The Other Side

Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and is in all.  Colossians 3:11 other:  a: being the one (as of two or more) remaining or not included; held on with one hand and waved with the other one  b: being the one or ones distinct from that or those first mentioned or … More The Other Side

FMF: Release

Release When I ponder the word release today my thoughts go right to my parents and their garden.  It’s a fairly small plot of land, but for six years they’ve planted and tended and reaped a great harvest of vegetables.  All of us who live nearby have benefited too from their garden as they have … More FMF: Release

He didn’t settle

There’s a multitude of “rock and a hard place” scenarios my mind could ponder.  Sometimes the outcome doesn’t seem quite as assuredly joyous as the birth of a baby.  The rocky place of unemployment and serious health concerns in which we currently find ourselves offers decidedly daunting outcomes.  None of the options are appealing right now, and there’s a temptation to throw hands in the air and just settle. … More He didn’t settle

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.