3 Ways to Feel God’s Love

3 Ways to Feel God’s Love

The pouty face. Maybe you’ve seen one on your first-born or used it yourself. The eyes that look up under furrowed brows. The plump lower lip thrown in for added affect. The slow motion blinking of thickened eyelashes. An attempt to pull on our heartstrings as they plead for mercy or maybe our money.

How can I say no? How long will my anger last or wallet hold out? How many seconds will go by before I show love through my attitude or actions again? The beauty of exploring our relationship with the good Father is that we learn his heart through the way we treat our own.Continue reading

Finding it Difficult to Feel God’s Love?

Finding it Difficult to Feel God’s Love?

We weren’t going to enjoy our first kiss until my man was ready to say, “I love you”. Think what you may, but for me this was a good plan. It gave significance to our first kiss and sweetness to when he said, “I love you”.

Nowadays I use the word “love” so much its like breezing through a box of Kleenex during a chick flick. Frequent. Not fully utilized. Eventually tossed in the garbage. “I love those shoes.” “I love my husband.” “I love your Tupperware.” “I love my children.” You get the drift.

So when we see this beautiful declaration in 1 John 4, “God is love”. We could casually think, “That is nice,” but then toss it to the side with every other thing we “love”.Continue reading

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

How to enjoy Valentine’s Day, EVEN if you are Single

How to enjoy Valentine’s Day, EVEN if you are Single

“Nana_Na_Na. Nana_Na_Na. Hey_Hey_Goodbye.”

If you are single, it is very likely you just can’t wait till February 15th. When the teddy bears come off the shelves and the roses fade away. When the impending anticipation of heart break and unmet expectations will end. And you once again can sing “good-bye” to a holiday that has reared its ugly head in your heart of hearts.

You might be wondering why in the world I am bringing it up.

In your imagination, you might be telling me off, with your hand to my face saying, “Whatever! Why are we even talking about this, Erin? You’ve been married, how long? 8 years. What do you know?

Well, I am not desiring to dredge up pain or disappointment. I am not trying to get in the way of you burying your head and just making it through.

It is just that I experienced one of my best Valentine’s Days, SINGLE.Continue reading

Be the Friend You Want to Have

Be the Friend You Want to Have

In my early twenties I was waiting for a boyfriend that I hoped would be my future spouse. I often wondered why, in my perspective, it was taking so long. I actually had a list of traits or qualities that I was looking for in this man. My list was comprised of ten non-negotiable attributes and one negotiable attribute. The negotiable trait was that he played the guitar. Oh yeah, we were getting down to the nitty gritty. 🙂

Even though the list was rather exhaustive, I hadn’t included the attributes of humble, gentle, and patient. However, Continue reading