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Mariama Part 1 – Following God when Faith Costs You Everything *This is a true story, but names have been changed and places have been kept very vague.  The people in this story live in a part of the world where Christians are persecuted for their faith.  Telling their story puts them in danger, but they want people to know what God is doing.  God is using these brave believers in mighty ways, but they need our help. They need our prayers, and they need our support. Ephesians 6:18 –   Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believersRead More →

*I want to start off with a great big thank-you to my followers.  I’ve taken the last month off from blogging, and since this is such a brand new blog I really thought my audience would drop down to nothing as soon as I stopped doing the social media work that brings most of my traffic.  And while my daily page views dropped significantly, I was so thrilled to find that there have still been a small group of you coming and reading every single day.  I don’t know who you are, but you are appreciated and I pray that God is using what you areRead More →

I told you back here how much my love has been growing spiritually and promised to talk more about it soon.  Today is the last day of our 90 day therapeutic separation, so it seems like a great time to celebrate what God has been doing.  Our Bible reading plan through those first few months took us through Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.  If you’ve ever read them, you know that these books can become somewhat difficult to get through.  Once you get past the first half of Exodus there isn’t a whole lot of narrative, at least not in big chunks.  Instead there areRead More →

Psalms 139 is one of my favorite chapters in the whole Bible.  It paints a beautiful picture of God’s tender, intimate care for each of us!  When we stop to consider who God is, how very great He is, it’s so humbling to then realize that He takes the time to know each of us so well.  Who am I that He would consider me?  Who am I that He would care about me?  My life is but a breath and yet He counts me worthy of His great love!  I am so thankful! O Lord, You have examined my heart and know everything aboutRead More →

I’ve mentioned before that sometimes when I can’t sleep, (particularly when my mind is racing) I’ll play a little game with myself.  It’s an attempt to focus my thoughts on God and thank Him for who He is.  At the same time, it slows my brain down or breaks a cycle of obsessive thinking.  The game (which my mom taught me years ago) is simple: I pray my way through the alphabet.  With each letter I pick either a name or an attribute of God and then thank Him for it.  Sometimes I will spend as much time as I can on each letter, thinkingRead More →

At the moment, my story is full of hope.  My love is seeking and following God and the Holy Spirit is doing a mighty work and making him new.  Our faithful God is healing me, He is healing our children, and He is restoring our unity.  I praise Him for all of this! But at the time that I first started this blog, that was not my story.  Our situation was as broken as it had ever been and I felt total hopelessness for our marriage, and frankly for my future.  I don’t ever want to forget how that felt because as God is bringingRead More →

We have so much to celebrate in our home this Easter season!  Sure, the past few years have been difficult.  There has been a lot of pain and a lot of sadness.  Hearts have been broken.  Trust has been lost.  But when we reflect on the redemptive work that God has done in our family these past three months, how can we do anything but rejoice?  He has breathed new life into places long dead.  We are believing Him to continue that work and see it through to the day when He returns and completes what He has started in us. This Holy Week hasRead More →

I have been sharing with you recently about the Anxiety and Depression that both my love and I have been dealing with.  You can read more about that here, here, and here.  I must admit, I have been skeptical in the past when I would hear people talking about either of those issues.  They have become such buzz words.  Over-used, over-diagnosed, and over-medicated.  At  least, that’s what I thought.  It just so happens that my best friend suffers greatly with a real-deal anxiety disorder and after walking through that with her, and seeing her several times in the throws of severe panic attacks, I justRead More →

An Update to Our Story from the Past 45 Days “Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, ‘Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?‘ ‘You don’t have enough faith,’ Jesus told them. ‘I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move.  Nothing would be impossible.‘” – Matthew 17:19-21  Hopefully yesterday you read Part One of this story.  If not, you might want to take the time to stop and do that now.  Yesterday I told you what our plan has looked like for theRead More →

An Update to Our Story from the Past 45 Days “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.  These trials will show that your faith is genuine.  It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold – though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. ” – 1 Peter 1:6-7 Well, we’re halfway through the 90 day therapeutic separation I talked about here.  I thought it would be a good idea to give a little update because God has been doing some big stuff!  We ended up changing a fewRead More →