It’s been 16 months since he traded his military uniform in for overly recycled, faded brown scrubs. As I prepared it for the cleaners this morning, I was struck with memories and sadness. I spotted the dark sweat stains that had, 16 months prior, blemished the undershirt to his uniform. For three days he sat nearly defenseless before a judge, a jury, and a … Read More Sustained, Refined and Purified
Oh you who feels broken, tired, weary and lost … please hold on.
Whatever it is you’re going through — heartache, temptation, illness, doubt and fear — please know that God is still with you.
He’s not left you.
He still cares and He is still working all things together for good.
We are all broken.
We are all weak.
But because of who Jesus is and what he’s done for you and I, we don’t have to live a joyless life believing the lies of the enemy.
You may feel unworthy of His love and mercy much like I do, but don’t let that stop you from accepting and embracing every ounce of it.
Because, yes … He loves even you.
Today, as church service let out a friend stopped and hugged me on her way by. It wasn’t just any hug; she embraced me in what I undoubtedly knew was enveloped in genuine love — a 1 John 3 kind of love. As she embraced me she held tightly and began praying; not because I asked; not because she wanted to look good in … Read More The Beauty & Grace of God’s Embrace
I think most would agree that marriage is no Hallmark movie. Marriage is hard; it requires effort on both parties. It’s not always romance and chivalry. Marriage is hurt feelings and forgiveness; commitment and compromise. “While marriage is many things, it is anything but sentimental. Marriage is glorious but hard. It’s a burning joy and strength, and yet it is also blood, sweat, and … Read More If I could change the course of my marriage…
01.21.2019 – The Day Before “Even Though, He is Still” came from a place of deep adoration, one of unimaginable awe and wonder as my family and I near the end of a very difficult two-year trial, one that has not only felt relentless but that left our lives changed forever. These last two years have tested my faith more than ever before and … Read More Even Though, He is Still
Why do evil people succeed? Why does the Lord allow his people to suffer while the wicked prosper in life?
Our perspective on prosperity begins to shift when we focus not on success as it is defined by the world but instead as it is defined by our gracious Redeemer.
And just like that I fall … I’ve heard many times throughout my ministry that to follow Christ is to become a target for the enemy. I see it often as believers take their next steps in their walk with Christ. I’ve witnessed believers, in what some might call their most trying moments, just days and even moments before being submerged in water as … Read More Strength To Carry On
I would have never thought my days to follow the trial would be spent miles apart from my husband fighting for his freedom. Yet, here we are. I have never felt as weak as I had in the moments that followed sentencing. My heart ached with a pain like never before and I would have done anything to take it all away, not only … Read More Asking All of the Wrong Questions