Time to wake up and look forward

You know that feeling you get when you’re looking forward to something?

For me it’s usually a vacation. My husband, Ryan and I enjoy traveling together to new places. We’ve been to Mexico a few times, but our longest journey was to Hawaii. We booked the trip pretty far in advance and leading up to that trip we had so much fun planning what we would do.

Man how we already loved this sweet child

Not long before we booked our vacation I had a miscarriage and Ryan’s dad had a major stroke that scared all of us. We had decided we weren’t going to be sad anymore. We needed something fun to occupy us. Of course, in Gods humorous fashion I got pregnant and most of our plans for the trip had to change quite a bit. It was our first experience of how a baby changes everything.

With Easter upon us, I think about Jesus and how he looked forward to the cross. Even writing that sounds crazy, but He did look forward to it. It was His sole purpose in coming here.

I was riding in the car with my daughter week and out of no where, Cadence said

“mama, you’re not going to let the soldiers get me like they got Jesus, right?”

Im not going to lie, I was pretty speechless when she asked me that. My instinctive response was “No baby, mama would never let any soldier take you from me”. She then proceeded to say

“Jesus was really mad about them putting him on the cross”

Wow. Im still stunned at the amount of information her tiny little three year old mind absorbs and repeats. I took this opportunity to tell her that Jesus wasn’t mad at all. He was happy to die on the cross, because that meant we could be with him in heaven one day.

It’s honestly hard for me to conceptualize how Jesus looked forward to the cross. In Matthew 28 Jesus went to the Garden Gethsemane to pray. He says in verse 38 My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Then in verse 38 He prays “My father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will be done, not mine.

Just writing that prayer I am in tears thinking of the anguish he was experiencing. Still, His emotion was not anger. After you read on, you see his watchmen fell asleep. They did not have a clue what was about to transpire. Can you imagine being that guy that fell asleep during the last moments you had with the Son of Man, the messiah, our savior?

I have experienced tragedy, despair, loss but thanks to Jesus I have also experienced love, joy and indescribable peace.

Hearing an innocent child contemplate Jesus emotion truly set my mind twirling and quite frankly I have been stuck on what to write this week. Our church has sent daily devotionals through out the week that had me in such a worshipful spirit all week. I’ve tried to take pause and think of what was happening in Jerusalem at this time all those years ago. I asked myself “am I honoring His sacrifice?” I can’t say yes. I can say I try, but truthfully

I’m the guy that fell asleep.

We all are. God is calling us to rise up and show the world HIs son, by living like He did. It would be easy to just say “there is no way I can be like Jesus so Im just going to do what I want”. That mentality leads to anguish and a life full of emptiness and dead ends. Our only Hope is in Jesus.

As we prepare to rejoice for the empty tomb on Sunday, I pray you will take an assessment of your life. Who and what are you living for? If that person or that thing is anything but Jesus, I pray you will bend the knee and look to the Father. He wants to wrap you up and take away all your hurt and despair, let HIm.

Hands up 🙌

I LOVE a good story.

My 3 year old, Cadence does too. She gets so excited about the stories she will hear before bedtime. I’ve had a lot of fun telling her stories from the Old Testament. I can remember learning the same things as a child.

Moses and the Red Sea

David and Goliath

Jonah and the whale… etc.

I found a book series called Bible Belles and I have LOVED teaching Cadence these stories of incredible women in the Old Testament. Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth and Deborah are the titles. If you have little girls I highly recommend these.

When Cadence inevitably gets bored with a series she always loves to go back to her small kid bible with the cool pictures. David and Goliath was her favorite for a while but here lately the story of Moses has been one she quotes a lot, well prior to last week. Now everything is about Jesus dying on the cross.

At any rate, she randomly talks about Moses and the Israelites. there is something about hearing a 3 year old say the word “Israelite” that honestly cracks me up. It’s so cute and she actually pronounces it very well.

Loving a good story follows you as you age. Our pastor has been on a series called “Stories” and it has been quite interesting hearing him tell stories. He so eloquently talks about these ancient families like they live down the road. It’s like his information came right from the horses mouth! Telling a good story is truly a gift.

If you can remember back in Genesis and exodus, Moses was very insecure with the way he spoke. I don’t expect his story telling abilities were real eloquent, after all Aaron ended up taking the stage a lot.

