• 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 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…

  • through god's eyes
    Love,  Marriage

    Through God’s Eyes

    When my mom was raising me she asked God to help her see through my eyes. To this day she says that it made her a better mom. I believe we need to ask God the same for our husbands. We need to ask Him to help us see through our husband’s eyes. But we also need to ask God to help us see through His eyes. Not only should we learn to see ourselves as God sees us, but we need to see our husbands as God sees them. It’s easy to find faults in our husbands, to see only the things they do wrong. But we need to…

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    Monday’s Encouragement: God Will Deliver

    Friend, Whatever you are going through in your life right now, whatever promises God has made, He will deliver. He will deliver on His promises and He will bring you out of any bad situation you’re in, in His perfect timing. It’s hard to wait and it’s even harder to wait with a good attitude. I know, we’ve been having to wait on a promise for almost two years now. And sometimes I’ve waited with a good attitude and sometimes I’ve waited with a bad attitude, but I’ve still had to wait because God will not change His timing based on our attitude. His timing is perfect and it won’t…

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    Monday’s Encouragement: God Hears You

    We all wonder, sometimes, if God is actually listening to our prayers. Maybe we’ve been in a trial for a long time. Maybe we’ve been sick or barren or single or without a job or our financial situation is grim – and nothing is changing. Human nature is for us to wonder if God is hearing our prayers at all. And then, sometimes we even wonder if God is real or if we’re believing a lie. We all have times like this, especially when life gets really hard. Today I want to encourage you (and myself) that God always hears us. Throughout His Word, He shows that He hears the…

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    Saturday Thoughts: God is in the Details

    Just like a game of chess, God is always thinking and planning several steps ahead, mainly because He already knows the future and the outcome. God is outside of time so He isn’t bound by it as we are. We can’t see the future, but He already knows what will happen. How does this relate to God is in the details, you may ask? Well, because God is always planning ahead and the details of our lives are important to Him. Most of us understand that God has a plan and purpose for us. We see big things like financial blessings, being delivered from debt, being healed from a disease,…

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    Hearing from God

    I’m going to take a break from my series on sin because God has been speaking to my heart and gave me some things He wants me to talk about on my blog for the week. Today’s topic: Hearing from God. In my quiet time this week I heard the Lord say to my heart that He wants to speak to all His children, but that many of us just aren’t listening. Maybe we don’t take the time to really sit down and have a daily quiet time with Him, or when we do have a quiet time we’re focused on speaking to Him ourselves (prayer) but we don’t just…

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    Don’t Let the Sun Go Down

    Six of the sins I listed in the beginning of my series on sin all pretty much go together: murder, strife, malice, anger, rage, and brawling – they are all a progression of one sin. Let me define them all real quick just so we know exactly what we’re discussing. Strife = angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict Malice = the intention or desire to do evil; ill will Anger = a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility Rage = violent, uncontrollable anger Brawling = fight or quarrel in a rough or noisy way Murder = the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another Okay, stay with me here in this…

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    The Dangerous Threesome

    There are three very dangerous sins that, in a way, go together: greed, envy, and idolatry. I say that they are dangerous because they lead to many other sins and ultimately pull us away from following the Lord Jesus and living the way He wants us to live. I talked in another post about how godless our society has become or has really always been but now it’s just more out in the open, but this series on sin is not for the non-Christians, it is for those who claim to be born-again followers of Jesus and struggle with sin, just as we all do. We live in a world…