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 →

  Last week I shared with you some final stories from our big trip to Africa a little over two months ago, and promised to wrap up the series this week with some final thoughts and take-aways.  As I told you last week, we’re about as sure as we can be (without the ability to see the future) that there is a lot more Africa in our future.  How, and when that will happen – we have no idea.  But we’re trusting God to lead us in His will and in His time.  I’m going to close this series now telling you what our kids enjoyed most about the trip, andRead More →

It’s been a little over two months since our big family trip to western Africa, but it all still seems so fresh! We’re still talking about it almost every day.  In fact, just this morning as we were driving our youngest son to school, he asked if we could go back tomorrow.  How we wish we could!  Apart from missing all the wonderful people we left behind over there, we’ve also had time to process all that God taught us on that amazing trip, and we long for more!  God opened our eyes in so many ways. May we keep them open and continue to pursue His purposes surroundingRead More →

I’ve hit a blogging milestone these past few weeks: My first extended bout of writer’s block. No matter what I’ve tried, when I sit down in front of my computer, I wind up just staring at the screen. No words have flown from the tips of my fingers as they usually do. There has been a deafening silence where there should be the clicking of keys. I’ve also been kinda down. Kinda really down, actually. I’m not sure which is the result of the other.  Do I have writer’s block because I’m down, or am I down because I have writer’s block? Who knows.  ButRead More →

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of finding truth and knowing who, what, when, why, and how to trust when recovering from intimate betrayal.  I’d like to examine Scripture together and go a little deeper into that topic, delving into the importance of confession in the pursuit of total honesty. I’ll also discuss some of the choices I’ve had to make as the spouse of an addict; the choices that face all spouses of addicts. It’s a long and difficult road to navigate! The world is full of advice; full of “answers.”   It can be confusing; almost paralyzing to weigh the options in pursuit of the “right” answers.  Thank God, He gives us His Word toRead 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 →

  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 aRead More →