Is it Real Recovery? How to Recognize the fruit of the Spirit

For the past two weeks we’ve been digging into Galatians 5 to help us understand the quantifiable differences between a person who is living to please the Spirit – one who is repentant and in recovery, and one who is living to please the flesh – someone who is putting on a good show, but is still living in bondage to sin. More or less, we’re trying to understand the differences between the fruit of the Spirit and the fruit of the flesh. In week one we saw how we all fall under the curse of the law early in life and find ourselves inRead More →

Is it Real Recovery? - How to Recognize the Fruit of the Flesh.

Last week we started dissecting Galatians 5 in order to understand the difference between a person who is truly in recovery, and one who is still living  a lie. (The difference between the fruit of the Spirit, and the fruit of the flesh) It’s important we know how to tell the difference in order for us to be able to make wise decisions about how to move forward. The good news is, God will always equip those who are His to live in wisdom! He’s given us His Word, and He’s given us the Holy Spirit. We need only submit to their leading and He’llRead More →

Is It Real Recovery - How to Evaluate the Evidence

*This series was originally a single (VERY long) post entitled “How to Know if Recovery is Real” published in October of 2017. As time has passed I have come to the conclusion that this material is very important, but would be better served as a series. So I am updating and re-working it to better reach those who would benefit from the information it offers. When I first wrote this post we weren’t even a year into recovery. I recognized what the Bible said, but was a little afraid to make a bold stand on the conclusions I’d drawn from it. Another 9 months downRead More →

Stories from other Dearly Loved Daughters - Kerry

Introduction from Esther One of the great experiences of this terrible journey through recovery from intimate betrayal has been the opportunity to meet some truly awesome women of God. I’ve had the pleasure of joining/starting several Facebook groups for Christian women in various tough spots. It’s amazing to watch these sisters band together and support one another. I met Kerry in one of these groups. She is a constant encouragement. Her vulnerability, authenticity, and obvious commitment to God are inspiring. Several weeks ago she shared this amazing testimony with us, and I knew as soon as I read it God wanted her to share itRead More →

Psalms 91 - How to Understand and Trust the Promises of God

It is imperative to a life of victory that we learn how to properly understand and then trust the promises of God. I’ve told you before about the time I found myself so buried in despair it felt like God was a liar. My circumstances seemed to contradict passages like Psalms 91. I didn’t feel like God was protecting me. It felt like the evils He promised wouldn’t touch me were actually consuming me!  What I’ve learned in the years since that time is this: I have to allow God to give me a proper understanding of His promises. I need eyes to see and ears to hear what He’s teaching me. When Scripture seems toRead More →

What does your personal Bible study look like? If you’re familiar with this blog at all, it’s no secret to you that I am completely in love with the Word of God! I have spent my life reading and studying it, falling deeper and deeper in love with its life-giving words, and with the One who gave them. My primary mission in writing is and has always been to point others to its truth in hopes that it will provide the hope and healing to others that it has brought to me and to my love. I spend a lot of time showing you whatRead More →

How Biblical Boundaries Put God in Control

Biblical Boundaries – A 6 Part Series  If you’ve been with us for the past 5 weeks, we’ve been working our way through a series on Biblical boundaries. We’ve learned a lot! Today, we’re finally going to wrap this series up with a quick reminder of who’s in control. What it’s so easy to forget in the midst of all the chaos of life is that being obedient to God in this area (really in any area) allows us to step out of the way and Him to do His work. It puts God in control! But before we move forward, here’s what you may have missed: Read More →

We've established that God wants us to have boundaries, but how do we actually set Biblical boundaries in our lives? Here are 5 steps, along with a free printable worksheet to help you set down some boundaries of your own. #hisdearlyloveddaughter #freeprintable #biblicalboundaries #godinthehardplaces #boundaries #marriage #affairrecovery #settingboundaries

Biblical Boundaries – A 6 Part Series We’ve spent the past four weeks learning what the Bible has to say about boundaries. Now it’s time to take what we’ve learned and figure out how to practically apply it. Today, we’re answering the question, “How do I actually set Biblical boundaries?” It’s time to come up with a strategy for laying out our borders, building our fences, and installing our gates. In case you’ve missed the earlier parts of this series, here’s what we’ve been learning (it builds the foundation for what we’ll do today, so you might want to catch up!):  WEEK 1: Defining Boundaries – God’s WayRead More →

5 Rules from Scripture for making Biblical Boundaries #hisdearlyloveddaughter #boundaries #betrayaltraumarecovery #marriage #biblicalboundaries #godinthehardplaces #imitateGod #biblestudy

Biblical Boundaries – A 6 Part Series We’ve been spending some time learning about Biblical boundaries over the past 3 weeks. We’ve already spent two weeks defining and laying out some Biblical principles surrounding the establishment of good, healthy boundaries, and there are still 2 more weeks to go. Today we ask, what’s a boundary rule, and what does the Bible say about setting them? In case you’ve missed the earlier parts, here’s a rundown of the whole series: WEEK 1: Defining Boundaries – God’s Way WEEK 2: 5 Principles of Healthy Boundaries we Learn from God. WEEK 3: 5 More Principles of Biblical Boundaries we LearnRead More →

In this third part of the Biblical Boundaries series, we'll explore 5 more principles we can learn about boundaries from observing God's boundaries in the Bible. #hisdearlyloveddaughter #godinthehardplaces #gracegirls #boundaries #biblicalboundaries #healthyboundaries #marriage #brokenmarriage #healthymarriage

Biblical Boundaries – A 6 Part Series We’re spending some time learning about Biblical boundaries around here. We’ve already spent two weeks defining and laying out some Biblical principles surrounding the establishment of good, healthy boundaries, and there are still 4 more weeks to go. Here’s what you can expect from the series: WEEK 1: Defining Boundaries – God’s Way WEEK 2: 5 Principles of Healthy Boundaries we Learn from God. WEEK 3: 5 More Principles of Biblical Boundaries we Learn from God. WEEK 4: 5 Rules for Making Boundaries Clearly Laid Out in Scripture WEEK 5: How Do I Set Biblical Boundaries? 5 Steps to Get YouRead More →