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In the Midst of the Madness Podcast Episode

Do you get discouraged with everything going on in the world? How do you not feel like giving up? Tune in to hear what may be a friendly reminder of our purpose in the midst of the madness.

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The Invitation

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In order to be transparent it’s important that we admit struggles. I’ve shared that the past month a part of me wondered what’s the point? I know there is one, but some days I just wonder why do we do what we do? It was a good time to read Ecclesiastes because this question is answered in those scriptures.

I’m human so I struggle. Sometimes I see the hurt and pain and wonder where God is? Which is probably a good time to read Job when this happens, which thankfully was another good reminder this week. In the end, Job (42:3) says, “I spoke to You (God) about things I know nothing about–too great for me to understand.” So, while that’s not always the most comforting thing in the moment, it can be comforting because it’s a reminder. There are things too great for us to understand. God’s ways are too great for us to comprehend.

I’m reading a book, and as an aside he mentions someone who was about to give up on their faith. They went to Rwanda and saw the devastation of genocide and were about to give up on God. In the moment, they heard the Lord say, this is what happens when people walk away from Me. This is what happens when love and compassion leave a place.

That was what I needed. I needed to remember this truth: When God isn’t invited into a situation, the hurt and pain we see are the results. It’s not for lack of love and concern from God. It’s from God being uninvited to intervene. Today, search your heart, and ask God to reveal any areas that you haven’t given Him an invitation. I truly believe we will start to see some things change when we do this.

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Crown or Cancer Podcast

A worthy wife is a crown for her husband,
    but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones. – Proverbs 12:4

Am I a crown or a cancer to my husband? Crown or cancer to those around me? Am I a healthy thing or an illness?

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Colossians 3:6

So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. – Colossians 3:5 NLT

Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. – Colossians 3:6 NLT

Why these sins in particular? I can’t say I know the answer to this. So I’ll simply share thoughts.

1) It could be that these were very specific struggles for the church in Colossae. Remember, Christianity isn’t something people have grown up with at this time, so there has been a lot of dabbling with other religions and beliefs.

2) Scripture says no sin so clearly affects the body like sexual sin. “Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body (1 Corinthians 6:18 NLT).” So, the importance of God’s anger due to these sins can’t be stressed enough.

3) If greed can lead to idolatry, then it’s leading people away from God. Greed won’t lead people to serve but to be served. It won’t lead to generosity but to stinginess. And if it’s that easy to idolize materials, how much easier will it become to idolize one’s self?

All in all, I’d say any of the above is a start for why these sins can infer God’s anger. Let’s be clear, God hates all sin. Sin places a barrier between us and Him. God does not want a barrier between us, that’s why He sent Jesus. God knows the full effect of sin, and in His love, He wants to save us from its destructive patterns. The question is, do we want to be saved?

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You Are Never Alone – Book Review

Hey! Do you ever feel abandoned or singled out? Feel like no one can understand what you’re facing? I’ve got just the book recommendation for you! Today, I’m discussing one of my favorite authors, Max Lucado. Tune in as I hit the books and dive into one of his more recent books, “You Are Never Alone.”

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Is There Love without Sacrifice?

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John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God loves sacrificially. In fact, I’d venture to say that since God has given us the example of love as a sacrifice, we must ask ourselves, is there love without sacrifice?

Do I really love you if I won’t give up some part of me for you? That doesn’t have to mean death, but it may mean my time. That’s a big one for me. It may mean giving up my pride for you. It may mean my resources. Love is a sacrifice and love sacrifices for the good of others.

I’ve said this in the past, where there is not love, there is no point. I’ve likely expressed this sentiment, where there is no sacrifice or willingness to, is there love?

In this verse lies the greatest example of love. God put all the cards on the table, He held nothing back. He didn’t just make a sacrifice for us, He made the biggest and best sacrifice—His Son. Why? To show us what love really looks like, in its purest, sacrificial, undeniable form.

