More Than Head Knowledge

I grew up in the church. Literally, since before I was born, I was in church. My mom sang in the choir, played the piano, taught Sunday school classes, directed Easter and Christmas programs…while she was pregnant, after I was born and through my adulthood.   It is very safe to say I spent every extra minute of my time at church, going to church, serving in church, being in church. My parents wanted us to be grounded in God so they made the sacrifice to have my mother teach at small “Christian” schools. Not only was my extra time spent in …

Be Different

I can’t believe October is about to come to an end and we are beginning a new season.  A season that brings cold weather, fires, family gatherings and change. Fall is a constant reminder of change.  From the leaves changing colors to the ground covered in leaves as they fall preparing for new growth in the coming spring. The season of Thanksgiving and Christmas is coming quickly. So what I would like to leave you with as October comes to an end, is a challenge.  A challenge to make this season new.  This holiday season can become very materialistic very …

Truth Over Feelings

As I have shared in my previous posts.  God has me examining my heart.  He is refining me.  He is slowly chipping pride away. I have always loved to write.  Most of the time it comes so easy.  But for almost a year I have struggled to put my thoughts to paper. I have found myself asking God “where are you” and felt most of the time I sat in silence.  My heart aching to hear from my heavenly Father.  To speak to me in the ways I have felt Him before.  Longing for just a whisper.  Feeling like God …

In All Things Jesus

    “Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.” James 1: 7 All things are from Him. It’s hard to accept that some times. Instead, we question are we good enough, have we done enough to deserve such a gift or a current blessing that He has bestowed on our life? And then there are times when things don’t look all so “good” and we wonder where He is in all of it…yet “all things come from the Father”. …

Fall Devotions

  Day 5   Well our week is coming to a close and I just want to take a minute to recap what we have read and hopefully been challenged with this week. Well, we know for sure I love fall!  Everything fall!  But I love everything fall because it reminds me so much of Jesus and His love for me and for you. The color changes that happen, the leaves that fall, the blankets we pull out and the cool breeze with the rays of warm sunshine…all Jesus. He truly loves us more than we understand most days.  He …

Fall Devotions

Day 4 I lived in Houston, Texas for almost 8 years.  The summers were so hot.  That seems like not enough to describe them.  I can remember walking outside and the heat and humidity being so high that it literally would take your breath away.  You couldn’t do very many things outside because of the extreme temperatures and if you did you must take breaks often and make sure you drank lots of water to keep you from dehydration.  It was so hot at times the power would go out in our homes due to the magnitude of power being …

Fall Devotions

Day 3 The temperature is changing and the mornings and evenings are cool.  I LOVE IT!!  This weather makes perfect camping weather.  One of my favorite things to do is to go camping with my family and then get up early in the morning and grab a blanket and my bible and sit by the still smoldering fire and gaze over the water in front of me.  I LOVE blankets!  There is something comforting about being wrapped up in a blanket.  Although there are good blankets the ones that are soft, thick and fluffy and then there are the ones …

Fall Devotions

Day 2 Fall – to lose the old, to have its proper place.  This is just part of the many definitions of what the dictionary says “fall” is.   What is crazy is that the dictionary is talking about fall like ‘I fell down’, not fall like ‘the season’ and yet how appropriate the definition is. I love fall!!  The color change, the weather change, the smell change…..its about change.  But to change means that something must go. As I sit here looking out the window with massive trees all around my back yard, I see it happening right now.  Leaves …

Fall Devotions

Day 1 There are so many things about fall that bring me joy.  Driving through the mountainside, camping with my family, late nights by the fire making smores with the kids.  Fall reminds me how small I am in the big picture of life and yet how important I am to God. With the fall season comes things that bring such great comfort. I grew up in the hills of West Virginia…..I think besides Arkansas, where I reside now, there is no greater beauty!  As a young girl I lived right next door to my grandparents.  This was a dream …