God of the Valley

Some of life’s greatest lessons are not learned in a classroom but in the crevice of a dark valley. Sometimes you grow closest to Christ not in the seasons of prosperity, laughter, and joy, but in seasons of loss, trials, and tears. Because it takes going through hardships that test your faith to believe God…

“Where I should be by now”

By now I should be…raising three children in my own house with my husband next to me. By now I should be… traveling the world and fulfilling my high school dreams. By now I should be… higher up in the chain in the world of business and using that fancy degree. By now I should…

Praising God in the storm

I’ve always wished that my life was perfect, pain-free, and easy. But that’s never guaranteed when you are Christian. God says that the path He calls us to walk is narrow, not wide. It’s not a path that many people will choose because it’s hard. It’s a path that leads you through valleys and storms.…

Moving past your pain

We have all been a victim of something in our lives. A victim of hateful words. A victim of painful circumstances. A victim of physical, mental, or emotional abuse. That abuse may have happened one time and once it happened everything in your world changed. Sometimes that abuse happens for weeks, for months, and for…

When you are broken inside

I used to admire people who always appeared strong. People who always seemed to have their life figured out. People who never had a bad day or something that didn’t go their way. These people had no imperfections and no mistakes. Even their clothes and hair was never out of place. I would place them…

Trusting God in the Battle

“You have cancer.” “You are going to lose the house.” “Today is your last day at the job, we are letting you go.” “I don’t love you anymore.” And just like that you go from being healthy to lying on a hospital bed. To looking for a place for your family to sleep at night.…

Waiting for your good ending

Growing up I used to think that being blessed by God meant that life would always be good, that my prayers would always get answered just the way I wanted them to, and that I wouldn’t have a care in the world. Boy was I wrong. Because sometimes the greatest blessings in our lives don’t…

When life brings you to your knees

When I thought about taking a month off to escape the busyness of the world and seek Christ more I envisioned myself having sweet times of fellowship with Jesus one-on-one with no distractions. I thought I would dig deep into His Word to draw nearer to Him and get more insight, more direction, and more…

When hard times come

Sometimes life is like the weather: unpredictable. You wake up expecting sunshine but what you get is rain. You expect the healing to come… but the illness rages on. You expect the job offer… and instead get the rejection call. You expect the relationship to work out… but instead you get a good-bye You expect…

Turning your complaints into content

It’s easy to count our blessings when the sun is shining and the birds are singing and everything is falling into place just right. It’s a different story when you’re in the middle of the storm, your friends aren’t around you, and your plan is falling apart. But God calls each one of us to…

Getting past your heartbreak hill

Sometimes I wonder… What would have happened if Mother Theresa gave up helping abandoned little children because she felt powerless to help all the orphans in the world? What would have happened if Paul gave up preaching because he was thrown into prison, beaten, and spoken against more times than he could count? What would…

At a dead end

These last few weeks of my life it seems like God had only one agenda on His mind: take me through some of the toughest “courses” in His handbook. Patience 101. Faith 200. Trials 401. Humility 302. Perseverance 203. Why I’ve been going through these courses, I haven’t quite figured out yet. I don’t remember…

Finding hope again

I’m not sure what the hype was with the end of the world coming in 2012. The “end of the world” has come in my lifetime at least 7 times already. And yet I’m still here. Why? Well, that’s still a mystery to me. 😉 Although you may think I’m joking, this is 100% true.…

God, Why?

Questions. They began from the moment that we find the words to say them. About why the sky is blue, how you can grow tall, and what makes the world go round. Questions about the world we see with our eyes, the people around us, and the life that we live. And for the most…

Walking a lonely road

A desert is a dry, barren, isolated, and uncomfortable place. A place where there is nothing but the hot sun shining above you and the warm sand underneath your feet and not a single person around. It’s a place where you get thirsty easily and you have limited resources with you. It’s a place that…

When you have a bad day

We live in a world that’s all about image and putting your best foot forward. And with social media and people posting one picture or status after another of how wonderful their life is it makes it easy for insecurity to creep in, especially when you’re struggling and life is far from perfect. But what…

When you want to give up on life

I’m a girl. Which means that one second I can be laughing until I’m crying and the next second I will be crying… literally. One minute I’m high up in the clouds excited about everything in the world. The next minute I’m down in the dumps throwing myself a pity party and thinking it’s the…

“I can’t do this on my own”

For some odd reason when people become Christian they think they are signing up for some kind of special club. One where God is the owner and He provides each person with benefits of a life filled with abundant riches and joy. What they don’t realize is that they are actually signing up for war.…

The training ground of adversity

Before there was a Promised Land for the Israelites filled with milk and honey there was a dry and hot desert filled with questions, complaints, and many miles to walk. Before there was a spot right next to the Pharaoh in the palace to help rule the land for Joseph, there was a spot right…

“I Will Trust God Anyway”

Sometimes life is just not fair. Bad things happen to good people. Unexpected tragedies take place. Dreams are destroyed. Loved one’s walk away. Or that one thing you’ve been waiting for never comes. And we find ourselves standing at a crossroad with two roads in front of us that we can choose to travel. One…

The battlefield of the mind

Sometimes it doesn’t take a storm to destroy us, a friend to betray us, or a sin to make us fall… all it takes is just one little thought. Physical battles take place on a battlefield with armies, with weapons, and with fire. But spiritual battles often take place in the battlefield of our mind…

The secret to true happiness

I have a confession to make. I think Apostle Paul was kind of crazy. Before you think I’M crazy too let me explain. Paul was beaten multiple times by rods. He was pelted nearly to death with rocks. He was shipwrecked three times. Wherever he went he was always in danger. He was in danger…