5 Ways Satan Works in our Wilderness

5 Ways Satan Works in our Wilderness

All within moments of each other. Thing 3 spued in the mini. Thing 4 had a diaper explosion. Thing 1 needed immediate assistance with mounds of make-up work. And Thing 2, well, in the distant hopes to keep him healthy, a full scrub-the-deck initiative had begun.

As I hauled the 5th laundry basket down the stairs, it dawned on me that something else might be going on and I literally began to laugh. You see I was about to leave to go share God’s Word with a group of women going on their leadership team retreat. The very next day.

Sometimes we can laugh, when we sense that Satan might be coming against us, but other times all we can do is cry. Continue reading

One Thing We Must Wear

One Thing We Must Wear

Swim suit shopping! What. A. Pain. I avoid it like the plague. Would someone please install warm dim lighting in dressing rooms instead of the pale white fluorescent headlights that make women look like the blood has drained from their bodies? If you choose to take up this task, I will personally knight you into sainthood! It’s humiliating enough to squeeze into these stomach-flattening-core-defining spandex tubes; it would be nice to have some favorable lighting.

Luckily, we don’t have to wear a swimsuit everyday but what we put on in the morning matters. It often reveals how we feel. It may reflect what we think of ourselves. It tells who we are and whose we are.

Our King offers us a covering of dignity and honor. It is a layer we must not fail to forget to put on.Continue reading

Stepping Forward Despite the Sacrifice

Stepping Forward Despite the Sacrifice

I can’t get over this verse from John 18 in the NLT…as the guards came to retrieve Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. It says, “Jesus FULLY realized ALL that was going to happen to him so he stepped FORWARD…” He didn’t step back. He didn’t step to the side or just stand still. He stepped forward. Jesus stepped forward for you and for me. This new insight convicted me to continue to step forward in serving my King. How might it propel you?

You are invited…We are all Daughters

You are invited…We are all Daughters

It’s a big no-no in the blogging world.  Since last fall, I have only made 2 posts to my blog. However, I haven’t been blogging but I have been writing. Between waddling through my 3rd trimester of pregnancy and caring for our fourth addition since November, I have written my first ever full length bible study.

It’s called, Daughters: Your Identity Rescued, Your Value Restored

It grew out of questions I still had about who I was to God? Do I have value? What does he see when he looks at me? Does he really love me because I really struggle to feel it? Where am I secure? What is my worth? Do I have dignity?Continue reading

Staring in the Face of a Blinding Light

Staring in the Face of a Blinding Light

I don’t really know true darkness. Do you?  I have been a Chicago suburb girl all my life, so even when the moon isn’t shining at night there has always been some ambient light from streetlights or the latest promotional gimmick at a local store.

I can remember going camping with my middle school astronomy class to do some star gazing. We drove hours and hours away to get to a place where it was dark enough to truly see the stars.

We huddled up under the light in a picnic shelter as our teacher gave us our instructions. He turned off the light and sent us out. It took our eyes about ten minutes to adjust and function. We all ended up having an extraordinary star gazing experience.

Our eyes had so adjusted to the darkness that when someone flashed a little flashlight in our direction, our eyes did a double take. And when it came time for us to huddle up again under the bright light in the picnic shelter, our eyes were blurs of spots and flashes of light for some time.

I couldn’t imagine being out in the darkness and seeing much more than a flashlight or a light bulb. I can’t imagine how I might have reacted had it been much more.Continue reading