None the Same; Gathered As One

The extraordinarily beautiful and prosperous fruit tree which has grown up in the middle of this practice is a body of faith. We are none the same, but frequently gathered together to share in the abundant fruit of the Spirit of God. We have needed it – desperately needed this – during the most challenging season of our lives. The prayers of the saints have been powerful and effective, but even more so tenacious for us (all of us) to witness breakthrough after breakthrough. … More None the Same; Gathered As One

Does He Notice Me?

My questions about God were many and constant. In rare, unguarded moments of conversation with high school and college friends, I wondered aloud if God was interested in the details of our lives. Most people with whom I chatted seemed to think that the only answer to my ponderings was a sincere – No – for a variety of reasons. … More Does He Notice Me?

No Other

As a child who had not read the Bible and had rarely attended church, how is it that I could have such a simple faith in God and His Sovereignty? … More No Other

Community is a Gift

By the third day, our beach observations had made an amusing connection. We looked out onto the water at the mass of surfers quite numerous divided into several “small groups” with an occasional loner off to one side or the other. My man and I laughed as we identified ourselves according to social surfers and the loners. … More Community is a Gift

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A One Word Ponder: bittersweet

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At the end of our five weeks together, we joined in fellowship around a table to share a meal and discuss some of our gleanings from our time together.  One woman suggested that we continue together through the summer by writing creatively on one word.  She asked if I would be willing to send out ‘a word’ a week for each of us to ponder and write about.

Obviously, I said, “Of course, I would love to do this summer creative writing with y’all!”  And here we are with our first word:

bittersweet … More A One Word Ponder: bittersweet

Are you IN?

That’s me!  That’s what I need.  I need a renewal of my mind.  In fact, it occurred to me as I read these words this morning that most of the conversations I’ve enjoyed with friends lately have included these words from my mouth.   I’m declaring it openly.  My mind is tired.  I recognize that my thoughts are often fractured.  … More Are you IN?

Saturday Share with Me: Life and Truth With Motherly Love

Truth.  Outside of my immediate family, I’ve never been so challenged to speak the truth in love, keep short accounts, and forgive with extravagance.  Leading multi-faceted people in one unified direction is not for the faint of heart.  Honestly, I was humbled by my consistent need to ask forgiveness for myself.  My knees and my heart were raw in a good tenderized kind of way by the end of my term. … More Saturday Share with Me: Life and Truth With Motherly Love

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…

Grounded Deep

Trees were an important part of my childhood. Some of my fondest memories are wrapped around the enormous ficus tree, which lived in the center of our cul de sac. The Ficus branches were enough for all the children on the street to claim their own. And with seniority came the right to move up … More Grounded Deep