Devotion: The Lord Is Our Strength

“The Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights.” ~Habakkuk 3:19 I hate heights. They make me feel unsafe and insecure. One time, I was prepared to forfeit a weekend’s rent on a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains because I got … Read more…

Are You Prepared for Change?

I dislike change. I really do. I like everything to stay the same. I enjoy predictability. Well, I used to dislike change and enjoy predictability. Lately, however, I have been feeling a strong urge to make a big change—what that change is, I don’t know. I have prayed about it, and I feel like the … Read more…

Only with God

“She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family.” (Proverbs 31:15 NIV) During the school year, this verse speaks to me almost every weekday morning as I rise before the sun. The middle school day in our district begins early, and one of my tasks is rousing my thirteen-year-old son. … Read more…

Seeing the Good

Sin. It’s ugly. Actually, that’s not completely true. A lot of sin is not ugly. It’s enticing. It’s fun. Sin itself can be downright attractive because the devil is a deceiver. The results of sin, however, are ugly, and this world can be a whole mess of ugly. Why? That’s a question both the faithful … Read more…

The Kindness Series: Choosing Kindness Over Rightness

Today I am welcoming my friend Andrea Stunz from Empty Plate, Full Heart. She is sharing with us the importance of showing kindness in your marriage. By Andrea Stunz I had become bitter, grumpy, angry and sad. I had chosen to allow pain to take root in my soul, and I fed it well and … Read more…

The Kindness Series: Kindness, Generosity, and Lessons from a Poor College Student

by Carrie Beth Tigges While in college, my story was similar to many other students– I worked 2-3 part-time jobs, sometimes working as many as 25-30 hours per week.  I was active on my college campus as a member of a sorority, Student Government leadership, campus ministries, singing in an a cappella group, and just … Read more…

The Kindness Series: How to Listen, Love, Repeat [Give-a-way]

I am so excited to kick-off this series on my blog. On Wednesdays and Fridays over the next month, a group of really wonderful women will be writing about kindness. These ladies will be sharing many great perspectives on the attitude of kindness. How to Listen, Love, Repeat Back in the fall, I had the … Read more…

Fighting Fear

“The only thing worry succeeds in producing in my life is a whole lot of agony.” – Kelly Balarie, Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears I have been a worrier for most of my life. I think it partly comes from being a planner (ahem, control freak). I only feel comfortable with a … Read more…

Inaguaration Inspiration

No matter what side of the aisle you happen to fall on, this truth remains: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. -Psalm 33:12 As a Christian it is my responsibility to first and foremost uphold and promote the Lord’s precepts and commands. Secondly, as an American, I should uphold and promote the … Read more…

Love is Not Self-Seeking

31 Days of Marriage Guest Series: Love is Not Self-Seeking I am so excited to be participating in the 31 Days of Marriage Guest Series with Jordan Harrell. Read this thoughtful and helpful series and sign up for the 31 Days of Prayer for Your Marriage.   I roll over with a groan and silence … Read more…

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