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originally posted at womendevotions.com in 2018 Why should I go to church? It’s a valid question. I mean our excuses…er…reasons seem valid! I believe in God. I can worship Him anywhere. I’m busy and can’t sacrifice an hour on Sundays. I can listen to the message online! Growing up, it was my family’s culture to attend church every Sunday and often Wednesday too! We went for the community, we went to show our love and devotion to God, and we went because it was important…Continue Reading “Why Should I Go to Church? 5 Reasons You Can’t Ignore”

It’s difficult to know when to speak up and when not to – especially when words and thoughts should be weighed carefully and only shared if they can bring benefit (grace, encouragement, bearing with the weak). That being said, it’s always the loudest voices that shouldn’t be the loudest and when the noise becomes too much to bear, some of us must cautiously end our silence. Not that anyone in particular cares what I think, but you must know I love you all.  I love those I…Continue Reading “Is it Time to Say Something?”

If you are subscribed to asmyminunwinds, you’ve already seen this post in last month’s newsletter. I’m ready to share with the rest. Please post to your socials as you feel led. We’re in this together. I have been exhausted by the nonstop disunity and venomous accusations against each other’s integrity as Christians. Those who have vaccinated say the others live in fear of the government and potential harm of the vaccine. Those who have not vaccinated say the others live in fear of the government…Continue Reading “To vAXx or Not – To Love or Not”

*written in 2017 but never published til now. In LifeGroup through my church last week, we were asked to read John 14:15 and then to imagine Dr. Phil asking as he would, “how’s that goin’ for you?” John 14:15 reads:  If you love me, keep my commands. Cue Dr. Phil’s “how’s that goin for you?” … and my group’s immediate reaction was OUCH.  Obviously, thinking of the verse that way made us feel like we’re missing the mark because we’re not constantly carrying out Jesus’…Continue Reading “How’s That Going for You?”

*originally posted at womendevotions.com Ah…the age old question for those of us who find ourselves at a crossroads, a conundrum, in a pickle etc. What does God want me to do? Which way does He want me to go? We often make this mystery harder than it needs to be. Why? Oh probably because we wish we were God whether we’d like to admit it or not. We can’t stand the unknown or not being in control! It’s scary! Plus, we don’t want to waste…Continue Reading “What Does God Want Me to Do?”

*originally posted 3 yrs ago at FaithFilledFamilyMagazine I’m a 39 year old straight woman professing Christian faith and raising two boys aged 11 and 14. My approach to parenting has always been to tell my boys the truth in a way they can understand while treating them with utmost respect.  When my boys were potty training and learning body parts, I called everything what it was, never using nicknames like wee wee or hoo hoo and never giggling or whispering in hushed tones as I…Continue Reading “Our Kids and How They Identify”

There’s something I especially love about social media. And, if you’re a Christian that’s lived a lot of life before social media became so prevalent, I’d love to hear your opinion on what I’m about to share to see if your experiences were similar. But what I love is this…..people ARE watching. Haha! I know that sounds obvious since most of us use social media to portray ourselves in our best light so DUH…people are watching! We know this! But what I mean specifically is…Continue Reading “People ARE Watching”

What’s the Deal with obedience? What is it exactly? Why do I need it? What should I do about it? Oh! I’m so glad you asked – because I have the answer!  Obedience is proof of your relationship with God! Obedience is the practical application of love for and trust in God. Obedience proves the relationship. Somewhere on the web (I forget where) stated it like this:  Obedience is the practical acceptance of the authority and will of God. It includes both submitting to Him…Continue Reading “The Proof’s in Obedience”

*originally posted at womendevotions.com Whoa! Last night I was reading my Daily Bible Reading Plan that we do as a church body in the YouVersion Bible App, and let’s just say, that although I was laying in bed at the time, I knocked right down onto my tushy! Geez Louise! I was reading 1 Samuel 15 when God rejected Saul as king. Before I get into what I really want to say here, I know many of you are anxious to know: Will God reject…Continue Reading “Will God Reject Me? A Lesson in Full Obedience”