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 →

I have always loved reading about Joshua in the Bible.  For so many reasons, he is a man that intrigues me. One that I believe there is much to learn from. From the very first time he shows up, all the way through his life, and on into the New Testament, (when he makes it into the Hebrews 11 Faith Hall of Fame) Joshua embodies a life of faith, courage, and obedience. And though he has always been special to me, this particular season of my life brought an even greater appreciation for all that the Bible has to teach me through the story of this amazing man of God. TheRead More →

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 →

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.  (The story of Moses and the Israelites) 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 leastRead 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 →

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 →

It has been a real joy for me to write this blog.  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 discovered something, though, as I’ve been writing:  The posts that brought me the greatest joy to write were the same posts that seemed to be the biggest encouragement to my readers.  They were the posts that were filled with scripture; the posts in which I allowed the Word of God to do theRead More →

Daily encouragement for a healing heart from the word of God.   ***Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.Read More →

Sometimes life gets foggy.  For one reason or another stress piles up and it can become difficult to navigate or even find the path forward.  When that stress is a result of deep betrayal, especially when it has been repeated again and again, the fog is likely to gather all around our perceptions of ourselves.  Insecurity is almost inevitable.  It can become so very difficult to find truth when our thoughts are clouded by questions like: Who am I? Do I matter to anyone? What’s wrong with me? Am I worthless? Is there anything about me that’s likable? Am I ugly? Is there any purposeRead More →