Scripture Motto

"Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:16

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Straining to Stay the Course

“…straining toward what is ahead
... trying to reach the goal
 ...get the prize
for which God called me
through Christ to the life above.
Philippians 3:13b-14 ncv

 Straining, making extreme efforts, pushing and pulling…because “Livin’ Out Loud for Jesus” is not easy.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

HOPE Revived for 2015

“You will feel safe because there is hope;
you will look around and rest in safety.” Job 11:18 ncv

Happy New Year!!!

In 2014, God gave me the word “steadfast” to lead me…and boy, did I need His steadfast love to endure it?! For 2015, I’ve had a strong sense of His giving me the word “hope” to take me through the upcoming year…and I am so excited to receive it!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Purpose or Problems? That is the question

What is my hope? Where is my focus? Is it on the purpose of my life or upon the problems of my life? Do my eyes stay on the goal or upon the obstacles? Purpose driven or problem sluggish?

The book I am currently reading…and am only into the 2nd chapter…is hitting me smack in the face. Convicting. Awakening. Thought-provoking. (This may turn into a book review as much as about the impact it is having on me.)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tis the season of Praise and Thanksgiving

O my soul, why be so gloomy and discouraged?
Trust in God!
I shall again praise Him for His wondrous help;
He will make me smile again,
 for He is my God!
Psalm 43:5 tlb

From Hope 4 You, Carole Lewis writes, “Praise and thankfulness are closely intertwined, but are also distinctly different. When I praise someone, I am affirming a truth about who that person is. When I thank a person or am thankful for someone, I am affirming a truth about what the person does. I don’t fully understand why praise has the power to renew hope; I only know that it does.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Grief Turned Relief

Seasons come and seasons go and I believe…I’m pretty sure…that I am just about out of my 24-month season of loss and returning to a season of life. Of course, only time will tell.

My upbringing teaches me to “pull up my bootstraps and stand tall,” however, with each loss my strength to pull and stand erect weakened. Depression pulled me further and further into its abyss. And my body followed.