• More Than Ordinary
    Beliefs

    More Than Ordinary

    I think that far too often we Christians settle for an ordinary life. Go to college, get a job, get married, have kids, hopefully, die happy without too many regrets. That’s an ordinary life. That’s the kind of life that most non-Christians strive for and desire. But we were made for more than that! The moment we received salvation, we became extraordinary – and that is the kind of life God wants us to have. Do you know why I think there are so many Christians living from paycheck to paycheck? I don’t think it’s God’s will at all. I think it’s because people settle for what they have and think God…

  • In the Valley
    Beliefs

    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
    Beliefs

    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
    Beliefs

    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
    Beliefs

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • A Study on Psalm 39
    Beliefs,  Finances

    A Study on Psalm 39: Part Two

    On Monday I felt the Lord God lead me to Psalm 39, that it should be my topic for this week. Because there is so much in it I wanted to break it down into three parts. In the first post, we discussed how important it is for us to watch our words, that what we say is what will happen in our lives – both good and bad. Today I want to talk about repenting of our sins. 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…

  • A Study on Psalm 39
    Beliefs,  Finances

    A Study on Psalm 39

    When I asked the Lord this morning what He wanted me to write, Psalm 39 popped into my head. I didn’t even remember what that particular Psalm was about. I’ll post it here in case you don’t have it memorized either! 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…