I’m in no way wanting to hate on Moses, but I want to tell a story of his faithfulness. It’s a story I don’t remember hearing about as a kid.

You all remember the famous story of Moses and his people crossing the Red Sea escaping Egypt after 430 years of slavery. Once they escaped they spent 40 years in the wilderness. When they finally emerged from the wilderness they set up camp at Rephidim. We pick up there in Exodus.

“While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them. Moses commanded Joshua, “Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalek for us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand.” So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle. After the victory, the Lord instructed Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder, and read it aloud to Joshua: I will erase the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-Nissi (which means “the Lord is my banner”). He said, “They have raised their fist against the Lord’s throne, so now the Lord will be at war with Amalek generation after generation.” Exodus 17:8-16 NLT

Have you been so tired that you couldn’t hold up your head? Felt like every time you took a rest you risked sinking completely under the water?

I’m gonna make a blanket assumption that every one has. God instructed Moses to go up on the mountain and hold up his staff. He didn’t tell Moses to go up there and hold the staff alone. Moses might have had some stage fright back in the day, but on this day he held his hands up for the fight against the Amalekites.

As you read he didn’t do it alone. There’s a reason you always see hands up for surrender. Moses and Joshua refused to surrender to the Amalekites, but they fully surrendered to God. That surrender won the battle.

We need people. We need Aaron and Hur’s who will see us struggling and come lift us up. I have this innate quality that I think I have to do things by myself. In my mind I think “I need to know I can do this by myself.” It is pretty prideful and I’m working on it. There is a delicate balance between asking for help and pulling up your boot straps and just “getting it done”.

It’s not clear if Moses asked for help or if Aaron and Hur just reacted naturally and helped him. One super cool thing about our Heavenly Father is, He knows when we need people. He has such an incredible ability to put people on our hearts.

I’ve heard stories of people who got gallon milk jugs from complete strangers when they weren’t sure how their next meal would be provided. Rent has been paid, medical bills paid, mouths fed and I could go on and on. When you submit to Jesus, he sustains and guides you. Aaron and Hur weren’t worried about there own issues. They got up and helped.

I challenge you to pray and ask God to show you someone to lift up this week. Watch him move. He is our help, He is our fortress, and He will send people to lift us up out of the deep waters. You can be that for someone today. Go hold a friend up.

Drop the Rock

I had myself a moment this week!

I got all worked up and mad at my husband one morning because I felt entitled to more help as he was still laying in bed. I slammed doors 🚪 and every grumble I got from my three year old just fueled my anger. The baby was super congested and I had to stop and take extra care to make sure her little nasal passages were clear. Had to literally strip the red headed sass pot and dress her all the while getting my stuff together for the day…. Feel sorry for me yet? Well don’t because I got a big ol slap in the face when I got in my car after slamming about three doors attempting to get his attention.

If I stopped there you all would be infuriated at my man and think he was an awful husband who never helped me out. Which is OH SO FAR from the truth. You see you aren’t seeing his side of the story. When I got in my car God quickly told me to chill out. How do I know it was God? Because the devil would have whispered things like…”you deserve better, you should yell at him and prove your point” instead it was “Emily, today is his late day. He has a long day ahead of him and you’re doing fine without his help right now… I’ve got you” talk about a wake up call.

Sound familiar to anyone? I’m so glad I chilled out because I later found out he only slept two hours the night before 😳.. again THANK YOU JESUS.

In Jennie Allen’s, Get out of your head study, she talks about our minds and how quickly our thoughts can give way to negative spirals. It only takes ten minutes for our minds to build pathways of negativity. She does a much better job of explaining that, but I think you can see where I’m going. I was heading for a pretty bad spiral that would have made way for an awful day full of arguing and self deprecating behavior. That soft voice of my heavenly Father changed it all. I immediately softened my attitude and thanked God for reigning me in.

Because I made that shift, the obstacles I faced later that day were easy to handle and I didn’t have a negative attitude about it. I find it important to point out that more times than not, I make the mistake of letting the anger fester and it brings on unnecessary turmoil throughout the day. What can I say 🤷🏻‍♀️ I’m a work in progress and praise the Lord I get second chances.

