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…)
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on here, huh? I guess that you could say that life has been busy – but I know that’s not the main reason. really, it has been because I’ve been in an intense season of growth, change, and learning. And sometimes you can’t put into words the things that you need to express while in the midst of that time. Though I pray that I will always have a heart that is willing to grow, change, and learn. But I feel like now I am coming out of that concentrated season and that God has released me to begin writing again. (more…)
The following is an email I sent out the ladies of our growth group.
I hope your week is off to a great start! Mine sure has been. Thanks for all of the birthday love today!
I have really been enjoying going through Eat This Book with the church. I love studying specific portions of Scripture, but getting acquainted with the big story is good to do every so often. And even if you aren’t reading along with us, there are still so many things we can learn together!
There were a few things that stuck out to me as I read through Genesis and Exodus. First was the patience of those early saints. Remember, they didn’t have the Holy Spirit to guide them and encourage them. The heard a word from the Lord, acted on it… and then sometimes didn’t hear from Him again in a long time. Can you imagine being Abraham, leaving his home, traveling to where God told him to go, but probably not getting confirmation along the way? (more…)
The following is the email devotional I sent out to the ladies of our growth group.
Hello sweet sisters!
I so loved what Laura shared with us last week through her testimony and the things her father has taught her. If you would like copies of the handouts she gave us, check your email from me last week, or check the Facebook page under “Files.”
We all have our dreams and hopes for the future, don’t we? Sometimes they come to fruition… and sometimes they don’t work out exactly like we planned. And this can be a good thing, or a not as good thing, depending on how you look at it. But in all things we have confidence in these promises:
- For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) (more…)
This week I am thankful for these three things:
1. My church. Two Rivers is a special place where God’s Spirit dwells. I love the people, the pastors, the worship, the preaching, the focus on prayer. I have grown so much in my few short years in this body of believers. (more…)
(Here are the devos for our small group this week.)
Hola mis amigas!
I hope you all had a good, restful weekend!
Have you been practicing the Meeting Place this week? What has He been saying to you? I would suggest that you keep a journal and write down the things that the Lord says to you. It can often be very encouraging to go back and re-read the things the Lord has spoken to you and over you. Especially when you find yourself in the midst of the battle or the storm.
I know many of us are walking through places of difficulty or battles right now. Some days we feel like we have a big target on our backs. (more…)
This past weekend, the girls of STEPS sang in their church. The youngest are not singing, but you will see fifteen of them here in their matching dresses. Aren’t they just too precious?
And I love they song they sing about Jesus redeeming them, because He truly has redeemed these girls from a life of no hope. Because of STEPS they have hope of a better life. They are safe, secure, and loved. They are truly blessed little girls!
Psalm 8:2 – From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise!
Great job girls!
Our growth group is doing something new this year. On our off weeks when we aren’t meeting (because we’re an every-other-week group), we’ve decided to be intentional about studying something together. So myself and a few others are listening for where God wants to take us on those off weeks, then I’m sending out a devotional for all of us to do together. So here is what I wrote to them this week:
I hope you are all doing well today! Since this is our off week, we’ll be doing some devotions. The idea is to take the next week to think and pray over our topic and come to growth group next week ready to share (if you feel comfortable doing so) what the Lord has been showing you.
When I was sharing my story with you all last week, I was reminded of how when I was in that dark desert time there was only one passage of Scripture that I was able to read. God had me camp out in Psalm 27 for a very long time; it gave me hope when I had none. I read it, and prayed it, and recited it back to Him so often. So this week, we’re going to talk about the Psalms in our stories. The Psalms are so full of raw emotions that we often find ourselves looking for comfort, guidance, promises, or praise during different parts of our journeys. Remember, Psalms were songs in ancient times. So just like songs today stir emotions, so the Psalms did then and continue to do so now. (more…)
This week I am thankful for these three things:
1. The ability to read. I love to read, to just get engrossed in a good book. I love to study God’s Word and learn through Bible studies. I am so thankful that I live in a country that gave me the opportunity to learn to read. One of my favorite books is Pride and Prejudice.
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Wow, it has been a while since I’ve had a chance to post a Thankful Thursday. What with traveling and recovery time, it just has gotten away from me. But here are the three things I’m thankful for this week:
1. I am so thankful that about 6 years ago God miraculously and instantly healed me of the horrible migraines that I had been suffering from. It happened through the simple prayers of a little group of sweet brothers and sisters in Christ gathered around me at a camp outside of Tecate, Mexico and prayed for the pain to end. I have been migraine-free ever since, and rarely even get a headache anymore. Thank you, Jesus! (more…)