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Year in Review

I think it’s important to reflect on the past. You can learn from it, and you can celebrate growth because hopefully, there has been some. My 2023 Year in Review is below. Yes, this post is to motivate you to reflect as well, but it’s also a recap for me to remember to celebrate these wins.

1) The D.A.U.G.H.T.E.R.S. Conference finally happened. After much prayer, tears, and several years, it happened. I mean, let’s put it in perspective, I published a whole book two years before the conference actually happened. But IT HAPPENED! It was great.

2) I got to see my husband excited about his LLC for his business (The Creative Krew). He really is a skilled graphic designer, photographer, and videographer. So it’s cool seeing him in his element. I also think making lattes is his talent too, which I’ve witnessed and experienced first hand. 😀

3) We joined a small group for married couples at church. Community is important and healthy support systems breed healthier situations. Also, began several new friendships, which as an adult can be just as difficult to do as a child at times.

4) We officially moved my mom in. It was always a goal to have my parents live with us, and after my dad’s passing, that process was expedited. Yet, we celebrate the ability or opportunity to have a space for her.

5) We celebrate giving. Every year my goal is to give more than the year before. God has really put us on a path to do that because He’s patiently teaching us good stewardship. I love it.

There are several more things, job security, writing goals, etc., but I think it’s safe to stop here. In short, did everything go my way? No. Did everything follow my timeline? Absolutely not. Did heart break happen? Sure did. But, God.

God was and still is faithful. He will continue to allow me to grow for His glory, and it will likely not look like I thought. And as hard as that may be for me, it will continue to be OK.

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Return to Sender

Isaiah 55:11

so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Every time we share the Gospel with someone, we’re making an impact. We may not see the immediate results, but God’s Word is alive and active. His Word always accomplishes what He wants it to. Sharing the Gospel of Jesus always achieves its purpose.

Don’t get discouraged today if you’ve been sharing the Gospel with someone and haven’t seen a change. God’s Word will do what it does, in God’s way, and in God’s timing. It will not return empty, so keep sharing Jesus.

God’s Word will not return void. The thing is, we have to be willing to send it out. How can you share the Gospel today? What can sharing the Gospel look like in your every day life?

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Micah 7:18

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. – Micah 7:18 NIV

Aren’t you glad God doesn’t stay angry forever? How blessed are we that He delights in showing unfailing mercy? Who are we that we should deserve God’s mercy and love? That He should be faithful to us? Really think about that. If someone isn’t faithful to us, we use it as a license to revoke our faithfulness to them. Yet, God does the complete opposite.

To know that God chooses mercy and love over the anger and wrath that we truly deserve is nothing short of a blessing. To know that at no point does He cease to love us is amazing.

God could so easily and justifiably pour out His anger and wrath on us, but He doesn’t. Take a moment today to thank God, not just forgiveness, but for his unfailing love and mercy.

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Wonderful Blessings

One day Moses said to his brother-in-law, Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, “We are on our way to the place the Lord promised us, for he said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and we will treat you well, for the Lord has promised wonderful blessings for Israel!”

Numbers 10:29 NLT

Hallelujah. The Lord has promised wonderful blessings for Israel. Another translation says the Lord has promised good things. I understand that this was for Israel, in a certain situation, in a certain time period in history, but wow.

God does not change. His faithfulness endures forever. So if God loved Israel enough to promise them wonderful things, might He have promised us wonderful things? Read the Bible and understand what Israel was like. It’s not like Israel was faithful to God like he was to them, and before we get on our high horse, let’s remember we’re not that faithful either.

However, in knowing that, we can raise a hallelujah! Because God does not change, and He was faithful to Israel even when they weren’t to Him, we can trust He will be faithful even to us.

Thank You God, because You don’t change. I believe that if You could promise wonderful things to Israel that they could stand on, You can do the same for me. And I believe that it all started from the beginning. You had a perfect plan in place because You knew we could not live it out apart from You. So from the beginning You planned a wonderful thing in Jesus Christ and everyday I get to be a recipient of it. Thank You Father God.

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