How do we become “strengthened“? How do we become “seasoned?” How does a person become “conditioned” to actually be strong, courageous, and bold? Tough on the outside, and yet, still tender on the inside… Able to withstand hardship, persecution, uncertainty… While keeping a tender, humble, loving, and gentle heart. Hardships alone, have been known to… Read More 12.30.2020 – “Conditioning” that leads to greater “Capacity”
“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes… Read More 12.25.2020 – In the Darkness, His Light Shines Brighter
Have you ever reflected back upon your life—perhaps through the writings of your journals, maybe from a memory that suddenly comes to mind… And when you look at the situations you faced, the trials you came through, the struggles and challenges you fought through to overcome… And as you look back on how things played… Read More 12.24.2020 – “Hindsight 2020”
Does “hope” feel impossible for your heart right now? Do you fear “getting your hopes up” because you’ve been wounded so deeply by disappointment? And you may feel like no one could possibly understand. But God knows about all the things that have hurt you. 💔 And He knows about all of the times people… Read More 12.17.2020 – Hopeful Hearts
“O Lord GOD, You have begun to show Your greatness and power to Your servant. For what god in heaven or on earth can perform such works and mighty acts as Yours?—Deuteronomy 3:24 Our God is known for doing things “you never thought were ever possible”… And a lot of the time, He’ll show this… Read More 12.16.2020 – “First-Hand”
“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”—Psalm 91:2 I made a post on my Facebook page this past week… and I was blown away by the response. All the people who said, “Me too. I struggle with dealing with this too…I’m glad… Read More 12.6.2020 – Learning to Trust Him “in the Middle”
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of something you never thought you’d be going through? Never saw it coming… It’s what “2020” has been for many of us. We’re living in a time where there is a tremendous need for strength and courage to “keep on keeping on.” Challenging situations, unexpected circumstances, interesting… Read More 12.4.2020 – “How am I gonna get through this…?”
I love this song by Josh Garrels… Wanted to share it on here this morning… because it soothed and encouraged me. In a time that many hearts are troubled…. Here is a song to remind us… to encourage and uplift us—a soothing “balm” for hearts in a time of much discouragement. So take heart—keep going,… Read More 11.20.2020 – “Don’t Be Afraid”
I think it deeply pleases God when we ask Him things like, “Father? What do You think about this? What’s on Your heart? What are You thinking about? What are You dreaming about? What is Your desire, God?” What’s Your will for this situation that I’m seeing/going through/experiencing?” It must bring Him so much joy… Read More 11.14.2020 – “Lord, this ‘voice’…. how do You want me to use it?”
I’m realizing…. it’s sinking in…. …that when I decided to take God’s way, His path, His plan for my life… I can’t expect for things to go exactly as I’d like them to go, in the moment. I can’t expect for things to go as I’d prefer them to go, in the moment. Because you… Read More 11.11.2020 – Learning to let go of “my way”….
“Father, what’s Your will in this situation? What’s Your way? Because knowing You, and knowing me… I know that Your will and Your way is going to be so much better than what I prefer. 💝 Many times Your will is beyond what I can see and understand… But I know Your will and Your… Read More 11.9.2020 – Thy will, Thy way…
God has this way of allowing us to make certain kinds of mistakes… And then there are the “almost mistakes” He so miraculously puts a stop to before we mess up our lives “real good”… He so powerfully intervenes. He doesn’t let it happen. ☀️ He’s faithful to help us with our steps. He saves… Read More 11.6.2020 – Mistakes and “Almost Mistakes”
God so joyously works behind the scenes…. it’s like I can almost imagine the kind of smile He would have on His face… I can just imagine His knowing of what He has planned to do—such glorious plans—still so many secrets and surprises up His sleeves… and He has fashioned His plans in the most… Read More 11.2.2020 – “I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine.”
“…the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”—Matthew 4:16 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light… Read More 10.24.2020 – Give Way for His Light
I’m learning to be “on guard”… Not by guarding myself, not “guarded”…. but being on guard, in Him—dependent and confident in His power and strength and wisdom and ability…not my own. Standing firm, in faith. 💪☀️ “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for… Read More 10.23.2020 – Stay alert! Stand Firm.
Over the last couple of days, I’ve been thinking back to one of the harshest, darkest seasons of my adult life… And when I think back on this season… it’s like I can see more and more layers of lessons learned…. more and more lessons that I can pull from this season that I endured…… Read More 10.21.2020 – …He goes before us to work it all out for good… 🙌☀️