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When God Speaks

A Litte Background

I am notorious for buying books and then never having time to read them. I’m sure none of you do that, but it is a thing that happens to me often. I love to read and have stacks of books that I WILL get to one day!

Many years ago, I headed up the children’s Christmas play at the church we attended. The first year I was the only person willing to do it but I enjoyed it so much that I ended up leading it for the next 2 years as well. It was a lot of work but it was so rewarding! I would begin searching in July for the perfect little Christmas program for the kids. It had to have a great theme, some humor and of course really great music. By August I had the program in hand and was listening to the music whenever I was in the car by myself so that I would know every word before I started working with the kids. The most difficult part of the entire project was always deciding who would play which role in the play. It was inevitable that some child was going to be hurt that they didn’t get the role they wanted. I dreaded the day of announcing the roles of the play.

Second Guessing

One year in particular, I had a very difficult time deciding which play to do. I ended up choosing a play that included a theme of “giving” for the kids involved. The plan was for them to collect shoes to donate to the homeless shelters in town. I prepared big boxes to place in the church foyer for the donations. The play incorporated a beautiful story about showing God’s love to others by meeting their basic needs. Even after I decided, I had doubts about whether I chose the right program for our kids. Maybe it was too serious? Here we were focusing on a topic most kids are oblivious to. It seemed that things were not going as I had planned and I really began to doubt myself.

I presented the play to the kids in late August that year. We listened to the CD in kids church together and then began the list of who was interested in which role in the play. By the end of October, we had assigned roles and started practicing each week. By the end of November, the kids had memorized most of their lines but something still just didn’t seem to click.

Long Lost Book

Around this time, I began decorating my home for Christmas- bringing out all the boxes of Christmas decorations and family momento’s of Christmas pasts. As I rummaged through one of the boxes, I came across a book that I had bought 7 years before to read with my kids through the Advent season. It was one of those books that I never even cracked open. I decided to sit down and read the first story in the book immediately.

“Chicken Soup for the Soul- Christmas Version”

All week I had been doubting the kids play at church: did I choose the wrong one??? The kids just weren’t even TRYING to learn the songs this year. Most of the kids knew the speaking parts but the songs just weren’t clicking for some reason.

But then, the first story I read in the book that night was about a man witnessing some local teenagers on a side walk in town. The teens were riding their skateboards on the sidewalk when they stopped to talk to a homeless man on the street. As the man watched, the teens began removing their shoes, letting a homeless man try on their sneakers. The boys then gave him the socks off their feet and the shoes that fit him best. On a cold night. The teen Left the place barefoot- riding a skateboard!

And our play that year was about meeting the basic needs of people to show God’s love by donating SHOES!!!

What a powerful confirmation that was for me. Seven years before, I had bought a book that God would use to quell my doubts. So I knew it would all be ok. I was doing what God wanted me to do. I sat, reading that story with tears streaming down my face. It IS the right play for the kids! I love God’s sense of humor! HE”S got this- I just need to do my part and leave the rest up to HIM!

When God Speaks

Sometimes when God speaks, it’s just a gentle reminder to calm our minds that want to question everything. That’s what I think of when I hear people talk about a “still, small voice”. It’s a confirmation that can come in so many different ways.

  • Psalms 29:4 (NIV)The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.
  • Job 11:7 (NIV)“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
  • Colossians 1:10 (NIV)so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

My prayer for you today is that you will ask God to help you with those things you are worrying about. And then, keep your heart and mind open for that “still, small voice”, the voice of the One who loves you more than you can imagine!

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Keeping Guard


Sometimes we need to slow down and just observe what is around us to hear God speaking.

Contemplating the awesome wonder of God’s creation this afternoon. Listening to nature praise Him for this beautiful day. I wonder how loud and glorious the praise was when Noah’s family and the animals finally left the Ark?!!! I am constantly reminded of His goodness as I observe this world God created. As I stared into the waters I saw that the bass had spawned! A million tiny fish swimming under their mother. With the Father fish- a nice size bass keeping guard at a distance. He swims back and forth. He chases any danger away. Isn’t that how God is with us- we may not always see Him but he is there guarding His children.

