Camp and Jam!

I know. I’m behind. I still owe y’all the conclusion on 1 John, and Daniel and I also have started on Hebrews for our Tuesday morning studies. I missed a couple of Song Share Saturdays. And I still haven’t posted our vacation photos (sorry, mom). BUT We played for the first time on stage as… Continue reading Camp and Jam!

Never Forget

Any time tragedy strikes, it leaves a mark. What kind of mark has a lot of determining factors – the scope, the nature, the outcome, the collective response, your proximity. Just as many tragedies before, 9/11 left a mark on those who sent through it, those of us who remember it, those who were directly… Continue reading Never Forget

Rhythm vs. Balance

I was listening to a podcast earlier this week – Business and Babies with Ashely Schubert. The espisode I was listening to was called “Relationship is Everything”. She made a statement that really resonated with me. She was asked about how she balanced her work and home life, and she said something to the effect… Continue reading Rhythm vs. Balance

Saturday Song Share #21

Today is Audrey’s birthday! So I decided to let her pick the songs for today’s song share. Her favorite is “As the Deer”, which you can find here, since she had already picked it another time. So I asked her to pick two different ones to try to come up with a couple we haven’t… Continue reading Saturday Song Share #21

I Don’t Wanna Be a Pharisee

There’s a children’s Bible song that goes something like: “I don’t wanna be a Pharisee‘Cause a Pharisee ain’t fair, you see” (Honestly, I had to look it up, because we didn’t sing that one growing up – I just heard it from other people singing it after I got older.) The Pharisees did all the… Continue reading I Don’t Wanna Be a Pharisee

Water

We just got back from the beach yesterday evening. (And yes, Mom, I will do a vacation post with pictures soon!) Every night, Jeremy and Audrey (and sometimes Troy) went out crab hunting. Now you know they are the critter-getters in this family. That is totally not my thing, although I am happy to take… Continue reading Water

Saturday Song Share #19

I’ve never been a bluegrass fan. I was always immensely impressed by the pickers’ skill on their instruments, because buddy, that takes talent and practice. But it was the singing. Just not my style, not what I enjoyed. Then my children decided they wanted to take music lessons and learn to play…..the banjo. The fiddle.… Continue reading Saturday Song Share #19

New Paths

If you are my personal Facebook friend, this is a cross post from yesterday. Every day has become a “double duty” day. (Even though it is more like quadruple once you add in homeschooling/co-op and regular housekeeping, not to mention any blog posts or the like). But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. When we… Continue reading New Paths

Song Share Saturday #18

Got a text from my good buddy Jason yesterday out of nowhere saying, “Got you an old hymn for tomorrow.” So, here you go, Jason. A beautiful old hymn about how God is with us no matter what, always taking care of us. And since I was already using one friend’s suggestion, I figured both… Continue reading Song Share Saturday #18

Prayer Journaling

Back many moons ago – many many moons ago, like when I was still pregnant with Esther moons ago – I kept a prayer journal. I have a hard time sometimes focusing when I pray, and writing out what I wanted to pray for helped me keep my head in the game. It is also… Continue reading Prayer Journaling

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Twentiversary

How did you spend, or at least picture spending, your 20th anniversary? This is how mine is going at 9:30 pm. We managed to spend part of the morning together, because I didn’t have to be at my office meeting until 10, and he played hooky for the first part of the morning. We spent… Continue reading Twentiversary

Send the Light

When Jason sent me the song list for this past Sunday, I glanced over it and was glad to see that I recognized all of them and didn’t have to work on learning anything new (because the past few weeks have been WHEW!) So, I thought I was 1000% prepared when I arrived for praise… Continue reading Send the Light

Let Them Sleep

Fun post today! My brain was apparently in a Beatles mood a couple of days ago and I wrote not just one but TWO parodies to “Let It Be”. My hair has been it’s own mood for the past 2 days, so since we were already being extra, I thought I would record one of… Continue reading Let Them Sleep

For His Pleasure

I was flipping through one of my notebooks and found a quote from my friend Daniel from March of last year (although he claims he has no remembrance of writing it!). I thought I would share it here with you. “Let me make this suggestion, to you and to myself. Let’s apologize less and create… Continue reading For His Pleasure

Focus

So back in 2020, my word of the year was “Focus”, with Proverbs 4:25-27 to go along with it. It reads, ” Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following… Continue reading Focus

Saturday Song Share #14

One of these songs I’ve had in my head all week, and one I literally just picked out 30 seconds ago. Because that’s how my brain works, ha! Do you ever feel like your flame is just flickering? Like, it hasn’t gone out, but it’s just tired looking and needs fuel? You call out to… Continue reading Saturday Song Share #14

Saturday Song Share #13

Sorry I missed last week, y’all! The past couple of weeks have been busy ones! Today I just wanted to share a couple of songs that I like to sing along with at the top of my lungs that make me smile and make my heart happy.

