A little quiet around here? Maybe it’s been little while since you saw a new post? There’s a reason. For some unknown reason, my new posts keep glitching and throwing code, so I have decided to move the blog part of my website to Substack. You can find it here, at https://fearlessandjoyful.substack.com. This site will… Continue reading Has it seemed…
Last night, we were out in the barn sitting by the fire with our friends Jason and Jenny. I had already been trying to decide what songs to do for today’s song share, so when the subject turned to music (as it almost always does), I asked Jason if he wanted to pick today’s songs.… Continue reading Song Share Saturday #22
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!
Today we are rounding out our study of 1 John with chapter 5. And, as always, you can find all of mine and Daniel’s 1 John posts here. We’ve been talking a lot about loving our siblings. John has made it pretty clear how God wants us to treat one another (because remember, love is… Continue reading Receive and Believe
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
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
God, I’m so tired. I’m tired of resistance. It feels like everywhere I turn, something is pushing against me. Trying to stuff me into a hole I don’t fit into. Trying to squish me and make me contort. My spirit is tired. I try to have a joyful heart, to meet these forces head on,… Continue reading Prayer Against Resistance
So this isn’t my normal “Table Talk” post, but since the subject was on the Lord’s Supper, I decided to classify it as such. Jeremy and I were talking about the Lord’s Supper this morning. For a while now, we have talked about how we don’t think we have it right. That the early Christians… Continue reading Do This to Remember
Continuing our study on 1 John, today we are taking a look at chapter 4. Click here to find all of both mine and Daniel’s posts on 1 John. In the last chapter, in verse 23, we learn that our command from God is to trust in the name of Christ and to love one… Continue reading Love is From God
My days with littles are running out. Today, #3 became an official teenager, which means I only have one little left. Where once we bought Barbie dolls and stuffed animals, we now buy books and craft supplies. This young lady (for she is no longer a little girl) is still all about the critters –… Continue reading Smells Like Teen Spirit
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 want to piggyback a little off of yesterday’s post which you can find here on not judging others’ walks with Jesus based on our own. Going over what I wanted to say with Jeremy, he reminded me of Romans chapter 14. The whole chapter is about the dangers of criticism. Starting at the very… Continue reading Servants of the Same Master
So Daniel and I discovered last week that there is a lot to unpack in 1 John 3. I also think it’s really neat to see what each of us gets out of it, both while we are sitting there talking, and in what we end up writing about. If you haven’t already been following… Continue reading Love Your Siblings
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
My friend Daniel and I have been going through 1 John the past few weeks. I’ve made posts on what we have studied so far, and they have links back to what Daniel has posted as well. A couple of songs have been in my mind since we’ve been going through those passages, and if… Continue reading Saturday Song Share #20
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
This past week in our Tuesday morning coffee session, Daniel and I went over 1 John chapter 2. (If you want to read his take on chapter 1, click here.) The first thing that jumped out at me in verse 1 was McKnight’s use of the word “Illuminator” for the Greek paraklētos, where the word… Continue reading He in Us and We in Him
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
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
You ever get a thought in your head and then it just starts popping up everywhere? Or at least you start seeing other people’s thoughts that are related to it somehow? I have had a blog post simmering in my brain for a few days now (I like to let them simmer to make sure… Continue reading Tending God’s Garden
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
What is your favorite version of the Bible to read? My go-to is the NLT, New Living Translation. It’s easy to read, easy to understand….and easy to gloss over when I’m distracted. My friend Daniel put me onto a new translation of the New Testament. And while it probably won’t ever be my “take to… Continue reading Made Apparent
