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Sunday Encouragement-Facing Your Fear

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Psalm 27:1, “The LORD is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?” I can’t tell you how many times I have claimed Psalm 27:1. When fear seems to get the best of me, I'm reminded there is nothing we should fear with Christ. We have a God who loves us and no matter our … [Read more...]

Sunday Encouragement-God’s Goodness

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As you look back over the past week, can you see God's goodness? Maybe you had a wonderful week or maybe this has been one of the most difficult weeks. Your Monday started out sunny but by Friday everything had changed and dark clouds seem to be hovering over you. Life is full of ups and downs and change is to be expected. The one thing we … [Read more...]

Sunday Encouragement

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Sometimes I read something and it makes me stop dead in my tracks. This quote was tweeted by Beth Moore yesterday and it was one of those quotes I had to stop and think about it. I read it and then I re-read it. I clicked away for a while and then I went back and read it again. I think it's something that has been on my mind a lot lately, … [Read more...]

Sunday Encouragement-I Will Trust

I admit, there are some weeks when I question God. I wonder if he's listening to me. Does he know what I'm going through? Does he see what I'm seeing and feeling? It doesn't take long for me to get my answers. Reading scripture can clear up a lot of my questions and my fears. Here is what I know to be true. 1. God is in control. Psalm 46:10 … [Read more...]

Sunday Encouragement-HOPE

Some weeks one word will come to my mind and I can't stop thinking about it. Everything I read or see, seems to be about that word. This week HOPE was the word. Maybe today, someone needs to know there is hope in what they're going through. So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord! Psalm 31:24 I am counting on the … [Read more...]

Sunday Encouragement-Something Beautiful

Well, I'm a little late today in writing my Sunday post. We've had a busy, but good weekend. We've spent a lot of time with friends and with family. I've been enjoying this summer weather. I'm an early riser, and when the sun starts to come up, I like to go outside on our back patio with my coffee in hand. It's so peaceful and quiet and a perfect … [Read more...]

Sunday Encouragement-There Is More To Our Story

John Piper

Some weeks it feels like I hear one tragic story after another. My heart aches as I hear about pain and suffering. We have all experienced hurt, and pain, and even loss. We wonder at times, "why do I have to suffer?"  After losing my Mom, I wondered if the pain of losing her would ever go away? I cried myself to sleep more times than I can … [Read more...]

Sunday Encouragement-When You Hurt

Sunday Encouragement-Dealing With Hurt

A few weeks ago, I got my feelings hurt and started writing this post. I sometimes feel better if I write about it plus I think if something happens to me, then it has probably happened to you too. I think we can all expect to experience being hurt. This hurt can come from trusted friends, family, spouses, children or even church family. I … [Read more...]

The Cross Made You Flawless

the cross made you flawless

If you've been following my blog for very long, you know I'm passionate about sharing God's grace. I have been on the receiving end of His mercy and His grace and it's hard for me not to share it. More than anything, I want to encourage you in your walk with Christ. I want you to experience walking in freedom. Freedom from past failures, freedom … [Read more...]

Sunday Encouragement-Mother’s Day

Fight the good fight

Happy Mother's Day ladies. Today is the day we celebrate Moms! I was so blessed to have a wonderful Mom and while it's easy to be sad because I don't have her with me, today I'm choosing to celebrate her life and the legacy she left behind. I'm praying for each of you that have lost your Mom. May you feel God's peace that passes all … [Read more...]

We Can’t Drop the Baton!

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The Olympic 4×100 meter relay is one of the most spectacular sporting events you can watch.  Four individuals consecutively make one trip around a quarter mile track at a full sprint in less than forty seconds, and in the process they pass a small metal baton to each other. The four fastest individuals in the world can be disqualified if they … [Read more...]

The Prosperity Gospel

The Prosperity Gospel

There's always a gospel being preached saying if you follow Christ, life will be good. If you give money, you will have more money given back to you. Suffering will not be a part of your life. That's called the prosperity gospel and you will not find it in scripture. Try preaching that gospel to the families of the 21 coptic christians who were … [Read more...]

Sunday Encouragement-Peace I Leave With You

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If you listen to the news at all, you know our world is lacking peace. Not only is our world lacking peace, but many of our homes are lacking peace. My Mom's favorite verse was John 14:27. When things in our family life would get difficult, my Mom would always remind me of this verse. Christ has given us peace. When this world seems like … [Read more...]

Into The Light

Into the light

Happy Sunday friends! You all know how much I love music and especially christian music. I love to share songs that I've been listening to through the week. I think I might have found the theme song for this blog. :-) The song is called, "Marvelous Light" and it has wonderful lyrics and it makes you want to get up and dance (okay it makes me … [Read more...]

Easter Gives Us Hope

Easter Gives Us Hope

Happy Easter friends! I hope you are having a wonderful day! What a day of celebration and Hope for those of us who know Jesus Christ. He is risen! Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. … [Read more...]

Good Friday Thoughts

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Hey friends! Today I'm not sharing any fashion or beauty tips. It's Good Friday and I want to focus on Christ today. As I think about this day, I’m reminded that He was thinking of me as He journeyed towards the cross. The pain He was going to suffer he did it willingly. I did nothing to deserve His grace and love. I deserve death and yet He … [Read more...]

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Today, Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of of Holy Week. It starts with Jesus riding a donkey into Jerusalem, where a hero’s welcome awaits him. The streets are lined with people waving palm branches and singing. They’re ready for him to be their King—but Jesus’ purpose is far more significant than gaining political status and power. Today … [Read more...]

Sunday Encouragement-Dealing With Loss

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**I shared a little about my Mom yesterday and I know some of you have followed my blog since 2009 but there are many of you that are a little newer around here. I wanted to share this older post about my Mom with you. She was the one who introduced me to blogging and I write this blog in honor of my Mom.  August 6th, 2009 is forever etched in … [Read more...]

Sunday Encouragement-Facing Life Storms

Jesus is in control

March is usually the beginning of warmer air which causes some instability in our weather around here. One week, we can have a snow storm and the next week thunderstorms. I'm always amazed at how quickly a storm can pop up. Life storms are the same way. They can pop up quickly! Death, financial difficulties, family issues, marital problems, a … [Read more...]

Sunday Encouragement-Come To Me

Come to me....

We have had such a busy few days. As I was thinking of scripture today this is the one that kept popping in my head. Anyone feeling a little weary? Anyone have a burden? Do you need rest?  Scripture reminds us that there is someone who we can give our burdens to. Someone who can help us if we are weary today. He can give us rest. His name … [Read more...]