Q and A on Identity – Part I

Today’s post is a Q and A with two of my friends I love and respect: Brenda Carpenter and Patty Hillman. Both have breathed love, wisdom, and counsel in my life, so I’m thrilled for you to glean from them as well! Since our interview was extensive, I divided it into three posts. Enjoy! Meet

Valuable Ministries I Recommend

It takes a village to raise a child. Throughout my journey, certain people — some have guest posted here– and ministries have impacted my life in different ways. And I’m discovering that we are truly members of a Body of Christ, where we need each other to mature. I’m a staunch believer of investing and

When Beauty Comes From Adversity- Part II

NOTE: This is part II, so here’s the link to Part I if you haven’t read it. Forging can be dangerous. The forger needs to wear goggles, protective clothing, and gloves. For the process requires extreme heat (forging oven heats up to 2000 F) and releases hot sparks. Yet, this adverse process transforms raw steel

Why Beauty Comes from Adversity- Part I

Last week, I interviewed an iron work artist. He works with steel and wood to transform them into artistic and functional pieces. He makes a variety of furniture and decor such as office desks, nested tables, end tables, advent wreaths and candelabras. His art is customized, unique, and exceptional. Seeing his workshop and listening to

You receive 2.4 billion acts of goodness

Every single moment you are thinking of me!     How precious and wonderful to consider     that you cherish me constantly in your every thought!     O God, your desires toward me are more     than the grains of sand on every shore!     When I awake each morning, you’re still with me. I read Psalms 139 at least five

Make Room for Him

What if you kept your spouse from the bedroom? Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? (I’m not talking about when you’re having a contentious fight, but in general.) Yet, have you kept God from the most intimate places of your heart? Why? I don’t know all the reasons, but one is because of misaligned perception of ourselves.

Anticipate Beyond Your Wildest Expectations for 2018

Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. (Ephesians 3:20 TPT) Happy New Year! My word God gave me for

Why I identified with the Prodigal in Heart of Man

“If I go up to heaven, you’re there! If I go down to the realm of the dead, you’re there too!” (Psalms 139:8 TPT) Dark. Trapped. No escape. You’ve done everything you’ve known to do, but you can’t get free. Can’t escape your prison. Bruised body. Scarred face. Bloodied arms. An expression of pain replaces

Discovering Your Mantle: Walking into Destined, Inherent Worth-Part II

NOTE: Today’s post is Part II of Jennifer Owen’s guest post on Mantles. If you haven’t read Part I, please do so first since she laid much ground work on Mantles last week. Thanks Jennifer for sharing your wisdom with us. (She took this touching image:) The gifts of God are often the way the

Discovering Your Mantle: Walking into Destined, Inherent Worth-Part I

SARAH’S NOTE: My friend, Jennifer Owens, wrote today’s guest post. I met Jennifer through a mutual friend and have gleaned from her leadership gift. Over time, four of us (another mutual friend) formed a women’s prayer group called SHINE. Through SHINE, I’ve not only learned much from these ladies, but formed a tight bond as

Be Yourself and Conquer

NOTE: Time went by fast this past November, at least it did for me. I promised we’d have guest posts on the topic of identity, but we didn’t debut any this past month. But, starting next week, a friend will share her guest post for the next two weeks (part I and II). She’s new

Want to Dance With God?

“What do you want?” That’s the question God keeps asking me for months. Not necessarily everyday, but periodically. The first time he asked, I was caught off guard. I wondered if this was a rhetorical question or he wanted to me to proclaim what I want, so he could grant it to me. I told

Stop Hiding from the Light

“It’s impossible to disappear from you, or to ask the darkness to hide me. For your presence is everywhere, bringing light into my night!” Psalms 139:11 Ever feel like you’re living a double life? I have. In public, I acted as if I didn’t have a care in the world, but in private, I felt

God Entered Your Darkness

NOTE: This month, we’re tackling the issue of identity. I’m honored to share guests posts throughout the month (and maybe into December). These ladies have inspired me, and I’m excited for you to hear from them as well. To launch this series, I’m writing today’s post. In my journey of identity, I’ve received revelation on

Take a Survey!

For November, we’re launching a series about Identity. This series is intended to dive into the ocean depths, so I recommend setting time aside to not just read the post but converse with God. My prayer is that you’ll allow God to peel off layers of lies, idols, and veneers that cover up our glorious

You are Pure Gold

  Are you pure? Let’s explore the primary definition of purity from the Merriam Webster dictionary: Purity: Unmixed with any other matter. Example: pure gold 24K gold is considered pure gold. Why? Because all 24 parts are pure gold without traces of any other metals. It’s just gold–no alloys like silver, nickel, or zinc. When God created Adam

Let’s Play!

Here’s an exercise that helps us to “play with God!” If you didn’t read last week’s post about this subject, here’s the link. Step One:  Write down three issues (or more or less) you’re struggling with about your future. Write down three issues (or more or less) you’re grappling with about your past. Step Two:

God Wants to Play

At a spacious, open park, a little boy squeals in peels of laughter as his father, acting like a bear, chases him through the low grass. The toddler’s short, pudgy legs barely keep him upright as he tries to run faster to escape his father. The father, growling a few times as he extends his

I’m Not Abandoned!

I pray with great faith for you, because I’m fully convinced that the One who began this glorious expression of grace in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you through your union with him and will complete it at the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ! (Philippians 1:6 TPT) I’ve struggled with abandonment.

Jesus Is in Vegas

He was despised and rejected — a man of sorrows acquainted with deepest grief. (Isaiah 53:3 NLT) I wept for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and their loved ones, those injured, and those suffering trauma from witnessing the devastating act of terror. It’s difficult to fathom such evil. As I prayed and pondered