• The Battle is the Lord's
    Faith,  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…

  • Entertainment,  Love,  Marriage,  Relationships

    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
    Faith,  Healthy Living,  Joy,  Love,  Marriage,  Peace

    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
    Love,  Marriage,  Relationships

    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
    Faith,  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
    Faith,  Finances,  Sin

    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
    Faith,  Finances,  Sin

    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
    Faith,  Finances,  Sin

    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…

  • How To Stay Married for the Long-Term
    Marriage

    How To Stay Married for the Long-Term

    Tara: I just want to introduce our new guest poster, my mom, Karen! This post was written by her, edited by me. Look out for more great blog posts from her later on! And if you would like to contribute as a guest poster on this blog, send me an email! I’d love to hear from you! My darling husband and I just celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary last month and it really had me pondering how we have made it this long when so many marriages are failing and ending in divorce, even Christian marriages. I have prayed and thought about it for a while now and God took…

  • 7 Tips to Stay in Peace
    Peace

    7 Tips to Stay in Peace

    This world is filled with fear, worry, anxiety, and doubt. We’re busy making money, paying bills, taking care of our families – and many times we have a hard time feeling peace in our lives. So, today, I want to give you seven tips on how you can stay in peace even with your busy life! 1. Control Your Thoughts I can’t stress this enough – we need to learn to control our thoughts. One of the first things I think when I wake up in the morning is something similar to this, “Why keep trying? Why not just give up? You’ll never accomplish your dreams. Things will never get…