How many of y'all have seen the video on Facebook by Christian comedian John Crist where he says "Check your heart" in response to everything? It cracked me up because I do hear Christians say it quite often, usually in a joking way. But after my Bible reading yesterday, I think I--and all of us--need … Continue reading “Check your heart!”
FIRST RECIPE POST! I am so excited to share this with you. I love quick and simple recipes that end up delicious and filling--and these fit the bill. Yesterday I spent no less than twenty minutes looking for a recipe in which I could use some of my super ripe bananas--and another fifteen minutes looking … Continue reading Recipe: Banana Energy Bites
(not my photo, no copyright infringement is intended) fem·i·nism 1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 2: organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests (merriam-webster.com) After typing the previous definitions, my goal was to have the millennials’ definition of feminism; but the several websites I’ve … Continue reading True Feminism
I feel the need to clarify something. First of all, I appreciate the response to my last blog post. I really do. It means so much that people comment on my post, like it, share it or excerpts from it, and message me about it. It is overwhelming and humbling, and I love y'all. … Continue reading stop looking for “the one.”
[photo by Ashley Crutcher Photography] It was a sticky day in July. Campers would be arriving in just a few short hours and there was a lot to do before then. As we sat at brunch, I could tell he was nervous. "What's wrong?" I asked after we prayed over our rice bowls. "I … Continue reading How to know you’ve found “the one”
At the beginning of 2018, my husband and I started a Bible reading plan to read the entire Bible in one year. I've never actually read the entire thing start to finish, and I have absolutely loved it! This particular plan has us read two chapter in the Old Testament, one chapter from the Poetry … Continue reading Did you take away the high places?
"And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and … Continue reading Being Told “No.”
Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Galatians 5:13 Law. Grace. Legalism. Liberalism. Churches today seem to enjoy being on one side of the spectrum or the other. Either they have a list of rules as long as the … Continue reading Discernment for the Believer
About a week and a half ago, my life got turned upside-down. More accurately, my brother's life did. But that in turn affected me. Ricky had a massive aneurysm in his brain. He also had a stroke which left part of his brain very damaged. Last Sunday, I thought we were going to lose him. … Continue reading sovereign over us
This isn't a fun blog post. My heart has actually been hurting for over a week as I was unwillingly, unknowingly prepared to write this post. When I say my heart is hurting, I don't mean I saw a cute picture of a puppy. I don't mean I read about orphans in China. I don't … Continue reading reach out
I've been learning recently that even if I want something, it doesn't necessarily mean it's what God wants. It is so easy to wish for different opportunities and miss the ones God has already given me. I'm really good at explaining it away too: explaining why I/we would be so good at whatever it is … Continue reading when you’re not supposed to build the temple
"What is it worth?" This is a discussion my husband and I have had several times over the past few weeks. What is the Gospel worth? What are we willing to do to reach people for Christ? We both love ministry. Collectively, my husband and I have been on missions trips, worked at camps, and … Continue reading How Many Loaves Do You Have?
What a year it has been. Definitely one of the craziest years of my life, I have to say. I hardly know where to begin. God has been so good. He has proven Himself faithful over and over, even though I fail in my faithfulness to Him. This time last year, marriage seemed very far … Continue reading two-thousand seventeen in retrospect
Christmas is without a doubt my favorite time of the year. I was already listening to Christmas music and making gift-lists the second week of November; but as soon as Thanksgiving was over *BAM* full Christmas mode! I am all about the festive lights, Christmas music everywhere you go, tacky sweaters, and finding the perfect … Continue reading good tidings of great joy.
It's November! Finally! Already? This year has flown by, but I have to admit I am very excited to get revved up for Thanksgiving, the Christmas season, and all that 2018 holds! Many of my "friends" on social media have already posted many things about thankfulness and the coming of a new month. I … Continue reading in whatsoever state I am
"And [Moses] said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. And … Continue reading Have You Gathered Enough Manna?