That Phony King

Several of us have been meeting once a week as a book club to read and discuss C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity. We have had a lot of good discussion so far, and I expect that will continue as we keep going. Today we were discussing the section book 2 “What Christians Believe”. There’s a part… Continue reading That Phony King

Barn Night

First official barn night of summer 2023 is in the books! I love barn nights. Food, fun, and fellowship. Mischief, music, and memories. ATVs, acapella singing, and animals. Kids, campfires, ….ok, ok, I’ll stop with the alliteration now. (I love it almost as much as barn night – maybe.) Last night we had blackberry picking… Continue reading Barn Night

Saturday Song Share #12

In the spirit of Father’s Day being tomorrow, I thought I would pick songs about God the Father. (Yes, Daniel and Jason, I went there! 😆)

Quote Me

I was going through some old papers not too long ago and came across where I had written down some random quotes. I mean, like 20+ years ago. I don’t remember where they came from or why I wrote them, but I thought it would be fun to share them.

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My Toolbox

At my house there’s a toolbox Full of wrenches and screws, A hammer, some screwdrivers- All things I can use. When I have things to fix Or maintain in my home, I have what it takes To get any job done. But I have other tools That I use every day That enhance my life… Continue reading My Toolbox

Go and be Reconciled

Sunday’s communion thought was:Matthew 5:23-24 “If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”How might this passage relate to communion? Everyone’s… Continue reading Go and be Reconciled

Second Sweet Sixteen

We are now 2-for-2 with teenage drivers. Today was Troy’s 16th birthday. We have been at the campground the past couple of weeks, so he got his traditional 16 year old present at the camper this morning – his own cell phone, since he will now be mobile alone. Jeremy took him to take his… Continue reading Second Sweet Sixteen

Jesus, Just Jesus, and Nothing but Jesus

Yesterdays verse and communion thought question was:1 Corinthians 2:2 “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”How does this attitude promote unity, and how might it relate to communion? The sermon series we started yesterday is all about 1 Corinthians, titled “Paul’s Ideal Church.” Right from… Continue reading Jesus, Just Jesus, and Nothing but Jesus

Normal, New, or Never?

What is “normal”? Merriam-Webster says, “conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern : characterized by that which is considered usual, typical, or routine.” Corri’s brain thinks of it as something that we are consistently comfortable with, what we expect to happen or to be. Contrarily, “new” is defined as “having recently come into existence;… Continue reading Normal, New, or Never?

Saturday Song Share #9

There is no rhyme or reason for today’s song picks. I just scrolled down my playlist and picked the first two that felt right. Hope you enjoy them!

Pick a Verse, Any Verse

I just wanted to post a few verse images that I have been thinking about this morning. No commentary. Just scripture. Maybe one of them is one that you needed today.

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Can I Get a Witness?

When I got up this morning I didn’t know what I wanted to write about. Then when I opened my Bible app on my phone to see the verse of the day, I had my idea. Here in the Bible Belt of the Southern United States, you would be hard pressed to find someone who… Continue reading Can I Get a Witness?

But Even Now

Last night in our ladies’ class, LeAnne had a lesson on hope, and talked about “Doubting Thomas”, John the Baptist, referenced back to Isaiah – we were kind of all over. But there was one phrase, which she didn’t even read, that I noticed (and happened to already have underlined) that really stood out to… Continue reading But Even Now

Brain Fry

Y’all….this is me today. I don’t know if it’s the crazy week I had last week, that has continued into this one. Or lack of sleep. Or just life in general. I’m just fried y’all. The puzzle pieces ain’t fitting together. There’s too much going on up there, and I just want to run. I… Continue reading Brain Fry

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Bread from Heaven

I’m forgoing my normal “Table Talk” post this morning, but staying in the same realm. We had The Gathering last night. It’s an informal worship setting we have every 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings, with the tagline, “Where fellowship breaks out in worship.” It’s geared more toward just sharing with each other, and being together… Continue reading Bread from Heaven