On the Battle Front

Even as I was surrounded that day with peaceful sights and sounds, I realized that I was on the battle front. There is a constant war going on, a war for our attention, for our affection, for our time, for our souls and for our family. That is why we must put on the armor of God every day. Armor protects us, but only if we wear it. It does no good if it is hanging in the closet or if we are driving around town with it in the trunk of our vehicle.

Here’s what God’s word says about it:

The Armor of God (Ephesians 6)

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having belted your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having strapped on your feet the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18  With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be alert with all perseverance and every request for all the saints, 19 and pray in my behalf, that speech may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Notice that in each verse the armor is God’s. It is not even our own, but it is HIS! In verse ten “be strong in the Lord” and “in the power of His might”. Everything we need to fight the battles that we face, it all comes from HIM. We can’t do any of it on our own, yet HE has provided for us everything that is necessary to fight the battles before us!

What I See…

We may not always see the battles around us. Sometimes we are sleeping. We are not on guard. We miss it. It feels like it may be too late. Maybe the enemy has already taken some territory and you feel like you aren’t brave enough or strong enough to take it back, but HE is. God is enough! He is on your side- on the winning side! Don’t ever give up! I love this translation from The Message Bible:

  • Deuteronomy 20:1 (MSG)When you go to war against your enemy and see horses and chariots and soldiers far outnumbering you, do not recoil in fear of them; God, your God, who brought you up out of Egypt is with you. When the battle is about to begin, let the priest come forward and speak to the troops. He’ll say, “Attention, Israel. In a few minutes you’re going to do battle with your enemies. Don’t waver in resolve. Don’t fear. Don’t hesitate. Don’t panic. God, your God, is right there with you, fighting with you against your enemies, fighting to win.”

My prayer for you today is that you will be on guard. So many times I miss what is happening to those I love, even to myself, because I am not on guard. I become distracted by the business of life. May God help us to see what is around us, to put on the full Armor of God and take back ALL of the territory that the enemy has tried to steal. I pray that every thought that it’s too late for you will be taken captive. I pray that every doubt will vanish, that every fear will bow in the name of Jesus. I pray that you will be encouraged today as you stand guard over your family. May the peace of God be with you.

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Giving it All

All About Perspective

Making Sacrifices

In January of each year, instead of making resolutions that I will surely break, I choose to fast and pray about something specific. Sometimes I feel led to fast for certain days or even weeks at a time. This year, I felt impressed to fast something I love for the entire year. I know that may seem extreme, but I am reminded DAILY of what I have given up and WHY I felt impressed to give it up every single day for a whole year. It reminds me to pray and seek God even more. A fast is not about making a deal with God, it’s about making a sacrifice TO Him and drawing near to Him.

So What is a Sacrifice?

When you think about the word “sacrifice”, do you think of stories from the Old Testament? One that stands out to me is when Abraham was commanded to take his only son, Isaac, and offer him as a sacrifice. This is his only son and they waited a really long time to have him in their lives. But, Abraham obeyed and God stepped in and provided a lamb for the sacrifice when Abraham was obedient.

Definition of sacrifice from Merriam-webster

1: an act of offering to a deity something precious especially  the killing of a victim on an altar

2something offered in sacrifice

3adestruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else

b: something given up or lost the sacrifices made by parents

What are you willing to sacrifice?

God has really been dealing with me about false gods lately. We all have them. Just look around your home and think of something there that you can’t do without. Where does your “treasure” lie? Is it your family? Your time? Your money? Maybe it’s that car you always wanted. Or that big investment. I recently re-read a book “Gods at War” by Kyle Idleman (you can find it here and it has me thinking a lot about what I have placed the most importance on in my life.

I’m not saying that if you shouldn’t care about anything except God, I’m just asking you to ponder on this question:

Are you willing to do ANYTHING for God? What are you willing to sacrifice?

Giving it all

In Matthew 19 we read…

The Rich Young Ruler

16Just then someone came up and asked him, “Teacher, what good must I do to have eternal life?” 

17  “Why do you ask me about what is good?”   he said to him. “There is only one who is good.  If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

18“Which ones?” he asked him.

Jesus answered: Do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness;  19honor your father and your mother; and love your neighbor as yourself.

20“I have kept all these,” the young man told him. “What do I still lack?”

