grass within the next 5 days "or else." I'm not sure what the "or else" will be, but I am guessing they aren't very happy about how we have been neglecting our lawn and we might get a fine "or something." We haven't really been neglecting it, but I can understand how people might think we just don't care about how our lawn looks. Maybe they are even taking it personally and thinking we don't care about the ... View the Post
This is how I protect my heart against the temptation to compete, to be envious, or jealous. It’s even to protect my heart from thinking I am not good enough. I think about the rich young ruler (Matthew 19:16-26), a lot. I think his story is one that haunts a lot of us. But I have learned so much from him, and for that I am grateful. Just today I was thinking about how Jesus asked him to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor, THEN go and follow Jesus. It’s amazing, ... View the Post
When I was little my bedroom used to be on the second floor. My biggest fear was that the house would catch on fire, and every night before bed I would run through my mind how I would get out of the house if it were to catch on fire while I was sleeping. I think the irony in this is that I grew up and married a FireFighter, HA! Today I was once again thinking about fear. In Luke 9:23 Jesus says we need to take up our cross daily if we want to be His disciples. Just before Jesus said this ... View the Post
When I was in the fourth grade I started an inch worm rescue mission. It started one day during recess. We were outside and I had discovered this group of inch worms that I just thought were the cutest things that ever existed, besides kittens. My friend helped me gather the inch worms into my little coin purse for safe keeping. As we were gathering them up this girl who would tease me on a daily basis came over to see what we were doing and I guess she thought the inch worms were ... View the Post
The other day a my husband woke up to find that the garage door had been opened all night long. We have a home that has an attached garage, so if the door from the garage to the house wasn’t locked then someone could have easily taken the opportunity to come through the opened garage door straight into the house. I can’t even tell you the feeling of vulnerability I had the moment I found out the garage door had been open all night. At night….I don’t even like keeping my garage door ... View the Post