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 toRead 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 canRead 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 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 - How to Respond to God's Intimate Love - During those times when I feel down or unlovable, Psalms 139 offers a beautiful glimpse into the heart of God and His deep and intimate love for me.

Psalms 139 is one of my favorite chapters in the whole Bible.  It paints a beautiful picture of God’s tender, intimate love and 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! The Freedom in Being Known O Lord, You haveRead More →

I’ve mentioned before that sometimes, when I can’t sleep, (particularly when my mind is racing) I’ll play a little game with myself.  It’s an attempt to focus my thoughts on God and thank Him for who He is.  At the same time, it slows my brain down or breaks a cycle of obsessive thinking.  The game (which my mom taught me years ago) is simple: I pray my way through the alphabet. Sometimes I’ll spend as much time as I can on each letter, thinking of as many different names/attributes as I can; and other times I’ll choose just one word for each letter. EitherRead 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 →