Later that day, I watched a TikTok and the author, Pastor Paul, seemed to be a pretty cool dood. There was apparently a ruckus over a famous Christian artist that said some things that weren’t “cool” for lack of a better word. The Pastor picked up a stone and was about to lay into the artist and then he did something so cool. He put the stone down. You all know the verse “let anyone without blame cast the first stone”

You see, we aren’t perfect. None of us are. We are dirty rotten sinners and we do not have a right to judge a fellow Christians life choices. We are instructed to love. It’s like what my mama said when I was little “worry about yourself” (I was quite the little Miss bossy pants).

Brother, sister… worry about yourself.

How do these two stories tie together? Let’s look at James chapter 1. I’m currently going through another Jennie Allen study “stuck” and how appropriate this week was labeled “mad”. I started my week out MAD!

Verse 19 instructs us to be slow to anger. It first says to be quick to listen and slow to speak. If I had said everything I wanted to I would have been in a much worse situation. I’m thankful our connect group at church has been studying James as well and those words have been fresh on my heart a while.

Sounds like I need to keep it fresh ALL THE TIME.

Pastor Paul from tik tok did a good job showing how important it is for us to take a pause before we cast a stone. He was mad that a fellow Christian (who was in the spotlight) did something so appalling… and ya know an important thing about that part? It is ok to be mad, just don’t sin in that anger. Stop and pray for that person and let that anger help you grow and possibly even give way for you to minister to someone who very well may need you.

When you read further in James chapter 1 vs 23-25 uses a mirror analogy

“For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”

I don’t know about you, but when I look in the mirror I surely don’t forget immediately. The image lingers and you remember what you look like. That is what the Word must be for Christians. The Word must be our identity and just like we remember our image we must remember the scripture and live it. When we do… oh my the blessings that unfold! That is when you will start to feel life filling the achy dry bones 🦴.

I’ve got an incredible husband and two healthy, beautiful daughters that are proof of His promise.

FYI- the hubby read this and approved before I posted 😉

Do you take pause before you speak? I challenge you to be intentional with all your words. What we say rings loud for a long time. You never know who may be listening and truly needs to hear and see Jesus in you.

Car wash Clean 🧼

I live in Louisiana and our weather is unpredictable. For example: Sunday it was 37 degrees when I got myself and kids ready for church. By 1pm it was 70 degrees and I was sweating 🤦🏻‍♀️. I am absolutely awful at planning my dress attire for the day ahead so my car frequently gets over run with jackets and long sleeve shirts.

I’ve been trying to do better about keeping my car tidy and clean 🧼 ; recently I spent what felt like two hours cleaning the entire inside. Phew was it filthy! I hadn’t done that detailed of a clean in a while so i wasn’t too surprised.

Fast forward to earlier this week and I went through the car wash and went to the vacuum area. When I started vacuuming I was honestly pretty shocked it had already gotten so dirty. I didn’t realize how quickly my car gets dirty.

As I was vacuuming I started to think how similar this process is to recognizing sin in our life. At the time we accept Jesus in our ❤️ and recognize that we are wretched sinners, we see all kinds of sin present in our life. We do a good job of changing and redirecting our sinful tendencies. Over time we get lackadaisical with this process. As I was apathetic with keeping my car clean; we carelessly assess our own sin. Once we make the decision to clean it up we realize how dirty our hearts and minds have become.

Proverbs 28:13 says

“People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.”

I came to a point in my life where I took a deep look into myself. I wasn’t living “bad”, I basically had a plethora of socially acceptable sin. I definitely was not living a life that was sold out for Jesus. Most of my aspirations were self serving. I’m glad I learned those aspirations will not feel the lonely void that your life becomes when you don’t cherish your relationship with the Almighty Father.

I accepted Jesus as my savior at a fairly young age, and I lived a sold out christian life for many years. Like I said in the “no wegwets” blog, life happened and I slowly slipped away. It was a slow fade, and I lost so many divine opportunities. He chased me though! Thank you Jesus for chasing me🙌

You’ll be surprised what God will show you when you ask Him. I asked for a renewed yearning for His word and sure enough … I got it! How clean is your heart? Y’all know how we obsess about what people see. As soon as we know someone is coming over to our home we busy our self and get that house seemingly spotless. We throw some blankets in a closet, shove random pens in the infamous junk drawer. First glance, our home looks great, but if they started opening doors and really looking, our visitors would find evidence of our messy habits.

The same goes for our sin. It’s pretty easy to hide our internal struggles from the world. But y’all, Jesus sees it all. He knows the unforgiveness we carry for that person that wronged us. The anger we feel because our loved one left us.

