Have you ever tried reading something but everything was blurry? Then you put on your glasses and voila - the words become crystal clear! Or how about looking through a camera that has a manual focus lens? Until you adjust the lens, everything is fuzzy and out of focus. Lately I have let some struggles blur my vision which has led to me being inconsistent in my spiritual walk.
Jesus sees us. Jesus sees us when we are floundering. He sees us when we are faithfully in His Word and praying on a regular basis. He sees us when we are struggling to just make it through the day.
This week I began the She Reads Truth Advent Bible reading plan & study. This year the title of the Advent study is Jesus is Born and focuses on specific reasons as to why Jesus Christ was born. Each day I am share a key verse and takeaway form the day's reading and devotion on … Continue reading Advent 2020 – Week 1 Recap
The other morning I was sitting at my desk when I looked up and had a front row sit to one of the cutest scenes taking place right in my backyard. I began watching three squirrels chase each other across the yard, up and down trees and even playing on the grandkids swing set. I … Continue reading Birds, Flowers & Squirrels….
If you haven't read Part 1 yet, you can find it here.... https://rootedinchrist317.com/2020/10/09/sharing-the-gospel/ Once we grasp who Jesus is, then I believe our next step in being prepared to share the Gospel and make disciples is to understand we are equipped to do so. Let’s look at Acts 1:6-9: “So when they had come together, … Continue reading Sharing the Gospel & Making Disciples…Part 2
If we are willing to share with the world all about our family and friends, why do we become mute when it comes to sharing the Gospel and making disciples?
Testimonial Tuesday I had the honor of sharing the story of Jesus in my life at church this past week. The quick version is I am nothing without Jesus!!!!! Click on the link below to see the video. #testimonialtuesday #godisgood #HIStory #allbecauseofjesus #christianblogger #compel #faithblogger #shewritestruth #shesharestruth #shereadstruth #womenintheword http://www.facebook.com/1184391999/posts/10223740514639234/
It’s been 21 years today but I still remember. I still remember that day like it had happened this morning. I still remember holding my son’s little hand as they placed the needle in his swollen lymph node - not once but twice. I still remember going back out to the lobby to wait for … Continue reading I Still Remember…
Several years ago we took our youth group to Bryson City, NC for summer camp. We had some amazing times up there and I have memories from those trips that will last a lifetime. The first year we went up there, the camp owner (Bill) took us on two different adventures to teach an important … Continue reading Light of the World
Anyone else experiencing some hard times right now? Anyone else had one of those days where you thought, “if one more thing happens I’m going to lose it” then all of a sudden, one more thing has happened? On top of all the ‘regular’ struggles - finances, broken relationships, health crisis, raising children (no matter … Continue reading Consider It A Great Joy
Are you overwhelmed? Feeling like you just can’t take anymore? Are you hanging on for dear life to a rope that is raveled and frayed? As a follower of Christ, we do not have to barely hang on, we can hold fast to Him. Do you ever feel like you are just barely hanging on? … Continue reading Barely Hanging On or Holding Fast?
Jesus is Enough! In these times of uncertainty when we feel like we have lost all control we must ask ourselves is Jesus enough? Over the past few days I have felt overwhelmed, frustrated, anxious, and if I’m honest, even angry. Then this morning we were participating in church online and the Holy Spirit spoke … Continue reading Jesus Is Enough
As I was scrolling through Facebook this morning and looking at memories I came across one from 10 years ago of a blog post I had written. When I clicked on it, I realized it was my very first attempt at writing a 'real' devotional post. Then as I was looking through the blog posts … Continue reading Still Called
I pray this encourages you during these hard and weird times we are all living in right now. I know that I am struggling daily, but when I intentionally spend time with my Lord and draw near to Him, it brings me peace! https://youtu.be/FCob1TVAiOw
Hi friends! I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. What a strange time we are living in. It's hard to believe tomorrow is the first day of May. On one hand it feels like the last 6 weeks have crawled by, but then on the other, how can we already be 1/3 … Continue reading Rest is Not Easy or Is It?
