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 →

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 →

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 →

Today, His Dearly Loved Daughter launched a new feature here on the site and I am so excited to tell you a little about it.  It has been a real joy for me to write this blog over the past few months.  It has helped me more than words can express to process my own journey toward healing and to share it with others, all the while seeking to glorify God and to be an encouragement to those who read it.  I will, of course, continue to do that in my weekly full length posts, just as I have been doing so far.  I discoveredRead More →

  “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:8 My heart is so heavy right now, and this is all I can do – trust that my God is going ahead of me and that He will be with me and that He will never fail me or abandon me.  It’s just about all I’ve got right now. The Council My love moved out tonight.  After the council we received last week we have decided together that a short separation is in order. Read More →

I am believing God that this isn’t the end of our story.  I am hoping and praying that there are many more chapters to come – wonderful chapters.  But this is the chapter we’re in now.  It’s a chapter that started a little over 3 years ago.  It’s a terrible, painful, life altering chapter.  But God is faithful.  In all of the mess that is this chapter, His love shines through.  His sustaining power can be seen everywhere.  My hope is that His redemptive power is what will prevail.  That it will be the reason for all the chapters to come. The Big Compromise LikeRead More →