With this being said, maybe you’re reading this and you’ve never done what I did as child and accepted Jesus in your heart. How do you do this? It’s real easy actually! You pray and ask. You may be alone right now or you may have a three kids pulling at your leg saying.. mama… daddy… Maw maw, paw paw. You may be sitting next to your dying or very sick family member wondering “is this all there is?” No matter where you are, what you’re doing if you don’t know where you going when you leave this life… it’s time to know for sure.

If your empty, aimless, scared and longing for the love that only my God can give you then I want you to get still, go to a quiet place and pray this prayer

“Dear God, I am a sinner. I am nothing, and I need you in my life. Please come and fill my heart with your Holy Spirit. I believe you sent your son to this earth and He lived a spotless, blameless life so that I can do what I’m doing right now! He was an innocent man and he was beaten and hung on a cross. He died and then three days later, He rose again! You have already forgiven me and now God I accept that forgiveness and I want to live the rest of my life with your holy presence! Thank you for you son and the sacrifice given for me. Help me live my life to honor you. Amen”

Phew! I’m emotional 😭 just typing this because I’m reminded of when I made this same decision. I was so lonely and desperate for love.

Now what?!! If you spoke this prayer please, please reach out to me or someone in a local church. If you have no idea where to start then message me, I will do everything I can to help connect you so that you can make the next move and make a public profession of faith!

Maybe you’ve been a Christian a long time and you’re just like I was a few years ago. Worn down from running.


Turn around

Run to the Father. He’s waiting for you.

Examine your life, ask him to point out your sin and get on over to the alter and confess! Clean it up.. don’t hide it in the corners of your heart. Give it up to Him. He’s already forgiven you now it’s time to lay it down.

No Wegwets

Do you remember that old movie The Princess Bride?

The part where buttercup is about to marry Prince Humperdinck always sticks out to me. The clergyman says “Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder…today…wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva, so tweasure your love” (yea that was extremely hard to type 🤣)

If you’re married or even if you are dating we all know those starry eyes we have for that guy. He literally makes our heart skip a beat when we see him. He does no wrong and you would do anything for him. Fast forward to 10 years of marriage, two or three kids, mortgage, car notes, hospital bills, soccer practice, dance… do I need to continue??

I think you get where I am going. We get so caught up in all “the things” that we easily forget to “tweasure” our love. I can’t help but compare this to our relationship with Christ. We accept Jesus into our hearts and we get on fire 🔥! We want to go tell everybody about our savior. The chain breaker that set you free.

Fast forward ten years and maybe hardship hits your house, tragedy, your parents divorced, a close family member passed away or you have medical issues that wear your down daily. I could go on and on. Something along the way caused you to pull away and doubt Gods ability to see you through, so you run. You find solace in worldly things. The song by Casting Crowns comes to mind “it’s a slow fade”.

I myself have been in both these places. In a marriage of almost ten years and I woke one day and thought, I miss my best friend. I ran from God for what seems like a lifetime and bringing a child into this world spun me back to my knees begging for grace and forgiveness. You know what you do when you miss your best friend… you drop everything and go see them. You make time to foster the relationship. The same goes with our relationship with Christ. We have to pray. We have to dive into scripture. We have to foster that relationship.

You may be asking yourself “how on earth do i do it all?” YOU alone can’t, but with Jesus it’s possible! I’m sure you are thinking

Emily…I need more than that.

Well praise the Lord we have the good ol’ trusty bible to guide us!
When I am searching for guidance I always seem to get pulled to Ephesians. Paul does such a great job laying out life lessons. To help you get started on the “How” I want you to read Ephesians 4:17-32

Some highlights for you

Don’t let the sun go down on your anger (isn’t that an old one but good one)

Let everything you say be good and helpful

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander.

verse 32 preaching “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you”.

Ya’ll the instruction is easy, but the execution is TOUGH. It is truly hard to be tenderhearted sometimes, but I promise if you take just one of these instructions and commit to living it out every day it will get easier.

Pick one of the things mentioned in that scripture that you struggle with and for seven days wake up daily and ask for help on perfecting that attribute. For example: if you struggle with using harsh words, ask God to help you be more aware of your language and to reduce the amount of times you speak harshly.

I’ll conclude with this: Jesus must be our answer. When we feel like the world is caving in, call His name. There is power in the name of Jesus and He is with us. If you don’t know what that feels like, please reach out.

