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A Tiny House Building Moment: The Wait – by Guest Blogger, Cathy Baker

Did you ever have a friend you couldn’t wait to introduce? Someone you are so proud of you want everyone to know them? Cathy Baker is one of those people for me. I was first introduced to Cathy by a mutual friend. We talked informally via e-mail and social media, connected in person at a writing conference and progressed to phone calls where we shared our hearts and lives. Cathy is one of those people who isn’t afraid to share…

Perfect Peace

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3 Trust in the Lord the eternal Rock - the rock that never moves. He levels and makes paths straight. As I seek and trust, He fills me with His peace. Peace that passes understanding. Peace that cannot be shaken. Steadfast. Secure. I will believe and not be anxious. The Lord God is my strength and song. He is my salvation. Turn from…

All Things

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 This was my go-to verse, the one I repeated over and over when my son was small. Repeated through the not knowing. Repeated through doctor appointments, therapies and surgeries. Repeated through medical bills and not enough. Repeated through diagnosis. “I can do all things.” A twenty year old new mom and a medically fragile baby. He came home on a heart monitor with his first surgery scheduled. Doctors…

Love Wins

Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did. 1 John 2:6 “Please Lord…please save her. She’s not ready to go; I’m not ready for her to go. You are the great physician – You can do all things…please heal my friend.” These are words I prayed ten years ago for a dear friend who was dying of cancer. The friend who loved and prayed for everyone. The one I turned to when life went left instead of…

Forbidden Fruit

Now the serpant was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?” Genesis 3:1 Satan is the accuser, liar, tempter. His goal is to destroy and lead God’s children away from His will. Just as God has a good plan for my life, satan has one for destruction. He knows my weaknesses. Temptation and sin always…

Follow Me

In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. Luke 14:33 I’m past the point of believing Christian life is a formula and if you just do everything the right way you’ll be blessed, loved, saved. The truth is God just wants me – all of me. He’s for my eternal good. My forever. He sees the big picture and knows what will destroy me and because He loves me,…

Wise as Solomon

  I’m excited to feature today’s guest blogger, Stephen De La Vega. I first connected with Stephen through social media. As I read his writing and explored his blog, I became a fan. He has a heart for God and a love for people. His blog posts are meaty – they challenge and often help me see scripture in a new way. He is both a Bible study leader and author whose desire is to allow God’s Spirit to lead…

Pity the Fool

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” --Mark Twain Fools and Folly. The word fool is used 71 times in the book of Proverbs alone. God uses foolish things to shame wise. When God asks Solomon what he wants – riches, health, success, power – Solomon asks for a discerning heart to distinguish between right and wrong. He asks for wisdom. The Lord…

Garden of Growth

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 Seasons. A time to build and a time to tear down. A time for laughter and a time to mourn. A time to prune and a time to grow. Growth requires pruning. Cut away good for better. Lose dead things that no longer serve. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit He takes away,…

Spin Cycle

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. --Matthew 11:29    Sometimes I won’t let go so I get dragged. I keep hoping things will change and someone will wake up. I don’t want to accept reality. The situation is painful and heart breaking - if I just tried harder….. Insanity makes me insane. Attempting to fix what is broken. Playing God because I don’t think He will do what’s needed. Obviously He…