• In the Valley

    In the Valley

    We all go through valleys in life. No one wants to because being in a valley isn’t fun, sometimes it doesn’t even seem fair. Maybe you’re obediently and faithfully following God. You expect to be prospering and succeeding, right? But instead, God is leading you through a valley. King David said in Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk     through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,     for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff,     they comfort me. We need to remember not to be afraid when we walk through the valley. A valley is usually a place of confusion, frustration, irritation, and yes, fear. We don’t know…

  • God is Our Shepherd

    God is Our Shepherd

    The first Scriptures that I memorized as a child were all of Psalm 23. In fact, I’m going to write it here from memory: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He leads me on the path of righteousness for His name’s sake. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil,…

  • The Power of Prayer

    The Power of Prayer

    I’ve talked about prayer before but I feel it bears repeating. I don’t think we, as Christians, truly understand the power of prayer. Prayer is how we communicate with God. It is a conversation, just as you might sit and talk to your husband or your mom or a friend. Even Jesus prayed to God by going off on His own and spending a quiet time with Him. For me, personally, I find that I need to write out my prayers that way I can focus my thoughts and not be easily distracted. I have a document on my computer and every morning I write my prayers to the Lord,…

  • doubt is not okay

    Doubt is Not Okay

    Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of preachers saying that doubt is okay. Now, their point is probably valid – I haven’t watched all of their sermons and maybe they’re just saying that God won’t punish us for doubting, which I believe is true. And yes, God can “handle” our doubts (I hear that from preachers a lot) and I think what they mean by those words is that God isn’t thrown off when we doubt Him, which is also true because He already knew that we would doubt Him and when. However, nowhere in the Bible does it say that doubt is okay. In fact, God’s Word says the…

  • The Battle is the Lord's
    Beliefs,  Marriage

    The Battle is the Lord’s

    We all fight battles every single day. Some are small, like losing your keys, forgetting your wallet, or being in so much of a rush that you don’t get to drink your first cup of coffee. Some are big like illnesses, the death of a loved one, living in poverty or with severe financial lack. But regardless of the size of our battles, we are never fighting them alone. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Joshua 1:5) God promised Joshua and promises us as well, that He will always be with us, that He will never leave or forsake…

  • Love,  Marriage

    Love: What Is It Really?

    I am so excited to tell you guys about my new and improved book available on Kindle for only $6.99! Do you know how to love? Do you want to improve your relationships? For years I have been fascinated by the concept of love. Not the worldly principle of love like romance or sex, but rather God’s view of love. Love is one of the most talked about subjects in the world. Almost every song, movie, and television show are about or include love. One thing I’ve learned over the years, was that what God says about love and what society says about love are two very different things. I’ve…

  • Being Grateful
    Beliefs,  Love,  Marriage

    Being Grateful

    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Col. 3:15) This may seem obvious but the truth is most of us tend to be ungrateful much of the time. When I first wake up in the morning my flesh isn’t grateful. It isn’t happy to be alive another day. It isn’t thankful that it has work that day or that it needs to clean the house or go grocery shopping. Mainly, my flesh just wants to go back to sleep. But the Lord has been teaching me lately, a lot of it through my husband, that I need…

  • Talk About It
    Fighting,  Love,  Marriage

    Talk About It

    Yesterday was not a very good day for Justin or me. I’m not going into a lot of detail, but suffice it to say I’d been angry about something for awhile and kept hoping the feeling would go away. It didn’t. And instead of talking to Justin about it when I was calm and rational, I ended up screaming at him before he went to work because the emotions I’d been bottling up exploded everywhere. It was a bad morning. But we both had time to calm down while he was gone and by the time he came home from work, we were okay again. We talked it out and…

  • What to do in Hard Times
    Fighting,  Finances,  Love,  Marriage

    What to do in Hard Times

    We all know that times get hard whether you’re married or single, but if you are married you don’t have to go through those hard times on your own. Yes, we can always have friends and family to help us, and God will never leave us nor forsake us, but if you’re married you have a live-in helper too. You and your husband will go through hard times together. We can’t always prevent those times from coming. We can’t always make them end  – sometimes God wants us to go through them. But we do have a choice on what we do in those hard times. I see married couples…

  • A Study on Psalm 39
    Beliefs,  Finances

    A Study on Psalm 39: Part Three

    Today I’m going to finish my study of Psalm 39 with a discussion on how we’re supposed to submit our finances to our Heavenly Father. I said, “I will watch my ways     and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth     while in the presence of the wicked.” So I remained utterly silent,     not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased;     my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned;     then I spoke with my tongue:  “Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days;| let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth;     the span of…