Devotional

Blackberries: Seven Lessons from the Blackberry Patch

There is just something special about walking up and down the berry patch, picking berries with my own two hands and suffering all the sticks because of it. My backyard berry patch isn’t just an overgrown mess of weeds and berries. It is a still, sacred place where I can be alone with my Creator, letting Him lead me through the briers, listening to His still small voice and adoring Him in the quiet beauty of creation.

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Hold: Learning to Love and Enjoy God’s Waiting Room

Sitting on her pillow, holding her knees in her chest, she rocked herself back and forth as tears streamed down her face. She tried to journal, tried to pray, tried to worship, but all she could do was cry. “Why?!?” she screamed inwardly! “God, I’m trying to trust you. I want to hear you! I want to obey, but why aren’t you speaking? Why am I still waiting?”

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Mountaintop: The Grace of the Mountains and Valleys

We often pursue the mountaintop experiences, yet life’s gracious road takes us through both the mountains and the valleys. The valley is a place of mercy.  My family and I recently moved to the mountains for my husband’s new job. We have a beautiful house just outside town, with stunning views. I am in absolute… Continue reading Mountaintop: The Grace of the Mountains and Valleys

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Voice: Speak Hope in the Midst of Turmoil and Division

Every entertainer loves a captive audience. Yet, we do not have to become captive to the media’s show. We can rise above and be a voice of hope.  In our house, we have several little sayings that remind each of us who we are, and what we are called to. For example, I often hear… Continue reading Voice: Speak Hope in the Midst of Turmoil and Division

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Magic: Remembering the Miracle of Christmas All Year

Christmas does not end on December 26. The magic of Christmas, the miracle and mystery of Jesus can be celebrated every day, all year long.  I know it sounds a little funny reading a Christmas post at the end of January. Many people have put Christmas behind them. The tree and lights are stored away;… Continue reading Magic: Remembering the Miracle of Christmas All Year

Devotional · Stay Sane

Kindness: 3 Tips for Floating on the Gift of God’s Grace

The gift of God’s grace can be hard to accept. Acceptance means we are flawed and need help. But God’s kindness sustains us in our weaknesses.  Many different seasons make up life. Some seasons are full of blessings, some full of heartache. Seasons can be filled with joy, hope, trials, grieving, and chaos. My current… Continue reading Kindness: 3 Tips for Floating on the Gift of God’s Grace

Devotional · Stay Sane

Nourishment: Allowing the Psalms to Penetrate and Feed Our Souls

Food is one of the greatest joys and necessities of life. Yet, it isn’t our bodies alone that need nourishment. We must feed our souls with God’s truth.  We all need food. Food nourishes us, sustains us. Without food, we cannot live. Food is one of the greatest joys and necessities of life. Yet, it… Continue reading Nourishment: Allowing the Psalms to Penetrate and Feed Our Souls

Devotional · Stay Sane

Sweetness: Tasting His Presence Through the Process

Sometimes faith is a process, or promises take a while to come true. In the place of waiting, the sweetness of the Presence of the Lord sustains us.  One of my favorite things about fall is all the delicious smells and tastes in the air. I love a mouthwatering apple cobbler; a buttery crust, topped… Continue reading Sweetness: Tasting His Presence Through the Process

Devotional · Stay Sane

Held: Resting in God, Who is Present in Our Darkness

When we stand face to face with the dark and unknown, we can rest. We rest because we are held in the loving arms of our Almighty God, who has given victory over darkness.  This summer, my family took a vacation to Kentucky. We had a wonderful time visiting a horse farm, the Ark Encounter,… Continue reading Held: Resting in God, Who is Present in Our Darkness

Devotional · Stay Sane

Middle: Trusting God’s Grace to Empower Us Daily

The grace of Jesus not only saves us for eternity but empowers us to live daily for Him. Let us not forget the power within us when we feel stuck in the middle.  Have you ever tried something really incredible? Something you didn’t think you could do, but you tried it anyway? Have you ever… Continue reading Middle: Trusting God’s Grace to Empower Us Daily