21  “If you want to be perfect,”   Jesus said to him, “go, sell your belongings and give to the poor,  and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 When the young man heard that, he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.

See, the Rich Young Ruler was willing to follow all the “Rules” but he still felt there was something missing, something that was keeping him from eternal life. The truth is, anything we put before or above God is holding us back from our full potential. It keeps us from a closer walk with Him.

My prayer for you is that you will surrender fully to God. I’ve been guilty of placing my kids, my husband, my family, even my own selfish desires above the one and only true God. The truth is, it is a daily sacrifice to lay down the need to control situations, the desires of my own heart and surrender it all to God. But see, no one loves us like He does. So no one can love my kids better than He can. He is so, so good. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever.

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Full House!

What to do when the House is Full?

Every year I have to participate in training for the classes I lead. It’s the same training every year and this will be my 5th year to attend the training! My class of 8th graders study Logic, Math, Exposition, Science, Latin, and History. The students study a Mock Trial, complete college level studies that integrate apologetics and even write their own short stories! Talk about an intimidating list of subjects! I am thankful that we are required to participate- I always feel equipped and ready to teach my students when we finish training every summer. Last summer, when I went to the training classes I saw familiar faces- friends and colleagues that I have worked with for a few years now. When I walked into the large gathering place, there was no room for me at their table. My heart sank. Have you ever walked into a gathering and there was no room for you? I immediately felt isolated and out of place. It certainly was not intentional, but it made me feel a little sad.

I wanted to sit at their table.

I wanted to be accepted.

I wanted to be part of the group.

Instead, I found myself in a room full of people, sitting at a table all alone.


We call our homeschool style “Classical” and our days that we meet are called “Community”. Community is defined as 1) a unified body of individuals, 2) a social state or condition or 3) society at large. When I think about community, I think of our homeschool group. I think of our church, and I think of the small town I live in. A community is not just people in the same area! It is: relationships, family, support, accountability, encouragement, communications, interdependence and so much more! It is a vital part of human life!

True Friends

It wasn’t long before my friends invited me to join them at their already overcrowded table. But it was long enough for God to stir this thought in my heart about belonging and I declined my friends invitation to join their table. I had come into the room looking for my group, for my “people”, but now I just wanted to sit and think about what God was trying to tell me in that moment.


Don’t we all want to be accepted, to be part of something? To feel like we belong?

When I searched the Bible, I was amazed at how many verses there are with “belong” in them!

  • Psalms 24:1 (NCV)The earth belongs to the Lord, and everything in it— the world and all its people.
  • Psalms 30:4 (NCV)Sing praises to the Lord, you who belong to him; praise his holy name.
  • Psalms 85:10 (NCV)Love and truth belong to God’s people; goodness and peace will be theirs.
  • 1 Chronicles 29:11 (NCV)Lord, you are great and powerful. You have glory, victory, and honor. Everything in heaven and on earth belongs to you. The kingdom belongs to you, Lord; you are the ruler over everything.
  • Matthew 19:14 (NCV)but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people who are like these children.”

There were so many verses! And I was so encouraged by what I read- we don’t belong to this world. We don’t belong to each other. We don’t even belong to a family or even to a church. We belong to HIM! We belong to God! The King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s says we belong to Him! And He has a seat at His table for you friend!

What does it all mean?

I think what God was trying to show me in all of this is how important it is for us to include others. Be the one who reaches out to the girl sitting by herself, or the new person. Speak to the person ringing up your purchase at the store or your server at the restaurant. We carry the love of God with us everywhere we go, not just inside the walls of the church. I pray that I do that well. I pray that God keeps reminding me that so many people feel alone, left out, or rejected and it is our responsibility to reach out to others to share God’s love.

My prayer for you today, dear friend, is that if this spoke to your heart- if you’ve ever felt like there wasn’t room for you at the table, that you will see that God has a place for you at HIS table. You are so loved and He has everything you need! I pray that HIS ‘River of Love’ will flow through us all so that ALL may know Him! If you want to know more about Jesus, leave a comment and I will be happy to message you privately!

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Confession Time

A sweet gift from my student!


Lately God has been dealing with me about my attitude.

