The Sin of Presumption

I was listening to my favorite podcast a few weeks ago and heard one of the ladies say the phrase, "The sin of presumption." I had never processed that presumption was sin so, it caught my attention. Then, later that week, I was listening to a sermon about the sin of jumping to conclusions. Unfortunately, … Continue reading The Sin of Presumption

Back 2 Basics – Prayer

Hi there! I have worked exclusively at churches since I was 16 years old. The culture and way of communicating in the church were foreign languages to this gal when I first started. I had no frame of reference for Bible stories or words like, "redeemed", "righteous", "sanctified", etc. Overtime, they slowly became familiar and … Continue reading Back 2 Basics – Prayer

Seasons Change

Fall came quickly here in Northwest Arkansas! Leaves are starting to change and the temperate isn't getting higher than 70 degrees. IT HAS BEEN DREAMY!! I love this particular season for all kinds of reasons: people start to come back from their summer travel (except not this year - thanks, Covid!), there are pumpkins everywhere, … Continue reading Seasons Change

Your’s, Mine, and Ours

I feel like we are supposed to dig into the idea of spiritual responsibility for the next couple of weeks. This series is called Yours, Mine, and Ours. I want us to go through the Word together and determine what is God's responsibility (Yours), what is our individual responsibility as Christ followers (Mine), and what … Continue reading Your’s, Mine, and Ours

Worship Your Way Free

We have been spending a LOT of time in our house… what am I saying? We've been spending ALL of our time in our house. I wrote last week about our mandatory quarantine because my hubby and I were both positive for Covid-19. When you're an introvert and can't get away from your kids. And … Continue reading Worship Your Way Free

Spirit, Soul, and Body

God is three distinct beings: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each of them has unique roles, but collectively are One. God created us, in His image, as triune beings made up of a body, a soul, and a sprit. "Now, may the God of peace and harmony set you apart, making you completely holy. And may … Continue reading Spirit, Soul, and Body

Set Apart

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33 NIV). The Bible promises us trouble. How we respond to it determines our character and maturity. Do we get offended and keep our hearts … Continue reading Set Apart

My Treasure

  I feel like I have been around in the world in 80 days! I have gotten to see my favorite people in the span of about 3 weeks. My body is tired from running all over but my heart is extremely full. People are my favorite thing and I have been blessed with some of … Continue reading My Treasure

Dear America

The Fourth of July has been my favorite holiday for a long time. There are several reasons why I love it: watermelon, snow cones, flip-flops, and fireworks; dressing in red, white, and blue makes me very, very happy and, the most important reason, I love my country! In the 33 years that I've been alive, … Continue reading Dear America

Am I a Pharisee?

I'm going to go ahead and tell you now that this one is going to hurt. It hurt me as I wrote it. It's important, as Christ followers, that we wound our flesh. With all that's going on in our world, we need to be checking our motives and reactions. If you're a believer, I … Continue reading Am I a Pharisee?

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father's Day, guys! I did a post like this for Mother's Day. You can read it here. Now it's time to hear from my wonderful man. Jon-Michael is a leader, loves Jesus, prioritizes our marriage, and is an intentional father. He has been a huge example to me and will hopefully encourage you too. … Continue reading Happy Father’s Day!

Shine

With all that is going on in our world, I simply want to speak life, hope, and encouragement over you this week. If you are reading this later, we are three months into Covid-19. Just as we thought that life was getting back to "normal", our numbers are spiking with people being affected in Northwest Arkansas. … Continue reading Shine

Upside Down Kingdom

Last week, I felt led to write about racism. I simply reached out to a friend, Janay, and asked what I could do. That question changed my life. It turned into a blog post, then an Instagram live, talking with my kids, taking them to a protest with me, challenging my life group, and sweet Janay … Continue reading Upside Down Kingdom

We Believe Lies, Part 2

Last week we talked about lies that the enemy feeds us about God. This week, we are looking at lies that we believe about ourselves. Have you ever said, "I will never," or "I could never,"? Maybe I should rephrase that and ask you to think about how many times you say those words every day?! … Continue reading We Believe Lies, Part 2

We Believe LIES

"I will never, I could never, I am not, I have not." These phrases used to color my view and came out of my mouth daily. They are subtle (and sometimes not-so subtle) lies that we believe and justify fiercely. I snuggled up next to these thoughts, like they were my friends, calling their presence … Continue reading We Believe LIES

Now What?

We just finished week four of isolation. We were told recently that we still have two more months. Now what? Personally, I think God wants us to intentionally prepare for what's next. There will be a day when we aren't stuck in our homes anymore and we should use this time we have wisely. When this is … Continue reading Now What?