Saturday Song Share #7

Y’all, this has been a week. One of those busy, soul draining, peace stealing, “Is it Friday yet?” kinda weeks. Ironically (or providentially), the theme of tomorrow’s sermon is “A Real Rest”. And the songs we are singing will follow suit. (Being besties with the preacher and the worship leader has it’s advantages 😉) So… Continue reading Saturday Song Share #7

Saturday Song Share #6

For today’s song share, I asked the girls to pick a couple of songs out for me. Audrey picked “As the Deer”. She said it is her favorite song in the whole wide world. She has this thing for songs in minor keys. 😏 Esther chose “Shout Hallelujah”. It is one of her favorites. I’m… Continue reading Saturday Song Share #6

One Body

Yesterday’s communion talk prompt said:Ephesians 4; Romans 12God has given us different gifts and talents through the Holy Spirit. How do our different roles in the body relate to communion? So first off, what does Ephesians 4 say? It starts out by Paul telling the Ephesians he wants them to “lead a life worthy of… Continue reading One Body

Mercy, Not Sacrifice

The slide for this week’s communion talk was: Matt 12:7; Hosea 6:6“I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”How can these verses relate to communion? Our prompt usually reflects the day’s sermon in some way, and this one was no different, as the sermon topic was “Transformational Worship”. Also, as the Lord usually throws all things at me… Continue reading Mercy, Not Sacrifice

Selfish?

Sometimes we have to be “selfish” in order to be “selfless”. Let me explain, with a couple of examples. Last night, Jeremy and I were praying together. After, he said he felt like it was a selfish prayer because he didn’t stray away from praying for our family. But I think that’s okay sometimes. Our… Continue reading Selfish?

Saturday Song Share – Easter Edition

With Easter right on top of us, I wanted to share two of my favorite songs to listen to concerning the resurrection. The give me chills and tears every time I listen to them. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

A Day of Rest and Renewal

I don’t know if you’ve picked up on this, but we’re busy people over here at the Johnson house. There is always somewhere to be or something that has to be done. Last week was a particularly long and busy week. Not a bad week, just long and busy. So with nothing on our calendar… Continue reading A Day of Rest and Renewal

Clothe Yourselves with Compassion

This week’s communion discussion prompt was from Colossians 3:12, “Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” Then, the question, “How does communion call us to clothe ourselves with compassion?” First off, what is compassion? Merriam-Webster’s definition is “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to… Continue reading Clothe Yourselves with Compassion

Can I Be Real A Second

Can I just say…it’s been a week. Not necessarily all bad, just long. Tyler got his braces off on Monday, so for the meantime, the Johnson house is braces free. Except I took Audrey for a consultation on Tuesday. She still has a few months, but it won’t be much longer before we have #3… Continue reading Can I Be Real A Second

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Non-Saturday Song Share

I never think about posting on Saturdays, so a cool “Saturday Song Share” series will probably never be a thing. I’m too sporadic and off-the-cuff. 😉 But here are a couple more songs that have been speaking to me this past week or so. “House of the Lord” is just a good praise song, reminding… Continue reading Non-Saturday Song Share

Saturday Song Share

I have several ideas cooking for future blog posts, but I have several songs that are in my playlist that I’ve really been resonating with lately and thought I would share a couple of them with you. “The Master’s Touch” not only has one of my life verses, 2 Timothy 1:7, but also a really… Continue reading Saturday Song Share

Praying for My Husband

Just a quick one today! In my inbox a few days ago was an email from one of the mailing lists I’m subscribed to. It was from Candace at His Mercy Is New. She has committed to praying for her husband daily through the month of February using scripture. While I pray for my husband… Continue reading Praying for My Husband

James – pt. 21

Prayer is powerful. It is our direct line of communication through Christ and the Spirit to our almighty God. We should pray for ourselves. Pray for each other. Pray when things are good, and pray when things are bad. Pray to thank and honor God. Pray to ask Him for help. Pray to ask for… Continue reading James – pt. 21

James – pt. 20

Patience. Courage. In the previous verses, James has rebuked the oppressive rich. Now he turns to the oppressed to give encouragement. He reminds them of the returning of the Lord, and that if they will be patient and have courage, the rewarding harvest will come. Just as Jesus’s parable of the rich man and Lazarus… Continue reading James – pt. 20

James – pt. 19

James is issuing a warning. Keeping with the theme of the rest of the letter, he isn’t calling them out for being wealthy – he’s calling them out for for they are using their wealth and treating others. They used their money for fine clothes. They hoarded their wealth. They cheated their workers to line… Continue reading James – pt. 19

