Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. (Ephesians 1:4, NLT) “… the more out of control I feel the more controlling I act …” I read that line in Fiercehearted about being a perfectionist and knew it could pretty much sum up my life. A Sunday bike ride with Tim
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13, NIV) Forrest Gump is filled with memorable quotes, but for me two stand out among all the rest. “Run, Forrest! Run!” plays in my head when I work to reach a goal.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV) Ow! What just got me? The wasp that stung me looked right at me as if to say, yeah, it was me.
“If we are drawing closer to Him, then we are doing the best thing we can do to make our marriages work.” Rebekah Hallberg, Hope for the Hurting Wife: 30 Days of Practical Encouragement for Your Marriage Does your marriage feel hopeless? Feel like the fighting will never end? I want to offer hope. Hope that this won’t last forever. Hope that things can get
“And all the trees will know that it is I, the Lord, who cuts the tall tree down and makes the short tree grow tall. It is I who makes the green tree wither and gives the dead tree new life. I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do what I said!” (Ezekiel 17:24, NLT) Imagine if that relationship you thought was over became
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29, NIV) What are those two words that empower you as a wife? “I do.” Those words you said on your wedding day released an amazing power. Your husband now hears your voice
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.” (Exodus 14:15, NIV) Prayer can be an excuse. How do we know when it’s not good to stop and pray? I knew what God put in my heart. But I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it. I worried it would be a step backward. Maybe
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (Isaiah 46:4, NIV) Feeling abandoned? That’s how I felt when my husband wanted to leave me. He never did, but it was his desire. The distance between us in that
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV) Does what you’re facing right now feel overwhelming? Feeling ill-equipped for what’s in front of you? What if I told you God has already prepared you for this? “Mom, I want to
“You are a writer.” I came across the slip of paper where I wrote that sentence down for the first time. I remember the shaky fingers that penned those words, hoping they were true. Seeing it now brought a smile to my face but a sadness to my heart. Because some days I still need convincing I’m a writer. As we walked home from Crystal