Musings from a promise-collector

Archive for the ‘Christian Life’ Category

Dating, Fear, and Identity


Oh, he was slick!

He found a perfectly legitimate reason to get my number. He called to discuss the Perspectives class that we were taking. He hung around me and my friends in class.

Then he did it in the smoothest way possible – he asked me out to dinner and invited my two friends along. He was smart. I was so much more at east. And even though only T could make it (since W was sick), I was so much less nervous about it. I was going on a date!  (more…)

Harder Than I Thought


I feel led to begin telling a certain part of my story that started in this new season. One I waited for for a very long time.

And I will admit that this is a lot harder to share than I thought it would be. I started to write about it, but had to stop. Not because this is a difficult time in my story, but because of the depths of my heart that I have poured out to the Lord over it. (more…)

I’m Out of the Boat… Now What?


I took that step. I was obedient. I resigned from my job and moved into a different rental. Everything familiar had changed. So… now what, Jesus?

But He didn’t give me the next step. All He said was, “Rest.”

Oh.

Well, not what I was expecting, but if that’s what He wants I’ll do it.  (more…)

Once Upon a Time…


Once upon a time…. That’s how all of the good stories start. The ones where the main character is about to have a significant part of their story told. One where there are trials and challenges for them to overcome, and they learn more about themselves and the strength that resides in them.

So I guess that I could start this new season of writing that way – “Once upon a time…” – since that’s when the new chapter of my journey began. Two years isn’t that long, but in some ways it can be an eternity.  (more…)

Though None Go With Me…


The church I grew up in has a tradition of honoring high school graduates each year. When I finally found myself in that place, the pastor we had at the time said something very sweet to me. Though there were quite a few of us graduating at that time, I was the only one there who had been involved in the youth group and other activities during my high school years. He said that as he was praying for me, the song “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” came to his mind, and more specifically the lines from the second verse that say “Though none go with me, still I will follow.” (more…)

My Story of Healing: My Knees


This is a continuation of the story of the healing journey the Lord has me on. You can read about The NeedThe Past 6 MonthsQuiet Waters6 Weeks Since QW, Christmas, and Encouraged by Sarah’s Story

I was thinking the other day that it has been a while since I’ve written an update about where I am in my healing process. I guess it is because there haven’t been any noticeable changes recently.

Or at least I thought, until I was cleaning the other night. The mini blinds in my room were quite dusty, and I couldn’t put it off any longer. And the windows in my room are huge, so this was no small undertaking…. like, try 2.5 hours to do three side-by-side windows.  (more…)

My Story of Healing: Encouraged by Sarah’s Story


This is a continuation of the story of the healing journey the Lord has me on. You can read about The Need, The Past 6 Months, Quiet Waters, 6 Weeks Since QW, and Christmas

I listen to K-LOVE radio in the mornings when I’m getting ready for work.k-love I love listening to the Morning Show – the three DJs are very encouraging and entertaining.

On Monday, February 4th, they received a call from a listener with an amazing story. Her name was Sarah, and she shared about her life with severe scoliosis – so much so, that her ribs touched her hips. But only days before calling, the Lord had miraculously healed her and she grew 4 inches! The DJs kept her on the phone for a while to hear more of her incredible story.  (more…)

5 Years – I Miss…


Today marks fives years since my dad left this world and went on to be with Jesus. In many ways each passing year gets easier.

Our last picture together.

Our last picture together.

But there are some things I miss…

Lately, I’ve been missing his corny jokes. He told the worst ones… the ones that would just make you groan and roll your eyes. But his eyes would light up and he would laugh at himself. I wish I could remember more of those corny jokes.  (more…)

My Story of Healing: Christmas


This is a continuation of my story of the healing process that the Lord has had me on recently. You can read about it under My Story of Healing

The 12-hour drive between TN and northern IL is usually really tough on my back. By the time I arrive at my destination, all I want to do is lay as flat on my back as possible to stretch out the aching muscles. But since I’d been feeling better than usual recently, I thought this drive home might be different.

About 3 hours into the drive though, I was in pain. I called my sweet friend, Theresa, who so quickly began an internet search for the closest Walgreens for me. I pulled over and bought a box of those heat patches and quickly stuck one on my lower back. Why hadn’t I thought of this idea sooner?? It made the rest of the drive so much less painful than it usually is – both to IL and back.  (more…)

Verse for 2013


The following is an email that I sent out to our women’s small group from church.

Hey ladies!

I hope your weekends are off to a good start! Our month-long run of plays started yesterday, so we have been busy, busy, busy! But in the spare moments I have been able to grab, I have been seeking the Lord about my verse and theme for the year. Part of the fun of having a verse or theme for the year is sharing it with others so they can help you watch for it when it pops up in unexpected places. We get to rejoice together in what the Lord is doing in each others’ lives! So, I want to share with you all what I have been hearing.

On my drive home from IL to TN after Christmas (which my car made it, by the way…. thanks everyone for praying!), I was listening to a teaching by Beth Moore. (more…)

My Healing Story: 6 Weeks Since QW


I am in the midst of a healing work that the Lord is doing in my life. Read about The Need, The Past 6 Months, and Quiet Waters to find out what He has done so far!

Quiet Waters was almost six weeks ago. Since that amazing night of ministry, I have been noticing things I’ve never felt before. Instead of just all over aches or a sore lower back, I have been having very localized aches and pains. It is sometimes the size of a tennis ball, and that area will ache sometimes for minutes, sometimes hours, sometimes a day or more. But then it moves and somewhere else very specific will hurt. Considering the “slow surgery,” it makes sense that the Lord is strategically moving around my back, putting this muscle back, stretching that tendon, maneuvering that bone… He’s working.

On November 28, I went to The Well at church – our weekly prayer and worship time. The night began with some really sweet worship. I was in the back of the room, thanking the Lord for the work on my back He has done so far. Eventually Danny (Pastor of Prayer) gave us directions to get into groups of 3 or 4 to pray for one another for any healing that we need. I ended up in a group with Danny and my sweet friend Robyn. Danny told us about a women in our church who needed our prayers that day for healing, so we began by praying for her healing… for her back.

As we finished praying for her, (more…)

Tag Cloud

%d bloggers like this: