This devotion originally appeared on The Love Offering Blog, read full devotion Here. The blank sheet of paper taunted me as I walked into the classroom and took my seat. Begrudgingly, I listened as the teacher instructed, “Open your Bibles to Romans 12:1 and take a few minutes to meditate on this verse. Then, rewrite… Continue reading How Do We Offer Ourselves as Living Sacrifices?
Jesus saves—not me—the only way we can relieve heavy hearts is to turn burdens over to the only One capable of bearing them all (Matthew 11:28-30). Believing that our Heavenly Father is sovereign in all things, good or bad, and that He truly is "close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit" (Psalm 34:18), enables us to "Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep" (Romans 12:15).
The Lord does not excuse our excuses: we don't have the time, we don't have the money, we don't have the culinary skills, etc. Ask God to change this mentality and refocus, looking outward instead of inward at self, for this is not just about food; it's about following in the steps of the one who fed the masses because he was moved with compassion and served supper to his disciples after humbly washing their feet.
Yes! I made it with only five miles left to go until empty. Blinking , yellow gas warning, you will not get the best of me. Probably not the wisest decision considering my four and two-year-old were in the car with me at the time. But, wake a baby from a nap on an eight-hour… Continue reading Running on Empty
Flopping onto my bed, I began my nightly ritual of critiquing my day’s parenting performance. How do I know I am making the right choices for my girls? Am I going to mess them up? Will they still love me, even when they don’t always like me, like today? Read More on the Blog......
Pete, Repeat, and Echo. These are the “endearing” names my husband calls me and my two oldest daughters. Our eight-week-old is already cooing and cawing along with the rest of us, now the newest member of our babbling tribe of Bailey girls.
So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” Exodus 3:3 Use me. Tell me. Two short, but earnest requests. In the past, I felt it necessary to actually hear God talk to me, the way I talk to my husband or… Continue reading When’s my Burning Bush Moment?
Tidiness is not my strong suit, which a peek inside my car readily reveals. Because I have an ultra Type A temperament and am borderline OCD in all things that involve planning and organization, people naturally assume that I am also a “clean-freak.” Nope, unless it involves the color coordination of my calendar (red is… Continue reading Oh, I wouldn’t eat off this Floor
Confession: staying at home everyday with my children, aka “motherhood,” is difficult for me. Oh, my -- did I really just type that for everyone to read? Truth is, my OCD nature clashes with an unstructured, que sera, sera lifestyle, which varies daily, based on the needs and demands of the small humans in… Continue reading Selfless? I don’t think that’s me.
I have been quiet the past few weeks but would now like to share with you a bit about what is going on in my world. Many of you already know that I will be attending the Proverbs 31 Ministries Conference She Speaks at the end of July. There I will have the opportunity to… Continue reading I think you have the Wrong Gal, Lord