My Word for 2014: Allure

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A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to preach a short 10-minute sermon at Sanctuary House of Prayer on my favorite scripture passage. At first, my instinct was to go to the book of Song of Songs, as it has always been dear to my heart. But then I considered the book of Hosea, which is also a favorite of mine and I thought of a particular verse that has spoken to my heart many times over. As {Read More}

True and Faithful

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Revelation 21:3-5 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” 5 Then He who sat on the {Read More}

My Weekend Retreat – Part 2 – His Confident Love

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While on my weekend retreat at Women Refreshed at the Well, I had many opportunities to sit in multiple beautiful locations throughout the house and journal to my heart’s content! I loved the gorgeous chair in my room, where I spent much of my first evening, writing down the gazillion questions I wanted to ask the Lord and have Him answer. That evening, He gently told me to not get too anxious about getting all my questions answered in those {Read More}

My Weekend Retreat – Part 1

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As you may know, I went on a weekend retreat to get away with Jesus, just me and Him, and let me tell you – it was WONDERFUL!!! It may sound silly, but one of the things that actually ministered to my heart the most, was all the attention to detail that my hostess, Joy, put into every room, every fabric choice, every decoration, every painting, every meal, every choice of dinnerware and napkins – everything! It felt like she {Read More}

Latest & Greatest

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So, I’ve been pretty bad at doing any kind of updates on my blog lately – there just isn’t enough time in the day!!! However, if you’re curious about the on-goings of our family, there is a way for you to be kept in the loop, even if I neglect this blog somewhat. Since my husband Joe went on staff at Sanctuary House of Prayer as an intercessory missionary, we have been doing our best to send out monthly updates {Read More}

Confidence in Love

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A couple of days ago, I was reading in John 11 about the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead. The one phrase that really captured my attention, though, was when the sisters sent a message to Jesus, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” I was struck by their confidence in the love that Jesus had for their brother, and I’m sure for themselves as well, that this is how they would identify him. I just {Read More}

Come and See

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I’ve recently started reading and studying the book of John through a Bible Study called “Meet Jesus” that is part of the Hello Mornings Challenge for women to rise early in the morning to spend time in prayer and in the Word. This is my third time joining the Hello Mornings Challenge (each one is 13 weeks long) and I have really enjoyed the accountability and spiritual community with other women who are seeking Jesus together in the early hours {Read More}

She Has Done What She Could

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“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me…She has done what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” Mark 14:6, 8-9 Most often, the story of Mary anointing Jesus with perfume is told in the perspective of the disciples, {Read More}

The Essential Jesus – Psalm 14

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You can read about the origins of this blog series on The Essential Jesus here and catch up on previous posts here. Psalm 14 There are those who say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are foolish and their minds have been corrupted with my enemy’s lies. To live with this belief is to live without restraint, doing whatever pleases you, completely disregarding what is right and good. For without me, there is not one person in all {Read More}

Don’t Let the Seeds Be Choked

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Recently, the parable of the sower from Mark 4:14-20 struck me in a new way. Lately, I’ve had moments where I’ve been reading the Bible or listening to preaching and the Holy Spirit has struck my heart with revelation and conviction. While seeing my sin or weakness can be painful, I have felt genuine joy at Him showing me something that He wants to correct and make more like Jesus. I believe my heart is sincere in its desire to {Read More}