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
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
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
We’ve been having small groups throughout the summer on discipleship. So when I saw this image come across my social media… …I thought it would be good to share songs about leading others to Jesus. The lighthouse image there brought to mind a song we sang often when I was growing up, “Let the Lower… Continue reading Saturday Song Share #17
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
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
Today’s songs are about how we need God and we can’t do anything on our own. We cry out Him to give us faith and lead us in His paths. We are weak, but we can be strong in Him. When we don’t feel like we can stand, He helps us. Everything we do is… Continue reading Saturday Song Share #16
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
We have been doing some cleaning up and cleaning out around here lately. Troy found a tub in his closet and told me I needed to look through it and see where it needed to go because it was heavy and he only wanted to have to pick it up once. Ha! I started going… Continue reading Things Every Good Leader Should Know
My walking partner has been a little under the weather the past few days, so today I took my morning walk alone. Back when I worked less and had a little more free time, I used to walk alone a good bit. And it never fails, those are some of my best times with God.… Continue reading Walk and Pray
Today’s Saturday Song Share is a guest post! My friend Tenia sends me songs sometimes throughout the week, and I asked her if she would be willing to pick a couple for today and share a little. If you haven’t heard her story yet, you can find it here, where she talks about her struggles… Continue reading Saturday Song Share #15
This is just a random brain dump from a couple of weeks ago. It’s kind of all over the place, and some of it is a little raw, but I thought there might be someone who resonated with at least some of it. Are the double standards real, or are they just inside my head?Do… Continue reading Brain Dump
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
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.
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
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
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! 😆)
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.
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
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
I started a devotional on YouVersion with a group of ladies this past week called, “Don’t Look Back”, about the instructions given to Lot’s wife in Genesis 19. God doesn’t want us to look back at our past, at whatever sins or failures or heartache is behind us. He wants us to stay focused on… Continue reading Saturday Song Share #11
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
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
This week’s song shares are brought to you by the name of Jesus. This one we are singing at our congregational gathering tomorrow, and happens to be one of my favorites, so once I saw it on the song list, it got stuck in my head and I’ve been singing it the past 4 days.… Continue reading Song Share Saturday #10
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?
Yesterday’s communion thought was:1 Corinthians 11:26 – “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death [and Resurrection] until He comes.”How does communion help you think about the Creation and Kingdom to come? When God created the earth, He took a void of darkness and chaos and turned it… Continue reading Creation and Kingdom
You ever feel unsettled in your mind? Like, you have a lot going through it, and you’re not sure where to put your focus, and you’re waiting to see where God takes you. Not that you’re unsure in your faith, just in what path He’s taking you down. You’re at a fork in the road… Continue reading Forks and Tethers
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!
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.
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?
Do you have a special place you like to go to study and/or talk to God? My usual praying place is my shower, because, let’s face it, as a working mom or 4, that’s pretty much the only time I’m alone. And sometimes even then there’s that knock on the door that signals a child… Continue reading God Is Everywhere
We don’t always know what it is we need at any given moment. But God does. He knows what we need and all we have to do is trust in Him.
