Awaken Our Hearts, Equip our Minds

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

Heavenly Minded Lifestyle, Identity in Christ

Choosing Grace in Everything

This devotion originally appeared on Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today. Crash! My stomach lurched as I sprinted into the bedroom where my 14-month-old daughter greeted me with a toothy grin. There on the littered floor, she played among a fallen lamp with a couple of scattered, small picture frames — and all the contents from… Continue reading Choosing Grace in Everything

Awaken Our Hearts, Missional Motherhood

Sometimes, we just need a little Grace

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.   Hebrews 4:16 “Momma, today I am going to give you a little grace,” announced my carefree, rapidly approaching  five-year-old.  She was painting a rainbow, too consumed by… Continue reading Sometimes, we just need a little Grace

Awaken Our Hearts

But it was 99% off

Let me tell ya somethin’ . . . I am a hoarder who likes to purge.  HA! -- is that even a real thing?!?   I like to think so, because like most things in my life, I live in extremes.  I am not sure when it started but remember as a little girl loving “stuff,” lots of… Continue reading But it was 99% off

Awaken Our Hearts

Keeping Up Apperances

When I was a little girl my parents used to watch a lot of British TV -- who are we kidding, they still watch a lot of British TV!   In fact, I am not sure if my mom realizes that America also makes television shows.   Nevertheless, a show they often watched was called Keeping Up Appearances.  Even as a kid I thought… Continue reading Keeping Up Apperances

Identity in Christ

I don’t think I heard you right, you don’t like french fries?

One day a friend with whom I work told me, "I don't really like french fries."  I remember thinking, "That is the strangest thing I have ever heard!"   (Let me just say -- she is pretty strange, anyways -- she likes things like cauliflower rice, spaghetti squash, and baked chicken over fried.)  So, needless to… Continue reading I don’t think I heard you right, you don’t like french fries?

Identity in Christ, Missional Motherhood

Coke: The New Gateway Drug

I distinctly remember the first time my husband, then boyfriend at the time, came out of the gas station with a Coke, a REAL Coke, like the old advertisement, "The Real Thing"!  Yes, people, you are reading this correctly --  I was just as shocked as I am sure you are right now.   Well,… Continue reading Coke: The New Gateway Drug