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What’s Your Legacy?

He was one of the greatest kings who ever lived. He was also:

  • The father of a rapist
  • The father of a murderer
  • The father of a daughter who was raped by her brother, his son.

How is it that this great king, this warrior who won hundreds of battle had such an out of control family?

It comes down to his focus. David focused on building up his kingdom. Unfortunately, his family paid the price. His life causes me to ponder this very interesting question: what legacy are we leaving for our children? Read more...


5 Reasons for Self Reflection

5 Reasons for Self Reflection

Do you ever find yourself going through the motions? You wake up, have devotion (maybe), rush through your morning routine. You go to work, come home, rush through your evening chores, and go to bed.

Rinse and repeat.

Each day feels much the same and nothing is distinct. If that’s you, it may be time for some self-reflection. Read more...


Why God Doesn't Like Complaining

Why God Doesn't Like Complaining

When I don’t like something, I tend to complain about it. Sometimes it’s out loud. Other times it’s in my head.  Are you also like that? A friend challenged me to explain why God didn't like it when we complained. The answer was so interesting I had to share it with you. Read more ....


Why Did Paul Write So Many Letters?

Why Did Paul Write So Many Letters?

There are many things I don’t understand about my church family ... like the reason behind some of the things that they do. In my mind some of the things defy ... logic. I am in a constant state of angst between what I think is the logical aka right way and the rules that are sometimes followed by members of my congregation.

Oh, don’t get me wrong we agree on the big things like thou shall not steal and the fact that Jesus is the son of God. But maybe I don’t agree with the rule that says we can’t take home the Sabbath School register to complete it at home because that’s considered removing church property... Read more...


10 Things Instagram & Pinterest Don’t Tell You About Bible Journaling

10 Things Instagram & Pinterest Don’t Tell You About Bible Journaling

If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I’m just a little bit obsessed with Bible journaling.

After months of watching YouTube and looking at pretty pictures on the internet I decided to dip my toes in… only to find out that I had actually been Bible journaling for years – just without the pretty pictures.

Recently I got a journaling Bible – the one I chose was the Inspire Bible because, well, it was already pretty so I didn’t have to worry about actually drawing pictures since art isn’t a natural gift of mine. Read more ...


2017 Wrap Up & Blog Round Up

2017 Wrap Up & Blog Round Up

Before the year 2017 closes I want to take a few moments to thank everyone who has supported this website. I appreciate all the likes, shares and just the fact that you took time to read. I hope it has been a blessing for you and will continue to be so in the years to come.

For me, the gap between December 31 and January 1 is huge. It’s a time to reflect on what went well and what didn’t. it’s a good time to look back and all that you’ve accomplished over the year and how you’ve grown. It’s also a good place to identify the things that could be improved on. For the past couple of years I have chosen a word to focus on - my word for both 2016 and 2017 was faith. Read more...


Do We Believe the Positive Words We Tell Ourselves?

Do We Believe the Positive Words We Tell Ourselves?

There have been hundreds, maybe thousands of books written about the power of positive thinking.

The words we tell ourselves can either drive us into action or trap us into a prison the likes of which cannot be escaped from. Read more ...


Who is Your Hero?

Who is Your Hero?

I love superhero movies. I like watching these men and women use their otherworldly powers to save humanity over and over again. Yet there are some things that have always bothered me about these superheroes:

  • In the beginning the bad guy beats them up.
  • There is some flaw in the hero or there’s this one thing that can result in their destruction. 

Yet invariably there’s a disaster and everyone starts clamoring for the hero. The comic book industry did much to popularize the concept of hero and villain. But I believe that humanity has always looked for someone to save them. Read more...


Christmas and the Christian

Christmas and the Christian

Now that Thanksgiving is officially behind us, the next holiday on the calendar is Christmas. Each year millions, maybe even billions of dollars get thrown after this holiday.

With our words we claim that we’re celebrating the birth of Christ. We do this by eating lavish meals, hosting and attending galas, buying expensive (and inexpensive) toys for ourselves and our children.

But where is Christ in our festivities? Read more...


Isaiah 43:2

More Than I Can Bear

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (I Corinthians 10:13).

