Pursuing Peace

John [10:10] “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I come that they may have life and have it abundantly.”( ESV) Have you ever been in the checkout line at the grocery store and looked through the magazines that are on display? Their covers promise us we will have an organized and clean home, be able to cook gourmet meals, lose weight without effort, and have wonderful relationships if we read their magazine. Oh, if only it were that easy! As women, we are hit with messages from the world that tell us we need to pursue …

Expect His Return

Turn on any type of media and you will eventually hear worldly news. Wars, bombings, beheadings, natural disasters…the world is moaning for Christ return…and whether the people of the world know or not, creation is expecting it! Romans [8:19]-20 “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” In the Garden of Eden …

Expect His Movement

The first three times the answer was still the same but his master sent him again. Four, five and six.  He ran out to the overlook and yet the same thing…nothing was happening. You wonder if the servant thought his master had gotten it wrong.  It had not rained in years and the sky was void of clouds but now his master had said he heard the sound of abundance of rain. Once again for the seventh time, Elijah told his servant to go look toward the sea. This time something was different. There was a cloud as small as …

Expect Distractions

Hebrews [10:23] “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” “Life just isn’t fair” I remember saying those words as a teenager and yes have even said them as I have become more seasoned as an inhabitant on this big blue ball. We often come to expect things to be perfect and fair. When life isn’t as we dream it would be we often become misguided and tie our expectations onto the wrong things of this world.  In doing so we end up putting our hope and anticipation into something …

Silent Expectations

“My soul, wait silently for God alone. For my expectation is from Him” Psalm 62:5 Have you ever felt like a spinning top?  I know I have!  Life seems to be spinning right along then wham! I am off kilter and knocked for a loop.  Even though tops can be colorful and festive in appearance when that string is wound and then pulled you find out a lot about it.  One minute it is spinning with such precision that it is beautiful but then it eventually hits something or runs out of its own power and it starts to falter …

A Chord of Attachment

There she stood gazing at the window, not really looking out but just at the frame that made up the hole in the wall where the two men recently descended from her home.  Clutching to the line of scarlet cord that one of the men placed in her hands with specific instructions, Rahab finally found what she was looking for, a place to secure the cord in hopes of rescue when the Israelites returned. In the Book of Joshua chapter 2 we find the story of Rahab and the Israelite spies and this is where we find the most interesting …

Living to Expect

Have you ever had a common word, a word you have heard more times than you can count, all the sudden make you sit up straight and listen?  A word that once you look more closely at makes your eyes grow wide and your lips part as you realize your chin is dropping to the ground?  A word that just might have become a game changer in the way you look at it ever again? For me this happened recently with the word EXPECT.  As the end of 2014 drew to a close I was struggling with life situations.  I …

Too Many Hats!

None of us want to believe that we can ever have too much of a good thing: attention, money, desserts, etc. However, in the back of our minds, most of us can admit that we know excess leads to problems. Too much attention = aggravation (especially for us moms) Too much money (yeah, it happens) = discontentment and selfishness Too many desserts = well, that’s a no-brainer. I also think there is something often overlooked in most of our everyday lives that can be considered “excessive”, and that is the number of hats we wear. I’m not talking about fedoras, …

Losing Focus

Why is it that when we get busy with life, distracted by worldly problems and put off spending time with God, that we wonder why we feel so depressed? There is a direct link between our spiritual walk and our emotional well being- it’s a fact. We were created to have direct communion with God and when we choose to separate ourselves from this communion our spirits feel the strain. We already have to endure a type of separation due to the fall of humanity… thankfully Christ sacrificed to correct that huge mistake. But when we “put off” spending that …

Fire It Up

The power of fire is both terrifying and incredible… able to utterly destroy anything in its path while at the same time able to cleanse and purify like no other. There are countless times in the Old Testament that God uses fire to communicate with His people or display His awesome power. God, Himself, is both terrifying and incredible, so fire is a perfect symbolic representation. I get the shivers when I read verses like 2 Chronicles 7:1-4… “When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the …

Don’t Drop Your Sword!

How seriously do you take prayer? For most Christians, prayer is merely a side-item to their “feel-good” faith; this is a sad and terrible travesty. Prayer is one of our most powerful weapons in offensive spiritual warfare. Most of us can say that we know the Scripture referencing our spiritual armor… Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against …

Becoming A Rose

I do not have a green thumb. In fact, I end up killing just about anything green that comes anywhere near my house. I appreciate those who do love to garden however, and I deeply admire the beauty of the flora around me. One of my favorite things that just happen to grow in my yard is a rose bush right at the top of my driveway.  (This bush is in existence due to the care from past generations- it unfortunately gets zip from me). Allow me to share something that I learned about what it takes to make one …