1 Degree Matters

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Blog | 34 comments

  Have you ever noticed when the temperature outside goes up one degree? I don’t, yet the thermometer shows it has. It isn’t until the temperature changes by five or ten degrees that I begin to feel it. I notice the cumulative effects of a bunch of degrees, but the individual degrees themselves, go unnoticed.   “Your eyes [God] saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.”  ~Psalm 139:16 ESV On February 2, 2012, I will have been alive...

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The most awkward gift given to Jesus

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

  I want to extend my deepest thanks to Pastor Skip Heitzig for his latest sermon series on the three gifts  of the magi. Doing an in-depth study on the wise men and their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh in the Biblical Christmas narrative is fascinating and a delight to this Bible loving gal. In the interest of giving credit to where it is due, the inspiration for this post comes from the notes I took from Pastor Skip’s Sunday sermon. Be encouraged dear readers and Merry Christmas!       Have you ever...

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My prayer for you this Holiday season

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Blog | 4 comments

    The season of unending emails is here. Our beloved email inboxes are being inundated with Black Friday advertisements and Holiday event announcements as we speak. However, you may notice that your inbox is NOT full of blog posts from this mama. (Yikes! I know, I know) Life is crazy round here y’all. I recently returned from Texas where I participated in two ministry events. It was a tremendous honor to share a message about “restoration” with a beautiful group of mamas and their tween daughters. It was...

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Top 5 Christmas reads for 2014

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Blog | 6 comments

  Merry December! Are you finished with your Christmas shopping yet? I think I am done with mine. Until one of you posts about a killer Zulilly or Amazon deal, which makes me second guess myself. Oh, social media how you highlight the remarkable ideas of all my amazing friends. Darn you…     So for those avid readers out there, or for those still shopping, I compiled a list of Christmas books that I consider to be must-reads. I recently discovered these books, and if one does not fall into the “genre” you...

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Living in “a lot” and “this” God

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

  This may come as a shock, but I have not always loved God. I assumed I did, but I was wrong. My past attempts at being a “good” person did not prove that I loved God. To truly follow and know God (a phrase I often heard my “Christian” friends and family say religiously, no pun intended) seemed… well, weird and unappealing. I had my ways and my thoughts about how my life should go. I certainly did not need “this” God to correct, teach, or even love me. And yet, my ways often fail. My thoughts...

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66 in 1 Series: Remain firm instead of flabby

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in 66 in 1 series, Blog | 2 comments

  I am attempting to read through all 66 books of the Bible this year. Whenever I am challenged or encouraged by a particular word, verse, or passage, I will share it with you. Welcome to my “66 in 1″ series.       I remember what being outnumbered feels like. Lonely. Nauseating. Terrifying. I remember a group of boys picking on a lone boy at recess because he was playing with the kickball they wanted. I remember a clique of girls gossiping about their friend because she possessed the affections of a boy one of...

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Jumping Off Slides & Celebrating Roxie

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Blog | 8 comments

  I am the proud mama of a little boy that loves to jump off of the objects around him. He recently jumped off of the slide at recess and scraped his elbow. Has this stopped him from continuing his jumping pursuits? Nope. Bless him. About a week after the slide incident, we sat down at the kitchen table to work on his handwriting assignment. At one point, my son adjusted the position of his arm so he could write his letters better. He immediately yelled, “OUCH! It hurts mommy!” My little guy managed to rub his wounded elbow...

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Pure Eyes, Clean Heart: A Couples’ Journey to Freedom from Pornography

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

    My dear friend, Jen Ferguson, is joining us today and sharing an excerpt of her new book, Pure Eyes, Clean Heart.  Jen and her husband, Craig, are living proof that a marriage threatened by the stronghold of pornography can be healed and restored.  Do you feel like you will never be able to forgive your spouse for viewing porn? Do you feel like all your attempts at trying to remove porn from your spouse’s eyes are failing? Or perhaps you are the spouse with the addiction and you feel that you will never overcome this....

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Turning 39 is Most Excellent

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Blog | 4 comments

  I  LOVE birthdays and any reason to celebrate someone or something. As I’ve mentioned before, God has bestowed upon me a highly energetic and extroverted personality. Whenever there is a reason to party, I am THERE. In fact, several of you asked how I “feel” now that my 30s are coming to an end. I am partying alright and I feel most excellent. (Thanks Bill and Ted and Netflix for adding this phrase to my vocabulary )     But seriously… my age no longer matters to me. These numbers, along with the ones...

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Inviting Jesus into the germ infested booth at McDonalds

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Blog, Motherhood | 7 comments

  I’ve noticed a trend in my social life recently. Whenever I get together with another mama of little ones, I mostly talk about “surfacy things.” I will only share personal issues once I know a fellow mama has my Crayola marker streaked back. But… (and this is painful to admit) I do not know how my friend is doing spiritually while in the midst of the splash pad, playground, or germ infested booth at McDonalds. Is she struggling to trust God? Is she content with where God has her? How is she doing really… I...

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But God

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Blog | 4 comments

  Friends, I’ve noticed a lot of frustration, anger, and discouragement on social media lately. Something needs to change. I believe that something has to do with: focus.     We choose not to forgive a friend or neighbor. But God forgives. We become frustrated with ourselves and with our own hang ups. But God is compassionate and gracious. We loathe our own reflection in the mirror. But God approves and infinitely loves. But God. But God. But God. Put your focus back on God. Cease hanging out with un-forgiveness,...

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