I am going through the dreaded menopause and my emotions are so raw. My family is constantly telling me how I am always mad. I keep saying the wrong things. I try to be funny but end up hurting my husbands feelings. I am constantly being criticized and it is just awful. I find myself building walls and keeping to myself more and more just to avoid saying the wrong thing or coming across mad. It makes me feel so lonely and sad. It’s a vicious cycle that I am desperately trying to find my way out of.


Last week my husband worked on screening in our back porch. He had the worst attitude about it. He was grumpy. It was obvious that he did not want to do this project. He resented doing it. He wanted to be out hunting or on the tractor or putting fences around the property. Anything but screening in the porch. His bad attitude made me realize that I have a confession to make.

I am doing all the things to take care of my family: cooking, cleaning, laundry, stocking the pantry, teaching Noah, helping with projects around the farm and absolutely anything else I am asked to do.

I do all these things because I love my family.

But I have not been doing them in Love.

I have been doing all the things begrudgingly. Grumbling under my breath while I go pick something up at the store. Throwing dinner together with a bad attitude, “Why do I always have to cook” or “Why can’t someone else do this” or “I just want to go out to dinner”. The laundry- who even cares if there are wrinkles? No one even notices that the clothes are clean!

I have let the mundane chores become a bitter place for my bad attitude to dwell.

The Plank

As I watched my husband work so hard on screening in the porch, I wanted to tell him how ridiculous his behavior was but there was this still, small voice that had me look at my own attitude instead. The Lord reminded me of a scripture that deals with confronting another person.

Here’s what the Bible says about his bad attitude in Matthew 7:

3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?  4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.


I confess that one hurt a little! And that reminds me of my favorite coffee mug…


Every morning I drink coffee from this mug that one of my precious students gave me last year. It’s pale pink inside and has 1 Corinthians 16:14 written on both sides.

1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all that you do be done in Love”.

It’s such a simple reminder!

So HOW do I fix my attitude? Drinking more coffee might help, but that alone will not work! Trust me, I’ve tried.

I began by confessing in prayer: “Father God, I am sorry for my bad attitude. Somewhere along the way I have lost my joy in these mundane tasks and stopped doing them IN LOVE. Please help me to do these things IN LOVE. I know that I am not only doing them for my family, but I’m doing them for YOU as an act of worship. I’m thankful for this family you blessed me with. I’m thankful for the washer, dryer, running water, refrigerator, pantry, stove to cook on, dishwasher, vacuum, broom, mop, beds to make, clothes to wash, and people to love. I am blessed beyond measure! I will praise you as I prepare our meals, as I clean our home, as I shop for food, and do all the tasks you have set before me. Please remove any bitterness, any anger or resentment that has rooted itself in my mind or heart. Amen.”

Next, I apologized to my husband and my kids. Just a simple apology and acknowledgement can go a long way in making things right again. It will take effort to purposefully do things in love again, and I am sure that I will mess up along the way, but I am going to try my best and let God do the rest!


It’s so easy to get burned out in this life. Our routines become roots of bitterness instead of themes of thankfulness.

My prayer for you today is that somehow my confession will help you get the speck out of your own eye. Perhaps your “speck” is not a bad attitude. Perhaps it’s jealousy or anger. Perhaps it’s unforgiveness or sin. Whatever it may be, there is One who loves you and want’s you to confess, apologize and give it over to Him. More coffee won’t fix it. More business won’t fix it. Only God can fix these broken places in our lives, and only if we let Him.

I am reminded of this song by Steven Curtis Chapman I heard on the radio a few years ago. It was so relevant to me then, with the craziness of 3 children in the house. It really helped me change my view of motherhood and how I can worship the Lord in all that I do. Here’s the cheesy video:

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This Is Not My Home…

Someplace “Comfortable”

Have you ever longed to be somewhere else?

There are certainly situations we face in life that make us feel uncomfortable! Perhaps a dinner party where you feel so out of place that you want to hide in the bathroom until it’s over? I’ve certainly been to a few of those!

Or maybe you’ve been some place so wonderful that you never want to leave? A wonderful family beach vacation where life seems so perfect you wish time could just stand still?

There’s No Place Like Home!

Some of you don’t know me. And most of you don’t know that I have moved 22 times! That’s almost every two years for my entire life! It’s no wonder that I never feel like I’m “Home” unless I’m with my family. “Home” to me is not a destination; it’s not a house. “Home” to me is wherever my family is. But there is truly more to this feeling than just moving so many times.

