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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 →

Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday for a long time! I love everything about it: The food, the fellowship, the family, the fall, and all the wonderful feels. (Hehe, I didn’t even mean to make those all words that start with F until the end. Fun! Haha)  But the past few years have taken a big ole dump all over my Thanksgivings.  In 2015 I caught my husband in an affair (the first time I had discovered an actual physical affair) days before Thanksgiving. I don’t remember much about that Thanksgiving Day, other than feeling completely shell-shocked. Like the world was still moving silently around me, but in slow motion – while I was frozen stiff, with a ringing inRead More →

Part Two – Be Informed. Know the Facts Last week we talked about the dangers of pornography in marriage from a Biblical perspective. This week let’s get informed about some of the facts surrounding this issue. There is much debate about whether or not pornography is actually addictive, especially among those in the mental health community. Much of this is due to the fact that as more and more information surfaces, “the experts” are having a really hard time defining what an addiction even is. New technology has provided a wealth of information about how the human brain works that just isn’t what they expected. Trying to fit thisRead More →

Part One – Know Who You Are. Know Why It Matters  A few weeks ago, I had an experience that has rocked me to my core. Since that day I have been overwhelmed with a burden for the generation of women who identify as millennials. Many in this young group of ladies are entering the early years of marriage. My eyes have been opened to an issue they’re dealing with that breaks my heart. An issue that sends me to my knees.   It comes as no surprise to me that the world at large has turned a blind eye to the life-shattering dangers of pornography, but I was stunned to find that even among “moral”Read More →

  A Poem of Thanksgiving  I’m going to do something a little different this week. Bear with me. Life has been moving so fast lately. I feel like Bilbo described in The Lord of the Rings, “Like butter scraped across too much bread.”   So I’m going to take a moment and just breathe.  I’m going to take time to reflect on my God, and to praise Him.  Through the month of November, I will be doing a series on Redeeming Thanksgiving, but I thought it would be fun to get us in the mood a little early this year with a poem written from my heart to the Lord. Enjoy.  When life speeds up, andRead More →

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure statement here. Book Review: Hope for the Hurting Wife  I’m really excited to tell you about a book I’ve been reading – Hope for the Hurting Wife: 30 Days of Encouragement for Your Marriage by Rebekah Hallberg & Jen Stults. If you find yourself in a difficult spot in your marriage and are looking for something to fire you up each morning and renew your commitment to push through even when you’re stuck in the “for worse” of marriage, this is it!   Hope for the Hurting Wife offers 30 short, easy to read chapters withRead More →

I feel like I should start this post out with a giant disclaimer, because I really don’t feel qualified to write something so audacious so early in this process. It’s too soon to be able to tell if this is going to last, or even know for sure that it’s real. It’s too soon to claim any level of expertise.  I’m NOT an expert. I’m simply a student of the Word of God. As I walk this difficult road, I am looking to Him to show me truth, and I believe He’s led me to a passage that does exactly that.  Of course, I’m also a wife who is deeply in love withRead More →

We’ve been looking at the life of Joshua the past few weeks and learning from one of the most complex characters in the Bible.  He started out as a minor supporting character – Moses’s assistant.  During his time in that role, Joshua watched and learned.  He communed with God, and his faith grew and grew and grew.  Then Moses died, and Joshua was called to take over as the leader of Israel.  The command for his life – be strong and courageous for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  Up to this point in the story Joshua has certainly been brave. He’s been faithful, and obedient.Read More →