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}

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}

My Story

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My husband recently shared his story on his new blog, in which he shared some exciting news regarding his work and ministry! I encourage you to go read it, but I also wanted to share the same story from my vantage point. From a young age, Jesus captivated my heart with His love and I found myself identifying with Mary of Bethany, who simply desired to sit at the feet of Jesus, gaze at His face and listen to Him {Read More}

Allure

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A paraphrase of portions of Hosea 2-3… My Beloved, You have said, “I will go after my lovers, who give me my entertainment, my escape, who fascinate and satisfy my desires, and who make me feel valuable and liked.” Therefore, look and see what I will do. I will hedge up your way with thorns and wall you in, so that you cannot find their paths. Though you chase your lovers, I will not let you catch them; yes, though {Read More}

I Know How To Love You

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Several months ago, we were sitting at the dinner table and asked Justice to pray for our meal, and in the midst of thanking God for the food, he said this phrase that blew me away. It was so simple, yet seemed so profound and it seemed even more so coming from the mouth of my then 3-year-old son. He thanked God that, “You know how to love us.” Wow. For some reason, this was something that I had never {Read More}