I posted this video on my Facebook page on Thursday. I am praying it is an encouragement to you. John 16: 16-21 16 “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to … Continue reading Sorrow into Joy
Am I the only one who can relate to the following scenario? It’s been a long week but you have planned for a gathering in your home on Saturday. It’s now Friday evening and you still need to go to the store to get all the food for the meal as well as get home … Continue reading Good Fruit and A Clean Temple
A word of encouragement during these unknown days....
Life brings many different journeys. Some are fun and easy while others are difficult, overwhelming and painful! The latter is what we refer to as trials. Because we live in a fallen world and we are sinful people, we are going to face trials. I have often heard people say we are all either coming … Continue reading In the Middle
I lam loving the sermon series our pastor is doing right now. Our theme for this year is "We Serve a BIG GOD" and we have been studying from the book of Revelations. Today Pastor Jason's message was about the church of Philadelphia (Rev. 3: 7 -13). This church received praise from God for their … Continue reading Walking Through the Right Door
WOW! What a beautiful message and reminder of how God always answers our prayers and we owe everything to Him. Lois Evans, the founder of Pastors’ Wives Ministry and wife of famed pastor and author Tony Evans, died on Dec. 30, 2019. She is also the mother of Priscilla Shirer, one of my favorite Bible … Continue reading Victory Belongs to Jesus
Have you ever been on vacation and spot someone you think you know? It takes you a few seconds then you realize you definitely know this person. This past week my husband and I have been on vacation in the mountains. One of our boys and his family were also on vacation in the same … Continue reading Waiting and Watching
Have you ever read something for the hundredth time and all of a sudden it had all new meaning to you? Well that is exactly what happened to me last week as I was reading through Matthew 1. I was reading where the angel was having a conversation with Joseph - telling him to not … Continue reading Immanuel: God With Us
‘Today is proving ground of what I believe and whom I worship.” - Tish Harrison Warren (Liturgy of the Ordinary) When Jesus died for His people - for me - He knew each and every one of us by name. Christ didn’t offer redemption for a life that we dream of or the perfect life … Continue reading What Is So Special About Today?
The holidays are here. For many of us we look forward to this time of year with much excitement. But for many these days come with dread and anxiousness. And for others, it comes with both - excitement and dread. Holidays are a time for family and friends to gather and with that brings empty … Continue reading Weeping and Laughter
A seal is used to properly signify the uniqueness of a document as well as to identify the owner of property in order to give it protection from being stolen. A seal is also used in government as the official emblem of that governmental entity. In Ephesians, we read that when we believe the Gospel … Continue reading I am Sealed
Note: I know this is going to be a touchy subject for some of you because there will probably be someone who reads this who has no idea what having a good relationship with a father is like. I can only imagine what a deep hurt that must be. But I promise you, if you … Continue reading Daddy’s Girl
Twenty years ago on September 21, 1999, I heard words no parent is ever prepared to hear - 'your son has cancer. We will call you this afternoon with the exact type and our next steps.' There are many details to this story but the details are not what is important. What I want to … Continue reading Seeing God’s Faithfulness Firsthand
I have always loved the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. It is probably the first Bible story I remember learning because I wanted to tell it to everyone. However, if you know my testimony, then you know this was just a cool story for me to tell - it had no meaning to me. … Continue reading Freely Walking in the Fire
Have you ever been so excited or amazed about something that you couldn’t wait to share all about it with someone else? Maybe it’s a great vacation or an adventure with your best friends. Perhaps it’s a date night or a win for your favorite sports team. How about the joys of parenthood or even … Continue reading You Can’t Keep Me Quiet
Have you ever been lost in a wilderness? Or stranded in a desert with nothing to drink? I can't say that I have ever been in those situations but simply thinking about either one of them causes some panic to rise in me. But what about a life circumstance where you felt you had no … Continue reading He Will Provide a Way
Several years ago I had a blog that I used for posting about my love of scrapbooking, my family and my faith. However, over the last 3 or 4 years I haven't really done anything with it since I only scrapbook about once or twice a year now. During that same time, I began feeling … Continue reading Being Obedient