• Alliance Troubles

    The Trouble With Alliances

    Be very careful never to make a treaty with the people who live in the land where you are going.  If you do, you will follow their evil ways and be trapped. (Exodus 34:12) Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  I’m thrilled you are here. 🙂  Today’s focus will (again!) be on chapters 17-20 of 2nd Chronicles.  You might be glad to hear that this is our final week on these chapters. Last week, in our Need for Making a List, we looked at the events in fiery orange that were against God’s directions.  Do you ever wish for a loud buzzer with bright orange, flashing lights to warn you of trouble…

  • Necessary List

    When You Need to Stop and Make a List

    Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  Our chapters for today are the same ones from these last two weeks – 2nd Chronicles, chapters 17-20.  So rich, y’all. You may or may not be a list embracer, but sometimes I’m all about a list. When studying the Bible, listing certain things can be helpful.  After the first Faithfulness Friday post, the original plan was to move on to another book of the Bible entirely.  I’d already written the next post, which you’ll see later this month (or next – we’ll see). When publishing that first post (Your Victory Faith Song), I knew God had more for us to see before leaving those 2nd…

  • always more

    Always More

    Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting. (2 Chronicles 20:3) Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  If you read the chapters from last week’s post (2 Chronicles 17-20), you are good to go for today. There are so many tidbits to cover in 2 Chronicles 17-20 that I must go back and point out more.  That goes to show you . . . you can never glean every last thing from scripture.  Keep digging. There is no last thing.  There is always more. I’m so glad you are here with me, combing through scripture for examples of God’s…

  • Your victory faith song

    Your Victory Faith Song

    Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar.” (2 Chronicles 20:2) Welcome to the very first Faithfulness Friday!  I’m so glad you decided to join me, and for our study today, we are examining: 2 Chronicles, chapters 17-20. For the most benefit, read these chapters first yourself.  Then return here for more specific study. When Jehoshaphat took over as King after the death of his father Asa, he fortified Judah.  The Lord blessed Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of Asa’s early years as king, obeying the Lord our God. As you read…

  • 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

    Faithfulness 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.…

  • Sit With Your Friend

    Sit With Your Friend

    In a season of change (possibly a very tough season), your friend needs you.  She may need you to sit with her, to maybe even cry with her.  She may not ask for it.  She may not even know she needs it.  But it will be balm to her. Your friend doesn’t need you to discount her need to accept the change – that letting go.  Don’t say, “Oh, well … that’s in the past.”  Or don’t say, “Here today, gone tomorrow!”  No.  She needs time to sit and soak and grieve and cry and say good-bye to what was.  The former things are sometimes hard to let go of…

  • 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…