Sunday, November 30, 2014


Today marks the beginning of advent. Advent is defined as: the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. For Christians, we celebrate the arrival of God coming to Earth in the form of His one and only son, Jesus. This was, and still is, a significant event. He came to save each one of us. “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). He longs to have a close, personal relationship with His children. Jesus is our hope and our promise of the good things God has waiting for us in eternity. "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) What will you do as you prepare for the advent season? Will you put Christ at the forefront as you prepare not only your homes for Christmas but also your hearts?

Monday, November 17, 2014


It took me years to come to a place in my life where I am content. As Paul says in Philippians 4:11, I learned to "be content whatever the circumstances." What is the secret to finding contentment? First, we must become confident in who we are: Children of the One, True King. "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." - John 1:12 While I wish I could say this confidence always existed, it too took years to cultivate. I had to clear away all of the debris the world left heaped upon me. I had to learn that it isn't my outward appearance that makes me beautiful or worthwhile. Rather, it is my heart, God's word hiding there, and His love shining brightly from my heart that make me beautiful. When I learned to see myself through His eyes rather than the world's standards, I was able to not only be content in being His child but I could also share His love with others. Then, I had to learn to "rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances" as 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 instructs us to do. When I am faced with a very bad pain day, I give God thanks and rejoice in the blessings He has given me. When I sing praises to Him, I am saying "[His] grace [and love] is sufficient for [me], for my power is made perfect in weakness.” When I am at my weakest, His strength, mercy, and love come shining brightly through me and bring Him all the glory, honor, and praise. When He is glorified, I am content. That is what life has taught me thus far.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Don't Let the Enemy Win

If I allowed the enemy to win, I would focus 

on the way all of this 

rain and the way in which it, 

along with the change of seasons, is 

wreaking havoc on my body 

because of my autoimmune 

diseases. However, life has taught me that 

choosing to praise God 

for the rain, which our world 

needs to help grow the beautiful flowers and 

our bodies need to 

survive, as well as praise Him 

for the beautiful fall colors and cooler 

temperatures that the change 

of season brings will yield

me His wondrous peace. He is with me every 

moment of every day. 

He meets my needs rather 

than my wants. Because of Him, I can 

persevere and continue to 

fight the good fight. Because of 

His grace and His peace, I am learning true 

contentment, which 

comes from trusting in Him, 

resting in His love, cherishing His mercy. 

Thank you, Father God, 

for these autoimmune 

diseases that humble me and keep me 

seeking You. Continue to 

use them to bring You glory and 

honor. Amen! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What Inspires You?

We were in the audience at a Matthew West concert when they started the plea for sponsors to support children through Compassion International. My heart has always been tugged every time I see those sweet faces. It was my precious son who inspired my mom and I to reach out and take the step of faith to support a child. My mind wanted to rationalize that money was tight. Yet, God has faithfully provided. What makes this so special is that our sponsored child shares a birthday with my son, lives in Brazil where dear friends have served as missionaries, and has the same interests as my own sweet boy. We are blessed to be able to be a part of Compassion International and it all transpired because of the tender heart and fervent love of a precious boy.

You can also know the joy of sponsoring a child and help inspire them through your giving.

Sponsor a Child in Jesus Name with Compassion