Sunday, November 26, 2017

"Tomatoes & Tears" - published on Daughters of the Deep

Hello Readers! 

It has been quite some time since I posted; and I am sorry for that! I certainly have missed typing out my thoughts and feelings for my readers! 

Well, luckily, today, my most recent post on "Daughters of the Deep" went live.  So, please check it out at the link below! 

Tomatoes & Tears

They feast on the abundance of Your house; You give them drink from Your river of delights. (NIV)
 
“River of delights”….yes!  What a beautiful delight the Lord has given me, as I look at these beautiful vegetables and smile!  God quickly turned the stream of tears to a river of delight!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Faith Incompatibility in Your Relationship

Observing your own faith grow, can be a very magical experience!  We often have a desire to talk to others about the positive changes in our lives and to share our excitement in this regard!  What happens when we try to share our interest with someone important to us, and the feeling is not returned?
More and more women are experiencing relationship struggles regarding their faith incompatibility with their significant other. Many couples do not regularly attend church together, like was a custom in years past.  
I can relate! This has always been an issue in my own relationship. As I have grown and matured in my faith over the years, my husband seems to have stayed stationary; in the same spot he was when we said our vows.
If partners do not understand each other’s stance on the topic of faith, this can become a source of deep relationship frustration!
Many times, I have found myself hoping and praying that my significant other could experience deepening faith, as I have. I have wished for him to experience the love of God in the beautiful ways that I have. But, after years and years of praying for him to experience what I have, I finally realize, that each person has their very own “rate of growth” when it comes to their relationship with God.
So rather than praying for your significant other to progress in faith in a manner similar to you, pray for them to progress in faith as God intends for them to progress!
As I began to pay closer attention to the “faith gap” between my significant other and myself, I realized that some of it was being amplified by my desires for him to understand me more fully.  Who am I to expect that? All these years, I should have been praying for him to more fully understand GOD, not ‘my’ faith.  Because really, his relationship with God will blossom in its own way and at its own time as God leads him to a fuller understanding of His blessings and the importance of a solid relationship with Him.
As you wait patiently, to watch God move in your loved one’s life; I would urge you to pray Romans 15:5-6, over your relationship (replacing “you” with “us/we”):  
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (ESV)
And then, watch and wait. God is holding your relationship in His hands.  We can be certain that He has a plan, and will bring it to fruition at the perfect time!  So let us stop comparing our faith with that of our significant other, and let us embrace the difference and enjoy the ride as we wait and watch God move in their life, in His own time!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

When it Rains it Pours - My recent post of Daughters of the Deep

Hi everyone! 

I want to share this post with you!   I have been so busy, and so greatly BLESSED! 

Please click the link below, to read more about how amazing God has been in my life, and is in all of ours! 

When it Rains is Pours - Blog Post

Be Thankful!   Be Humble!   Feel and admire the strength coming directly from God, to you, for His purpose. And dear Christian Sisters, enjoy the pouring rain; dance in the pouring rain!


Saturday, September 2, 2017

My Testimony of Faith - Seen 1st on "Daughters of the Deep"

If you are interested in my story of faith, the delicate event that led to the deepening of my faith like none other; here's my story...

Here is the link to my raw, honest, testimony of faith, 
shared 1st on Daughters of the Deep....

My Testimony of Faith



My Grace is sufficient for you, 
for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 
2 Corinthians 12:9

"Why Lord" - My Post on Daughters of the Deep


Has God taken you out of someplace where you were relatively happy, and instead placed you in a situation that you did not understand? 

This blog post will encourage you during that season.


"Why Lord" - My Post on Daughters of the Deep


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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Attempts to Bring us Down

After having spent most of last week at a Christian Writing and Speaking Conference, I left there feeling empowered by God, to take on the World (well, maybe not the World.....it's a common phrase).

This conference included twice daily worship with amazing music, classes led by strong women of faith that radiate Jesus' love, main sessions that made you laugh and cry and pray and dance, all in the same 50 minutes, and more.   I am so blessed to have been able to attend for a 2nd time! 

I learned so much new information to help me move my ministry forward, and go after (ever harder) God's calling for me! 

On the flight home, I reviewed notes and made several different "To Do" lists, with the information that I had gained at the conference. 

I wasn't prepared however, for the Spiritual Warfare that would hit me, right after I arrived home.... I wasn't ready to go back to "the real world", I preferred to keep my mind and heart in that lovely place filled with singing Jesus Girls!

Well, guess what? Real life hit hard.  I walked into my home to screaming/arguing children and an exhausted, upset husband.  I sat my luggage down on a very dirty floor filled with Nerf Darts and tootsie roll wrappers, and there I was, back in "reality". 

Now, don't get me wrong, for the most part, I love my "reality".  Being a mother and ministering to my family is certainly a very large part of my calling from God too; and I love that part more than any other!  But, that hotel filled with serenity and praise (and full meals and sleep) was so fresh in my mind, that I longed to stay there just a little longer...

But my mind was jolted back to the screaming kids, and the dry garden, and the pile of dishes, and, and...    I spent that first afternoon and evening at home, trying to get things in order for my family's coming week (It was Sunday), and re-connecting with my children about all that they did while I was gone. 

