• A Season Embracer

    A Season(ed) EMBRACER

    Fall is my favorite season, but there are many things in every seasons that I enjoy.  What is your favorite season of the year?  Do you normally embrace that season, your favorite, regardless of the storm in your personal life? There are a bazillion seasons of life we can either embrace or relinquish, reject, or denounce.  I don’t know of a more difficult area to embrace than a tough season of life.  When something is horridly painful, how can we embrace it as if it were a good thing of which to hold tightly? Not to be sacrilegious by changing God’s Word, but temporarily substitute the word trees with the…

  • The Name God Gives You

    God Names Us As The Thing Before He Equips Us For And Transforms Us Into That Thing

    Does God tickle you in the way He works sometimes?  I swanee (clearly a southern term, y’all), how I enjoy His sense of humor!  When God places a certain verse in front of you time and time again, all in different settings, from separate sources, within the time frame of only a couple of days, whether in a tough season or a triumphant one, sometimes I want to say, OK, God. I got it!  🙂 I’ve been reviewing Annie Downs’ book, 100 Days to Brave, a second time and read this verse again recently regarding Gideon. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, ‘The Lord…

  • Confident Hope

    As a Christian, Why Can I Not Handle This Better?

    In the hardest season of my entire life (our prodigal season), I was a total mess.  In that test of faith, I failed. If I could go back to that time, of course I would handle it differently now – on this side of God’s beautifully-crafted miracle.  Hindsight gives us 20/20 vision.  Right?  While I struggled to not cry through each day for months and months, I wondered, I’m a Christian.  Why can I not handle this better? Have you ever thought this same thing?  If not, possibly you can at least relate.  Of course we are hurting during tough seasons like that, but I learned a lot from my…

  • Zeph 3.17

    The Unacknowledged YESes

    In your current season, do you feel you are stuck in a pattern of hearing no from God?  No to this, no to that.  Does no seem to be His only answer lately?  Are you having a pity-party over that? Or, maybe you have a huge, over-arching longing to which you hear a continual no.  Or at least no, not yet. No, your prodigal hasn’t returned. No, your illness hasn’t vanished. No, your marriage isn’t mended. No, your finances are still nothing but a mess. Either way, many of us may be experiencing a constant stream of noes in our lives right now, and the Lord wants to change our perspective.…

  • Sewing Courses on Udemy

    Online Courses Set Free

    “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property.  To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.  Then he went away.” Matthew 25:14-15 In my last post (A Season of Letting Go), I explained this summer season as a time of letting go.  Part of that process of getting most old things out of sight and out of mind is with finding ways to put those things to bed, so to speak.  To let them rest but with a productive end.  Yes, Goodwill or Salvation Army stores are…

  • A Season of Letting Go

    A Season of Letting Go

    I’m sure you’ve seen this verse before, but God brought it back to me last week when thinking of how to explain part of what’s been going on in my teensy corner of the world this summer. . . . But forget all that – it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.  For I am about to do something new.  See, I have already begun!  Do you not see it?  I will make a pathway through the wilderness.  I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.  (Isaiah 43:18-19)  . . . God has blessed us with many things, and sometimes He is ready to do a…

  • The Appointment in Your Disappointment

    As you know from this post, I’m becoming more brave through looking at certain scriptures that Annie Downs brings to my attention each day in her 100 Days to Brave* book. On day twenty, we took a peak into Gideon’s bravery (and lack of his courage in the early days), and I couldn’t stop reading.  I studied Gideon with Priscilla Shirer about six years ago when I was headed into the toughest season of my life, but I didn’t yet know what was ahead.  While in the Gideon study, I had an inkling that God was preparing me for something.  I prayed He wouldn’t call me into anything unbearably hard. …

  • The Power of Understanding

    The Power of Understanding . . .

