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Against the Grain

For am I now seeking the approval of man or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10 I hate being misunderstood. It’s one of the most frustrating things for me – I’m saying something, doing something and people (even people who are supposed to know me) interpret it another way. Put their own spin on it. Tell me I’m not…

Speak Life

There, I said it. Air silenced by the slicing sting of words. Backed up words I wanted to say but hadn’t. Angry words spoken from a place of hurt. Words that wound. In response to scripture that says I am accountable for every idle word, I joke, “I am going to be before the Lord a lonnnng time.” My tongue can be a sharp sword and it’s by far my greatest sin struggle. I make light of it when what…

Love Lingers

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her.” Luke 10:41 Who doesn’t love a party? It was an important day – this man of God, the one everyone talked about was coming to their house. Important religious leaders and community people were expected as well. Many people and much preparation. The…

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…