See, this world is not my “Home”. I long for another home, another place that I have never been.

A “Home Sweet Home” like we have never known before, one with:

No more pain,

No more sorrow,

No more fear,

No disease,

No tears.

Sounds pretty amazing, huh?

A little research:

In my search for exactly what the Bible says about our heavenly home, I came across the Message translation and wanted to share it with you. If you haven’t checked it out yet, is a wonderful source that makes it so easy to compare different translations!


1-5 For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven—God-made, not handmade—and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move—and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less. 6-8 That’s why we live with such good cheer. You won’t see us drooping our heads or dragging our feet! Cramped conditions here don’t get us down. They only remind us of the spacious living conditions ahead. It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going. Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us? When the time comes, we’ll be plenty ready to exchange exile for homecoming. 9-10 But neither exile nor homecoming is the main thing. Cheerfully pleasing God is the main thing, and that’s what we aim to do, regardless of our conditions. Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’s coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad. 11-14 That keeps us vigilant, you can be sure. It’s no light thing to know that we’ll all one day stand in that place of Judgment. That’s why we work urgently with everyone we meet to get them ready to face God. God alone knows how well we do this, but I hope you realize how much and deeply we care.

Home Sweet Home

I can not wait to go home! What a glorious time it is going to be!

My prayer for you today is that God would awaken in you a deep longing to be Home with Him! There is nothing like His love and the peace that He gives in this life so I can only imagine what it will be to stand face to face with Him one day!

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A Million Miracles

A beautiful old tree stump

Raw and Real

A hundred times I have tried to write this update.

If you have been following our progress on the farm, you know that we just finished our farm house. It was quite the project, in the middle of the pandemic with the added stress of hurricane landfalls that affected the supply chains all across the United States. When we finally received our windows, it was a whirlwind of crews onsite each day. We waited anxiously for our turn to take over and complete the interior of our little dream home.

Most people don’t know, but just as we working in the final weeks, I began having some serious medical problems. I am nearing the age of menopause, so at first I was not concerned at all. The Lord kept speaking to me throughout this time, reminding me of the woman with the issue of blood. Its such a well known miracle.

To understand the context, we need to go back in time to the Old Testament. In Leviticus, we can read about all the rules for being “clean” or without sin. There were steps you had to take in certain situations. These were the laws and they were followed strictly for generations. Here is what it says:

Leviticus 15:25“ ‘When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period. 26 Any bed she lies on while her discharge continues will be unclean, as is her bed during her monthly period, and anything she sits on will be unclean, as during her period. 27 Anyone who touches them will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. 28 “ ‘When she is cleansed from her discharge, she must count off seven days, and after that she will be ceremonially clean. 29 On the eighth day she must take two doves or two young pigeons and bring them to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 30 The priest is to sacrifice one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. In this way he will make atonement for her before the Lord for the uncleanness of her discharge. 31 “ ‘You must keep the Israelites separate from things that make them unclean, so they will not die in their uncleanness for defiling my dwelling place, which is among them.’ ”

So back to the New Testament when we read about the woman in Mark 5, we know that she has had an issue of blood. She has been bleeding for 12 years. For 12 years, she had been suffering physically. She had spent everything she had in search of a cure. But so much more than that, she had been suffering emotionally. See, according to the Old Laws, she was unclean. No one was allowed to touch her or even touch anything that she had touched. It saddened me so much when I realized this.

How incredibly lonely she must have been.

She must have ached for a hug.

Just to reach out and touch someone.

So when we read in Mark 5, we know that she was truly desperate to go into the crowd and attempt to touch the hem of Jesus’ cloak.

Mark 5:24 A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

What a moment that must have been for her! See, Jesus didn’t rebuke her for touching him when she was unclean. There, in the crowd of people, HE said “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”


For seven long weeks I had irregular bleeding. Some days I couldn’t even go anywhere, it was so bad. At one point, my doctor ordered an ultrasound and based on those results we scheduled a biopsy to see if it was cancer.

It was scary.

It was raw.

It was real.

