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*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”

*original version posted at womendevotions.com If you raised your eyebrows at the title, good… you should! Do we self care or self medicate?  It’s a real issue that I refuse to ignore. However, I will say that I’m referring to the socially acceptable ways to self medicate. Are those ways any better for us? I’ll leave that up to you to decide. The fact of life is women are crazy busy (not that men aren’t, but I’m a woman so I’ll tackle us this time)…Continue Reading “Every Woman’s Struggle: Self Care or Self Medicate?”

*Guest post by Sharlon Cummings When my heart was grieved and I was pierced within, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before You.” Psalm 73:21-22 Have you ever been called “toxic”? Now, that’s a word that has gained popularity in recent years. No one likes being called toxic. No one. It’s defined as poisonous, or very harmful, or unpleasant in a pervasive or insidious way. It first appeared in the 1660s as toxique in French, from Latin toxicum “poison,” and from…Continue Reading “Feeling Toxic?”

Now, hold up. This isn’t one of those self discovery – I’m finally me posts. I just finally realized who I am in a story; a story many of us have heard many times. The story goes like this: First and Lasts “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. About nine in the morning…Continue Reading “I Just Figured Out Who I Am”

* 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”