Idols

What do you think of when you think of an idol? A statue representing some deity that people use to remind them who they are worshipping? A representation of a god to bow to and bring offering to? Did you know an idol doesn’t have to be a statue, a false god, or anything tangible?… Continue reading Idols

Camping Rap

After I posted the camping poem this morning, I remembered that I had recorded it. So here it is for your entertainment (and possibly my embarrassment – but what’s a little embarrassment when it comes to making the people smile? 🤷🏼‍♀️)

Camping

Here’s a fun little poem I wrote camping a couple of years ago. Sitting at the campground Birds and squirrels all on the ground Not many people to be found Everyone’s still sleeping sound Sipping on my coffee Breeze blowing through the trees Birds singing a melody The lake view right in front of me… Continue reading Camping

James – pt. 18

Looking at vs. 13-16: These verses aren’t telling us not to make plans and preparation for the future. It’s reminding us that we don’t know what the future holds, God does. That we should listen to Him and work to keep our plans in line with His will. We don’t know what He has in… Continue reading James – pt. 18

James – pt. 17

“Don’t speak evil against each other.” What is it God wants us to do for each other as brothers and sisters in Christ? Edify. Encourage. Lift up. In Ephesians 4:12, Paul says use our gifts to build each other up.In Hebrews 10:25, the Christians are told to come together to encourage one another.Romans 12:10 says… Continue reading James – pt. 17

James – pt. 16

I just realized I skipped posting these verses, so forgive me for having this part out of order! In James 4:1-3, it talked about them being uncontent with what God had given them. They weren’t pleased with God, and had quit asking Him to provide for and take care of them. Just as an adulterous… Continue reading James – pt. 16

A New Life Has Begun!

We rang in the new year with a question about new life. January 1st’s communion thought question was “In light of the New Year, how has God made us new?” with a scripture reference of 2 Corinthians 5:17. Going back up to verse 14, it says Christs’s love controls us. Because He loves us, He… Continue reading A New Life Has Begun!

From House to Home

Way down the road There’s a house on a hill It stands proudly and majestically. With its shingles and brick And a wrap around porch It looks so inviting to me. I drive past it often To just take a look, And time after time I have tried To convince myself To work up the… Continue reading From House to Home

Words

Sitting here working on my Bible study/blog post, I was praying that God would give me words. Then I thought, what makes me think my words will be better than the inspired scripture? And I don’t. I don’t think it’s better. But maybe someone is sitting out there thinking, as the Ethiopian eunuch did in… Continue reading Words

James – pt. 14

James tells us that the people were quarreling and fighting, waging war with one another. Why were they doing that? They wanted things they didn’t have. Notice it doesn’t say they didn’t have what they needed. They were jealous of what others had. They wanted things they thought would bring them pleasure, not necessarily the… Continue reading James – pt. 14

James – pt. 13

This passage is not the easiest. Just listen. “Wisdom from above is pure.” Will we always listen to and act with that wisdom? No. But if it’s from God, it’s pure. “It is also peace loving.” How many people do you know who like to keep things stirred up? Is it ever wise? “Gentle at… Continue reading James – pt. 13

2022 Recap

I thought it would be fun to list the top 10 blog posts I had with the most views over my first year at fearlessandjoyful.com. Maybe you’d like to revisit them, or if you are new, read them for a first time. Hope you enjoy!

Peace on Earth

We hear a lot this time of year about “peace on earth”. What does that mean? What is peace? How and where do we find it? First of all, what is peace? Merriam-Webster offers several definitions, including: a state of tranquility or quiet; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions; harmony in personal relations.… Continue reading Peace on Earth

What About Him?

This time of year, everywhere you look you see nativity scenes. Hear those Bible stories from the beginnings of Matthew and Luke. Songs on the radio like “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Mary, Did You Know?” Praise and wonder for Mary, the mother of Jesus. You know who often gets overlooked when we talk… Continue reading What About Him?

More Than a Man

It’s a two post day! This poem was originally going to be part of the last post, but I decided to separate them.

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Who is Jesus?

Yesterday’s communion talk prompt was Isaiah 9:6-7: “For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace….He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it… Continue reading Who is Jesus?