SELF

We just found out a few days ago that we have until the end of April in self-isolation. We are three weeks in and have at least four more to go. I am seeing an extreme response from some people during this time of isolation. They are consumed with how it is affecting them. They … Continue reading SELF

Sword of the Spirit

This has been a strange week! If you are reading this at a later time or from another country (welcome!), we are in the first week of social distancing in response to the Coronavirus, here in Arkansas. People are trying to work from home while homeschooling their children. Others are trying to figure out what … Continue reading Sword of the Spirit

Confident Freedom

Confidence and Freedom are two of my absolute favorite things. I'm not sure that there is anything more beautiful than a woman who is sure of who she is in Christ. Her confidence has little to do with her and everything to do with the God inside of her. She accepts God's elaborate gifts and … Continue reading Confident Freedom

Authentic Security

"Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen." Brene Brown "Insecure people want you to know how important they are; secure people want you to know … Continue reading Authentic Security

Feisty Focus

So far in this series we have studied how women of God are Living Loved, Fully Surrendered, and have Extravagant Worship. No one would be surprised to see those  traits in a Biblical study of women of God. Those things have been taught to us before and are expected. So how did Feisty Focus make … Continue reading Feisty Focus

Extravagant Worship

Hi friends! We are in a series studying characteristics of women in the Bible. These amazing girls are foundational to our faith and teach us how to live for Jesus well. The first week we studied Jesus' mom, Mary. Last week we studied Rebekah. Today, we are studying Mary of Bethany. She is one of my … Continue reading Extravagant Worship

Fully Surrendered

"The man or woman who is wholly or joyously surrendered to Christ can't make a wrong choice - any choice will be the right one." - A.W. Tozer I am a little bit of a control freak. I'm one of those weird people who likes to make lists just so I can have the satisfaction … Continue reading Fully Surrendered

Living Loved

What do you think of when you hear the phrase "Woman of God?" If you're anything like me, you probably imagine some unattainable, perfect superhuman, who's hair is always set in place, and whose children are all on the dean's honor roll. (I know that lady and she is intimidating!) We are going to spend … Continue reading Living Loved

Reason to Celebrate!

“Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.” — Nelson Mandela One of my friends posted something on her Facebook around the end of the year that stopped my mindless scrolling and stunned me a little. It was a simple but profound question: "What is one thing from the last year that … Continue reading Reason to Celebrate!

Trust & Obey

Imagine being nine months pregnant and living on the third floor of your apartment in humid and hot Texas. Carrying groceries, nine months pregnant, up to that third floor apartment. The smell of drugs is unmistakable from one of the doors you have to walk by. Another door opens EVERY. SINGLE. TIME you walk by … Continue reading Trust & Obey

You Get to Choose

My mind has been replaying this sentence over and over this week: "You get to choose." We make choices ALL DAY LONG. Before our day even begins, we have a choice of how we are going to start the day. Are we going to go to bed on time or stay up later than we … Continue reading You Get to Choose

2020

It's 2020! Can you even believe it? I love the start of a new year. Everyone has fresh hope and vision. There's nothing magical about 12 am on New Year's Eve, but there is something important about how you end one season and enter into another. 2019 was a good, hard, character-building year for me. … Continue reading 2020

VICTORY

I started this post at the beginning of the year but didn't feel super victorious so I put it on the shelf. Now that the year is over I can see a little bit of what God had in mind. vic·to·ry /ˈvikt(ə)rē/ noun "an act of defeating an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, … Continue reading VICTORY

Christmas Goals

I have a few goals for this week. Our family usually does Christmas ALL OUT. We have a traditions advent calendar where we do one of our favorite things to celebrate Christmas per day. This year we have accomplished 3 things. It is the 21st of December. That means there were 18 days where we … Continue reading Christmas Goals

IN-COURAGE

We are going to talk about encouragement today. I had another post planned but really felt like the Lord wanted to change gears. Have you ever had an "off" day? I had an “off” day this week. I think it was a combination of being exhausted from traveling for Thanksgiving, not feeling well, and a … Continue reading IN-COURAGE

Identity 101, Part 3

We have spent the past two weeks looking at Ephesians 1 and how it details our identity. This will be the last week in the series and we are ending it with the most important part. We are looking at verses 20-23 today. 20-23 All this energy issues from Christ: God raised him from death and … Continue reading Identity 101, Part 3

Identity 101, Part 2

We are going to jump right into part 2 of our Identity 101 series. Last week we laid the foundation of our identity: we are children of God. The first step in understanding your value is knowing that you belong to God. If you didn't read last week's post, I suggest starting there before going … Continue reading Identity 101, Part 2

Identity 101, Part 1

Before we get started, I want to share what happened this week as I was preparing for this post. This is probably the most important series I have done. I started to make edits to this post and the Holy Spirit fell all over me. I ended up on my face, crying out to God for … Continue reading Identity 101, Part 1

Family Values – We Can Disagree

Thank you for having grace with me last week. My new job allowed us to use their cabin for the weekend. We took full advantage of that blessing! Since I began this blog, I have not taken one week off from writing. The transition to me working full-time while pastoring, mom-ing, wife-ing, and blogging has … Continue reading Family Values – We Can Disagree