Saturday Share with Anna Smit

One way He has been doing that in this past year has been through a Titus 2 woman on the other side of the world. A Grandma of faith who has learnt through deep wounding of her own, how to open her palms and release basket after basket. This woman has taught me that there is Strength to be found in confessing my pride, anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness. In repenting before my sisters and brothers in Christ. … More Saturday Share with Anna Smit

Beauty: A broken heart and crushed spirit

For a long, long time I wanted to blame the enemy for wreaking destruction. I’ve given into the temptation too and blamed most of the people who love me most, including my Father who loves me best. Yet, I am the one who had a choice to believe in the goodness of God and trust in His faithfulness. I am the one who bought the cheap lies and allowed the enemy to leave my secret heart in ruins. … More Beauty: A broken heart and crushed spirit

Saturday Share with Chloe Townsend

One of the details I loved most about it was the city’s flower tiles that seemed to be almost everywhere I walked. This simple flower design added this unique aesthetic that I wanted more of in my life. One of the stories behind the tiles was that the people of the city wanted you to walk on flowers wherever you went. And a new dream started to bloom in my heart. I wanted to make things with sweet character like that. … More Saturday Share with Chloe Townsend

Renovation Anyone?

But this is where my heart gets encouraged.  Young Hezekiah, rather than grumbling, blaming, punishing or shaming, rolled up his kingly sleeves and got to work on a restoration plan.  He reminds me of young friends in my city who have a heart for renewal and restoration, as well as a revival in the hearts of God’s people. … More Renovation Anyone?

Saturday Share with Quantrilla Ard

I watched this scene with intense interest and the tears began to pool in my eyes. Jesus asked her who was left to condemn her. She answered that no one was left. He tells her to go in peace because He didn’t condemn her either. Can you imagine the immediate relief and the weight that was lifted from her? I absolutely can because I’m struggling with a thing also. … More Saturday Share with Quantrilla Ard

Pondering Privilege

Privilege: a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor : prerogative; especially : such a right or immunity attached specifically to a position or an office  ~Merriam-Webster Have you ever had a friend offer their beach house for a weekend?  Or maybe it was a mountain or a lake house instead.  If you haven’t had the … More Pondering Privilege

When leaders sin…

David said to God, “Was it not I who ordered the fighting men to be counted? I, the shepherd, have sinned and done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Lord my God, let your hand fall on me and my family but do not let this plague remain on your people.”  1 Chronicles 21:17, NIV ~Obedience~ … More When leaders sin…

FMF: Motivate

New Year – 2018 and a whole new set of Five Minute Friday free writes with Kate Motaung.  Thanks, Kate, for getting us motivated with a great first word of the year. {Motivate}  Set the timer for 5:00 and here we go! When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like … More FMF: Motivate

Christmas Awakenings

For this reason, he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.  Hebrews 2:17, NIV This Christmas may end up being one of my all-time favorites.  It’s been … More Christmas Awakenings

Obey anyway… What to do when life just doesn’t make sense.

The scene shifts.  Water splashes at her feet, and she realizes the boat has sprung a leak. Frantic, she looks to the man.  Why is he still fiddling?  Doesn’t he recognize the emergency?  The adrenaline rushes.  Her survival instincts scream at her, “You can’t just sit there in a sinking boat.  Do something.  Stop the leak.  Jump.  Swim.  Do.  Something.” … More Obey anyway… What to do when life just doesn’t make sense.

Saturday Share with Brad Milford – A Rested Soul

This room is stained in some way with a constant reminder of loneliness. while in the same exact place, a few short months later, I feel at home. I feel at peace, the kind that makes those bad memory’s feel not so bad after all. I prayed for this. Long hard hours, sometimes i would stay up till the sunlight broke through the window or my eyes finally refused to stay open. I prayed for my family, and now I’m laying next to you and mommy. … More Saturday Share with Brad Milford – A Rested Soul

What happened 30 years ago today?

So, as the weekend approached in the middle of the month, there was a usual Friday night date night planned.  Co-workers wondered and giggled with delight.  This had to be IT!  He was taking her to the Bubble Room in Orlando.  This was THE place where engagements happened in 1987.  The ring would be in the Bubble Room cake brought out at the end of the meal.  And he would be on his knee while she tried to figure out how to wear a diamond covered in cake and icing??? … More What happened 30 years ago today?

Book Review: Walking on Water by Jennifer A. Miskov, Ph.D.

The title intrigued me first – Walking on Water – in reference to Peter’s bold request to walk out on the stormy sea to meet Jesus in the darkness. The subtitle also caught my attention – experiencing a life of miracles, courageous faith, and union with God – because this is where I’m walking in my real life. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t need a miracle or courageous faith or union with God. Certainly, I need all of the above.

Jennifer A. Miskov did not disappoint as she boldly and honestly shares her journey with Jesus into deeper water and stormy seas resulting in a more intimate trusting and productive walk of faith.

In addition to the power of scripture combined with Jennifer’s real-life testimony, she offers activation exercises at the end of each chapter. These life applications of scripture caused me to pause and ask Holy Spirit for deeper application of God’s word in my life. My journey through Jennifer’s book has been interactive and life-changing. I can’t wait to pass this book to a friend and recommend it to many others. Most likely, Walking on Water will be a Christmas present or birthday gift for family and friends in the near future. … More Book Review: Walking on Water by Jennifer A. Miskov, Ph.D.

FMF: Silence is golden

Welcome to this week’s Five Minute Friday writing opportunity!  I’m thrilled with Kate’s word selection this week because I’ve actually been pondering much on {silence} this whole week.  So much have I been challenged by this idea of seeking silence that I committed to obtain 15 minutes of this precious commodity each day for 21 days. … More FMF: Silence is golden

FMF: Father of bottom-less pockets You supply my every {need}…

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19 Father of bottomless pockets, will you reach down and place in my hands exactly the thing I need – just place it there in my open … More FMF: Father of bottom-less pockets You supply my every {need}…

Day 31: What if {rest} is a place to be rather than something to do?

But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.  The Lord grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!”  Ruth 1:8-9 esv Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, … More Day 31: What if {rest} is a place to be rather than something to do?

FMF: Provide

So if worrying adds nothing, but actually subtracts from your life, why would you worry about God’s care of you?  “Think about the lilies. They grow and become beautiful, not because they work hard or strive to clothe themselves. Yet not even Solomon, wearing his kingly garments of splendor, could be compared to a field of … More FMF: Provide