For the Road Ahead

For the Road Ahead

Although we’ve taken a few trips, there are special trips we’ve planned for many years. One of these days we’re going to know it’s time and head out. Planning is essential. When you’re on a trip you’ve got to know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. You also need to know what sights you want to see along the way. Without planning it is easy to get mixed up and focus on the things you really didn’t intend to do. Many sights along the way easily become distractions. Distractions steal time, money, focus and joy. We …

Going Deep With God

Going Deep With God

The title of this series of devotions is, “Going Deep”.  In the next six days we will be looking at ways to go deep with our God.  We will discuss how to go deep in the Word, in trusting God, in obedience, in God’s understanding, and in prayer.  I pray this series blesses you and draws you ever nearer to the heart of our Father. In Psalm 107 we read of those who are called out upon the waters, to the ships.  Those who are called to these places and are willing to go get to see the great works …

Qualified

Qualified

In the past several years I have learned so much about how to become the person God intended me to be…how to live out my faith and what that means. This is such a process and I am still learning so much, but I love the idea of passing on what God is using to shape me to help others. One of the biggest lessons seems so simple but it has really changed the way I look at how to live out my faith. God has given us all gifts and talents to enable us to put our faith into …

Encourage One Another

Encourage One Another

The last few years have been an incredible time of growing and learning in my faith journey. I have learned so much that I want to share with other women to encourage and inspire them in their lives. Women are just such incredible people! We are CEO’s and writers and architects and teachers and wives and moms…and most of us, no all of us, will have struggles, uncertainty, tragedy, and hard times. We all have good days and bad days, hard seasons and seasons full of happiness. It is in those hard times we especially need each other. Support, a …

Out of the Comfort Zone

Out of the Comfort Zone

One of the privileges God has allowed me in my life is the opportunity to give women a platform and then watch them step out in faith and obedience when God places something on their heart. This month I have that privilege once again. Grace Workman joins us as guest poster for the month of March and I know you will be blessed as she shares her journey of trusting God through the road bumps and detours that comes with change and transition. I can definitely relate, and because change is hard I’m sure many of you will too. Let’s …

To Forgive or Not To Forgive (Part 2)

To Forgive or Not To Forgive (Part 2)

When I was asked to write a Victim Impact Statement before my final court appearance, I immediately understood the weight that went with it. I knew that it would be shared with other victims who had gone through similar circumstances and that it would be used as an example. I wanted to be a voice for women, while still asking myself what Jesus would do. I mean, He was betrayed by one of his top twelve, His body was broken, He bled. But in the end, He forgave. I’m a flawed human with bitterness and anger. Could I do the same? To …

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 …

New Adventure

New Adventure

I am always up for a new adventure.  I thrive on learning new things and visiting new places but I soon found that not only was the Lord leading me into this new ministry opportunity but part of the journey included writing a Bible study and book.  This particular task stretched me more than I ever imagined and it would take many years to complete. Thus began my new adventure of writing FAITH Joseph’s Story.  This would prove to be the most time consuming thing I have ever done. Writing a book was never on my “to do” list.  I …

A New Direction

A New Direction

Retirement was an adjustment.  My husband was retired from public life but had a growing business he could operate from home.  He was not used to “a now at home all day wife” and I was not used to a husband that hung around all the time.  But that is a story for another day.  Somehow, however, we managed to carve out the togetherness factor and do what was needed to be together and still stay out of each others way. The one thing that seemed to be a constant theme for weeks was a statement for my heart and …

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Jeremiah 29: 11 “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” I love the challenge of starting something new. I have a creative side so no matter if it’s a new project, a new phase in life, a new thought with potential or a challenge when someone says I can’t do it because it’s impossible, I’m up for it. Little did I know that God would use this personality trait for one of the hardest challenges …

Just Hop In and Go

Just Hop In and Go

  We hadn’t taken a back-roads trip in a while. So last month we took off. Danny chose a road that had a sign reading “state maintenance ends in 12 miles”. I wasn’t so sure about that road. But we went the 12 miles and found ourselves facing a dirt road. My caution took over. I didn’t think we should do it. After all we didn’t know where that road was going. Except Danny was sure where that road was heading. He said where we’d come out. I said no way. I doubted it. But guess what? We came out …

Heart Warming Is God’s Specialty

Heart Warming Is God’s Specialty

Last night I went to our 10 year old grandson’s Christmas concert. After the balmy weather we’ve had I was freezing. I know, it’s not even winter yet, but I am already anticipating spring. Chilled to the bone, I was wishing I had at least worn a sweater. I rode with his family to the concert and back to their house. The three grands showed me the Christmas lights in their bedrooms and I got hugs from them all and headed for the car. As I approached I heard the motor and wondered if I’d forgotten to turn it off …