handheart For so many years of my life, I had a core belief that my heart was desperately wicked and if given the wrong opportunity, I would choose death instead of life. When I began to discover the truth that my heart was indeed good because I was in Christ, I moved away from a mindset of shame and guilt and have become increasingly free to be who I really am, a woman who loves God and loves others and loves myself.

What do you believe about your heart?

When you pause to consider who you really are, do you hear a voice whispering that you are a failure? A person whose heart is evil? Do you see your heart as a large chunk of real estate that is roped off as condemned?

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Jun
17

Finding Deep Rest for Your Soul

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toes in grassThe birds welcomed the new day, tweeting and chirping to one another as I sat on my back porch sipping my morning coffee and awakening. A gentle cool breeze blew and I almost felt I was back in Eden. I closed my eyes and took it all in.

I thought of Eden and what it must have been like to have lived before the Fall of Man. I pondered what all was lost when Adam and Eve opened themselves up to begin to question God’s heart for them.  Dominion. Authority. Immortality. Divine health. Relational peace.

 I thought of how Adam and Eve fell from a position of resting in God into a life of striving to maintain what God had intended for them to freely live in.

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May
27

Get Your Gratitude On

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Expressing gratitude is a key to living well. It opens our hearts to God and others, awakens our faith, and gives perspective to life.

Yet we often find ourselves stuck in the mire of discouragement, depression, hopelessness, resentment, and bitterness and expressing gratitude is the last thing we want to do and can feel very difficult to attempt.

Much easier is the choice to grumble, complain, doubt, fear, and expect to be disappointed both in God and in others.

Expressing gratitude removes the obstacles to seeing the wonder of life, the handiwork of God’s hands, and the beauty in people. The expression of gratitude leads us to experience gratitude. Experiencing gratitude changes us.

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May
10

I Love Being a Mom

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I love being a mom. I absolutely love being a mom. Nothing has brought me more joy.  Nothing has shaped my life more.

From the first moment of learning I was pregnant with my firstborn until now, being a mom has touched the deepest places of my heart. It has exposed my most vulnerable weaknesses and given a venue for my greatest strengths to shine. Motherhood has been a constant journey of becoming.

I’ve experienced the fruit of my journey in the lives of my kids. At times, I’ve seen how my devotion and love have shaped my kids in positive ways. At other moments, I’ve come face to face with how my imperfections, lack of knowledge, and unhealed places have negatively impacted my kids.

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When Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, many saw him coming as their deliverer and believed he was coming to deliver them from the crushing rule of Rome. They knew the prophecy of Zechariah, “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” We are told that a great multitude spread their clothes out on the road as an act of homage for royalty. They recognized that Jesus was indeed saying he was their king. They shouted and rejoiced.

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