• I Will Not Be Shaken
    Faith,  Hope

    I Will Not Be Shaken

    I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8) No matter what is going on in our lives, we need to keep our eyes on the Lord and stand firm in our faith. I know how hard that is, believe me. My husband and I need a financial miracle right now and time is starting to go against us. I want to give up hope, my flesh and even logic tell me to let go of the vision and dream I believe God has given us for our future, but I am nothing if not stubborn and I will…

  • Boast in the Lord
    Sin,  Wisdom

    Boast in the Lord

    But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. (2 Corinthians 10:17-18) Today the world seems obsessed with accomplishments. In the past, you could just be…you. You were a wife, a mom, a secretary, a clerk. You didn’t need to accomplish anything great or have 1,000 followers or 100,000 likes to feel good about yourself. You didn’t need to climb the corporate ladder, start a business, “work from home”, or have some sort of job title. You just did what you did and that was it. But today society wants…

  • its all about choices
    Children,  Marriage,  Relationships

    It’s All About Choices

    Note: This is written by our new guest blogger, Karen (my mom)! I hope you enjoy! You can also check out her first post here! I have heard many times over the years how “lucky” or “blessed” I am to have the daughter or husband that I have but to me, it is neither luck nor just being blessed but rather through fervent prayer and making the right choices. I made a bad choice the first time I was married because I wouldn’t listen to the wisdom around me and married the wrong man and it ended in a divorce after two years.  I was so devastated by this that I…

  • Predestination vs free will
    Faith

    Predestination vs. Free Will

    For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10) I know there is a lot of argument among Christians on the difference between predestination and free will and I believe that today’s verse addresses that. Now, please realize that I am not talking about salvation: who gets saved, whether that is predestined or not. That would be an entirely different blog post. This post is based on the assumption that you are already saved (if you’re reading this) and that you want to know if your future is preordained and/or if you have free will…

  • God is our Refuge
    Faith,  Hope

    God is our Refuge

    God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) We all go through hard times whether it’s loneliness, sickness, financial stress, relationship problems or whatever else may come against you in life. And we all go through seasons. We have seasons of trials and difficulties and seasons of abundance and peace. Even though we can’t control these seasons or prevent trials and difficulties, we can be sure of one thing: we are never alone. God is our refuge and He is our strength. When we’re in trouble, He’ll always be there to strengthen us and give us peace, and eventually, bring us out of the trouble.…

  • we are god's delight
    Hope,  Joy,  Love

    We Are God’s Delight

    For the Lord takes delight in His people; He crowns the humble with victory. (Psalm 149:4) When I chose this verse for today’s blog post I asked the Lord what He wanted me to write. I could write about humility and how God raises up the humble and gives them victory. That seemed like the obvious choice. But instead, I found myself writing the title “We are God’s Delight” because I believe it is so very important to God that we understand how He feels about us. I think we can be very hard on ourselves, at least I know I can be. I remember every mistake, every wrong word said, I…

  • Gods Words are True
    Faith,  Hope

    God’s Words are True

    All Your words are true; all Your righteous laws are eternal. (Psalm 119:160) It’s hard to know what’s true in the world today, isn’t it? With photoshop, filters on photos, film editing, and technology like that it’s easy to be deceived. News stations (on television or online) talk about their own version of the news based on their political slant and you can never be fully certain of who is telling the truth – if anyone is at all. When we’re around other people we wear masks: the mask of being the perfect spouse, the perfect parent, the boss, the coworker, the employee. Whatever it is, it isn’t always the…

  • Heart Appearance
    Faith,  Relationships

    Heart Appearance

    But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) If you grew up in the church or have been around church-people long enough you’ve probably heard the phrase (or something similar) to look at things through God’s eyes. Maybe you’re fighting with someone and a friend tells you to look at them through God’s eyes. Marriage counselors tell you to look at your spouse through God’s eyes. Preachers tell us to look at our trials through God’s eyes. To…

  • Hope in God's Word
    Faith,  Hope,  Wisdom

    Hope in God’s Word

    You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in Your word. (Psalm 119:114) I don’t believe any of us purposefully hope in other things. I’ve never heard a Christian say, “You know what, I don’t want to hope in God, I’m going to hope in this or that instead.” I’ve never even thought about it to myself. And yet we all end up hoping in things other than God or His Word, don’t we? When I first got married, Justin and I put our hope in his job because he made a lot of money at the time. But by the end of one month, he’d…

  • Be the Light
    Faith,  Joy,  Love,  Relationships

    Be the Light

    “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14,16 If you turn on the news, watch a TV show or movie, read a book (fiction or non-fiction), even just sitting on a park bench or in a mall and watching people, you’ll see that we live in a dark world. It isn’t that all people are evil, but all people are born into sin (Ps. 51:5; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 3:23) and none of us are considered “good” by…