You Were…. But Now You’re NEW

Renewed – to begin again, to make effective for an additional period. Wow, when we look at the dictionary definition of “Renewed” we probably all wish we could be that or do that. I am sure our minds go immediately to moments in life that we wish we could “do over”. Of course that’s where the enemy wants to take us…to the moments in life that we were at our worst. But the truth is apart from Jesus we are the worst. Thank you Jesus because of the cross, because of the blood shed on Calvary, because of his pain …

Wisdom: What We Can Expect

Averages and Expectations. I read that the average washing machine will perform 5,100 cycles before biting the dust. The average length of a mystery novel is 70,000 words. The average person speaks 138 words a minute. The average toddler sleeps ten hours a night. And the average passenger 747 airplane is retired after 27 years of service. For researchers, these tidbits of information are important. If a product or service is being offered, averages provide a guideline of what a consumer can expect. I’m usually on the consuming end, so I’m more about the expectations. I want the life of …

Unpublished Writings

I recently revisited some unpublished writings that I have.  I call them ramblings because they are simply my thoughts poured out upon a page.  I came across a writing from over the summer and I realized I must share it. Let me set the stage. If you have followed me then you know my story but for those of you who don’t I will recap quickly for you.  Last year my marriage fell apart and we sold our home, divided up our things and went our separate ways and was pursing divorce.  But leave it to God in the final …

Time to Renew

A Repost from 2016 by Rebekah Beene to My Journey of Faith Magazine.  Still current today. For the past decade we’ve done a lot of travel in ministry. Almost every weekend for a while was spent either going to an event or home with family. Either way there wasn’t much time for upkeep of home or yard. Our one-acre place just didn’t get much attention. Now we have temporarily slowed down and have time to make assessments. There are things we need to work on that we just didn’t even have time to see! We’ve started repairs on the house …

My Go Church All Night

A Repost from My Journey of Faith Magazine by Sarah Heringer.  Sarah shares her salvation story with you as a way to encourage you to examine your own story.  Looking back of the years of your life gives perspective of how God has worked.  Take time at the beginning of this year and reflect on your story. “My go church all night.” My parents say it was my very first full sentence. It was true, I loved church at an early age. We attended First Baptist Church of Brinkley, Arkansas, and would often walk there in our Sunday best. I …

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. …

Life from Bones by Heather Patterson

I began the year on a cloud that carried me for many months. We were still tan from a trip to Disney World. My dad’s January surgery went great and if April’s went as well, he would be cancer free by May! I had a book released about finding our identity in Christ, then was allowed to speak to over 100 women at my church on it one night, then teach it through a 10 week study. My husband was doing great in his school, and we entertained thoughts of all the different places we could move once he graduated. …

“The Old has Gone, the New has Come….”

Life, in its very nature, is full of new beginnings. New births, new years, new seasons, new growth and development, new relationships, new schools, new jobs, new homes…life is full of “new,” all of which can be exciting and hopeful, but also scary, uncertain and intimidating. God created us for change. He knew we would be born sinners, and his heart’s desire is that we change. He even sent his only son to die so that we would change, so that we would have a new beginning. Yes, there are many new beginnings on this journey called life, but our …