Today I received a very special invitation. It did not come wrapped in vellum, engraved or addressed in calligraphy. But rather in a gentle whisper while still dark outside; a voice my spirit recognized, requesting my presence to watch the sign rise. As I lay drowsily in bed I began Read More
As I sat in a jury room recently, it got me thinking about when I die. While I always knew it was inevitable, I never really stopped to imagine the day I stand before God to give an account for my life. I tried to picture it in my mind – would I dissolve in tears, fall on my face or be a quivering mass of jelly? Would all the bad things I’ve done flash before my eyes: the lies, the drugs, the judgment, the gossip . . . Read More
Howdy! Got your Bible*? Yay! Open it to Matthew 6:5-13 and let’s talk about prayer. You might want to get a pencil too so you can underline the scriptures we discuss.
Prayer is just conversation between us and God – it can happen anywhere, anytime and the more you do it the more comfortable you get with it and Him.
The purpose, like talking to a friend, is to build the relationship between you and God. When we understand who He is and who we are to Him, great things happen!
It’s kind of like when you first meet that cute guy Read More
In Ezekiel’s time part of the population of Israel had been taken away as captives to Babylon. Those left in Jerusalem, even after seeing their countrymen exiled, still didn’t get the message. The priests were defiling the temple, worshiping idols instead of the Most High God yet they didn’t stop their offensive behavior. Pride blinded them to their sin.
It’s not unlike what we’re experiencing today, in America. Our country is slowly falling apart right before our eyes and most are oblivious. Soon, our circumstances will change so dramatically Read More
In case you haven’t noticed, I like to make up words. My sister always said I
was weird marched to the beat of a different drummer. I’m glad SHE figured out what my problem is!
I have lived in the suburbs all my life, so even though I think I want to live in the country I don’t know if I could really hack it as a single mom! With that being said, welcome to my burb-stead! To me, homesteading is Read More
There are occasions when life as we know it is interrupted. It is unexpected and often very challenging. But it is always an opportunity to grow our faith. My life was interrupted in 2012 because I chose to serve those who’s life had been interrupted by a devastating storm. Below is the last entry regarding my initial deployment with Christ in Action. The experience forever a memorial in my heart and a reminder not to take life for granted!
My friend said in amazement, “How can you just drop Read More
Three weeks into my initial deployment with Christ in Action during Hurricane Sandy.
A Day of Rest
Thankfully, we are ‘off work’ today to rest, observing the Sabbath. Our director and crew leader are preaching at neighboring churches. I attend a comforting service with friends in a beautiful little church called Cedar Run Assembly of God (CRAG). Stained glass windows flank the sides and the thickness of the outer walls give evidence to it’s long history. Originally constructed in the mid 1800’s, the newer brick facade provides a modern garment but it’s obvious the old girl has weathered storms besides Sandy. Yet she stands, a beacon of hope and a sanctuary of peace, an outpost on a highway leading to a summertime haven often forgotten or overlooked. Now, she is shining again, reppin Jesus as her pastor and congregation respond to the need in their community.
A continuation of my deployment experience responding to Superstorm Sandy in 2012 with Christ in Action (get to know them here).
Count Your Blessings
11/21/12, Tuesday 7:15pm
I am 3 sheets to the wind exhausted & so ready to call it a night! A wonderful chapel service this morning filled with the presence of God gave me grace & strength for the day.
What has impressed me today is the gratitude of the people I speak with on the phone. Part of my job here is to follow up on the requests for help and almost everyone I call says thank-you over and over even if we haven’t specifically helped them! It makes such a difference in the morale of people just hearing someone cares enough to help.
The emotional toll on the victims of a disaster Read More