Perhaps it's the caffeine talking (I never drink coffee and did today) but I am ready to face the world today! Brace for JoyMonday's are overwhelming. Sometimes just life in general. Yet, today I have a word of encouragement for those of us who need it most. Trial and PeaceI'm in the middle of some... Continue Reading →
I'm feeling a little burned out over blogging everyday. I'm glad I committed to it though. It's exposed some of what I need to "lay aside" to "run the race" better. Hebrews 12:1
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it... Continue Reading →
The Story A lovely African woman is cooking outside her home. It's mid afternoon and she calls after some children running by. She begins to tell us a little about her family, her ethnicity, and a piece of her life struggle. That's when you notice her movements are a little odd. She seems normal in... Continue Reading →
This is the second time in one week that I have been nominated for a blogging award and I am so... shocked! Thank you to Pamela at Help Momma Sparkle for your gracious nomination. Here are the questions she asked me and the others to answer. After my answers you will see my nominations along with... Continue Reading →
When you are wondering about if you are doing what you should be in life, we can look to scripture to keep us pointed in the direction of truth. I had written this post (and never actually posted it) some months ago and was very encouraged when I read it again. Hopefully it will bless your day as well!
I had no idea that blogger awards were a thing until this week when I was nominated for TWO! Thank you so much to Erica at Grand Fashion Life for your nomination! I had no idea what that meant at the time, so I'm sorry this post is coming so late! Thank you , too, for... Continue Reading →
That time again. And for me, the first time! Blogtober is that fabulous time of year when all the beautifully skilled writers who flood the internet take to developing their craft by posting their handywork EVERY SINGLE DAY! I am going to try my skill and throw in with them! It's blogtober. Already. And I'm... Continue Reading →
This spoken word performance by Jackie Hill Perry is stunning! You should take the time today to listen to what she has to say about the identity of women. What is a Woman? It all comes back to God, and what He says we are. Praise Him!! Image from Genius with her music, which is... Continue Reading →
I like this old post from March and was wanting to reshare it today.
So, I have a lot inside me tonight. And I will write because if I don’t create I go mad. (Can I get an amen from anyone!?) And so, I ruminate here.
I have struggled recently, for the first time I must admit, with being a woman. I am faced with what might be considered a mid life crisis. (Although, I hope not being I’m barely 30. That doesn’t bode well for my longevity.) I am past the point of baring more children and all the difficulty that consumes your life along with that. And, thus, am looking into a future beyond these little years and wondering, “what will that look like?”
Average questions, right? These are things to ponder relevantly at most junctures. The difficulty is that as I have pressed into these questions, hoping to answer them with opportunities for growth and quality investment, I have met with…
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What a gorgeous morning! The sun poured in my windows and skylights like the beacon of a lighthouse with the honey glow that only the morning gives to it. I'm not normally a morning person, but when the sun greets me with its happiness after several long days of rain I feel ready to bounce... Continue Reading →
Shuffling papers quickly, I finish my passing time necessities just in time to catch a glimpse of her coming down the hall. She has her eyes rolling back and forth from wall to wall and along the floor in between, as she usually does. She moves at a long paced saunter down the hall, stopping... Continue Reading →
The struggle is real! I really want to spend more time in long form content and have some great topics, but I cannot seem to find the time! Summer is winding to a close and the school year is revving up. I don't have all the books I need year and really need to focus... Continue Reading →
This is the last chapter of Hosea, and so full of hope! God is represented as dew and shadow for the budding spirit within us.
Another glimpse into Gods wrath against sin. We have a chance to hope in God, or turn on Him in our suffering. What will we chose?
Matthew 11:25-30 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.[g] 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one... Continue Reading →
Kind of a confusing chapter. When you dig in you can really see the beauty of Hope in God. Our strength leads us where we shouldn't go.
The Shulamite is a wonderful example of the romantic depth we can have as humans, and the beauty of Christ's passion for the church.
The focus of this chapter is the love of the Father for His children and the wieght of their sinful acts.
I love old books! One of the things I look forward to is passing them on to the next generation, chock full of their knowledge...
I'm fortunate to have experiences that lend themselves to understanding this time we live in and the social justice frameworks that are being laid out. I hope that this can be the beginning of an ongoing conversatioon about the importance of perspective in racial and cultural issues.
Hosea is a book of warning of judgement of sin, yet throughout you see the message of hope that God has for all that would "break up the fallow ground".
I feel odd not having posted again until this. I have been hard core wrestling with the developments in the SBC and how that relates to women in the church. I promise, I will have something new soon. I really need to greave right now over what it means to be a woman in the... Continue Reading →
My post for today is actually over at Barefoot in a Holler. You should check it out! Spiritual Calling Calling is more than desires. It's all the little things....
I'm so excited to have this guest post from Kristen Carden on Worship. Our idea of worship can so often be skewed.
I guess this is what happens when you go on vacation. Even with the best of intentions you end up two days late on your posts!! So here it is. Chapter 8, two days late. As has been with Hosea the text is talking about judgement and retribution. But, as I have so far, I'm... Continue Reading →
Family Vacation I used to have this anticipation of relaxation. That my husband would take the kids some mornings, and we could have fast food, or convenience food at least. Fairly quickly I learned to live without this dream. Vacations with children are not relaxing. I end up doing more work and getting less sleep... Continue Reading →
The sounds of the spring evenings are a musical minagere of spring peepers, whiporwhil, and crickets. The air is slightly chilled. No Bugs! And the heavy scent of apple blossoms is all encompassing. I love spring! It's been so long in coming this year. The year winter would not end. I find myself counting the... Continue Reading →
Why do we make such rigid rules for things like being in God's word? Are we comfortable thinking outside the box?
This chapter points to the different ways we encounter God. And, most importantly, how He wants us to come to Him.
Our identity is derived from the identity of God. John Frame is a helpful resource for God's Lordship and our identity.
I had a strange conversation about abortion lately. Why do we need to have certain freedoms that make us less free?
So, after the last chapter we are left with a little puzzle. How do we get from condemnation for unfaithfulness to wooing and healing of relationship? How do we get from Not My People, and No Mercy, to My People and My God? It seems like an abrupt leap. I would warent that it's intended... Continue Reading →
Living convictedly is a challenge in all areas of life. Daniel 1 has some helpful insights into what we eat and drink.
Hosea's prophecy if a beautiful moving masterpiece of prophetic symbolism. The passion of redemption in chapter two cannot be overlooked.
Come on tell me your favorite! I just saw this on another blog and what a great way to expand you knowledge of what God does through His word. So tell me, what are your favorite passages!
Rejoicing in Gods sufficiency in Holy Week and his blessings to us to let us be a part of his work, now.
A right view of one of the primary characters of the book of Hosea.
Gods statement "I will" is the fist emphasis of Hosea.
Join me to study Hosea.
Hannah's love of God overflowed onto the destiny of her unborn child. May we remember this for our own little ones!
In Genesis we read about Leah and her struggle with a loveless life.
Tips for facing burn out!
A refreshing look at Martha in scripture.
Esther and the hidden beauties of God's plan for us as women.
I'm starting this blog to bring myself back. Back to who I am as a person. Back to a centering on what's important in my life. And mostly back to a daily reminder of who God is and His purposes for me. Much better than where things have been... (cue, background life noise.)