Who was the real Mary Magdalene?

The Bible doesn't tell us a lot about Mary Magdalene's past. Her back story is hidden from us, left to speculation by many.  Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute, Jesus' wife, the most loved disciple, and Peter's adversary? We can speculate all day long, or we can look to the Bible for clues about the real... Continue Reading →

Philippians 3: Don’t Listen to Dumb Dogs

The question for today is: Who do you listen to? The world or, the Spirit of God? Before we continue on with Philippians, first things first, before I continue. I am not a Bible scholar. I don’t have a degree in theology. I am just a woman who desperately wants to understand the Bible and... Continue Reading →

Soul-Care Sunday Free Download

Today, I have something special for you! 1 Thessalonsians 5:23 says, "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." Humans are made of three parts: Spirit, Soul, and Body. These are three... Continue Reading →

Philippians 2:17-30 Kindred Spirit

The question for today is: How do you act when nobody is looking? Or, what do people say about you when you are not around? Before we continue on with Philippians, first things first, before I continue. I am not a Bible scholar. I don’t have a degree in theology. I am just a woman... Continue Reading →

Philippians 2:1-16: What Would Jesus Do?

The question for today is: How's your relationship with God? Your relationship with Christ matters. It's the most important relationship we will ever have. Let's take a look at Philippians in verses 2:1-11 which describes a life worthy of the Gospel. ***Before we continue on with Philippians, first things first, before I continue. I am... Continue Reading →

Philippians: The Back Story

A Walk Through Philippians, Part 1: The Back Story Anyone who says, "People don't change," never read the story of Saul/Paul. Originally named Saul, Paul was number one enemy to all Jesus followers. He made it his life's work to seek out and persecute Christians. And, when I say "persecute" I really mean he stoned,... Continue Reading →

Relationship Matters

Your relationship with God matters. That is why I wrote this journal. It’s all about Him. As Christians our ultimate goal is to have a relationship with Christ, right? That’s what we say in church. It’s what we tell people. But how excited are you about Bible study...really? This isn’t meant to make you feel... Continue Reading →

They will go their own way

Let's just be honest here. We all are freaked out about raising kids. All moms fear messing up our kids big time. Like, they will need therapy big. When my kids were younger, parenting felt tough, but manageable. Daughter has temper-tantrums? There's a book, a blog post, or at least advise from a friend to... Continue Reading →

Don’t be Alarmed

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone... Continue Reading →

The rules we break.

You can't eat pizza for breakfast. Or grilled cheese. You can't eat ice cream for dinner, either. Your clothes have to match. So do your socks. You can't write in your Bible. You must have birthday cake on your birthday. You shall not sing loudly in church if you can't carry a tune in a... Continue Reading →

Planting Small Seeds

Last month I wrote about my Small Seeds Bible Campaign for Gospel for Asia. I talked about reaching my campaign goal earlier this year, and why not up the campaign ante? Today I opened my email to find Small Seeds have blessed GFA missionaries once again by exceeding that Bible campaign goal of $200! What... Continue Reading →

Small Seeds Bible Campaign

LISTEN TO THIS: There are 80,000 people who will die today in South Asia without ever hearing about Jesus Christ. They don't know his name, let alone that He died for them. Let that sink in a moment. They don't know HIM. 97% of these unreached people live in an area called the 10/40 window. Yet,... Continue Reading →

3 gifts I am giving my kids this Christmas (hint: it’s not things)

It wasn't that long ago that my now teenage daughter's only wish for under the Christmas tree was a beloved Princess Anneliese dress-up dress. It was decked out in pink and sparkles. What other color would it be? Oh, how times have changed! If you live with a teenager, you know what I mean. A... Continue Reading →

Times have changed but the fear is the same

I came of age in the 80s, singing along with my cassette tapes "like a virgin" before I really understood what that song meant. It was a time when every teenage girl in my small town wanted to be like Madonna or Cyndi Lauper. "Girls just wanna have fun" was our anthem. Neon, large earrings,... Continue Reading →

We Should Stop Putting Celebrity Christians on Pedestals

Here we go again. Another celebrity Christian has fallen (or was pushed) off his pedestal. If you live under a rock, let me get you caught up, because it's a doozy! The story broke last week that Josh Duggar, the eldest son of the Duggar clan and stars of the reality show "19 Kids and Counting",... Continue Reading →

The Rainbow Promise

Through the Bible, God makes a lot of promises to us. One such promise is a beautiful one. It's the rainbow promise. In Genesis, after the great flood, we are reminded of His promise to never again flood the earth and destroy everything.  GENESIS 9:11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all... Continue Reading →

Some days it can be hard to follow Christ instead of the world

Some days it can be hard to follow Christ instead of the world. And for that, I think God maybe disappointed and a little ashamed of me. Some days it's hard to display grace to others. Some days I try hard to be a 'good Christian' but know, deep down I am failing. And that... Continue Reading →

Don’t be Alarmed. He Has Risen!

  When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the... Continue Reading →

The Power of Prayer is Real

Have you ever prayed for something that you wanted/needed badly? Have you ever prayed for healing, whether for yourself or a loved one? Were those prayers answered? I have, so I know the power of prayer is real. It's not to say those prayers were answered just the way I wanted, because God answers prayers,... Continue Reading →

A Love List for Jesus

Because we don't say "I love you" enough. Because sometimes we 'forget' to say it. Just in time for Valentine's Day...A love list for Jesus. Because it needs to be said.  He said the truth, not what people wanted to hear. He wasn't afraid to call out the Pharisees on their bad behavior. Luke 11:37-44... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas to You…

I designed a Christmas card this year...but in my quest to do less this year I became a total slacker. I also didn't get a few presents mailed out in time either, or even ordered in time....they will arrive after Christmas, which kind of defeats the purpose. But, hey, that's not what is important, right?... Continue Reading →

Making Macarons and December Daily Stuff

The prettiest of the cookies has to be the Macaron. This little French cookie is one I don't bake well. And, by 'don't bake well', I mean I bake something that resembles a hockey puck than a Macaron. Oh, I've tried...and failed. But this year I spied this little kit at, where else, Target. It... Continue Reading →

Not Every Little Girl is Celebrated | Gendercide in So Asia

I have two daughters. The first took nearly two years to conceive. Oh, how we tested, tried, and waited. We found out she was a she on 9/11. That 9/11. Is it possible to feel overwhelming sadness and joy on the same day? We painted walls in girl appropriate colors, bought little girly clothes, registered... Continue Reading →

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