Wrecked

My tires were aired, my chain was lubed and the panniers were bulging. Packing was definitely the biggest challenge. Four women preparing for a five day, two hundred fifty-seven mile bicycle ride across the state of Missouri were limited to mascara, toothbrush, T-shirt dress and Chacos. I’ll admit I was a little worried. I had never been to the Katy Trail, though I had researched it extensively and compiled a detailed agenda, which included bed and breakfast reservations as well as dinner plans. I had spent four months meticulously planning the trip. To conserve space I placed my items into …

Simply Enough

A Psalm for the most important relationship in my life, the one I have with my Savior Jesus Christ: Many times the pain of my life runs deep and I can feel it like a suffocating fire. I hurt and I feel alone. But then, a whisper from my Savior says, “You are never alone. I am with you in your darkest hour and even in this pain you are loved. YOU are the apple of MY eye. YOU find your confidence in ME alone. YOU are righteous by MY blood. YOU are forgiven.” The pain is still there, but …

Amber Bohanna pt 2

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Grace Under Pressure

“Grace under pressure”…”Grace under pressure”… the phrase that every good Southern girl knows, but one that I keep repeating in my mind lately. Ephesians 4: 7 says, “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” I certainly need my share of grace right now. It could be the time of year, but I doubt it. I think that God brings me to these junctures just in time to learn something either I was too ignorant to get the first time or perhaps I just wasn’t ready to listen. Sometimes the lessons are due to my …

Unshakable Thanks

We are all on a journey.  And as Paul says, we do not travel that journey as those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4: 13). We know that we have a Savior sitting at the right hand of the Father who delights in us.  We have the Word of God that is living and active.  We have the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, giving us gifts to make the best use of our time here on Earth.  And we have the fellowship of other believers to offer friendship, prayer, encouragement and council.  We have hope, and …

Cow Cuddling?

I can’t believe this, but here it is. A New York farm is offering a 60-minute cow cuddling session for $75. They are also offering a full Cow and Horse Experience, which allows the customer to pet, brush and play with both cows and horses coming in at $300 for 90-minutes. With the price of cattle being so low right now, it certainly would be a lucrative proposition for the right farmer. While I agree that the idyllic scene of farm life is relaxing and all, it is amazing the price that we humans are willing to pay to attempt …

Passion for Jesus

As I sat in this very large arena surrounded by thousands of women, I was mesmerized by the words that slapped me in the face. Words so powerful I could not move… words that formed a question that I must answer. I had come to Beth Moore’s Living Proof conference with a group of my church women. We had already attended many of her conferences to hear what the Lord would teach us through Beth’s words. God uses women who are willing and obedient to His leading and Beth is one such woman. He uses her to speak His words …

The Greatest Love There Is

As the 2-year date that changed my faith and many lives approaches, I felt the Lord calling me to share this story in some way. I cannot stay quiet about His love and how he restored me and many others by His grace through a time of suffering. I am 24 years old. A few years ago, I would never have guessed I would be sitting here writing about my faith. I became a believer when I was small, grew up in a Christian home, and sought out the Lord as best I could in my younger years, which to …

Dare to be Fearless

  We are all born brave and fearless. From that day on we learn fear as its woven into our belief system. We are told to trust so we fight for it, but somehow cannot control the fear. We feel guilty and ashamed, so we tell each other that some fears are healthy. As we age we also learn that God is love and there is no fear in love, therefore no fear in the presence of God. But then we are taught to be afraid of God: to fear deception from God, to fear sin, to fear falling off …

Bigger Than The Ocean

When I was young we lived near the ocean – well the Gulf of Mexico.  One day I was dipping my two year old toes into the waves, barely.  My parents were laughing and talking together on the beach.  I looked at them having so much fun and said, “I guess you guys are just gonna let me drown!” (I based that on the tv news that shared a young boy had gotten caught in a rip tide and drowned recently) Oh beloved, feel like you’re drowning in the ocean? Do you think God has forgotten you and is just …

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 …

God’s Presence Unwrapped

Wrapping presents is one of my favorite things to do. I get a lot of joy out of thinking about the reaction each person will have over the gift picked especially for them. Sometimes I get busy wrapping and forget whose gift is whose. I’ve even been known to unwrap something to see what it is. At any rate wrapping a gift is fun. But watching each loved one unwrap those gifts is absolutely joyful! Oh beloved, God has already given you the best gift anyone could have. He has given you the gift of Salvation. This gift tops all …