Altering My Calendar

This morning I pulled out my camping chair and placed myself right in front of my newly built chicken run. For some this may seem strange, but today I am basking in the warmth of the sun on my skin and a heart full and thankful for so many blessings. I am thankful for this moment of pause.

I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders. I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” (Psalm 9:1-2)

There is always so much to be thankful for. Today, I am thankful to recognize it. Unfortunately, my personality is prone to a checklist type mentality or an over-committed schedule, with not enough pause. There is always something to be done! Can you relate?

It is amazing what becomes of a pause isn’t it? Unexpectedly, you become aware of detail that busyness can so easily whiz by and miss. When we intentionally slow down for the Lord, His love for us becomes incredibly more illuminated and then exultation fills one’s heart to the brim.

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” (Psalm 62:5)

I pray that us ladies would remember to schedule intentional stillness into our calendars, to find the true rest and hope that only comes from Jesus.

Not A Chance

Over this summer, my husband and I decided to raise chickens for our family. What we did not think about when purchasing the chickens, was how God would display Himself to us even through chicken raising!

Did you know that when a chicken lays an egg, an outer covering called a “bloom” protects the egg from harmful bacteria?

This is amazing to me. A simple fact about a chicken, a little tiny piece of creation, displays and points us to the power of God. Only The Divine Creator can weave such intricate detail into all of His creation for the well being of all, with His glory in mind. “Chance” does not stand a chance.

“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

When we look around our world, there is no excuse to not see God. His power is on display everywhere, in all things, even a chicken egg.

While We Were Still Weak

Television is so not my thing. However, if you give me a house fixer upper show with my hubby, I can enjoy a program or two. There is something about the before and after, the transformation, that captivates me enough to settle into the show.

One of the things I appreciate about the show, is the eye of the new buyers. Though their eye is completely aware of the mess and condition that their soon to be house is in, they choose to look past it and they purchase it despite all the issues in front of them. They see its best potential. Did you know that this is how God views us and this is what He did for us!

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:11-12)

We do not have to clean up for Him to accept us. He is the remover of our junk, just like the new home buyers. How amazing is that! With ugly wallpaper over our hearts, unstable flooring directing our paths, dirt and dust in our nooks and crannies and a foundation needing a complete transformation, Jesus purchased us anyways.

Aware of the sin in you and in me, He still paid the price for us. Jesus paid the price of our messy yucky sin. He paid it with an eye for our potential and a desire to make a home in our hearts.

So, when He knocks on the door of your heart, please do not delay because you believe you need to clean up first. He loves us and meets us in the middle of our mess. Open the door and let Him in. After all, He has already paid for you.

Popular or Unpopular?

I am going to be honest with you, following Jesus is not an easy thing. There are times when it is really hard, heart-wrenching hard. Tough situations will rise up when you will have to choose obedience to God above all else. There will be times when others will not like you, they may possibly stay away from you, because of the conviction inside of you. I can attest to you these things.

Following Jesus, surely will not win you a popularity contest.

If you profess to be a Christ follower, I believe scripture is clear as to what your life will look like if you have a true saving knowledge of what Jesus did for you on the cross. Your life will look different to the world, if you truly know Jesus.

Matthew 7:17-21 says,

"So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter."

Ladies, how is our fruit? Are we obedient to the will of God? Are we actively living out His Word or do we let it go in one ear and out the other?

Good fruit = Obedience to God

Obedience to God is not popular. Are you ready for that?

If our lives look no different from the culture, and we call ourselves believers in Jesus Christ, then we need to reevaluate our lives. We may not truly understand Jesus' death on the cross.

Today is the day to be okay in your heart, that following Jesus is unpopular. Keep in mind, that some day, ever single one of our lives will be over and we will be face to face with our Creator. Are you ready to give an account for your life?


"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you." (John 15:18-19)

The Best Kind of Adventure 

“You have got to be kidding me,” I thought. I noticed a young, trendy woman enter the waiting room I was in. A flood of urgency came over me to ask her, without knowing anything about her, if she was a Christian. I prayed to the Lord, “Really Lord? This is rather crazy. If You give me an opportunity to ask her, I will.” Talk about going out on a limb! 

