Awaken Our Hearts, Heavenly Minded Lifestyle, Missional Motherhood

3 Reasons Children Need to See Their Parents Wrestle with Their Faith

I've never been one to shy away from difficult conversations, believing that hard truths and awkward situations should be addressed swiftly and directly by using logic and facts. And then, I became a parent. Children ask tough questions—questions that need solid answers. In our family, our daughters' inquiries often revolve around the subject of faith.… Continue reading 3 Reasons Children Need to See Their Parents Wrestle with Their Faith

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5 Things the Bible Says About God’s Punishment

Nestled in fiery colored flames, the bold, uppercase words on the highway's billboard, "TURN BEFORE YOU BURN," caught my attention. I understood the intent—to provoke an intense sense of urgency to accept Christ or spend eternity in Hell. Although the message was sincere, the approach didn't sit well with me. Shouldn't God's love, not His… Continue reading 5 Things the Bible Says About God’s Punishment

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Does what I am doing even matter?

"Laura and I discuss her new book Beyond The Noise. We talk about those moments where we question and doubt ourselves, our purpose, and if we and who we are really matter." I enjoyed talking with Amy Debrucque, Life on Purpose Podcast, what a treat! Listen in Here. https://videopress.com/v/GFeAUa8C?preloadContent=metadata https://anchor.fm/amy-debrucque/episodes/Laura-Bailey---Episode-42---Beyond-The-Noise-elbeks

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Why We Shouldn’t Abandon Church Attendance

This morning at church was different—we didn't hug or shake hands; instead, we maintained the proper “social distance” with waves and fist bumps. Nonetheless, merely coming together under one roof with many of my church family was enough to restore my faith and subdue the doubt and fear I had silently harbored over the past few months. Perhaps you have had a similar experience? Join me on the blog as we discuss the importance of getting back in church.

Heavenly Minded Lifestyle

Are You Watering Your Weeds?

Rest assured, we have thousands of weeds vying for our attention and affection, summoning us for water by falsely promising the fulfillment we seek. But the best thing we can possibly do for ourselves is to allow God’s living water to drench our hearts and minds each day. It’s the only way we can effectively fight the lies our enemy constantly speaks to us.

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Lord, that was supposed be MY Blessing

“Seriously, they chose HER to be the next director?” I thought while walking into the breakroom after learning this news. Once there, it was like being back in high school where the popular girls, my so-called friends, dissected their latest victim, not much differently from the frog we had just left displayed in the science lab. Although I knew this was wrong, I kept my mouth shut, thankful not to be the subject of their venomous remarks. I figured that teenage girls naturally outgrew this kind of catty talk only to discover that women elevated it into full-blown verbal assaults.

Awaken Our Hearts, Fulfill our Calling

Running on Empty

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

Equip our Minds, Heavenly Minded Lifestyle

Want to host a Bible Study but don’t know where to start?

You feel that God has called you to lead or host a Bible study. But, you have no idea where to start! Join me on the blog where I help answer some of the questions around choosing a Bible study as well as provide a review of my favorite books and guides.

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Where is my Happily Ever After? Part 2

Over the last couple of weeks, the Holy Spirit has led me to put aside many responsibilities that do not include my family, especially my husband, which is one of the hardest things for me to do. I am of the mindset that my husband is a grown man who doesn’t really need me, but will always be there should I ever need him. Besides, I have other things to do.

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Read your Bible, Pray Everyday- More Easily Said than Done?

Our family morning routine involves a prayer, a Bible verse, and a few songs while eating breakfast. The other day we sang a song that many of us equate with juice boxes and butter cookies. It says, “Read your Bible, pray every day if you want to grow.”