BELIEVE!

I said in my last post that my “theme” for the year would be God’s Promises, that I would take this year to study and learn all I can about God’s promises that I can stand on today. As I began my study I recognized a word emerging from this: BELIEVE. For me, God is…

My Focus for 2013

God began to prepare my heart for this year’s “focus word” a few months ago. He planted in me a thirst to truly understand his promises in his word. I confess that I am certain that in my 30+ years as a believer in Christ, I have taken some of the bible verses relative to…

Can the Heart be Disciplined?

Emily Dickinson once wrote, When the Best is gone, I know that other things are not of consequence, The Heart wants what it wants, or else it does not care… I’ve toiled and fretted much this year over my lack of discipline; yet, after six months of striving, discipline remains just beyond my reach. This…

Conversations with Grace

O to Grace how great a debtor, daily I’m constrained to be! Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee. I love the hymn Come Thy Fount of Every Blessing. Each line of every verse is so perfectly scripted to speak to my heart in specific seasons.  Tonight I was overcome…

Sleepless

I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. Psalm 16:7 I started writing this post at 2 am in my mind. Now its 4 am and I’m still awake trying to get the words out of my head. Its been one of those nights, perhaps you’ve been there…

The Best Way I’ve Found to Memorize Scripture

As I alluded to in my previous blog on discipline, I feel led to start my quest for inner transformation with memorizing scriptures.  Last week I took some time to find some verses having to do with discipline and wrote them on index cards to use as “flash cards” to aid in my memorization.  I…

Experienced Not Required

Before I had my own baby, I didn’t have any experience with babies.  I am an only child and I never really baby sat growing up.  One time in high school I baby sat for two kids who were just about 5 years younger than me… we played Super Mario Bros while their parents went…

Secrets Pondered and Treasured

A year ago today, I found out I was pregnant. But before I took my pregnancy test(s), I already knew I was pregnant.  I had been tracking my basal body temperature each morning and, when I saw my temp was 94, I knew. Still, I waited until Brian left the house and then took a…

The Semantics of Discipline

When I think of discipline I think of punishment.  Discipline is a consequence of bad decisions, mistakes, behaviors that are wrong. Discipline means loss of privileges or having something you enjoy withheld from you.  For me, discipline is something to be avoided. However, in my new pursuit of a disciplined lifestyle, I am beginning to…

Fifteen Days and …

Nothing.  My “one word” for 2012 is discipline and so far the only thing disciplined in my life is not being disciplined.  Seems like there is “always something” that prevents my efforts to become a disciplined person. In the last 15 days the things blocking my pursuit of discipline were unexpected social outings and a…