• faith,  The Presence of God

    7 Things That Happen After An Encounter With God.

    What does it mean to encounter God? What does that look like? I believe encountering God is much deeper than a tangible feeling or emotion alone. To encounter God is to have your inner Spirit refined and redirected in such a way that completely changes your life. To encounter God is to be welcomed into His all consuming presence. To encounter God is to discover who you were made to be and who He has always seen you as. Your identity begins to mirror that of Jesus and all He provides for you through His sacrifice, resurrection and love. Have you encountered God? Can you think of a time when…

  • faith

    This is Joy.

    Watching the sunset as it paints cotton candy in the sky. Tasting the most delicious slice of freshly baked apple pie. Driving your very first vehicle. Hearing the sound of your child’s first laughter. Celebrating your birthday with someone who arrived as a special surprise. Experiencing God’s presence for the 100th time but it only gets sweeter. Reading a verse that excites the soul – every, single time. This is j o y. And God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17b) wants nothing more than for us to experience and walk in all the joys of life. Joy is to rejoice; to be glad; to…

  • faith,  prayer

    Just Keep Praying.

    ‘The angel said to him… “your prayer has been heard”.’ – Luke 1:13 Zechariah encountered an angel from the Lord with an answer to prayer. This happened as he was partaking in his priestly duty after being chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary to burn incense. He and his wife Elizabeth were very old and they had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive. All it took was for Zechariah to hear, “your prayer has been heard” and their lives were forever changed! I wonder how long he had been praying to God for a child? I can imagine this particular prayer being one he may have given…

  • faith

    April? Is that you?

    April? Is that you? April happens to be one of my favorite months really.  The snow begins to melt leaving splashy puddles behind, windows open to the rush of the cool, fresh, breeze – and then there are the “spring cleaning” posts we share with our loved ones and friends – “Woohoo! I finally get to clean out this closet!” In April we see all the birds return to their favorite cities from their winter vacation hideouts. They sing a sweet song as the sun rises a bit earlier each morning – new life begins. Have you ever wondered how those birds know when it’s time to return to their…

  • marriage

    1st 365 Days of Marriage – Part 2

    I am so glad you’ve come to see what Part 2 is all about! If you haven’t yet had the chance to read Part 1, I encourage you to go check it out so you can grasp the background to this post and all the goodness of the entire 10 lessons. Like I mentioned in Part 1, these lessons have all been lived and experienced. Whether you’re married, engaged or patiently waiting, I hope you are able to embrace these lessons and see how they relate to your very own “Ruth” or “Boaz” (Ruth chap 2-4). So let’s not delay, let’s get right to it! 6. Love and Respect This…

  • marriage

    1st 365 Days of Marriage – Part 1

    If I were to have written this blog post before marrying my husband, I could say with absolute certainty that what I am about to tell you would have been so, so different. At that time, if I had put together a “what to expect” or a “what you will learn” article it may have been “factual” at best…but not true. It would not have been through the eyes of life experience. So, in honor of our first year of marriage, I am so excited to share my personal ten “lessons” learned, along with the growth I’ve experienced through each lesson. It will be split into two parts, and I…