devotions, the struggle is real, so is God

Even when the field of life looks dry and worthless, God has plans for a harvest

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. Hebrews 10:39, ESV   Driving down the highway, I see field after field of dried up corn and brittle stalks of soybeans. I know if we pull over, and I walk into the… Continue reading Even when the field of life looks dry and worthless, God has plans for a harvest

sin, grace, and salvation, the struggle is real, so is God

Demolishing arguments of negative self-talk and taking sinful thoughts captive

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:5 I don’t know about you all, but my thoughts, they need to be taken captive sometimes. My struggle is in my head. I have trained… Continue reading Demolishing arguments of negative self-talk and taking sinful thoughts captive

letting go and holding tight: a fight for control, the struggle is real, so is God

When the waters of worry threaten to drown you, cling to these Bible verses.

Nothing threatens to drown my heart like worry. If allowed, it will consume every thought and spawn illogical fear. When thinking about verses of scripture on which to focus when my heart is drowning in worry, several immediately come to mind: Do not be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6), who can add one hour to… Continue reading When the waters of worry threaten to drown you, cling to these Bible verses.

the struggle is real, so is God

Fighting disappointment by clinging to God’s promise and hope

We packed all four kids, luggage (including swimsuits), toys, and plenty of snacks into the vehicle for a three hour drive to watch our high school girls basketball team play in the first round of the state tournament. In the days leading up to the big game, we explained again and again that IF the… Continue reading Fighting disappointment by clinging to God’s promise and hope

the struggle is real, so is God

Winter Seasons – patience for difficult times

Colds, flu, dry and cracked skin, snow, ice, frigid temperatures, cold hands, blankets, hats, gloves, winter coats, even soup. I want it all to go away. I am done with winter. I’m ready for warm sunshine, baseball bats, green grass, open windows, and the smell of the grill. If only my spring fever could replace… Continue reading Winter Seasons – patience for difficult times

the struggle is real, so is God

Members Only – a letter to the grieving freind

I’m a member of a club. Many don’t even know it exists. It’s exclusive; in fact, you can’t even apply for membership, you have to be chosen. The membership fee is extremely pricey. Priceless, actually. The cost of joining is the life of someone you love, taken before you were ready to let go. We… Continue reading Members Only – a letter to the grieving freind

the struggle is real, so is God

First Words: Why? Cuz – finding faith in the wondering

It’s interesting how, not that long ago, I thought Jayla would never talk. Now, she’s stringing words together to make sentences. Lately she’s been loving the question, “Why?” to which she often answers herself with, “Cuz.” Now the grammar nerd in me cringes to even write that word that really isn’t one, but when she… Continue reading First Words: Why? Cuz – finding faith in the wondering