And lets face it, it was embarrassing. How do you even ask people to pray for you when the issue is blood? So I felt alone. And yet, day after day, the Lord reminded me of the woman with the issue of blood. I read the scripture over and over. It wrecked me. I realized that there must be so many who feel alone. Who feel “unclean”, “unworthy”, or “unloved”. And it wrecked me for women everywhere.


In Hebrews 9 we read again about the Laws of Moses and the New Covenant with Jesus:

 1Hebrews 9:9 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.”  21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Although I was wrecked by the revelations I discovered in my study, I was overjoyed at the outcome for this precious woman with the issue of blood. She was healed and she was publicly validated. Jesus could have just let her be healed but he made her speak up in the crowd. He made her admit that she was the one who had touched him. I’m sure everyone knew of her. To not touch her because she was “unclean”. But he validated her right there in the crowd. He redeemed her!


Her miracle was not just the physical suffering but it was so much more than that!

Let that soak in. Jesus cares about your physical suffering. He cares about your financial suffering. He cares about your emotional suffering. He cares about it all. He paid the price to redeem all of it, if only you will ask him.

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Test Results and Answered Prayers

On Monday morning, I went to our homeschool co-op and taught my 8th grade class. I left at lunch to go have the biopsy. Before I left, some of my dearest friends prayed with me for a miracle. The procedure went well. The doctor gave me a prescription to help alleviate the bleeding, because I had to go to the ER it had gotten so bad and they were concerned that my blood count was getting too low. I never had to take that medicine. My results came back negative. Praise the Lord for no cancer! And the day the results came back the bleeding completely stopped. All the pain was gone. All of the issues were healed!

I’m not sure why we suffer. What I do know is that it is in those moments we see God, we get to know HIM for who HE is.

Our Healer.

Our Redeemer.

Our Provider.

He truly is all we need.

My Prayer

Oh dear friend, my prayer for you is that you would have an encounter with the Lord. One that will change you and redeem you. One that will heal you and restore you. Whatever it is you are suffering from, I pray that the Lord himself will meet you where you are right now. I pray that your eyes will see a thousand little miracles- they are everywhere if only you will look for them.

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As defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary, Captivated means “having one’s interest or attention held or captured by something or someone charming, beautiful, entertaining, etc”.


As I am writing this, our country is in complete opposition. It is so disheartening to see neighbor against neighbor. To hear the sheer hatred spewed from each “side”. When did we become teams? When did we become against each other instead of for the good of us all? When did we begin to hate one another for having differing opinions? Isn’t that what our great nation was founded on? The freedom to disagree is a luxury.

It seems that as a nation, we have become captivated by the daily news. Be honest, how many of you leave the news on all day? How many of you actually try to fact check what the news is telling us? Do you find yourself “captivated”?

Too much TV

As I watched the news this afternoon, a feeling of dread came over me. I am so saddened by it all. But the thing that stands out to me the most is that people must truly feel there is no other way. When you lose hope, you become desperate. When you become desperate, you usually take things into your own hands. So many people feel that the next President of the United States is going to fulfill all the promises he made and somehow “fix” something.

Our Hope

No man can do that. No man can save our country. No man can truly make your life better. Only God can do that. Our hope does not lie in a man or woman. Our hope lies in Jesus. When HE came to earth, lived and died for our sins, HE gave us all hope. When we surrender to HIM and live a life that reflects the mercy, grace and love that HE truly demonstrated for us, we stop looking to anyone else for our hope.

I challenge you to turn that tv off and take some time to read your Bible, listen to a podcast (I listened to a great one this morning or listen to praise and worship music.

  • Romans 5:5 (NIV)And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
  • Romans 15:13 (NIV) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Psalms 42:5 (NIV) Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
  • Psalms 25:21 (NIV) May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.
  • Psalms 33:18 (NIV) But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

My Prayer For You

I have prayed this over my children since they were very small. I continue to pray this over them and tonight I am praying this over each of you too.

Father God, you are so good to us. You fill us with hope, love and peace. You comfort our weary minds. You alone are our hope. I pray that YOUR truth will ring loudly. I pray that from the tops of their heads to the soles of their feet, each person reading this tonight will be captivated by the love of God- that your love will drip like oil from them and that they will serve YOU alone all their days. I pray that you alone will be the center of our lives. Amen!

