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* originally posted at Life and Limb Blog We often hear when going through hard things phrases like “just have enough faith” or “simply believe.” We might hear “don’t lose faith” or “keep the faith;” but, what is faith and how do I know I have what it takes? I don’t know about you but phrases like this can often leave me discouraged no matter how well meaning my loved ones that speak them are. This is a fun post for me because I get…Continue Reading “How Much Faith Do I Need? 3 Signs You Have Enough”

*originally posted at Life and Limb Blog I don’t know about you, but when it comes to doing well in life, I like good, easy, practical suggestions. If you heard Pastor Aaron’s message on March 14 about how we can be contributors during our What’s Next series, you heard him talk a lot about Acts 2:42. His message was SO good, and if you haven’t heard it yet, you can get it here. It was so good, I knew I wanted to write a blog…Continue Reading “Easily Devoted – Your Guide to Living Out Acts 2:42 Easily”

When I was young – like elementary school aged – I don’t even remember how old, I was hanging out at a Chucky Cheese with my family and some other friends and adults. I remember using tokens to play the games and things. At some point I wanted to take a break from playing so I went back to sit at the table and handed my left over tokens to one of my siblings (I also can’t remember which) but what I do remember is…Continue Reading “Mature Generosity – How Chucky Cheese taught me a lesson”

*originally posted at https://www.womendevotions.com/how-to-choose-a-church/ In this post, we are going to look at how to choose a church by looking at 4 unique and biblical components. So, God has recently opened your heart, or you’ve finally decided to go back to church after a hiatus, or you’re simply curious and have always wondered what church is like and if you might benefit. No matter the reason, you’ve decided to go to church. Now how do you decide which one to go to? Although, this list…Continue Reading “How to Choose a Church – 4 MUST Haves”

*originally posted at womendevotions.com Why Does The Bible Call it Fruit of the Spirit? Do you ever wonder why the fruit of the Spirit is called that? I mean why fruit? I like fruit in the form of Starburst or Jolly Ranchers, or in some pie! But even at that, I don’t like all fruit flavors! I mean if I have to have real fruit not paired with sugar and packaged in plastic, I suppose I’d choose an apple, strawberry or banana, but you better…Continue Reading “A Fruity Reflection on Galatians 5:16-26”

I struggled about whether to share my story with you, but when we’re talking about an enemy at work, the first weapon is to bring things to light. Megan Monterrosa shared the power of our stories in this week’s Life and Limb Blog. You should check it out. The reason I struggled is because it started with a not fun introduction to the spiritual realm – and I will tell you, and those of you who know me know, I’m not a heeby jeeby spiritual…Continue Reading “Anxiety – There’s an Enemy at Work”

*originally posted at Life and Limb Blog Winston Churchill said, “The price of greatness is responsibility.” A leader is held accountable (James 3:1). They are responsible for how they act and what they say as a leader. It’s a scary time to be a leader. Hey- it’s even a scary time to be a follower!  With all the discord on politics, the pandemic, and race, I’ve struggled the last year or so watching people I’ve always trusted and looked up to behave in certain ways…Continue Reading “Who Can I Trust?”

*originally posted at womendevotions.com How Can We Pray When There Are So Many Distractions Surrounding Us In Everyday Life! don’t know about you, but seasons of distraction and being overwhelmed can sometimes come on like a surprise blizzard and then linger like an Indian summer. I find myself in survival mode. Wake up, coffee, chores, kids to school, go to work, come home, more chores, enter zombie vegetative state with interjections from my family to help regain consciousness, go to bed, and repeat. So praying?…Continue Reading “How to Pray When You’re Distracted and Overwhelmed”

*originally posted at https://www.womendevotions.com/how-to-make-friends-in-a-new-church/ With Covid winding down many of us are heading back to church; and for many of you, it may even be a new church. No matter where you go, when it’s been awhile, going to church can be scary. You may feel isolated and alone. How are you to make friends in a place like this? There are three solid ways to make friends at church: find a place to serve, join a small group and hang out in the lobby! Now,…Continue Reading “How to Make Friends in a New Church”

One of my favorite quotes right now is found on Pinterest in the fashion of a meme: “I think one of my favorite feelings is laughing with someone and realizing half way through how much you enjoy them and their existence.” It’s such a perfect picture of how I enjoy others in my life – especially God. Laugh with God? Why yes! I laugh with Him, rest in Him, talk to Him – which can often turn back to laughing with HIm. I enjoy Him…Continue Reading “HOW TO ENJOY GOD”