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
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
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
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
Back in 2021 I wrote a song parody to Travis Tritt’s “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” (Which you can find here if you’ve never heard it.) I thought it would be fun to share as a “fun post” Maybe I’ll even record it one day to share. 😉 I got food splattered in… Continue reading I’m Just Out Here Trying To Survive
Acts 15:9, “He did not discriminate between us and them, for He purified their hearts by faith.”How do the themes of the nondiscriminatory gospel and faith relate to communion? First of all, let’s look at the context of Acts 15 to determine who “us” and “them” are. The verses above v. 9 are addressing the… Continue reading ALL – Through Faith, By Grace
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
We watched the movie Jesus Revolution Sunday evening. I know there have been different opinions on it, but I really enjoyed it. It makes you reexamine yourself as a Christian and what it means to reach out to people who haven’t found Jesus yet. I wanted to share a few of my favorite quotes from… Continue reading Jesus Revolution
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
I was sitting here enjoying the sunshine trying to decide what to use for today’s song share. Praying over what is on my heart and also what might help others. My friend Daniel wrote a blog post this morning about spending intentional time with God on his hiking trips. I, too, like to spend time… Continue reading Saturday Song Share #5
I love to grab a snack and a drink and go outside in the sunshine or, if the weather’s bad, in my office and watch a movie or read a book or listen to music and crochet. Because it’s comfortable. It’s my own space, doing what I enjoy. We like to do things and follow… Continue reading Let’s get (Un)Comfortable
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
I’ve had several people on my mind who have been/are fighting various battles, whether they are sin-related, illness/injury related, or just life-in-general related. So the songs that have been on my mind this week are kind of reflecting that. The one I have literally woken up singing in my brain every morning this week is… Continue reading Saturday Song Share #4
I used to work with Jeremy on the job site a good bit when he was short-handed. I actually enjoy going with him and shooting grade, raking ditches, and laying Infiltrator. There is nothing like the tired after installing a septic system in the hot Alabama July sun. Nowadays, however, my job is mostly keeping… Continue reading The Family that Works Together…
A few months ago, I reconnected with Jeremy’s cousin, Tenia. I say reconnected because although we were family and neighbors, we had grown apart and taken different directions in life. In the past 3 or so months, our paths have converged once more, and our friendship has been taken to a whole new level. She… Continue reading Lydia’s House
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?
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!
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
Matthew 18:2-4 “Jesus called a little child to Him and put the child among them. Then He said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the… Continue reading Principles from the Preschool Playground
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
My family loves to go on hikes. We are blessed to live a hop, skip, and a jump from the state park and like to hit the trails there when the weather is nice and we have the time. Our friend/youth minister, Daniel, loves it even more than we do, and goes every chance he… Continue reading Take a Hike
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
Every decision we make has consequences. They might be good, they might be bad. They might be temporary or they may be lifelong. It may be something as small as deciding where to eat lunch, or as important as choosing our spouse. But every decision we make has something happen as a result. Sometimes it… Continue reading Decisions, Decisions
I had a good friend make a good-natured jab at me this morning, and I thought, you know what, that hurt my feelings a little. But at the same time, it was just another drop of water over my already covered head. And I know this person absolutely didn’t mean anything by it, and would… Continue reading You Ever Feel Like You’re Drowning?
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
What makes a soul feel lost? Yes, we say lost soul for one who doesn’t know about Jesus. But what about those who do, but still feel lost? Not eternally lost, but like they are still searching. What are they searching for? Understanding? Either being understood by others or having their own understanding or wisdom.… Continue reading What Makes a Soul Feel Lost?
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the Lean Into Jesus Ministries women’s conference, Surrendered in Christ. I have been to their events in the past, but this is the first time I’ve been alone. And it was an experience for sure. Speakers, skits, activities, and worship music were geared toward making… Continue reading Surrendered In Christ
We took our youth group to Gatlinburg last weekend to attend Winterfest. It is a large Christian youth conference, and every year, it is such an experience. Last year the theme was Shipwrecked (you can read about that trip here) with the centering verse being John 16:33. This year, we looked at John 17, and… Continue reading The Hour Has Come
I know I haven’t posted as much lately, things have been so busy with school, work, Tyler’s birthday, and a couple of conferences. I have several posts in my head and started on paper, but I wanted to make this quick update for now. This weekend, we took the youth from our congregation to Winterfest… Continue reading Marvelous Message
God, Help me remember You are all that matters. Everything I do is to be done to please You. It only matters truly what You think of me, not anyone else. I should do all I can to live in unity and harmony with others, but when it all comes down to it, You are… Continue reading Prayer for Peace and Direction
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
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
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
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 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
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands If you’re happy and you know it then your face will surely show it If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet If… Continue reading If You’re Happy and You Know It
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
My heart is heavy. It pains me to see arguing and division in the church. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 11:17-19, said, “But in the following instructions, I cannot praise you, For it sounds as if more harm than good is done when you meet together. First, I hear that there are divisions among you when… Continue reading A Word Against Quarreling and Division
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? 🤷🏼♀️)
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
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
“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
When it feels like I’m losing every friend I’ve got When I don’t know who I am, and who I’m not When I start to let the world’s cares push me down When it seems that no one else wants me around There you are. When my chest feels tight and I can barely breathe… Continue reading There You Are
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
God wants us to humble ourselves and realize we need Him. He want us to not be prideful and try to make it though life on our own. He is waiting on us to draw near to Him. He won’t force us, but is patiently and lovingly waiting on us to come to Him. We… Continue reading James – pt. 15
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!
