On February 6, 2017 I anxiously posted an announcement onto a social media page inviting the world to check out my blog. I was scared to death! I had registered my blog with WordPress on January 21st, just a few short weeks before. In those weeks I had been writing and learning like a whirlwind. The blog consisted of an “About Me” page, and a three-part series detailing “Our Story.”  I also had two additional posts mostly ready to go. Nonetheless, I had no idea what I was doing.  Little did I know what God had in store for the year to come! My life was in shambles, and in the midst of the chaos, God had whispered to me,Read More →

6 Practical Steps to Implement REAL Self-Care  We’ve been looking at what the Bible has to teach us about self-care. Over the past three weeks we’ve learned that Jesus demonstrated self-care by making a habit of spending time alone with His Father, and by intentionally developing other spiritual disciplines. We learned that as members of the body of Christ, good self-care will include our whole body – the church. Finally, last week we learned that making time to rest is not only good self-care, but is commanded by God Himself. We also learned that there is really only one Source for true rest – Jesus Christ. This week, let’s wrapRead More →

Does God Care If I Make Time for Rest?  We’ve spent the past two weeks examining the topic of self-care from a Biblical perspective. We learned from the example of Jesus that it is vital for believers to make time to get alone with God on a very regular basis. We learned that good, God-honoring self-care always includes time to draw closer to Him, and to develop our spiritual disciplines. Though, this shouldn’t get in the way of occasional spontaneous opportunities to change our schedule and show compassion. We also learned that our definition of “self” is likely a little smaller than God intends. As believers, we’re part ofRead More →

“Self-Care” is About His Body Too Today we’re going to examine how self-care relates to “His body.” Last week we looked to the example of Jesus to try and learn what true, Biblical self-care looks like. We discovered that Jesus did, in fact, practice self-care during His time here on earth. Though, it didn’t really look much like the picture the world tries to paint for us.   Jesus made spending time alone with His Father a priority. He went through grueling spiritual preparations before entering into battle with Satan. He was in tune with the Holy Spirit, and willing to change His plans if God led Him a different way.Read More →

Is Self-Care a Pride Issue?  It’s a big buzz word these days – Self-Care. Especially in the world of Betrayal Trauma Recovery. Unfortunately, it’s an idea that’s always kinda rubbed me the wrong way. The concept feels contrary to the self-sacrificing life I’ve always believed I’m called to lead as a follower of Christ.   When the proverbial uh-hum… dookey?… hit the fan, though, I was forced to re-evaluate my beliefs in just about every area of my life. I had to take a magnifying glass to my heart and allow the Word of God to divide out the things that didn’t line up. As I started down the long road to recovery, the ideaRead More →

Our Story Part 4 - Something New #hisdearlyloveddaughter His Dearly Loved Daughter #marriage marriage #sexualaddiction sexual addiction #ourstory #infidelity infidelity #beautyfromashes Beauty from Ashes

I am so excited to be writing this post! When I started this blog almost one year ago, I had no idea where our story was headed. All I knew was that God was asking me to share it, so I did. I was scared to death. As 2016 ended and 2017 began, I was broken and hurting. I feared my marriage was over, that my husband was lost, and that I was worthless and disposable. I was the lowest I had ever been. It wasn’t much different for my love, or for our marriage. We were at our all-time low, and we had noRead More →

What comes to mind when you think of Mary, the mother of Christ? My guess is that most of us have found inspiration in her story. She was a godly young lady. One we should all look to as an example and role model. We easily recognize the great honor she was given: selected from all the women throughout time to mother the Savior of the world! But have we pondered the trials of such a magnificent calling? I believe with some study and a little contemplation, a fuller appreciation for her story can help put into perspective the trials we’re called to endure for the cause ofRead More →

The Shepherds  Close your eyes and imagine with me that we are two shepherds tending our flocks together on a hillside on the outskirts of Bethlehem. Something stirs within us. Our skin pricks with eager anticipation, but we’re not sure why. The stars are bright tonight, and their twinkling light almost looks as if they’re dancing in the sky. As we watch our sheep we begin to whisper, though we’re not sure why we feel the need for the hush.   We quietly discuss the chaos in town as hundreds of people have flooded in to register for Caesar Augustus’s big census. We’ve both taken in family members from out of townRead More →

Intro by Esther Hosea Welcome to the very first ever guest post here on His Dearly Loved Daughter! Thanks so much to Bailey Suzio from The Thin Place for blessing us with this wonderful challenge to cultivate a longing for the return of Christ! To my readers, Bailey is going to talk about living with a sense of longing. She’s going to describe the way we live – waiting for the day when Christ will return to right all wrongs. Precious sisters, I know that many of us know far too well what it is to live with yearning. We know what it is toRead More →

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving praising God with the ones you love! It’s time to wrap up this Redeeming Thanksgiving series, and begin to prepare our hearts for Christmas. I gotta tell ya, writing this series has been such a blessing to me! While I started this month out with some trepidation over this holiday with the potential to trigger excruciating memories, I stand before you now in humble gratitude to the One who has truly redeemed this precious day. I am in awe of His mercies to me despite my continual lack of faith. His blessings never cease.  Hebrews 12:28-29 – Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and pleaseRead More →