The next morning, I awoke feeling overwhelmed by the "To Do" lists that I had made on the plane.   How was I ever going to accomplish all those things?  I prayed "Lord, this is not feasible.  How can I, one, single person, accomplish all that you have set on my heart to do?"

As I sluggishly got ready to go to my day job, this wonderful song came on Christian Radio, and it changed my whole perspective...


I was reminded, almost instantly, that the negative feelings that I was having, were certainly spiritual warfare, set up against all of the wonderful things that God had placed on my heart.  

Thanks to God's strategic placement of this song in that very moment, I was reminded that I don't have to worry about "when"; He will provide the time.  I don't have to hide in that quiet hotel room, or dodge the bullets of "real life", I can face them head on, and prevail, because I have the Armor of God on, and I will not be stopped. 

So ladies, although I know daunting days and delirious decades may be a part of your "real" life right now, carry on sweet sister, and be daily reminded of the bulletproof armor that God has placed upon you.  You don't have to fear or worry, for He will take care of you. He will take care of your family.  He will take care of whatever is heavy on your heart today.  

Don't allow the negative thoughts and emotions into your heart.  You are strong enough to push them away.  Heck, Girl, You are bulletproof.                          Click to Tweet



Sunday, June 11, 2017

"There is Always a Rainbow After the Storm" - my Monthly Post on "Daughters of the Deep"

Please check out my newest Blog Post on "Daughters of the Deep". 

"There is Always a Rainbow After The Storm"    Click on the title to read....

Here's a quote from the post:
So, dear daughters of the Heavenly Father, when you find yourself in one of life’s storms, trust in the one who can calm any storm.   Trust in the orchestrater of all things good and wonderful!  
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"Image Courtesy of "Illustrated Faith"  


Have a wonderful and blessed week! 

Monday, May 22, 2017

1st Post for "Daughters of the Deep"

Hi Readers!

I am so happy to announce that I am now a part of the writing team for "Daughters of the Deep"!

I will have a post on that community Blog monthly, and I will always share it here! 

So, CLICK HERE and Enjoy my first post on "Daughters of the Deep": 

"I" Did It".

This post is a great reminder to us all to not take the glory for ourselves, but rather honor God's Greatness with each blessing that we are given!  

Monday, May 1, 2017

Guest Post on "Made to Mother"

Hello Readers! 

Please enjoy my Guest post that went live today on "Made to Mother".   I had fun writing this very real post, about the craziness of motherhood! 

Here's a quote from the post: 

“There is nothing you cannot do with a whole lot of faith and a little bit of coffee.” That is my motto! (well, maybe a whole lot of coffee, too). Faith enables us to make it through the craziness of life."
Click Here, Mamas we are not weak! to check out my post.

Enjoy! 

Monday, April 24, 2017

With Faith All Things are Possible

It has been a funny, strange, day, or at least it makes me laugh. :-)

I am going to speak to a Mom's Next group tonight, and what the heck qualifies me to do that when I am such a mess myself? 

Just in the last two days, I have missed the spring baseball registration deadline, double-booked babysitters for a whole 24 hour period (and they both took it off from their jobs);   ugh.  

This morning I tried to tend to a sick kid, which included cleaning a humidifier, filling essential oil diffusers, making sore throat tea and honey, and more.  But, I didn't get up any earlier in the morning, because who pre-plans these things...right? 

But I somehow expected that I could do all of that, shower and get ready, and gather all of things needed for the day and evening, because I have a speaking engagement tonight....and still make it to school on time with the other kid.... 

Well guess what; I did it, essentially, but I was the mom squealing up to the school 30 seconds before the final bell rang, just like the mom on the movie Bad moms. :-) 

I had not experienced that school morning Rush before.
I guess it's something every mom must experience at least once. Ha!

Well, back to my speech tonight; I am going before mothers with kids in the same age range as mine, and I am supposed to give them some inspiration or information that they don't already know. How will I do that, when I can't even run a school morning in an effective way? 

Here's what I am going to do... I intend to walk in there and be real. I am going to tell them all about my disorganized, stressful, morning.  I am going to show them how discombobulated I was, and how, even though I wanted to crawl back in bed and hide, I made it through the day with the help of God.

You see, my topic for tonight is perseverance. A topic that my ministry value statement is built on.  Perseverance because of Faith; because without faith would we really make it through this craziness?  For me, and probably many of my readers, the answer is no. 

No, we couldn't make it through every day of this mommy craziness, without faith, trust in Him, and God's love. Because, without God and our knowledge that He is orchestrating every crazy moment for a reason; that He has our best interests in mind, we might not be able to keep going on this hamster-wheel of mommy life.

Well, I went to the event with my head held high; knowing that we are all in the same goofy, busy, rocking, motherhood, boat.   We shared stories, and laughed, and teared up.  We encouraged one another.  

I found the strength within my exhausted self, and certainly 100% by Faith, to inspire these other mamas to: 
  v Find the strength to weather life’s storms by turning to God for help.
  v Persevere through life’s valleys by clinging to your Faith.
  v Hear God’s voice and plan, even on the darkest of days. 

    I hope and pray that you too will be reminded today, that you and God together can persevere through whatever storm life currently has you in!   With faith, all things are possible! 



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