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Part Two – “Self-Care” is About His Body Too Today we’re going to examine how self-care relates to “His body.” Last week we looked to the example of Jesus to try and learn what true, Biblical self-care looks like. We discovered that Jesus did, in fact, practice self-care during His time here on earth. Though, it didn’t really look much like the picture the world tries to paint for us.   Jesus made spending time alone with His Father a priority. He went through grueling spiritual preparations before entering into battle with Satan. He was in tune with the Holy Spirit, and willing to change His plans if God led Him aRead More →

Part One – Is Self-Care a Pride Issue?  It’s a big buzz word these days – Self-Care. Especially in the world of Betrayal Trauma Recovery. Unfortunately, it’s an idea that’s always kinda rubbed me the wrong way. The concept feels contrary to the self-sacrificing life I’ve always believed I’m called to lead as a follower of Christ.   When the proverbial uh-hum… dookey?… hit the fan, though, I was forced to re-evaluate my beliefs in just about every area of my life. I had to take a magnifying glass to my heart and allow the Word of God to divide out the things that didn’t line up. As I started down the long road toRead More →

I am so excited to be writing this post! When I started this blog almost one year ago, I had no idea where our story was headed. All I knew was that God was asking me to share it, so I did. I was scared to death. As 2016 ended and 2017 began, I was broken and hurting. I feared my marriage was over, that my husband was lost, and that I was worthless and disposable. I was the lowest I had ever been. It wasn’t much different for my love, or for our marriage. We were at our all-time low, and we had noRead More →

What comes to mind when you think of Mary, the mother of Christ? My guess is that most of us have found inspiration in her story. She was a godly young lady. One we should all look to as an example and role model. We easily recognize the great honor she was given: selected from all the women throughout time to mother the Savior of the world! But have we pondered the trials of such a magnificent calling? I believe with some study and a little contemplation, a fuller appreciation for her story can help put into perspective the trials we’re called to endure for the cause ofRead More →

The Shepherds  Close your eyes and imagine with me that we are two shepherds tending our flocks together on a hillside on the outskirts of Bethlehem. Something stirs within us. Our skin pricks with eager anticipation, but we’re not sure why. The stars are bright tonight, and their twinkling light almost looks as if they’re dancing in the sky. As we watch our sheep we begin to whisper, though we’re not sure why we feel the need for the hush.   We quietly discuss the chaos in town as hundreds of people have flooded in to register for Caesar Augustus’s big census. We’ve both taken in family members from out of townRead More →

Intro by Esther Hosea Welcome to the very first ever guest post here on His Dearly Loved Daughter! Thanks so much to Bailey Suzio from The Thin Place for blessing us with this wonderful challenge to cultivate a longing for the return of Christ! To my readers, Bailey is going to talk about living with a sense of longing. She’s going to describe the way we live – waiting for the day when Christ will return to right all wrongs. Precious sisters, I know that many of us know far too well what it is to live with yearning. We know what it is toRead More →

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving praising God with the ones you love! It’s time to wrap up this Redeeming Thanksgiving series, and begin to prepare our hearts for Christmas. I gotta tell ya, writing this series has been such a blessing to me! While I started this month out with some trepidation over this holiday with the potential to trigger excruciating memories, I stand before you now in humble gratitude to the One who has truly redeemed this precious day. I am in awe of His mercies to me despite my continual lack of faith. His blessings never cease.  Hebrews 12:28-29 – Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and pleaseRead More →

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this Thursday! That means we’re already in the third week of this Redeeming Thanksgiving series. If you missed out on the first four installments, I encourage you to go back and read them. We’ve had a wonderful time learning to cultivate a heart of thanksgiving to restore what has been broken, and to re-ignite hope, joy, and a peace that passes all understanding. Today, let’s examine another powerful side effect of thankfulness – it makes the enemy flee!  Learning from King Jehoshaphat  In 2 Chronicles 20, we find the account of one of many mighty miracles performed by God for His people. It’s an exciting story that holds a wonderful lesson forRead More →

I hope you’ve been redeeming thanksgiving with me this month! If you haven’t noticed, Hope for Today has also been focusing on developing a thankful heart all month. My prayer is that by the time Thanksgiving actually rolls around we’ll have set the world on fire with our exuberant praises for the Lord God Almighty! Last week we learned how a thankful heart can produce hope and joy. Today, let’s look at another by-product of thanksgiving:  The Peace of God  Philippians 4:6-7 – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you willRead More →

I hope you read Cultivating a Heart of Thanksgiving to Restore the Broken last week. In it I explained why I feel the need to take the month of November and dedicate it to learning everything we can about thanks-giving. The practice of giving thanks has a much grander role in the life of a believer than one celebratory day a year could encompass. Still, that one day is special to me, and it has been abused in recent years. I want to redeem this wonderful holiday, or rather, I want to allow my great and mighty God to redeem it. I hope you’ll join me allRead More →