    Have you ever encountered someone who asked how you were doing and then they dismissed your honesty?  You usually say “fine” and then go on about your day, but that one time with someone you know well, you chose differently.  Finally for once, you chose to be honest about your “fine-ness”. You exposed yourself and were a little vulnerable.  And it blew up in your face.  Stunned you.  You weren’t understood.  Did you feel that person didn’t care to even try to understand?  Where was their empathy?  Why should we expect empathy, even from other Christians?  Humans have the innate ability of letting us down.  I’m not saying we shouldn’t…

  • Journey To Brave

    The Journey To Brave

    “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”  2 Timothy 1:7 God wants us to be brave, not timid.  2 Timothy 1:7 has become a favorite verse since sudden changes in my life occurred eighteen months ago. On June 16th, I posted on Instagram a picture of Annie F. Downs’ book, 100 Days to Brave.  And so it began.  I was four days into it when I shared my recent favorite books and Bible studies.  I wanted so much to tell you about this book at that time.  But I’d barely begun. Still only a fourth of the way through,…

  • Faith, Fitness, and Fellowship

    Truth Sisters For Support in Faith, Fitness, and Fellowship

    “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16 How we need our Christian sisters.  Rather, I should say, how I need my Christian sisters!  I appreciate very much all the prayers and support you give me here.  It is such a blessing.  YOU are such a blessing! I have wished for more energy (and time), for ways to support you and encourage you in the tough seasons.  And also for ways to support you in the healthy lifestyle journey we all need to take for caring for our temple in the way God desires. Do you find…

  • Favorite Books and Bible Studies

    Favorite Books and Bible Studies

    As some of you know, I love to consume books using the Audible app.  I turn up the volume and pleasantly vacuum my house in mental escape mode.  No more complaining about running the vacuum after months last year of finding it difficult to vacuum.  Now I joyfully vacuum and praise God through it! I cannot count the number of books and Bible studies I’ve worked my way through since January.  I wanted to tell you about my favorites in case you’d like to read them, too.  This all ties in with examining where we need to be, spiritually, and how God would have us seek Him through His word…

  • Are you where you need to be_

    Are You Where You Need To Be?

    “You make known to me the path of life; you fill me with joy in your presence. (Psalm 6:11) I saw this Facebook post by someone I follow on Instagram as a health enthusiast: I am exactly where I need to be.  In every aspect of life – physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally. (by Erin Parekh) It hit me.  Maybe what she said is something I should ask – of God. Lord, am I exactly where You want me to be – physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally? If I had asked this question a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have been so sure.  In many ways, God did me a…

  • Book Title Reveal

    I hope you had a blessed Memorial Day as we paused to ponder the gifts of life and service from our military service men and women.  It’s hard to imagine our thanks being enough for the sacrifice of so many. Thank you all who added to my list of hard seasons we face in life (in this post).  After adding your suggestions to my list, it grew from fourteen to twenty one!  You’ll see the finalized list in the book when it’s finished (hopefully later this year). God first gave me this book title in January of 2015, only it was to say “Scared to Sacred (with the stroke of…

  • Looking Back on Life's Road

    What’s Your Tough Season Score?

    I’ve missed you!  I apologize for being quiet for longer than usual.  Yes, we got our daughter “graduated” and moved to another state for her internship.  We had fun celebrations with her!  Soon after, I had a ten-day jaunt to see family and friends.  So, you can see that my absence was for good reasons.  But, I did miss you and I’m happy to be back – hopefully with a more evenly-spaced blog posting schedule.  😉 Part of my time away was for our high-school girl’s trip we take each year – a group of seven women of which I’m blessed to be included.  I tasted new recipes from some…

  • Embracing Spring . . .

    Embracing Joy in the Hard Seasons

    I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! When it comes to embracing seasons, we don’t want to miss out on the beauty of our calendar seasons when we are in the midst of a hard season of life.  We can get so bogged down with the tough seasons that the beauty in our surroundings can escape us if we’re not intentional with our focus. After missing the joy of spring last year, I was somehow surprised at the blessing of our daughter visiting two weeks ago and planting my porch pots with beautiful flowers.  I wasn’t able to do that last year, and I’d nearly forgotten how much I…