First Things First

Life is going well- we love Florida, we are getting settled in our home, Matt survived {and enjoyed} his first week at a new high school and we think we found a new home church! Yet, I had this nagging feeling that something was off.  One of those I-can't-put-my-finger-on-it type of things. Today, I sat in a corner of the conference area of a nice hotel and prayed with a few of my co-workers. {How blessed am I to be working with women of faith, y'all? God is too good to me}One of the ladies prayed that, despite the busyness of our job, that we wouldn't take our eyes off of Jesus.  That our quiet time would still be a priority, that He would not lose first place in our lives.  As she prayed, something clicked in my heart. I am the problem. Don't get me wrong- God and I have been … [Read more...]

Trusting God in the Wilderness

Now the people of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.’ “Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said … [Read more...]

An Anecdote of Fear and Angels

When I realized that the only parking available was in a several story parking garage, I felt sick to my stomach.  Parking garages and I do not get along.  I feel like the top of any vehicle I am in is going to be shorn off or that the entire thing is going to collapse on {just} me at any given moment. Irrational? Yes. Something I fear anyway? Absolutely. The venue for the Allume conference in Harrisburg, PA was nice, tucked in a busy but quaint feeling city. A city with parking garages. My usual behavior in a parking garage is to simply close my eyes until the vehicle is parked.  However, when you are the driver that tactic doesn't work so well.  As I pulled in to the parking garage {and I really didn't have a choice because it was a narrow road and there were people behind me … [Read more...]

Running on empty

As I mentioned in my last post, life is running at a hectic pace right now. It would be {and at times has been} easy to put time with God on the back burner or think there is always tomorrow. But, I don't want to just get through the next few months. I don't want to push on. I want to embrace each moment, savor the gifts and revel in grace. I can't do any of those things without being connected to the One that fuels me.  So, despite a calendar that looks like another minute can't be found, I realize that without Him I can do nothing. And, that's why I am reading the Bible in 90 days {for the third time in just as many years}.  God is faithful to have a fresh word for me in His Word every time I open it {even in Leviticus!} Consider joining the challenge and reading through God's Word … [Read more...]

Favorite Bible Promises

I am busy with a new writing project {never has God laid something on my heart as clear as what I am working on right now and I can't wait to share it with y'all! Pray for me, please}. When I am working on a specific project, I go through my old journals and prayer books for inspiration and ideas.  While I was doing that I found some favorite promises God makes in the Bible {I call them promises because His Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11) and I take Him at His Word}.  I don't want to neglect the blog while I am working on this new project so I decided to share these Scriptures with you, in the hopes that they will speak fresh into your life as well. The first promise that I hold to, especially in dark and trying times, comes from the book of Isaiah as well.  Isaiah 43:2 to be … [Read more...]

Plugged In: Session 7

Hi friends! This prayer study has been so helpful to me in this season of my life, with a new job, leaving full-time ministry and juggling the demands of teenage and young adult children (plus a hubby, two dogs, still volunteering with teen moms, church stuff, etc).  It has helped me remember that my access to God is only limited by how, when and why I pray. I have found myself talking to Him with renewed appreciation of His never changing love and attention as I navigate all these changes. Thank you for joining me through this study. My hope and prayer is that your relationship with God is enhanced through our time together. And, I hope to be back with regular posting next week as I become acclimated to my new schedule.   … [Read more...]

Plugged In: Session 6- Pray Without Ceasing

This week we are focusing on the verse in Ephesians that instructs us to pray without ceasing.  Is that really possible? I don't know about you but I find myself praying much more often than I used to. In the car, when I see an ambulance drive by, when I drive by a cherry blossom tree in full bloom..there are so many things to talk to God about throughout the day. Let's live our lives as a prayer. See you next week for our final installment of Plugged In. Thank you all so much for the privilege of sharing this material with you.   … [Read more...]

Plugged In: Session 4 {Pray and Start a Prayer Journal}

Hi friends! Here we are at week four of Plugged In: Accessing God's Power Through Prayer. Thank you for sticking with me for this journey and I pray you are being blessed by what God has laid on my heart through this study. In this session, I recommend using or starting a prayer journal. I have created a .pdf with more information and tips for prayer journaling. If you are interested in having a copy of that, email me at kmelissasmallwood@gmail.com and I will email it to you as an attachment. See you next week for session 5 :) … [Read more...]

Plugged In: Session 3

In today's session {session 3 of Plugged In: Accessing God's Power through Prayer}, we are finishing up with the barriers to an effective prayer life. If there is one book of the Bible I could point you towards as a practical "how-to" for the Christian walk, it would be the book of James.  You will see that I reference it quite a few times just in this brief session. As always, if you are interested in diving deeper with today's topics, just email me at kmelissasmallwood@gmail.com and I will send you a .pdf for additional study. Thank you for taking this journey with me. We are half way done :)   … [Read more...]

Sweet Tea, Lent and Gratitude

I've written about sweet tea before. It is funny how a drink can be fodder for so much growth and insight in my little 'ole life. I gave up sweet tea for the first week of Lent. It has been more difficult than you would think.  {It's only a dollar at Mickey D's and often a pick me up during a long day} Tea is always in our big gallon pitcher at home as well {sweetened with stevia, that is good stuff!} I have been praying every time I go to the fridge to reach for it.  I have been amazed at how much more often I find myself talking to God throughout the day {almost embarrassing to admit}. I am thankful for the small reminder that has impacted my life in a significant way this week. Next week, I will be adding a category of food to my Lenten fast.  Dairy will probably be it, as I am a … [Read more...]

Skip to toolbar