To Divorce or Not To Divorce (Part 1)

To Divorce or Not To Divorce (Part 1)

(This blog post is based on my personal story with the understanding that every story is unique. We may not share the same opinion and that’s ok. It’s a long one, so hold tight!) I’ll never forget the day I met {him}. It was the fall of 2009, a beautiful sunny day, and my phone dinged as I walked across campus to class. I had winked at him on an online dating website and lo and behold, he winked back! If you’ve never experienced online dating, you don’t know what a thrill it is to get attention from someone with …

Love the Hate Away

Love the Hate Away

Happy Friday! This week has been a rough one for me. I’ve been down and out with the flu (ugh!) and my medicine brain has been a fuzzy mess. One of the things I found myself doing was randomly scrolling Facebook. If only I could burn calories with the miles my thumbs have scrolled. I started seeing negative post after negative post and it put me in even more of a funk than I was in already! Have you ever been offended by something someone posted on social media? Maybe it was about you, maybe it wasn’t. Maybe it was …

Go Ahead and Love Yourself

Go Ahead and Love Yourself

Love is in the air…It’s February, the month of Love, and I am thrilled to be taking over My Journey of Faith for Faith Post Friday this month! Hi!! My name is Sarah, and I am going to be your looooove coach! Not relationship love, though we’ll cover some of that too. I’m talking about God’s Love! Specifically, how to use love to drown out hate as a woman of Faith. And we’re going to start with YOU!!! I don’t know about you, but I struggle with making time for self-love. I feel like we, as women, are pressured by …

That’s the Power of Love

That’s the Power of Love

This third week of Advent is all about love: how love came down to redeem mankind, how love covers all sins through sacrifice… how Jesus is love. I appreciate how the love of God plays out in my life, particularly when it is revealed through friendship with other believers. I am excited to share one such friend with you all today. Deb’s authenticity is just one of the many reasons why I love her so much and I know she will bless you as she has blessed me. -Carissa When Carissa reached out to me and gave me the opportunity …

The View From God’s Perspective

The View From God’s Perspective

Kids understand things often much better than we grown-ups do. Caleb handed me a pair of glasses and told me to look at the Christmas tree. I put them on and everything changed. The view showed prisms of Christmas snowflakes everywhere there was a light. How awesome! There was a pair of these lovely little view changers for his brother and sister too. We’ve had a year. If I just looked at things the way they are I’d be in a hard place. It is what it is sure fits. I could name everything “bad” that happened this year. But …

What Do You Want for Christmas?

What Do You Want for Christmas?

Danny asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I was hard pressed to think of anything. While I was thinking about it, he said I don’t want a thing. I’ve got what I want. That’s how I feel too. Now there will probably be something under the tree, but we received so much this year and we are very grateful to still have one another. Oh beloved, what are you longing for this Christmas? Do you have a list ready? Are you frantically hoping your list gets filled? Maybe you’re hopeless. Nothing has ever turned out right on Christmas anyway. …

Leah, Unwanted and Unloved?

Leah, Unwanted and Unloved?

  Leah, Unwanted and Unloved?       While reading Genesis 29 about Jacob and his wives I learned the coolest thing.  Leah, Jacob’s first wife was unloved and unwanted. He wanted Rachel but got Leah. So she thinks to herself maybe a baby will make him love me, and God opened her womb.  Her first son she named Reuben, which means ‘See a son!’ She is trying to earn the love of her husband with this child.  Didn’t happen.  So she has another son and named him Simeon which means ‘heard’ for God heard she was unloved (still trying …

God’s Hesed

God’s Hesed

I read a book several years ago  A Sacred Sorrow by Michael Card.  As a result, I learned a new word.  That word was “hesed”.  This Hebrew word describes the indescribable undefinable characteristics of God. It can not be translated into English using just one word. Our English language defines “hesed” as loving-kindness.  But it encompasses so much more.  I suppose it would take a vast number of words to fully describe the true meaning of God’s “hesed” and even then mere words could not completely satisfy the definition.Perhaps the best way to explain “hesed” is to say it is …

Big Fight – Bigger Winner!

Big Fight – Bigger Winner!

Our son and I had a big fight yesterday morning. It was a knock down drag out. Thankfully we were fighting together against an enemy my son has – a wasp.  He’s very allergic to stings so it was almost comical as we ran around the house batting at this nemesis and even knocking something off the wall.  He fell in the floor once avoiding the dive bombing of this evil little flyer.  Finally, after we had exhausted all efforts I found him sitting on the floor and disposed of him once and for all. Oh beloved, you and I …

Showing Real Love

Showing Real Love

My husband LOVES Pawn Stars, the reality show on the History Channel featuring business at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada. In one episode a man brought in a violin he had found in an old chest in a barn he had recently purchased. After dusting it off, he discovered the word Stradivarius inscribed on the inside. He brought it to the pawn shop –of course, hoping to discover it was genuine – meaning it could be worth millions of dollars. An expert was called in to examine the near-perfect instrument. He relayed the …

The Greatest Love

The Greatest Love

Have you ever dropped a pebble into the water and watched the ripples going out in concentric circles? It occurs to me that there are concentric circles flowing out from each of our lives in a similar fashion. Looking at this graphic,                             your heart is the innermost heart.  Flowing out from you are all the relationships and people in your life—those that you touch in the course of a day or week.  The heart closet to you would include, most likely, the names of family members:  your spouse, children, and parents.  Friends and extended family would be on the next …

Letting Love Lead Out

Letting Love Lead Out

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3: 4  If love and faithfulness never leave me, then they will define everything– every choice, action, and word. Paul defines love as the “greatest of these” –even greater than faith or hope– in I Corinthians 13: 13. Love is the first attribute of the fruit of the Spirit. Love is what led Christ to the Cross. When I let love lead out, I am proving myself to be a Christ-follower. Love is my choice for today…and faithfulness keeps …