Category Archives: obedience

A Step In Obedience

I must admit, it is more than a little intimidating to be publishing a post for the first time in 13 months! For many years, this space was where I came to share my heart, to process the goings-on of my daily life and to (hopefully) inspire other women. Then, for a myriad of reasons, it became increasingly quiet here. Eventually, I didn’t know how to break the silence, nor did I have a desire to. I even contemplated saving my favorite posts and just deleting this ole blog, as I felt I had run out of things to say.

The reason I didn’t just delete the blog and close this chapter of my life was the nagging nudging of the Holy Spirit, continuously saying I wasn’t yet done here. I could list the reasons I stopped writing, but it would just be an attempt to justify my disobedience. When I started praying for my One Word for 2016 back in late November, I had a few great contenders in my mind. But every time I took those words to God in prayer, He would give me the same word right back. You probably guessed it by now. My One Word for 2016 is Write.

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Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3

Write the study on Isaiah 58 that I began in *cough* 2011.

Write devotions for teen mamas.

Write down our foster care journey.

Write God’s truth in my heart and in the hearts of my family through my thoughts, words and actions.

Write words of encouragement for women living with chronic illness, women believing the lies Satan is whispering in their ears, women feeling too far gone to ever be noticed, let alone loved by Almighty God, women who are feeling discouraged in their marriage, women overwhelmed by their life stage, hurting women.

You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the Living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. II Corinthians 3:3

This post is my first step towards keeping my promise to God that 2016 will be the year that I return to writing.

Oh, that my words were recorded. That they were written on a scroll, that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead, or engraved in rock forever. Job 19:23.

I would be honored if you would join me on this journey by reading along this year, as well as praying for me and holding me accountable!

Exciting things are happening!

Can I just tell y’all that God is amazing? Sometimes I am tempted to throw in the proverbial towel with this whole writing/teaching thing, especially when I start listening to the lies of the devil.  And then God will show up in a sweet and powerful way {or two or three} and remind me thatContinue Reading

Getting down and dirty with Jesus

I am a girly girl. I am quite certain that is why God made me the mama of three active boys {proof of God’s sense of humor}. I don’t “do” certain things: dirt, bugs, scary movies..did I mention dirt? My hubby and boys laugh at the amount of luggage I take on a camping trip. Continue Reading

Much ado about mums

So what is the difference between someone who willfully indulges in sexual pleasures while ignoring the Bible on moral purity and someone who willfully indulges in the selfish pursuit of more and more material possessions while ignoring the Bible on caring for the poor?  The difference is that one involves a social taboo in theContinue Reading

Lessons from a tree

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. ~ John 15:5 What do You want me to see? This is the question I asked God over the weekend.  My attention was drawn severalContinue Reading

Is God enough?

God’s Word is enough for millions of believers who gather in house churches just like this one.  His Word is enough for millions of other believers who huddle in African jungles, South American rain forests, and Middle Eastern cities. But is his Word enough for us? ~Radical, pg 26 This chapter {Chapter 2 for thoseContinue Reading

How do you feel about youth group?

This post by Sarah Mae {and the ensuing discussion in the comments} really got me thinking {as most of her posts do} about something that had already been on my mind.  A few weeks ago, during Teen/Tween Thursday I wrote about parental responsibility in our children’s spiritual development.  Our role as parents in our children’s spiritual andContinue Reading

Back to submitting

I spent a lot of time broken before God (and my hubby) last night and this morning.  It is a long story but it boils down to my flesh wanting something (really bad), rationalizing why it would be a great thing for me to do (for my blog, for my ministry, for ME, ME, ME),Continue Reading

Giving kids their space

“Leave me alone” “I need to get out of here” “I can’t stand being here with you” These are all things that I hear on a regular basis in a house full of testosterone teen boys.  Now don’t get me wrong, my boys are usually respectful and obedient children.  But, lately, they seem to reallyContinue Reading

Think on these things

As our children get older, it is important to place decision making in their hands more and more.  Where better for them to make mistakes or missteps then under the umbrella of our authority and guidance? While it is easier said than done for this mama to relinquish control (hello?  I am a recovering TypeContinue Reading