Seven things vital to your marriage

If I could spare you some pain and confusion young (or older) bride, would you listen to me? Cause this marriage thing really can be good – but it takes work, commitment and it takes realizing that you are two sinners attempting to live together. But if I could zero in on seven things that are vital to your marriage, I’d love to sit you down…face to face, if I could…and share some key areas I’ve experienced in my own life and in the lives of other women that I’ve counseled over the years. 1. INTIMACY IS VITAL TO YOUR MARRIAGE AND IS A GIFT FROM GOD I was also that devoted and loving momma…and sometimes, giving attention to my husband and to my children seemed to go together about as well as trying to fit a puzzle piece...

Move or move me!

Are you still on board? Or have you jumped ship? Are you still pressing in- still asking, desiring to see God move, answer, bring relief… something – “God, I need you to move or move me.” trusting, praying, praying some more, pressing in, laying your requests before God – it isn’t a way to manipulate… its a way to be laid out before God and its a way to plead, desperate and sincere cries, realizing that you need Him in every single way, you need Him. You’ve got things that can make you come unglued. You’ve got issues that are unsettling and mountains that seem immoveable. So you can give up and believe that it won’t do any good. OR you can continue on – even when you aren’t seeing changes or...

Mercy for the lost and wounded

I tend to feel things deeply. Since I’ve known Christ, my heart has grown even more tender. Since I’ve experienced my own suffering, there’s been an increase in the lament over the lost and wounded  – often greater than the anguish itself. In other words, the sorrows, the mere emotions that once pelted my heart have taken on human form. The emotions alone are no longer what my heart contains, but rather, the realization that sin, the pride of life, the lustful heart…they lead to separation from God. Our darkened hearts create a great chasm, keeping us from intimacy with the very ONE that our souls longs for. We are desperate and needy people so fragile, who don’t stand a chance without a Redeeming God. So when my heart is...

When Winter Take’s it’s Toll on Your Mind and Your Animals

Dear Winter, I’m afraid it’s not working out any more. You see, your bitter cold and your biting winds have wreaked havoc in the barn. I’ve held four dead babies in the past six days and had to haul away my best doe, our biggest producer and said good-bye to our oldest buck. No matter what we’ve done, no matter what precautions we’ve taken…death has been the norm for each day and quite frankly, I am over it. And just so you know, I’m not alone. The farm vet who was out today, informed me that this is the norm…everyone is having issues and there has been tremendous loss. I love the glistening snow. I adore the way snowflakes fall into the silence. It is breathtaking when the trees are dolloped with huge mounds of...

A great man humiliated, imprisoned and beheaded…and he wasn’t rescued?

John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin. A blood relative of Christ on his mother’s side, John, prepared the way for Christ proclaiming to the people, ” I am the voice of one calling in the desert, Make straight the way for the Lord.”  John’s most glorious words, spoken when Jesus was approaching him are one of my favorite spoken in Scripture, ” Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!” The very one who had come to wash away John’s impurities of soul allowed this imperfect man the honor of facilitating Jesus’ obedience to the Father through baptism. Jesus speaks of John in the Gospel of Matthew, ” I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John...

Are you ONE worth saving?

Are you ONE worth saving?

Brutal, bitter cold.  For those of you who do not understand what this is like simply climb into your freezer, shut the door and stay there for 12 hours…which you really shouldn’t do because that would be deadly…so don’t try this at home…use your imagination. But hopefully, you get the picture ….but you’d also have to add a jet engine blowing sub zero winds towards you and into the nook and crannies of your bones. It’s the opposite of warmth or anything that resembles comfort – ponder that for a moment. Naturally during the coldest week of the year our first doe decided to kid. I kept hoping my calculations would be off or that she’d just wait…(like a pregnant anything can just wait) but sure...

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