• To Embrace or Brace

    Embracing or Bracing?

    It occurred to me after making my shocking admission on Facebook Live last month that most of you probably didn’t see that video.  And, that’s fine with me.  Maybe a good thing, actually.  If you didn’t make it to that (horrible, tearful) Facebook Live, read ahead, and I’ll explain things.  There is more to it now that time has passed, and this post explains the revelations God handed me. God got my attention recently in the area of unforgiveness – with needing to forgive others.  (What?  Me?  Not me!)  I had no idea I needed to forgive someone.  God revealed that there were unforgivenesses (possibly a made-up word, y’all) about…

  • Even THERE

    Even THERE – 3 Steps to Going Deeper with God Again

    If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me. (Psalm 139:9-10, NASB) For years, it seemed like people used their busyness as a badge of honor.  I bristled at the words I’m so busy! and vowed to never include them in a sentence myself.  Busyness felt so braggy.  We all have busy lives, even those who don’t say so. Nowadays, busyness has almost become a dirty word of sorts.  I get it.  Much of the time, busyness is of our own doing.  From the inability…

  • Faithfulness Fridays

    Faithfullness Friday Bible Study in 2020

    In our tough seasons, we need to stand on God’s Word.  We should continually remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness to His people throughout the Bible. A little back story: The Jubilee Journey Facebook Group women and I read straight through the Bible together in 2015, and the group leaders allowed me to write a summary post for one day’s reading during each week, sometimes two. It was my first time to read through the Bible in the way that we did that year.  I’d followed other reading plans but not straight through.  I enjoyed it so much that I returned to repeat that reading plan three of the four years…

  • casting your cares

    Casting Your Cares

    What do you do when all you hear is no after no from God?  Have you been there?  We can get weary in any season of life when we get continual answers of no.  And, in a tough season, you think the solution (for which you plead through prayer) would be the perfect ending.  The happy ending of a Hallmark™ movie. And . . . by the way, God, how about now?  Please? Since waiting in expectation of God working things out according to your plan is unrealistic (He IS God, after all), why not cast your cares onto Him and no longer worry about those problems that seem to…

  • Fight Your GIANT

    Tune Your Ears, Why?

    Oh, friends, as I sit here catching up on my reading and Bible studying after a trip detour to Baton Rouge this past week, I want to share with you a snippet of confirmation I’m getting from scripture about God’s faithfulness.  When in a hard season, we need to open our ears. He awakens my ear to listen like those being instructed. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I did not turn back. (Isaiah 50:4-5) To elaborate on my trip last week, here’s a little background.  I spent about ten wonderful days with my parents (who spoiled me rotten!) while hubs was out of…

  • 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…