If you haven’t seen the Princess bride go ahead and look it up and watch; you won’t “wegwet” it.

Bonds in chaos

Have you had those days where you actually got a little extra sleep, you have five extra minutes to lie in bed and mentally plan the next few hours? And then….. all hell breaks lose. Everything you just planned falls apart within a matter of minutes. I had one of those days this week. I got those few extra minutes and had the day all put together in my head only to have it crumble even faster. In those moments where the volcano was about to erupt I wanted to crawl into a hole and hide. I wanted to have the most epic pity party, stay home and not continue the planned day. In the words of Jennie Allen , I was heading into a full on spiral.
It’s easy to say “why me God, why can’t I catch a break” and that’s what the enemy wants us to do. He wants us to give in and quit. Well buddy, you ain’t getting this Jesus girl! I’m sure you’re wondering where I’m going with this and where I’m heading is the importance of a church family and friendships.
I think it’s important to state that if you want a good friend you have to learn how to be one yourself. The first step to being a great friend is willingness to sacrifice your own time. Next you must be willing to get uncomfortable and most of all you have to be sensitive to the spirit’s calling. What does that mean? It means you have to seek the Holy Spirits guidance when trying to be a friend. When we, as humans, look at a persons current situation we tend to try and fix them in OUR way. Well let me tell you our way is not always best. Why am I babbling on and on about this? Because that is the kind of friend that reached out to me on my day of chaos and you wanna know what she did? She simply sent me a text that said “Emily, don’t spiral” as soon as I read the text I immediately sobbed because I knew that what she was texting me was all God. I must point out that I had not spoken to this person at all that day and I’ve only known her maybe six months. Being a good friend doesn’t mean you have to know each other a long time, spend a lot of money, be a good cook, be crafty, or devote tons of time to a person. You just have to be in tune with the Holy Spirit.
Have you ever had that tug to check on a friend? That my friend, is divine. I’ve witnessed it time and time again!! I’ve been on the receiving and giving end.
In the book of John Jesus tells about the Holy Spirit

“But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:26-27‬ ‭NLT‬‬

How awesome! The spirit is there to remind us of Jesus teachings. We all hold the power of his Word and even more we have the spirit!

I urge you to follow where the spirit leads. When you get the nudge to check on the friend that you haven’t seen in a while… do it. Be bold. Do it in secret. Step out and serve! An important thing to remember is, don’t expect anything in return.

“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I have a challenge for you, pray the prayer I have below and please comment if you do this and how it goes!
A prayer for guidance
Jesus help me be more sensitive to your spirit. I pray you would place someone on my heart that needs to be shown your love. I ask you would make it clear to me who I need to serve and exactly what I need to do.

It’s that easy.. ask 🤗

When God makes you laugh, get ready to move!

How many of you have gotten road rage? You’re driving along, minding your own business, and then BAM car zooms past you, gets in between you and an 18 wheeler, slams on the breaks and cuts you off. Now you are royally annoyed and sometimes that is enough to just straight up ruin your morning.
That happened to me this morning ..except I was the jerk that cut someone off (😆🤦🏻‍♀️I was in a rush). I had been super busy with getting my heathens, cough, I mean joyous gifts from God, ready. My mind was elsewhere. I realized my exit was coming up, and I had to cut off a car. I thought “oh man that person gonna hate me!”
After the whole incident, I got to thinking about how I’ve acted before when someone did that to me, and I was convicted. I was reminded about the story in Genesis about Sara and Abraham. My scenario is not the same at all, but for some weird reason that’s where my mind went.
Gen 18:25-33
Read Genesis chapter 18

The first part that grabs me with this chapter is when the Lord tells Sara she will have a child the next time he sees them. She literally laughs! Have you ever laughed at something that God is telling you? I surely have. It actually happened recently whenever my best friend Amanda texted me and said “Emily, its time to start your blog”. If I only told you that part, one might say “so what’s the big deal?” The funny part is that I had a newborn, my second little girl, Stella. I want to say she was maybe a week old. Can’t forget I also have a sassy, red headed 3 year old too. Amanda went on to tell me that God nudged her to encourage me…oh man, how can you argue that? Now I find it important tell you that Amanda and I are long time friends in Christ. She knows me, she knows my struggles, she knows my goals, and she knows my heart. With that being said, when she told me that…y’all I listened. The REAL newborn fatigue had not set in yet, and I was still running on adrenaline. At first I laughed….like really laughed sent the whole “bahahahahhahaha” via text, and then I said “Ok, I’ll do it.” Now here I am, blogging for readers like you! Now enough about me, let’s go back to Genesis chapter 18.

