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I first became acquainted with Elizabeth Nejedlo aka Blue Jean Gypsy on instagram. I was initially drawn to her posts and shared love of ripped jeans. If you’ve never read her, do yourself a favor and check out her beautiful instagram page (her photography is a work of art). You will read posts you relate to that will inspire you. The devotionals and Bible studies on her blog are excellent – can you tell I’m a fan? She is a…

It’s a Love Thing

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37 It was 1994, I was 24 and broke. My son was almost five and needed things we couldn’t afford. Things like speech therapy not covered by insurance, specialists who cost more than our weekly income and more. God always provided. Our total need and His undeniable faithfulness grew my faith more than anything else. When God blessed…

What I Seek

“Then we learn that we can’t use Jesus to defend and maintain our position of power and wealth or to keep up for our own sake a positive self-image as polite and decent people. It could be that Jesus will lead us to a place where we ourselves don’t know whether we’re holy, where all we know is we have work to do, where we have to obey the word that we’ve learned in our heart.” -–Richard Rohr Blame it…

Put Down the Red Pen

  I am excited and proud to feature my cousin, Ben Windoffer, as guest blogger for May. Ben inspires me in many ways – his heart for God and family, his optimism, faith and can-do spirit. He has experienced challenges and hardships (you can read more by clicking the Share Your Story tab, Ben and Brenda) and he never gives up. Ben is Pastor of Church Communications and Media for First Church of the Nazarene in New Albany, Ohio. He…

No CEO

“What if Christians were more known for our feet washing than our sin bashing? What if kindness was the main tool we used to demonstrate God’s kingdom? What if instead of trying to lead the world, we would instead focus on serving it?” Carlos A. Rodriguez, Drop the Stones Sometimes it’s hard to find Jesus, the real Jesus amidst the fog of religion. Religion masquerading as a code of conduct instead of the earth shaking, life changing truth of God.…

The Sound of Silence

O God, do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. Psalm 83:1 The silence of God is deafening in it’s stillness. One of the hardest things I experience as a Christian, is not hearing from God. I pray, I wait, nothing. No word or sign - I can’t feel His Presence. I must be doing something wrong – this time I crossed the line – God has turned away. I review my life,…

Losing Control

In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. Judges 17:6 NLT There is nothing harder than prayer met with silence. A quiet stillness. Prayer without discernable answer. I wait a bit longer. Pray some more. Fine. I guess I have to figure it out and decide. Obviously, God is sleeping. Obviously, He doesn’t hear or understand I need to make a decision. Make a move. In my mind, there’s no…

When You Feel More Like Roadkill than Alive in Christ

Today, I am honored and excited to introduce my first guest blogger, Pearl Allard. I found Pearl’s blog on Instagram earlier this year and instantly fell in love with both her writing and her heart for God. I find her to be authentic and engaging while still challenging me to draw nearer to the Lord. Her blog, Look Up Sometimes, is a Feedspot's Top 50 Christian Women's Blog and has also received the peer nominated Liebster Award. I think you’re…

No Class Required

“Where is my faith? –even deep down, right in, there is nothing but emptiness and darkness – My God – how painful is this unknown pain. It pains without ceasing – I have no faith. I dare not utter the words and thoughts that crowd in my heart and make me suffer untold agony. So many unanswered questions live within me – I am afraid to uncover them – because of the blasphemy – if there be God, please forgive…

Scent of Sacrifice

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45 NIV It was the summer of 1985, a sweltering South Florida sauna. Instead of movies and the mall, I opted for skateboarding and tea parties. I sacrificed my summer for babysitting – or more accurately for freedom. Months earlier, my grandfather made the unattainable attainable with a birthday gift – he offered to…