When I think about past events that have left a dent in my life, sometimes it is easy to still become bitter and start picking up imaginary bricks to hand build my crumbled walls into tall, sturdy thick walls. Bitterness creeps in and begins to turn into numbness and it becomes tempting to turn into... Continue Reading →

In bible class with the children we are in 1 Samuel. Today we covered idol worship. We went over Dagon, which as we know, is a half man half fish idol for the Philistines. As Kelsey was going over this, she looked to the class and said “Do you guys have any idols? Anything you... Continue Reading →

I have come to the conclusion that we are a lot like the Israelites. When things are going good, we have a tendency to rely on ourselves and give ourselves the glory. Often it isnt until we are in our lowest moments, that we turn to God. Today, I found myself writing and reflecting on a few lessons I have learned from Gideon..This writing will be based on Judges 6-8 =) To catch you up to the context of where I am, the people of Israel did again what was evil in the sight of the Lord (Big Surprise, not). So the Lord gave them into the hand of Midian. The Midianites were so overpowering to the people of Israel, they made themselves dens and cavs in the mountains. In this text, the Midianites are devouring the food of the land and leaving nothing in Israel..Could you imagine? Scripture says, Israel was brought very low because of this (vs 6). So like many of us in our lowest times, they cried to the Lord. And the Lord (as always) provides. He sends them a prophet. In chapter 6 of Judges we meet Gideon. The angel of the Lord appears to him and says, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” Gideon’s response: “please sir, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? But now the Lord has forsake us and given us into the hand of Midian.” Have you ever felt like a modern day Gideon? Wondering… “If the Lord is with me, why has this happened to me?” I have.. and here are here are 4 lessons I have learned from Gideon: 1. We often blame our suffering on God. Gideon says to the angel of the Lord, “if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?”

You know, it really upsets me when I hear any teaching about life becoming easy when you become a Christian. It is easy for those preachers to preach about life being easy when they get to go home to their big mansion or take a trip in their private jet..but life becoming easy when you... Continue Reading →

Walking through the grave site today, approaching my mothers grave just didn't seem real. But it's reality. As the cold air around me caused me to start shivering, the cold reality set in that it has officially been one year since my mother has left us. For those of you who have texted me today... Continue Reading →

A letter written to a man on death row by the Father of the man whom the man on death row had killed: You are probably surprised that I, of all people, am writing a letter to you, but I ask you to read it in its entirety and consider its request seriously. As the... Continue Reading →

I have been extremely busy lately, and I feel as though I dont even have time to catch my breath. But I force myself to sit down for at least one hour, either super late or super early and read and take some me time. This me time moment brought me the reminder that the... Continue Reading →

I remember months ago, after my mom died, before I started this journey, one night I was going out and I told my dad he didn't need to worry about me and that I promised to stay out of trouble.. But trouble has a way of finding us when we are chasing the wrong things... This night, I... Continue Reading →

Old fella lived in Florida One morning went out and noticed star fish all over the beach, millions in every direction as far as you could see A younger guy was watching him as he slowly bent down and tossed one in to the ocean, then he slowly picked up another one tossed it back... Continue Reading →

About the year our Lord was born, two little trees began to sprout. Said one to the other, “When we grow up, how shall we come out?” “O, Im going to grow tall and straight and point all men to God; what greater ambition could one expect from a product of the sod!” So they... Continue Reading →

They say time heals grief, but it really only sets it aside until a day like today, when memory absorbs every corner of your mind and heart.   Perhaps I will sound a bit selfish with this post. But im going to write it anyways. I am dreading the holidays. I wish I could press... Continue Reading →

No I am not some miserable single girl who is writing a post that will bash men or relationships. No I am not going to talk about how great being single is. But a few girls remind me of myself, who I hope will read this and perhaps benefit from. Im single because I want... Continue Reading →

I always find myself scrolling through my news feed, and every time I catch myself I wonder what I am looking for? I heard this poem today and thought I would share it: "I have 1,289 friends, yet im lonely I speak to all of them every day Yet none of them really know me... Continue Reading →

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