The Spirit Longs Jealously

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“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

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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?

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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

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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}

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}

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}

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}

Rise Up

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As a young girl, I remember standing next to my mom in worship services at our church, listening to her sing. I hated singing, because I felt like I could never reach the notes of the melody and didn’t like the sound of my own voice. With my limited range, I would strain to hear my mom’s harmonies and try to follow along with her. As I grew up and learned to play piano, I began to discover how to {Read More}