Have you ever been going through it? A situation so difficult for you that in the midst of it you've cried out to God Read more ...


Solomon: The Not-So-Wise Wise Man

Solomon: The Not-So-Wise Wise Man

Solomon had the distinction of being the wisest man on earth. The great Queen of Sheba travelled to Jerusalem to meet with him to see if the stories she had heard about him were true (II Chronicles 9:1-12).

The three books he wrote – Song of Solomon, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes – are filled with bite-sized pieces of wisdom and knowledge. Yet, even the wisest man was wooed away from serving the true God: Jehovah. Read more...


How Do I Live With the Choice That I've Made?

How Do I Live With the Choice That I've Made?

Have you ever bought something and ten seconds out of the store you knew you shouldn’t have gotten it? Maybe you’ve done something and then thought, “Oh dear! What did I just do?”

Sometimes it seems as though every choice we make is the wrong one. We wish we had a do-over button that could be used to reset events. But we don’t. So how do we live with our choices after they’ve been made? Read more...


5 Traits of a Good Friend

5 Traits of a Good Friend

I was crushing on my best friend’s ex-boyfriend. It was high school. I had no idea it was against the rules.

I hate the way she talks to me. It’s as if she thinks I’m not as smart as she is.

I don’t know why we’re friends. We have nothing in common.

Can you relate to any of these scenarios? Maybe it happened to you in high school. Or at church. There’s a lot of talk about toxic people and why you should avoid them. But how do you know what makes a good friend anyway? Read more...


Who Have You Touched Today?

Who Have You Touched Today?

Ebola scares me. So does anthrax, hand foot and mouth disease and any disease transmitted by touch.

Chikungunya? Dengue fever? Those I can fight. Our house has been battened down as if we were expecting a hurricane. Read more ...


3 Things You Should Know About Body Shaming

3 Things You Should Know About Body Shaming

I was always the “fat girl”. The chubby child. The one who was bigger than everyone. This was long before “fluffy” became an accepted label. “You’re so broad.” they would tell me. “Your hips are so big.”

Body shaming.

These words were not being said to complement my shapeliness, no, they were said to highlight how different I was from everyone else. I heard the words that weren’t said. “Why aren’t you thin … like her? Read more...


Transforming Into A Christian Family

Transforming Into A Christian Family

My family and I are going through a transformation process. We're learning to become a Christian family. 

My husband and I grew up in the church (now I have to admit he got a lot more of a spiritual foundation than I did). But, we both grew up thinking of ourselves as Christians. Read more ...


3 Lessons on Commitment from Noah

3 Lessons on Commitment from Noah

Commitment. For as long as I can remember I have struggled with following through on the things that I start. For a while, I thought it had to do with my ability to be consistent.

Funnily enough my grades were fairly consistent when I was in school and in the working environment, I’m usually good at doing what needs to be done at the appointed time – even if it gets mind-numbing. I’m not so good at being consistent when it comes to hobbies, personal growth or chasing my dreams.

Recently I began asking the question: why am I so consistently inconsistent? Read more...


When Friends Hurt Our Feelings

When Friends Hurt Our Feelings

If you are like me, you have things that you’re working on. Maybe you’ve been working on them for years with no discernible change.

Maybe you’ve been praying about it and long to see its removal from your life, or at least an improvement in that particular area. 

Ultimately, that thing you’re struggling with will be brought to the attention of those closest to you – the people you let into your inner circle. Read more...


7 Things I Learned from Wisdom Whispers Bible Study

7 Things I Learned from Wisdom Whispers Bible Study

According to the Oxford Dictionary, wisdom is the the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.

In other words, wisdom is what happens when the things we know and the experiences we have help us to make good “common sense” choices. But as we all know common sense isn’t really as common as it ought to be. Read more...


Focusing on our past means taking our eyes off Christ who gives us strength

Don't Look Back!

“Don’t look back or you’ll turn into a pillar of salt”.

I was singing a line of Marvin Sapp’s 'Never Would Have Made It' when my then seven year-old son made that profound statement.

I laughed. Then I really started thinking about his comment: looking back does sometimes immobilize us.

We can get so caught up in what we have gone through, and the people who've wronged us that we become embittered. Read more...