All About Jesus

Today’s blog post is brought to you by Sunday’s communion talk, Thom’s sermon, and Corri’s brain. Sunday’s communion talk was based on 1 Corinthians 2:2, “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” The questions presented were, “What did Paul mean by this?” and “How does… Continue reading All About Jesus

Boy Brag

This is gonna be a short one. I just wanted to take a minute to brag on these two fine fellas. If you read my last post, you will know that several of our youth were in an awful accident Wednesday evening. We gave Tyler and Troy the option to go to the hospital with… Continue reading Boy Brag

My Joyful Grace

This sweet angel turned 8 today. It’s hard to believe my baby isn’t a baby anymore. I only have “big kids” now. It doesn’t seem that long ago she looked like these pictures. I love that happy face! This child has so much joy in her heart, and it just spills out of her. She… Continue reading My Joyful Grace

Prayer Share

Do you ever write down your prayers? I do. Often. My brain likes to go in 15 directions at once, and I find if I write my prayers, it helps keep me focused and not headed down rabbit trails. Other wise my prayers go something like, “Thank you God for my children. I love them… Continue reading Prayer Share

Weary and Looking for Rest

This is a repost from my Facebook page a year ago. But it is still completely relevant (both in how I feel and what I need to remember!) Some days, you just feel weary. Maybe there is a lot going on in your life. Maybe there is just something in particular you’ve been struggling with.… Continue reading Weary and Looking for Rest

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Loving Father

Loving Father, Almighty Creator No other love sweeter, No other strength greater No shoulders as mighty, No touch is a tender As those of our Comforter and our Defender What artistic genius and imagination Who gave us the sunshine and precipitation Our jury and judge, but He paid our bail, too So that one day… Continue reading Loving Father

God, I’m Tired

God, I’m tired. I know one thing You didn’t say Was life will be easy every day. In our life there will be problems But You’ll be there to help us solve them. I know that I can trust in You To be in everything I do. But, God, I’m tired. Earthly cares have made… Continue reading God, I’m Tired

I Will Praise You

I will praise You in the morning when a new day’s just begun I will praise You in the evening at the setting of the sun I will praise You in the heat of day, when the sun is shining bright I will praise You in the darkness, throughout the darkest night I will praise… Continue reading I Will Praise You

Light from the Lord

One of the books I read a few years back addressed blessing God, and traditional Jewish prayers of blessing. The purpose of the blessing is to put God at the center of your prayers. The end of the chapter suggested writing your own prayer of blessing, called a berakhah, beginning with, “Blessed are you, O… Continue reading Light from the Lord

James – pt.10

Again, my mind goes to Isaiah. In Isaiah 3:12, the leaders have led the people astray. If we think we know something so well we can explain it to others, we are responsible for helping them understand it. Luke 12:48 says that to those who are given much, much will be required in return, and… Continue reading James – pt.10

Perfect?

Around this time last year, our family took a trip to the beach. We had a really fun and relaxing trip with some friends. Our last morning there, I took a walk to the shore by myself to enjoy the sunrise and take some pictures. As I was walking back to the beach house, I… Continue reading Perfect?

James – pt. 9

Oh wow. It’s funny how when you are studying multiple passages at once, you see how it all ties together. How it isn’t just stand-alone pieces, but all parts of a whole. A puzzle. Or a painting, without which one part we couldn’t see the whole picture. This passage is talking about showing our faith… Continue reading James – pt. 9

Isaiah – pt. 2

Due to some outside forces (such as people out of town, sickness, and a new baby!), our Isaiah group has had trouble getting together. But here are some of the thoughts that were shared on chapters 2-5 at our last meeting. Chapter 2:1-4: The Lord’s kingdom would be so wonderful and mighty, other nations would… Continue reading Isaiah – pt. 2

Skipped my Lou

So I posted on Facebook about my oldest daughter’s birthday, but I dropped the ball on making a post here. I could come up with a lot of excuses. But I won’t. I will just tell you a couple of weeks late how wonderful she is. This sweet baby was born on September 2, 12… Continue reading Skipped my Lou

Isaiah – pt. 1

There’s a group of us who have started a study on Isaiah on Wednesdays at our local coffee shop. I thought I would share some of what we discuss. It may be scattered, rambly, and definitely incomplete (not like the study of James I’m sharing), but maybe it will at least give you a starting… Continue reading Isaiah – pt. 1

Fluttering

Remember when I talked about the butterfly in my logo? It’s a dual representation of metamorphosis and the butterfly effect. Making changes to better yourself, and at the same time hopefully have a positive effect on what is going on around you. It’s time for another shift. You know how you’re bebopping along in life… Continue reading Fluttering

Remind Me, Lord

God, I sit empty and alone I fall to pieces at the foot of Your throne Begging You to make me whole To put the fire back in my soul I’m torn and trembling, weak and spent I don’t know where my courage went It feels like everything I do Falls apart to pieces, too… Continue reading Remind Me, Lord