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Defining Reflection


As I was driving out to the farm this morning, I was praying and spending a little time going over the events of the past few months since we bought our property. I love to stop and remember where we were and where God has brought us. There is a beautiful unfolding of a story that continually repeats the unfailing love and faithfulness of God that amazes me. The morning was full of remembrance and reflection.

Reflection is a word that has multiple meanings. Here is Miriam-Webster Dictionary definition:



Definition of reflection

1: an instance of reflecting especially : the return of light or sound waves from a surface
2: the production of an image by or as if by a mirror
3a: the action of bending or folding back
b: a reflected part : FOLD
4: something produced by reflecting: such as
a: an image given back by a reflecting surface
b: an effect produced by an influence

The photo above is from the time we lived on a small lake. I loved to kayak the lake in the early morning when the water was smooth and reflected everything so beautifully. The morning I took this picture, the reflection was amazingly clear. Almost a mirror image of our little boat. The reflection is not actually a boat, but it LOOKS like a boat. When people look at me or you, what do they see? Do they see a mom? Do they see a friend? Do they see a father? What is it that you look like? We were created in the image of God.

  • Genesis 1:27 (NIV)

    So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

So we were made to look like God. And we are supposed to look like Him in the everyday, little things in our life.

  • Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

    In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

I love water and its reflective properties, but do you know what HAS to happen for the water to reflect an image? It has to be still and there has to be light. The more calm and still the water is, the more clearly the image is reflected.

On one side you can see a photo of a bright, beautifully calm day. On the other side you can see water that is full of movement. Which one has a better reflection?


Sometimes we just have to be still. It is good to remember the goodness of God and what He has done in your life. To be still and simply be with Him.

My prayer for you today is that you will know God’s faithfulness and love. That it will be a part of who you are so much that you become a reflection of Him. Oh what a wonderful thing that will be, when people look at you and see Jesus’ love reflected in your life!

  • 2 Timothy 2:7 (NIV)

    Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.


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Walking in Faith

The featured photos are of Jamey and I on a 3 hour hike last year and another photo of my dear friend Renae and I painting the ceilings at the mission house in Belize.


God has been so good to me! On May 16, 2016 I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. A nerve complication after breaking my foot on April 1 and tearing ligaments. Look it up. It will terrify you. Extreme cases even have their affected limb amputated. The doctor used words like chronic, lifelong issues. But you see my God is bigger! Here I am walking with NO pain! And I never took anything stronger than Aleve! My foot is healed! And I know it was a God thing!

I missed ONE step! Just one step.

I was carrying a chair down 3 steps to finish setting up for Noah’s birthday party in 2016. I had never broken a bone, but when I fell I immediately knew something was wrong. I was misdiagnosed at the emergency room and sent home. The following Monday I was sent to a specialist who confirmed my foot was broken. Over the next few weeks I went for a weekly x-ray and check up. I kept telling my doctor that my foot was still swelling and painful. He said it was normal. He didn’t realize the seriousness of my complaint until 8 weeks later when my foot still looked like this:


I reached out asking everyone I knew to pray: Please pray. This is what I’m dealing with. Along with tingling, numbness and shooting pains every single time I get up and move around. It’s hard to describe. I just want to be better. I believe in The healing power through the blood of Jesus. There is nothing He can’t do!

I began physical therapy. There was concern that I might not be able to walk due to the numbness in my foot. I prayed for healing and believed for it too. Within four weeks I was walking a mile every day! The therapists and doctors were amazed.

Last spring I spent several days standing on my tiptoes painting a mission house in Belize. No pain, no swelling! I can run and jump! My foot is healed! To God be all the Glory! I am so thankful for every step I take!

Jamey and I on a 3 hour hike on Lookout Mountain!
  • Psalms 6:2 (NIV)

    Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.

  • Luke 10:9 (NIV)

    Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

  • Psalms 147:3 (NIV)

    He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

I am so thankful for the healing power of God! What areas of your life are you seeking healing in? God is able to heal you physically, mentally, and spiritually. Pray, seek and believe!


  • Psalms 145:3 (NIV)

    Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.

  • Psalms 105:2 (NIV)

    Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.

  • Psalms 145:6 (NIV)

    They tell of the power of your awesome works— and I will proclaim your great deeds.

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