Psalms 19 is a wonderful passage of Scripture to inspire us to be seeking God no matter what! When we're down or broken, the heavens will declare His glory. His Word will confirm it. And His work in our lives will draw us back. May we seek to please Him all the days of our lives! #hisdearlyloveddaugher #Psalms19 #psalms #verses #wordofGod #bible #bibestudy #scripture #gracegirls #godinthehardplaces

When hearts are broken, seeking God is often the last thing we want to do. The enemy is quick to use these terrible moments to convince us we “can’t” seek Him. To convince us we’re too broken, too incapacitated. It. Is. A. Lie, dear sisters.  We can choose to run or hide. We can make excuses. We can blame others. But the truth is, we’re simply hurting ourselves. The good news is, He will pursue us. He will continue to call for as long as it takes to convince us to come out of hiding and seek Him again. When we finally do, what healing there is in His gloriousRead More →

Several weeks ago I had the great honor and privilege to be interviewed by Anne for the Betrayal Trauma Recovery Podcast. What a pleasure it was to talk to her that afternoon! If you’re not familiar with their ministry, Betrayal Trauma Recovery is an amazing resource for women reeling in the aftermath of discovering their husband’s betrayal. It is a secure, reliable, and healthy place for women who are looking for a safe-haven from the pain, chaos, and isolation associated with their husband’s abuse. They have a treasure trove of tools available to help their clients establish safety in their lives and families, and makeRead More →

Redeemed by the Blood - 9 Verses that Celebrate Jesus

We are redeemed! Am I right? 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, relationships badly damaged. But when we reflect on the redemptive work that God has done in our family, 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. As we headRead More →

What will God Do to Be My First Love? #agape #hisdearlyloveddaughter #love #firstlove #identityinchrist

“Why is God allowing this to happen to me?” It’s a question that hung in my soul for many years. Likely there are many reasons, and I won’t pretend to have it all figured out. But, as my relationship with God has deepened beyond anything I previously knew was possible, my eyes have been opened to something that might offer one explanation: I suspect my Lord wanted to be my First Love. A position He sadly, did not hold. (Though I would’ve told you He did.) It seems He wanted my whole and undivided heart, and He was willing to pursue me through the fires of hellRead 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 →

It’s time! God has taken more than 40 years to prepare Joshua for the job that only one person in all of history would do: lead the people of Israel into the promised land.  I often feel like this massive task has sort of disappeared into the pages of history.  Seemingly forgotten, or at least overshadowed by other stories, but it was a huge job, and Joshua was a beast! After so many years in the shadow of Moses, Joshua now emerges with an unexpected amalgam of character qualities. Up to this point, we’ve mostly seen Joshua as a quiet observer.  We did see him lead the army into battle once before,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 →

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 →

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 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 notRead More →