James – pt. 7

How can we show God’s love? By taking care of those who are unable to take care of themselves. Like widows and orphans. How can we look at those who are helpless and turn a blind eye? Is this the example we are taught? No. James also says we should refuse to let the world… Continue reading James – pt. 7

19 and Counting

So, it’s official. Today, I have been married to my sweet husband as many years as I hadn’t been. Today is our 19th wedding anniversary. He’s not one for big sappy posts or whatever, but I just wanted to take a minute to tell you how much I love this man. I am pretty sure… Continue reading 19 and Counting

James – pt. 6

You ever get a splinter? They are so small, but hurt so much. They just get under your skin and sit there. Sometimes you don’t even know where they came from. You can get something sharp and dig it out. You can get a salve and draw it out. But even after it’s gone, it’s… Continue reading James – pt. 6

Fearless and Joyful

So I did a thing yesterday… Then I got to thinking, I didn’t think I had ever explained why “Fearless and Joyful.” So here you go! “Fearless” comes from 2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” I’ve always been afraid… Continue reading Fearless and Joyful

Yahweh-Yireh

This is an older post from my Facebook page that showed up in my memories today, but I wanted to share it again. There have been times when I’ve tried to take a nature picture, and been annoyed because I couldn’t get “only nature” in the shot. A shot with no fences, no power lines,… Continue reading Yahweh-Yireh

James – pt. 4

In James 1:16-18, we find that God gives us good things. He gives us love, faith, courage, strength, wisdom. He is steady and ever-present. A solid foundation holding us up. A steady anchor, keeping us from drifting. Rich ground for us to sink our roots into and draw nourishment from. He created light because He… Continue reading James – pt. 4

James – pt. 3

In James 1:9-11, we learn that it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor – you will have trials and temptations. The poor may be tempted to “take matters into their own hands,” but they must trust in God to provide. Then they can share what He has done for them. The rich may be… Continue reading James – pt. 3

James and Wisdom

Before moving on, I wanted to add a thought from yesterday’s verses: A related passage is 1 Peter 1:6-7. The trials refine our faith, as gold in fire, releasing our impurities and leaving behind the precious faith that is being strengthened as we draw near to God. Then, through that faith and our love for… Continue reading James and Wisdom

James

I started this morning going through the book of James. I’m not on any kind of timeline, or following any kind of plan, just whatever I happen to get through that day along with my thoughts. I just looked at the first handful of verses this morning, and wanted to share my thoughts with you.… Continue reading James

Heaven on Earth

My friend Daniel called me this morning and said, “I’ve got a quote from my blog post today you’re gonna love.” He knows me so well. The world doesn’t need people who are content with going to heaven when they die. The world needs people who refuse to die without bringing a little bit of… Continue reading Heaven on Earth

Growing Pains

I love this kid. 15 years ago today, I got to see Troy’s sweet face for the first time. At 4 weeks early, he looked so small, and he made Tyler, who was still just a baby at 15 months, look so big. He didn’t stay small long enough. Yesterday, I dropped him off at… Continue reading Growing Pains

I’m Still Here!

Have you missed me? I’ve missed writing. There’s been a lot going on lately. Finishing up homeschool. So much work – both real estate and construction. There’s always something going on with the youth or church. And I love it all! I’ve also been spending a little more time reading some books I had recommended… Continue reading I’m Still Here!

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From Nature

Sitting by the babbling brook Open your heart and take a look There’s more out there than meets the eye If you only glance as you go by All sorts of things you will find If you’re looking with your heart and mind And don’t just use your eyes to seek Stop and listen to… Continue reading From Nature

Poetry

So, I wanted to have all of my poetry in one place so I made a page just for them! Any post that includes a poem will be linked on this page for easy access. Hope you enjoy!

