I have felt such a heavy burden for the church (the body of Christ) in recent months! I’ve seen such beauty displayed among its members at times that I feel as if I’ve gotten a glimpse of heaven. Yet, I’ve also seen so much damage being done.  I’ve seen ministries torn down, precious people wounded, and I’ve felt the heart of my Savior break over what should never be! The Spirit has led me again and again to John 17, whispering to my soul, “This is my deepest desire – the greatest longing of my heart!” I feel compelled to appeal once more to theRead More →

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure statement here. I have just finished reading the book, Seen: Hope Prevails – A True Story, by Karen Michaelle. It is her own personal testimony about how God took her through difficult life circumstances and ultimately led her to start an amazing ministry in Kenya.  It’s an inspiring story, and one that will likely challenge you to consider what God may be leading you to do for His Kingdom. Karen’s story starts out with overwhelming pain, trials, and mistakes.  This unlikely beginning to what turns out to be such a powerful, God-honoring testimony leaves the reader feeling empowered.  Truly God can useRead More →

Blogger Recognition Award Recently I received a blogger recognition award from another blogger who has become a dear virtual friend.  Beka, over at Grace to Soar, is a real-deal Christian blogger who God has used greatly to encourage and inspire me. From the very first time I read her honest, practical, God-honoring words I was hooked.  I liked her immediately.  I started commenting on her stuff and interacting with her on social media and before long we were friends!   Beka has been a cheer-leader to me from the very beginning. She never fails to send words of encouragement and validation, often at times when I’m feeling particularly vulnerable orRead More →

Without question, one of the most difficult parts of recovering from intimate betrayal is learning how and when to start allowing trust to be rebuilt.  This becomes especially difficult when there have been multiple betrayals strung out over long periods of time, with periods of believed sobriety in between.  How can we ever know what’s true when life has been one huge lie after another?  How can we ever believe that the evidences of change are real this time when they’ve been nothing more than a mirage so many times before?  While things are going very well for us right now, I’d be lying if I said this isn’t still a hugeRead More →

*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 believers everywhere. Romans 12:10-13 – Love each other with genuine affection, andRead More →