I've been in a rut. It's been three months since I was inspired to blog. I mean, I've had ideas and jotted down topics--I even finished one and posted it! But it ended up being deleted because no matter how many times I read over it and opened it to edit, the post just wouldn't … Continue reading When your creativity has dried up.
Welcome to Havre de Grace! Our little town on the water with hidden shops and delicious food and . . . no decent blog from a resident about what there actually is to do around here. This is a list of the top five things to do in Havre de Grace, not … Continue reading Top 5 Things to Do in Havre de Grace
Well, it's that time of year again. Summer time. June is here, and camps all over the country are getting pumped up for the craziest three months of the year. And I'm not. For the first summer ever, I'm not going on any wild/summer-long adventure. How crazy is that? Summers 2011-2013 I was at Sandy … Continue reading what I learned from camp:
Ahhhhhh being in love. It's a beautiful, precious, wonderful thing, isn't it? Joshua and I were engaged for fourteen months, and it was a blast telling people about the plans and making all the plans themselves. And now we've been married for almost two months, and it's lovely telling people about where we went for … Continue reading What Engaged/Newlyweds REALLY Want to Hear
Y'all. Have you tried marriage? It's amazing! Big supporter of marriage right here. The last time I wrote, my heart was aflutter and my head was in ten different places making at least four different lists. There were many unknowns and more worry than I wanted to admit. What if I get sick the … Continue reading so, I’ve been a wife for 3 weeks!
And I have to say, it's a bit intimidating. Partly because I'm marrying a really hot, incredibly godly guy; and partly because I'm finding that most of my expectations from my childhood and even past year are not quite being met. Pinterest has caused more stress than help, to be honest. Random bit of advice: … Continue reading so, I’m going to be a wife in 3 weeks.
One year ago, my heart felt wild with freedom. I was detached from any romantic relations or romantic expectations. I would be heading to North Carolina in May to, in God's timing, fulfill a life-long dream. God had opened several doors of ministry and brought unique people into my life, and I was content. I … Continue reading the Rushing engagement.
"Grandmother Anna, you must stay in today," I sigh for the third time that morning. "You're not well." My mother's grandmother smiles at me, her eyes disappearing behind layers of soft wrinkled skin. "I am as well as I have ever been. The Lord's work will not wait. I must go and pray at the … Continue reading Our Messiah: Part 3
"Marah, quickly. Guests will start arriving as early as tonight. We must be ready." I stumble down the steps carrying an armload of sheets. "Mama, I am moving quickly," I say, muffled by the pile of cloth. "It's not my fault Papa asked me to carry all these at once!" "Watch now," my sister grunts, … Continue reading Our Messiah: Part 2
I joyfully skip down the dirt path as the sun rises. The shepherds already have their sheep on the hillside in the distance. I call a morning "Shalom!" to our neighbor who sits outside washing clothes. "Sara," she says with a smile. "Too much excitement this early in the morning. Are you off to see Mary?" … Continue reading Our Messiah: Part 1
It's just been one of those weeks. Long days at work, sent my sister back to college, got some kind of stomach/cold thing, shattered my phone screen, stressed about Christmas presents, Christmas programs, and Christmas parties . . . Let's just say, I've been a bit of a mess. And to top it all off, I came … Continue reading Our Messiah: A Blog Series
459 days ago, I stepped off a plane. I was home. But was it really home? It didn't feel like it. 459 days. That's how long it's been since I was in Grenada. 459 days ago, at this moment, I had just gotten home from being picked up from the airport and going out to … Continue reading . . . 459 Days Later.
Tomorrow is November! I, for one, am terribly excited about the prospect of the days getting colder and shorter, the Christmas season beginning, and the hustle and bustle of the holidays. (Is it acceptable to listen to Christmas music now?) But let us not forget a very important aspect of this month. And although I … Continue reading November’s call.
"I'm just waitin' on God." "God is really teaching me patience." "Just praising Him in the hallway." "I know He's working behind the scenes/even if I can't see it..." How many times have you heard these common Christian phrases? I say them all the time. I always feel as though I'm waiting for the next … Continue reading Stop Waiting.