Life in the Wilderness

Single flower sprouting in the Atacama desert

“If you’ve not been there yet, you will be”, “Everyone has a wilderness”, “It’s part of growing in God” These are just a few descriptions from others about living through a “wilderness” in their relationship with God, or even in everyday life. Yes, I have journeyed through times that I would consider a wilderness. Some of these such times were traveled with grace and it was a time of learning and growth. While in other times my human nature took control with impatience and wanting to know the … [Read more...]

Couponing and Dumpster Diving


The other day I wrote about the Lord asking Hagar, "Where have you come from and where are you going?" There is something very beneficial to our souls to reflect and remember where we once were. Part of living a life of gratitude and thanksgiving is to look back at some of the hard times. My kids like to remember things and often remember more vividly and more honestly than me. Kids don't have a filter or don't really know all of the circumstances surrounding a situation. One day, as we … [Read more...]

I Am Woman, Hear Me ROAR


There are songs, poems, Facebook quotes, Pinterest pins all dedicated to the famous lyric sung by Helen Reddy, “I am woman, hear me roar.” Ms. Reddy’s song was used to promote her thoughts and feelings on female empowerment. Although this quote that can be used in a multitude of ways, I am not focusing on empowerment but on how sometimes we females literally just ROAR. We can roar positively or negatively. Our roars can be loud, obnoxious, self-righteous and in a self-edifying manner or gentle … [Read more...]

Change of Hearts


We are looking in to the book of Jonah and so far we've seen how God sent Jonah to the Gentiles to warn them, how he disobeyed and went another way, how God intervened by the tempest and a fish and how he was delivered when he repented and prayed. Now we are in chapter 3 and we see not just one, but multiple CHANGE of hearts. Let's look at them one by one. God It says here in verse 3, "Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time". God had a plan for Jonah and the people of … [Read more...]

Get Out Of The Whale’s Belly


“Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” (Jonah 1:17, NKJV) Do you ever wonder why sometimes everything in your life seems to be going in the opposite direction of where you are trying to go? You are trying your best, but instead of everything you touch turning to gold, it dissolves. Maybe you lose your job, or, have a hard time finding one. Maybe, it seems that things in your house are starting to tear up … [Read more...]

If I Was Nineteen Again

This morning a young lady, 19-years old, asked me a question, “What would you do if you were nineteen and could do anything you wanted to do in the world? Your parents aren’t putting any pressure on you whatsoever to do any particular thing…WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” I had to think for a moment. As I processed the gravity and profound implications of her question, I imagined that same question coming from my 13-year old daughter in less than six years! My answer, I firmly believe, would be the same … [Read more...]

Love Others: A New Command


"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." --John 13:34 New can be described as a plethora of things. It can be exciting, challenging, and daunting among many other adjectives. New is all of these feelings and much more when Jesus provides us a new command because it is personal and should be incredibly motivating. Anytime you see the words highlighted red, meaning the words are an exact quote from Jesus Himself, in … [Read more...]

Wisdom for successful living


Proverbs 3:13: NKJV Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding; The Bible tells us that obtaining the wisdom of God, is the most important thing we can do in this life. Well that is going to take a lot of dedication on our part. We live in a busy world with a lot of things to demand our attention. But we have to ask ourselves the question, do we believe that God's Word is true? Well if we answered yes, then we have to make sure that we put seeking God's Word … [Read more...]

Hear. See. Move. (Part 2)


"Many people feel so pressured by the expectations of others that it causes them to be frustrated, miserable and confused about what they should do. But there is a way to live a simple, joy-filled, peaceful life, and the key is learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit, not the traditions or expectations of man." -Joyce Meyer Welcome back to my blog and thanks again for allowing me to share my thoughts and experiences with you! It's been a few months since we last spoke, but I'm back and … [Read more...]

Hope for the Struggling Parent

Parenting is hard work! I always thought once my children became adults, I wouldn’t have to worry about them anymore. I was so wrong! If you are like me, you made it a priority to instill godly values in your children with the idea that they would carry these values into adulthood. What should parents do when they see evidence that their children have walked away from their faith? Many believe they failed as a parent. One day while I was praying for my children, the Lord brought me to … [Read more...]