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}

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}

The Deep Things of God

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…as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” —but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians {Read More}

Fear of Disappointing God

I recently received the opportunity to read and review Max Lucado’s upcoming book “Fearless”, which is scheduled to be released on September 8th and on which date you will get to read my thoughts on it. Until then, I have to keep it “hush-hush”, but I am already being touched by it and God is putting His finger on some things in my heart. I’ve known for a while that I struggle with fear. I fear losing those I love. {Read More}