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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 …

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My Shipwrecked Life

Among the many definitions of wrecked, included are: any building structure or thing reduced to a state of ruin and the ruins or destruction of a vessel or anything. Its definition describes my life was two years ago. My life was so broken that it wrecked “my plans” I had for my life. To make a long story short my husband is a soldier and was deployed twice with the Operation Iraqi Freedom. When he returned home it took almost two years to get a job. Even though he is a considered a veteran he went unnoticed for many opportunities. …

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To Fear or Not?…

This morning started like most others, by getting up begrudgingly and taking on the task of exercising. Or should I say attempting to run again after an injury to my knee….which failed, so I walked instead. Little did I know what was to come. I read a blog post of a friend who titled it “time to quit fighting God”. While I read it, I was in tears. It was an amazing reminder of how often I have fought to keep the easy in my life without regard to what steps I should be taking, probably due to fear. Fear …

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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 …

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Your Savior, Your Encouragement

When I first heard the word encouragement, I thought, sure, I can write about that; “Easy peasy” as our 4-year old grandson says. I mean, who doesn’t love to be encouraged and to be an encourager? But, as I sit here listening to God speak to my heart about that word, I hear something a little different than I thought I would. In what areas do we really need encouragement? I know I need no encouragement to sin. Sin is the old pair of shoes that I trip over each day; I thought I had thrown them away, but here …

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My “Anything” Story

Several years ago, I had just moved to Little Rock, Arkansas from Jonesboro, Arkansas where I spent my first year out of college teaching. Nothing in me felt settled there so I moved to Little Rock with full expectation to become settled, to become complete. I was moving into my second year of teaching in a wonderful school. My family was close by. Several of my friends were in Little Rock. Everything was going to be perfect (or so I thought). Instead, it was the opposite. There was a hole, a longing inside of me that I could not for …

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I Was Made To Worship by April McCullough

It was at the end of the training season for the Little Rock half-marathon that I remember going to a pre-race dinner.  I was pulling up to the hotel to pick up college friends who were in town for the race. As one friend proceeds to get into the car, she noticed the radio station on the Christian station and commented “April-you still listening to your church music!” I chuckled, not having realized that I indeed was still listening to the same type of music that I listened to while in college.  Yes, even in all my mess I still …

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Just a Hollow Tree

Just a hollow tree… Woodpeckers persistently peck on a hollow tree. There is no answer, no life.  Just a hollow shell taking up space. But the persistence of the woodpecker pays off once he can break through and get to the hollow of the tree. The woodpecker now has a place to reside. A place to call home. That tree now has life and a purpose. We are just like that hollow tree when Christ is gently knocking. Just a shell with no life, no purpose. When we hear Christ knocking and let him into to our empty shell we …

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Shopping Hungry

Have you ever gone grocery shopping when you were hungry?  I have and did so again yesterday after a long tiring day.  As I pushed my cart through Walmart with a buggy chocked full of comfort food several college age young men passed by me.  In a glance at my buggy loaded with goodies one of the guys stopped and said “Can we go home with you?”  We both laughed and I then realized I had not really made smart choices filling my buggy with those good tasting comfort foods.  Immediately my mind went to ‘shopping when hungry results in …

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Control Issues

My name is Kelly Davis and yes I have control issues.  If there were a help group for this I could definitely be the president of it!  The only thing is this causes great anxiety for me.  When I try to carry the weight of the world I fail and crumble under its immense pressure and yet I do this to myself each and every day. Yet I know I was not made to do this, Jesus says “Come to Me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11: 28.  He alone …

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Shield of Faith

One day while taking my oldest son to middle school he was sharing what he had learned that week.  They were studying the Vikings and Austin said “Mom did you know that the Viking men were told when they went out to war that they better not lose their shield!!  It was a great disgrace for them and their community for that to happen so they told them you either come back WITH it or come back ON it (dead).” Wow that hit me like a ton of bricks and I said you know Austin that the Bible tells us …

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Seeking Comfort not the Comforter

There is a lesson I am learning, it is hard and painful.  I have been guilty of seeking comfort but not The Comforter!  Anytime there is pain I don’t want it!  I don’t want physical pain, emotional pain, or spiritual pain and yet I have experienced all three.  I put my trust in  medicine or a doctor very easily.  I have put my trust in godly friends and counsel but at the time I need it most I seem to make God my last resort.  He should be my go to, my first choice I know this! Pain is an …