God gave me the perfect time to ask her, so I did. Ladies, she is a believer in Jesus!

Life with Jesus is the best adventure. There are so many times that I am completely in awe that I personally have a relationship with Jesus, and get to live my life for His glory. I have a plethora of stories, just like this one. It revitalizes and encourages me to be obedient to Jesus.

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

It is so incredibly fulfilling to live our lives for our Savior. There is nothing in this world that compares to it. Of course we seek and search all throughout the world for fulfillment of that deep ache our innermost being longs for. We attempt to fill it with a better career, degrees, success, power, sex, money, relationships, materialism etc. Sure those things may fill it momentarily, but eventually the emptiness creeps right back in. 

Our soul craves a forever satisfaction. We can have it if we would accept Jesus as God. When we do, the joy, peace and contentment that bubbles up and over to overflowing in one’s soul is completely unexplainable. It is a God thing! Living for Jesus satisfies the yearning for more or new fulfillment, and gives you the best adventure you will ever have. Just be obedient. 

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6)

My Messy Life

Have you totally messed something up lately? I am thankful the Bible is chalked full of real life examples of people who messed things up, because none of us have it together. Biblical characters who loved God were still a mess! They were messy people who knew their need for a Savior. 

Even Paul, who dedicated his life to following Jesus, to the point of being in chains said,

“For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” (Romans 7:18-19)


As a believer in Jesus Christ, I have had what I would call a “Jesus encounter”. What I mean is, there came a point in my life when I finally understood my need for Him. 

My personal sin and shortcomings do not measure up to the perfection of a holy God. In fact, I betray Him. I know what I ought to do, just like Paul, but I fall short of the glory of God. 

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24)

The sinfulness inside of us is why God chose to become God in the flesh, Jesus, to save us.

Our God, the Creator, ordained each piece of creation into place, not wanting pain to touch our lives in the many ways it does. We took it upon ourselves to disobey His plan for us. 

The sin of Adam and Eve is the very sin present in you and me. God gave humanity instructions, to not eat from a specific tree. So what did “we” do? We ate from it. Typical. To this day, we still behave like we know what is better for us. So, death, hate, discontent and all things disrupting entered this world because our hearts deceived us. We rejected our own Creator.

Do you understand the weight of this? God is for us, He will not let us down. He Ioves us so much!

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Jesus Christ, fully God, the only perfectly sin free man to ever live, paid the penalty of our sin on the cross. A brutal beating in place of us, bearing the weight of our sins. 

A perfect sacrificial lamb, without any blemish, paid the atonement of our sins. He died for US!!

On the third day after His death, Jesus came back to life, conquering all death and sin. 

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)

Today, we have a choice to make. I urge you to say yes. Our loving God provided us a way out from our sin problem. The answer is His son, Jesus. As we know, decisions produce outcomes that can be good or bad.

-Reject Jesus as God’s plan and be forever separated from God in hell. 

Or

-Believe Jesus is God and the answer to our heart condition, that He died on the cross for our sins and rose again on the third day. Turn away from your prior sin and you will be in heaven in eternal communion with our God when you die. 

 So what do YOU say? 

Know that you are in good company, God loves us despite our mess. In no way have I “arrived” and I will not until I see my Jesus face to face. I am a mess and my life can be quite messy, yet I rest assured that despite of it, I am completely loved by the King.

Wounded

Ouch, that really hurt! Inwardly and outwardly we refrain from people and situations that could expose our heart to hurt. You know the kind of situation I am talking about. Something awful happens when our heart is jabbed by another. Our hope in them is severed and our trust for them is broken.

Injuries are never fun. You name the trauma, a little cut or a big open gauge, a wounded body hurts, and rightfully so! Whether our pain is from physical, mental or emotional aches, the wound of it needs some TLC from the one who bandages, heals and restores all things, Jesus.

Jesus said,

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1)


When we believe that Jesus is God’s gift to us for salvation and the only key to eternal life in heaven, we have chosen the absolute best bandage for our brokenness.

He not only bandages hearts, but fully transplants them with hope, security, and His unfailing trust. Jesus will never break your heart, He is the healer of it.

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)