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Superwhatever

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately. I’ve been so busy I haven’t been making the time until the last couple of weeks, when I’ve been making myself find time. I have really missed it. One of the ones I’m working on right now (yes, I’m a multi-book reader) have several quotes that have… Continue reading Superwhatever

Wrestling With God

On Jacob’s journey to reconcile With Esau at his home, He’d sent his family across the way And waited all alone. As he waited worriedly Gazing in the night A stranger came upon his camp, And they began to fight. They fought and wrestled all night long, Till break of dawn began. But victory could… Continue reading Wrestling With God

Bondfire

If you know me, you know I love: 1) sitting around a campfire; 2) staying up late; 3) good conversation. Which is why I love our barn so much. We have people over fairly regularly, most weeks on Sunday evenings for fun, food, and fellowship, but there is rarely a week that goes by that… Continue reading Bondfire

I Am Like Water

A short poem I am like water Adapting to my environment Fitting the shape Changing with the atmosphere Offering nourishment and refreshment to others I can be powerful, sweeping others along I can be gentle and soothing I can help you support your weight But if you aren’t ready for me You can also be… Continue reading I Am Like Water

Wonder Woman

A couple of days ago, I made a Facebook post. It was just 4 pictures, summing up my day. I had comments, and I have had them before, like, “You are a superwoman!” Let me tell you. I feel more like Wonder Woman. As in, I wonder how everything is going to get done. I… Continue reading Wonder Woman

Alabaster Jar

As one of my favorite book characters, Peniel, says, “I love a good story.” I will read literally almost anything. One of my favorite things to do (and many other people get more invested than I, apparently, according to the amount of fanfic and reddit posts out there) is to wonder what-if and how’d-it-happen. What… Continue reading Alabaster Jar

Remember Who You Are

This week’s “thought question” presented to our congregation as we took communion together was: How might not “taking” or “using” the Lord’s name in vain relate to communion? For a little backstory: We have been working through the 10 commandments in our Sunday morning service. We are currently on the third one, to not take… Continue reading Remember Who You Are

Spring is Springing

Ah, spring. The time of year when we look for new growth. And it is getting so close! The winter has been long and dreary. It always makes me want to hibernate with coffee, books, and blankets and not come out until winter is over. By this time, I am tired of cold, dead, and… Continue reading Spring is Springing

Fresh Air and Friendship

I’m a firm believer that humans need fresh air and sunshine to thrive. So I was ecstatic this past weekend when our temperatures were in the upper 70s and the sun was smiling down at us! After many days of cold and rain, this girl was ready to spend some time outdoors! We had company… Continue reading Fresh Air and Friendship

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Call to Prayer

The first Wednesday of every month, our congregation has a special service we call Uplift instead of having our usual Bible study classes. It’s different every month. We might have a song service, or a special lesson, or a prayer service, which is what we did this past Wednesday. With the situation in Ukraine, the… Continue reading Call to Prayer

Pile to Purpose

A couple of years ago, I made blankets for my girls for Christmas. I got a big box in the mail, full of yarn to crochet with. As I was looking at the pile of yarn in the box, I thought, it probably seems like a big jumbled mess to anyone else who might look… Continue reading Pile to Purpose

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A Little Story

I want to tell you a little story. Once there was a skinny girl in college. She was going to school to be a paralegal. She loved the thought of working in a law office. Legal research and writing was her absolute favorite class. Reading about cases and writing contracts and memoranda? Love, Loved it!… Continue reading A Little Story

Bad Signal?

Does this describe how you feel right now, too? I said this to a group of friends a while back about a particular subject, and one of them answered back with, “Amen, Corri! That’s how I feel about everything right now! I used to tell God I needed Him to write the answers He’s giving… Continue reading Bad Signal?

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A Day of Rest

On the phone with a friend a couple of weeks ago, we were talking about not having as productive a day as we had planned. So I called him a slacker. He came back with, “Yeah, we don’t get a Sabbath.” And that got my brain to going. We think we have to constantly be… Continue reading A Day of Rest

Shipwrecked

We are coming off of a most awesome weekend. We went with a group from church to Gatlinburg for Winterfest, a convention for Christian youth they have every year. We went up after school on Thursday afternoon, to make it just in time to unload and crash into bed. To set the scene: Jeremy had… Continue reading Shipwrecked

Sweet Sixteen

It has been a wacky day, but I couldn’t let it go by without talking about this dude right here. Today is Tyler’s sixteenth birthday. I’m not really sure how that happened, because yesterday he looked like this: But now he’s bigger than his moma. But still not too big for daddy to pick up.… Continue reading Sweet Sixteen

Ruff Day

Right after Jeremy and I got married, we had our first baby. His name was Rex, and he was a black lab. I absolutely loved that dog. We had him until I was pregnant with Troy. He got attacked by another dog in the neighborhood and had to be put down. I was torn to… Continue reading Ruff Day

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My Valentine

Let me tell you about my valentine. This man has my heart. If I could have put together the perfect man for myself, what I imagined could never have come close to what I have in him. God knew that we needed each other, and I am so glad He made our paths cross 20… Continue reading My Valentine