The Lord calls Sara out for laughing and then its Abrahams turn to question the lord. If you read verses 25-33 you see a long line of Abraham questioning the Lord. If you are a parent, does this conversation sound familiar?
“Mom, I want to watch two more episodes of Paw Patrol”
“Ok baby, you can watch ONE more episode and then we are going to take a bath”
“Mom, I want Cheetos for breakfast”
“No baby, you can’t have Cheetos for breakfast, but you can have some with your lunch”
Its a never ending cycle of bargaining with children and WOW God has the same issue with us! He really isn’t an unreasonable Father. In the end he just knows best. He knew that Sodom and Gomorrah were all completely wicked and there wasn’t even one person worth saving. However, in his infinite wisdom and patience, he went along with Abraham’s line of doubtful questioning.

Are you in a situation where you wanna laugh at what God’s calling you to do?
Maybe you are in a season of unbearable grief and laughter seems like it will never happen again. Sara had become so cynical that she laughed at our Almighty father. She had grown so weary over wanting a child that she had convinced herself it would never happen. She even took matters into her own hands and had Abraham father a child with their servant.
My point? God is sovereign. He knows what is next, and he can see the future that we can not. He is the ultimate father who is looking out for us. He is trying to help guide us down the highway of life. We, like Sara, insist on taking exits that detour us for sometimes long periods of time. We have to look up and get our direction from Him. He knows which exits to take.
No matter what season you are in God will guide your steps and there is a way out. I promise. You may need some help from a friend, Lords knows I sure have. Quit laughing at God, and get up and go change the world!

On ramp

You remember when you were learning how to drive? Everything was a big deal. The car that just zoomed around you because let’s face it .. you were driving slow 🤣, bumper to bumper traffic, the narrow roads that you swear is not big enough for two vehicles and the infamous on ramp to the interstate. All of those things were terrifying to me as new driver, but I studied my drivers Ed book, practiced with a licensed driver and then Oct 4, 2002 I got my license. It may have been the 5th because I’m pretty sure a hurricane was in the gulf and delayed it but I digress. 

My point? Following Jesus can seem that daunting. We don’t say the sinners prayer and then BAM know how to live and how to share the gospel. It takes studying His word and practice. 

Paul tells us in Hebrews 3:14 “For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.”

Once you get into a natural routine it all comes easier just like driving got easier. Before long I was the car zooming around the slow poke drivers Ed car. The same goes with your own personal ministry. Before long you could be leading women, or maybe being asked to decorate the entire church for an event… whatever your calling is… you have to prepare and foster it. Im still over here with my spiritual learners permit. The scared part of me thinks I’ll never be able to master living for Jesus, but the logical part of me knows that with lots of practice and Jesus I will master it. I will be able to lead people to christ just as easily as I learned how to take the interstate on ramp.

Are you stuck? Jesus is the answer. He is the only way to get out of the mire and muck that our lives so easily become. Call on Him and He will guide you.

Back to the womb

John 4:13-14 Jesus says “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life”

Ever feel so tired and drained that it is impossible to see the light? You know, that metaphorical light that everyone talks about? The one that is symbolic of our will to move on? I sure have, and let me tell you having a new born baby gets you to that place a lot. Truthfully though, Ive been in darker times spiritually. In John 3, Jesus explains to Nicodemus about the spiritual birth. It made me chuckle when Nicodemus says in verse 4 “how can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” He was so literal, but the important part of his question is that he was genuinely seeking Jesus and what He was teaching. None of us know what heaven is like, but we do have the ability to feel the Holy Spirit and that my friends is where you get the strength to see the light. Have you seen the light? Do you know the all powerful, wonderful love of Jesus Christ? if you’ve never known it please reach out, and let me tell you about my Jesus. If you’ve know it and you feel as though you’ve “lost that loving feeling” then this blog is for you. My goal here is to encourage women in the fight to live a a balanced christian life, to bring life to those dry bones! I am by no means perfect, but God has called me to do this. I don’t know how that looks and where I will go from here, but I pray that my ramblings will encourage you in your walk with our savior.