Saturday evening was our annual gala for our local REALTOR®️ association. I know I don’t talk about real estate much on here, but it is a pretty big part of my life. Most of my work is behind the computer, but it is so much fun to get dressed up and go out with everyone… Continue reading HAAR Gala 2023
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
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 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
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
No one can tame the tongue. I don’t know a single person who has never ever said something they regretted. It might be something spurted out you immediately wish you could take back, or something you reflect on later – or even maybe something you changed your views on – and wish you could go… Continue reading James – pt. 12
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!
It’s that time again! For the Word of the Year. 2022’s word was Inspire. My goal was to grow and inspire others to grow alongside me. To share God’s inspiration in my life and pass that along to those around me. I don’t know how well I did, but I hope that I’ve been an… Continue reading Word of the Year – 2023
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
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?
It’s a two post day! This poem was originally going to be part of the last post, but I decided to separate them.
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?
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
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
I want to tell you a little about my church family. Last night, we pulled up to the church building, and as we were walking in, our friend (and one of the ministers) Daniel was walking out. He corralled us and let us know that several of the youth had been in a bad car… Continue reading Church is Family
This is a repost from my Facebook page two years ago. You ever feel like every time you turn around, there’s a certain verse, or message, popping up? And you finally say, “Yes, God, I’m listening.” I’ve had that so many times. And here we are again. The book that I’m reading had this sentence,… Continue reading Thanksgiving Thoughts
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
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
Sometimes we just need reminding that God wants us to need Him.
A prayer of praise to our Creator.
Thoughts from yesterday’s communion discussion prompt.
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
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. 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 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
My friend and I were talking one morning about how hard it seems to reads children in this age. The access they have to worldliness at such young ages. Friends with games and social media and videos that I don’t necessarily approve of. And it’s not even something that I can point out, “This is… Continue reading Train Them Up
v.3 – So I have 2 thoughts here. One is we can control a big animal such as a horse, but we can’t control our own tongue, which are not only part of our own bodies, but such small things on top of that. Two, how do we control that horse? By gaining control over… Continue reading James – pt. 11
Do you ever forget where joy and peace come from? I do. I try every day to do something to bring joy and peace to those around me. I want to be an encourager and a cup-filler. I want to help make things easier for those around me, share their burdens. Sometimes I have to… Continue reading Joy and Peace
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
Last night in our ladies’ class, we talked about anxiety. We read a lot of scripture, where we are told not to worry or be anxious, but to cast our cares on God, and to trust Him even in times of trouble. We had a lot of discussion on what it meant to us and… Continue reading Exchange Worry for Peace
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
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?
