Grace Expectations

No human will ever be able to meet our deepest needs. This is something I’ve learned over my life. We often put so much pressure on our husbands, children, friends and family to fill a void in our lives, to be a certain way, or to be who we think they should be so they can meet our needs and our expectations.  Whether we are aware we do this or if we do this unknowingly, it’s wrong. Let me say it again, no human will ever be able to meet our deepest needs. It is Jesus’ job to fill that part of our soul …

Give Them Grace

We never know what someone is walking through…but we can give them grace We don’t know what they have been through…but we can give them grace We may not know why they do what they do…but we can give them grace If God looks at the heart…then shouldn’t we try to, too? Just give them grace, just give them grace By praying for them, not whispering about them…we can show them grace By lifting them up, not putting them down…we can show them grace Being tender-hearted, kind and forgiving…we can show them grace With humility, compassion and love…we can show them grace If …

And So We Wait

Waiting: stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens; used to indicate that one is eagerly impatient to do something or for something to happen. A few weeks ago, I was up at 4am busily getting ready to travel to a conference. I had almost forgotten about the pregnancy test I had taken that early morning, but thankfully, I happened to glance at it before walking out the door. Expecting to see only one line, I did a triple take when I saw not one, but two obvious pink lines. I didn’t …

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 …

Hearts of Gratitude

In looking up the word “gratitude” from various sources, most of the definitions were very similar and what one might expect: thankfulness, the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness; a natural expression of thanks in response to blessings, protection, or love, etc… One definition, however, significantly stuck out to me: gratitude is a joyful commitment of one’s personality to God. In researching gratitude chronologically in the Bible, it took me a while to find it, which was surprising to me! Although we don’t see a “thank you” in the first few chapters of …

Faith, not Fear

What if fear did not exist?? What if there was no such thing as that annoying little word that can do so much?? What would you do?? What would you say?? Who would you become?? How often does fear hold you back?? As I attempt to plan a 10 year anniversary trip with my husband, I have found myself full of fear. Fear of flying over the ocean, fear for our safety in another country, fear of leaving our children, the list goes on and on. I am slightly annoyed with these fearful feelings that keep cropping up, but it …

Praise Him Through the Storm

I once thought that God didn’t give us more than we could handle but I now believe the opposite to be true…He gives us more than we can handle on our own so we have nothing left to do but cling to Him. We cannot do it without Him. I have learned that He will provide if we just let Him and He will calm us so much during the storms that all we can do is praise Him. Exactly one year ago, my family weathered some storms. The details of those few months will be saved for another day, …

Just As He Promised

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.  Luke 1: 38 (ESV) This verse is Mary’s amazing response to what God has called her to do, carry and give birth to Jesus; however, it isn’t the first time in Scripture the Lord advises someone about the promise of an impending pregnancy. My first thoughts go to Sarah, Abraham’s wife.  Oh how she longed for years and years to bear a child and it never happened, and then it was too late.  In Genesis 18: 12, we see Sarah’s response …

I Am the Lord’s Servant

“‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered.” Luke 1: 38a Oh Mary…the chosen one.  Her story is remarkable and one I’m fascinated with this Christmas season.  I can’t quit thinking of Luke 1: 38, her response to Gabriel, the angel who informed her that she would carry Jesus, the One and Only.  It’s a response of faith, loyalty, humility and obedience.  Wow.   I’ve put myself in her shoes and wondered what my own reaction would have been. I’ve read that Mary, engaged to Joseph, was possibly around the age of 13 or 14 when she gave birth to Jesus (in that culture, after the …

Hearts of Gratitude

In looking up the word “gratitude” from various sources, most of the definitions were very similar and what one might expect:  thankfulness, the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness; a natural expression of thanks in response to blessings, protection, or love, etc… One definition, however, significantly stuck out to me: gratitude is a joyful commitment of one’s personality to God. Researching gratitude chronologically in the Bible, it took me a while to find it, which was surprising to me!  Although we don’t see a “thank you” in the first few chapters of Scripture, …

Hearts of Gratitude

In looking up the word “gratitude” from various sources, most of the definitions were very similar and what one might expect:  thankfulness, the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness; a natural expression of thanks in response to blessings, protection, or love, etc… One definition, however, significantly stuck out to me: gratitude is a joyful commitment of one’s personality to God. Researching gratitude chronologically in the Bible, it took me a while to find it, which was surprising to me!  Although we don’t see a “thank you” in the first few chapters of Scripture, …