When I was a young teenager and had my first real encounter with the presence of God, I was deeply impacted by His love for me. For whatever reason, He drew me into studying the book of Song of Solomon, where He introduced me to the idea that I was part of the Bride of Christ and Jesus was my heavenly Bridegroom who pursued me and sought to fully win my heart. This revelation has held me steadfast over the {Read More}


I usually have pretty high expectations of myself. I expect that I should… be an amazing wife raise my children to be lovers of Jesus and grow up to become men and women of excellent character spend quality time with my husband and kids spend quality time with God in prayer and in His Word take good care of my family by making sure they are clothed and well-fed take good care of my home by seeking to maintain an {Read More}

My Word for 2017: Trust

It’s been a VERY long time since I have written on this blog, but I felt that it was time for me to write something, even if it’s just to get me back into writing. I didn’t know what to write about, but I thought that sharing about my word for 2017 was a good place to start in this new year. This is our fourth year as a family, prayerfully each choosing a word for the year ahead that {Read More}

The Spirit Longs Jealously

“Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the Spirit he caused to dwell in us longs jealously?” James 4:5 The verse above seems to be a difficult one for translators of the Bible to interpret, as there are several different ways in which they propose that it can be translated. However, of the several options, the wording above is the one that resonates the most deeply in my heart. It seems that as I have felt my heart {Read More}

I Can’t Live Without Hunger

This is the second post in a series on spiritual hunger, you can read the other posts here. I clearly remember being in a service where the preacher was speaking about feeding our spirit and feeding our flesh. Our spirit and our flesh are constantly at war with each other and depending on which one we are feeding, that will determine which one is stronger and which one will win the battle. “For the flesh desires what is contrary to {Read More}

Are You Hungry?

I’ve been thinking a lot about spiritual hunger lately. Hunger for more of the Lord has always been a staple for me in my walk with God, though there have been seasons where it has felt stronger or weaker. I’ve come to believe that spiritual hunger is a gift from God, but I also believe that it is something that needs to be nurtured and cultivated and kept alive by continually saying “yes” to it. However, you could probably argue {Read More}

Book Review: The Pleasure of His Company by Dutch Sheets

I’ve read some other books by Dutch Sheets before, so I was looking forward to the opportunity to read his latest book The Pleasure of His Company. With 30 short chapters all about how we can enter into and actually enjoy God’s presence, it’s a book that you don’t necessarily want to read all at once, but is great to use as a daily devotional or even weekly reading, as these short chapters still pack plenty of food for thought {Read More}

Book Review: You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream by Holley Gerth

You may recall the review I wrote of Holley Gerth’s book “You’re Already Amazing“, which is a great book for discovering who God created you to be and the strengths and gifts He’s given you. Her next book, “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream” is a fantastic follow-up that takes things a step further (though it can definitely be read independently) and I am so glad I got the opportunity to review this one for you as well! Here’s what {Read More}

The Essential Jesus – Psalm 14

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}

Book Review: Dreams and Visions by Tom Doyle

Jesus appears to be revealing Himself to Muslims through powerful dreams and visions throughout the Islamic world today, and the results are dramatic. Eleven years ago, Pastor Tom Doyle felt God calling him to leave the pastorate and become a full-time missionary in the Middle East and Central Asia. Through his extensive work in the region, which includes over 80 trips to places like Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Israel, Lebanon, and Turkey, Tom has met and recorded the stories {Read More}