Come – Join My Table

One of the things we do during our Sunday service is before the Lord’s supper, there is a slide presented with a scripture and a question for thought. Today’s scripture was Hebrews 1:3 & 8. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God…But to the Son He says, “Your throne,… Continue reading Come – Join My Table

Growing In Grace

When God created man He knew Just what man was going to do – Make bad decisions every day And from the path led by God stray. No one’s perfect, there’s no doubt We just can’t seem to figure out How to act the way God said, Control our bodies, hearts, and heads. To buy… Continue reading Growing In Grace

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“More”

What a day. I spent the majority of the day at the Lean Into Jesus Ministries ladies’ conference with a few friends. (And a whole room full of ladies on fire for God.) And my soul has been refreshed. This year, the theme was “More”. Several ladies spoke about what “more” meant to them. Giving… Continue reading “More”

Flaws and All

Are you happy and carefree 100% of the time? Of course you are. We completely ignore and don’t worry about, or even better are oblivious to, the negative things in life. We have the Spirit of God within us, so we are just bubbling joy everywhere, right? (If you have figured this out, please send… Continue reading Flaws and All

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I’m Priceless

At our ladies’ retreat, I included an acrostic in the material, showing ways we are priceless. Then we encouraged everyone to come up with acrostics describing themselves. I wanted to share both the one I gave them, and the one I came up with for myself. What words would you use to describe yourself? Corri… Continue reading I’m Priceless

Is It From God?

Sometimes we might see or hear something that sounds or looks outside of our “normal”. Maybe someone has an idea or a view that is different from what we think or what we have been taught. But you know what? That doesn’t always mean that it is wrong. Sometimes we are just too stubborn to… Continue reading Is It From God?

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Priceless Poem

What’s worth more than rubies, diamonds or gold,And is worth just the same whether brand new or old?The value of which man cannot control,Though daily he tries and makes it his goal.Some, men try to elevate, stand on a pole,And others, they want to stomp down in a hole.But it’s actual cost, so we’ve been… Continue reading Priceless Poem

Don’t Talk About It

I don’t know about you, but at our house, we don’t talk about Bruno. We might sing about him, but we don’t talk about him. In case you didn’t know, Bruno is a character in the Disney movie Encanto. And there is a whole song about how “we don’t talk about Bruno”. So of course,… Continue reading Don’t Talk About It

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The Power of Touch

I was recently afflicted with that dreaded virus-which-shall-not-be-named (Covid). As soon as I started feeling bad, I went to my room away from the rest of my family. As soon as I had a positive diagnosis, I was advised to spend 5 days in quarantine. So I spent 5 days shut up in my room,… Continue reading The Power of Touch

Priceless Conclusion

We were created by God. He formed each of us and placed us in this moment. We may not understand why He gave us the gifts He did, or put us in this place at this time, but He has a plan. Mordecai told Esther in Esther 4:14, “Who knows if perhaps you were made… Continue reading Priceless Conclusion

Embracing Our Gifts

When we think about spiritual gifts, there are some we tend to think of as “big ones” – prophecy, speaking in tongues, miracles. But so much more often, they are little things that God has blessed us with. Maybe even things we ourselves overlook because they come so naturally, or because it just feels right.… Continue reading Embracing Our Gifts

Living as a Broken Woman

The Samaritan woman at the well. Rahab the prostitute. Mary Magdalene. What do they have in common? They were broken women who were key players in the spread of the Gospel. Let’s look at Rahab. She was a known prostitute in the city of Jericho. Despite her less than favorable profession, she had heard about… Continue reading Living as a Broken Woman

Self-Worth and Dignity

Godly Femininity is Power Under Control. Esther is a beautiful story that exemplifies this concept.  Esther was a young beautiful Jewish girl. She was chosen as one of many to be prepared to go before King Xerxes as a candidate to be the new queen.  From the very beginning, Esther impressed those who were in… Continue reading Self-Worth and Dignity

Priceless

The ladies in our church got together this past weekend for a ladies’ retreat. I had the privilege of being able to come up with the material. Over the next several posts, I want to share the lessons that were presented there. Priceless Intro We have watched a lot of VeggieTales in our house. Bob… Continue reading Priceless

Welcome!

I just might be crazy. My life is a hectic mess. Between homeschool, my real estate, my husband’s construction business, church, family, friends…..there is rarely a spare minute in my day. But you know, I have really missed writing. The feeling that comes with turning out a finished project, even if it’s only for me.… Continue reading Welcome!

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