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 “For God, who said, ‘Let there be light in the darkness,’ has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay… Continue reading Total Eclipse of the Heart
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
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
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
I posted a version of this on my Facebook page a couple of years ago, but wanted to share it again. Wanna “perfect” example of irony? I took probably 15 different attempts to get the “Perfect” picture of my shirt to go with this post. I’ve always felt that no matter what I was doing,… Continue reading Purpose, Not Perfection
Looking through my Facebook memories today, this popped up that I had shared a couple of years ago. I thought it would be good to share here. “All I’ve ever wanted is to love like Jesus. I just want to be there for people. To help people. Even people that hate me, I would help… Continue reading Love Like Jesus
I tackled a little bit bigger chunk than normal today, doing the first 13 verses of chapter 2, but it all ties together. We should treat all people with love, grace, mercy. WE CANNOT discriminate based on finances, looks, gender, lifestyle, heritage, whatever. We are to love all, and base our judgment, for lack of… Continue reading James – pt. 8
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
James 1:19 tells us we should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. So many lessons done on this verse! And so many people still can’t figure it out. So many people don’t listen. We only give the other person an allotted time to speak, all the while not taking… Continue reading James – pt. 5
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
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
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
This is an old post from my personal Facebook page from a couple of years ago. But I needed reminding of it, and thought maybe you did, too. This may be one of my new favorite quotes. I was scrolling through Facebook stories this morning, and Kristina Kuzmic got my attention. I feel like I… Continue reading You’re Not Failing
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
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
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
Parenting through the beginning of the 21st century has been interesting. We have seen so many advances in technology and changes in culture just in the past 20 years. Our parenting techniques and way of life has inevitably been affected. Sometimes negatively and sometimes positively. However, the basic things our children need to grow and… Continue reading Parenting in the 21st Century
Have you ever been pulled into a feud you wanted no part of? Maybe two friends, coworkers, acquaintances got into it and they each want you to take their side. To turn you against the other one. And it makes you sad because you love them both, and how can you choose between the two.… Continue reading Jesus Knows How You Feel
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
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!
Trouble comes in life. In so many forms. On a personal level, and on a global level. Much of it comes from a lack of clear communication – sometimes on the part of the speaker, and sometimes on the part of the listener. And sometimes both. Much of it comes from a failure to really… Continue reading Prayer Share
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
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!
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
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
After my post this morning, I thought maybe I should share where I got the idea for “bondfire”. My kids love sidewalk chalk. and they love to draw pictures and label things. One day, about a year ago, I noticed this on the barn apron: And a poem was born. My sweet younguns figured it… Continue reading Bondfire: The Origin Story
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
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
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
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
I love working with my husband. Like, for real. Not only do I keep up with his paperwork for him, but when he is shorthanded I work with him onsite doing septic installation. One part of the job I’ve never been completely comfortable with, though, is pulling the trailer through town. There was this one… Continue reading Nobody Died and I Didn’t Cry
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
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
One of the ladies’ retreats we did a few years ago was on love, themed “How Do I Love Thee?” In working on the material for it, I decided to take Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem and write commentary as if we and God were talking to each other, a love letter to each other, as… Continue reading How Do I Love Thee?
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
My son and I are fans of the MCU. We love us a good superhero movie. I don’t think there is a character I don’t like, but one of my absolute favorites is Tony Stark. (Unironically, my favorite DC hero is Batman. Arrogant business owners whose only superpowers are their money and intelligence. Does that… Continue reading “I’m Not Tony Stark.”
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”
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
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
Maybe there is a lot going on in your life. Maybe there is just something in particular you’ve been struggling with. Maybe you feel like you are struggling with everything. Yes, I’m speaking to myself, as usual. I found myself having a morning where I was just overwhelmed. Trying to get the kids to get… Continue reading Some Days, You Just Feel Weary.
I want my roots to be in Jesus. To be full of Him and to follow His footsteps. To follow His path and grow in Him and to be more like Him. I want my roots to be so deep in Him, so tangled in Him, that the fruit I bear can’t help but show… Continue reading Where I’m Rooted
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?
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
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
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
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
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
We live in a fast paced, digital era. There is a lot of good that comes from that. Easier access to information to educate ourselves. Ways to stay connected to people who don’t live close by. Simplifying a lot of our job processes. There is also a lot of bad that goes along with it.… Continue reading Authentic Friendships
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
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
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
Every year I pick a word and a scripture to work toward and focus on. 2021’s word was Embrace. There were many times I had trouble with this one, but looking back, I can see where throughout the year, I came a long way on embracing myself as God created me and grabbing hold of… Continue reading Word of the Year – 2022