Foster care and adoption are different things. Fostering to adopt is a real thing, and a myth, at the same time. When you foster, the focus is reunification.
A glimpse into the next few months for the blog, and my perspective on the mountaintop post that's trending today.
There are issues like writers block, time constraints, or even "the cat knocked my coffee on the computer" dilemmas. These are my top 5.
Often the message to women is that we only exist to complete men. Gods purposes are much greater than that!
A post on prayer. Through the worst of my struggle I have learned about the power to move the tallest mountains. The ones within myself.
I have felt like giving up on this writing thing since I don't know what to say in my trials. This is a start. A step one to understanding what I'm walking through.
A beautifully written article about Jobs daughters from Anne Mackie Morelli. Job gave his daughters a legacy much grander then simple economics and mere beauty. He sought to emulate his God and celebrate their innate worth.
There is scripture that speaks to how we celebrate the coming of the messiah. Could this relate to Christmas?
Perhaps it's the caffeine talking (I never drink coffee and did today) but I am ready to face the world today! Brace for JoyMonday's are overwhelming. Sometimes just life in general. Yet, today I have a word of encouragement for those of us who need it most. Trial and PeaceI'm in the middle of some... Continue Reading →
I'm feeling a little burned out over blogging everyday. I'm glad I committed to it though. It's exposed some of what I need to "lay aside" to "run the race" better. Hebrews 12:1
The Story A lovely African woman is cooking outside her home. It's mid afternoon and she calls after some children running by. She begins to tell us a little about her family, her ethnicity, and a piece of her life struggle. That's when you notice her movements are a little odd. She seems normal in... Continue Reading →
When you are wondering about if you are doing what you should be in life, we can look to scripture to keep us pointed in the direction of truth. I had written this post (and never actually posted it) some months ago and was very encouraged when I read it again. Hopefully it will bless your day as well!
This spoken word performance by Jackie Hill Perry is stunning! You should take the time today to listen to what she has to say about the identity of women. What is a Woman? It all comes back to God, and what He says we are. Praise Him!! Image from Genius with her music, which is... Continue Reading →
This is the last chapter of Hosea, and so full of hope! God is represented as dew and shadow for the budding spirit within us.
Another glimpse into Gods wrath against sin. We have a chance to hope in God, or turn on Him in our suffering. What will we chose?
Kind of a confusing chapter. When you dig in you can really see the beauty of Hope in God. Our strength leads us where we shouldn't go.
The Shulamite is a wonderful example of the romantic depth we can have as humans, and the beauty of Christ's passion for the church.
The focus of this chapter is the love of the Father for His children and the wieght of their sinful acts.
I'm fortunate to have experiences that lend themselves to understanding this time we live in and the social justice frameworks that are being laid out. I hope that this can be the beginning of an ongoing conversatioon about the importance of perspective in racial and cultural issues.
Hosea is a book of warning of judgement of sin, yet throughout you see the message of hope that God has for all that would "break up the fallow ground".
I'm so excited to have this guest post from Kristen Carden on Worship. Our idea of worship can so often be skewed.
I guess this is what happens when you go on vacation. Even with the best of intentions you end up two days late on your posts!! So here it is. Chapter 8, two days late. As has been with Hosea the text is talking about judgement and retribution. But, as I have so far, I'm... Continue Reading →
The sounds of the spring evenings are a musical minagere of spring peepers, whiporwhil, and crickets. The air is slightly chilled. No Bugs! And the heavy scent of apple blossoms is all encompassing. I love spring! It's been so long in coming this year. The year winter would not end. I find myself counting the... Continue Reading →
Why do we make such rigid rules for things like being in God's word? Are we comfortable thinking outside the box?
This chapter points to the different ways we encounter God. And, most importantly, how He wants us to come to Him.
Our identity is derived from the identity of God. John Frame is a helpful resource for God's Lordship and our identity.
So, after the last chapter we are left with a little puzzle. How do we get from condemnation for unfaithfulness to wooing and healing of relationship? How do we get from Not My People, and No Mercy, to My People and My God? It seems like an abrupt leap. I would warent that it's intended... Continue Reading →
Living convictedly is a challenge in all areas of life. Daniel 1 has some helpful insights into what we eat and drink.
Gods statement "I will" is the fist emphasis of Hosea.
In Genesis we read about Leah and her struggle with a loveless life.