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How We Live Matters

Our lifestyles preach a message. So ask yourself this, if you were on trial for being a Christ follower, would there be enough evidence for the court to convict you if they were using the Bible as their only litmus test? Are you really living a life that points to Christ with your words, deeds, and time? Are you living as one who serves the Lord Jesus OR as one … Read More

The Posture of Bible Study

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 There’s something that has been on my mind heavily lately. Something that has become an, I would say, very serious problem. The problem being people using the Bible, the Word of God, … Read More

A Letter to My Broken Hearted Sister

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 Broken. Broken. Broken. We have all been broken. Born into a devastated world, products of sin. … Read More

I’m Not What I Was

I wish you could have seen me, all those years ago. But then again, for your own sake I pray you didn’t see me back then. I was a wreck and I destroyed everything in my path as I roared through my troubled life, leaving brokenness in my wake. Maybe some of you did know me back then. I know many walked away. Just as I walked away from so … Read More

Why I Stopped Following My Heart

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12 Do you claim to follow Jesus, to like Jesus, to believe in Him? Then beloved… Read. Your. Bible. And pray fervently for God to … Read More

Taming the Tongue

Be wise with your words dear friends. Keep your tongue from evil speech. Be slow to anger. Slow to speak. Let your conversation always be filled with grace. Only speak what is helpful to build up one another. Weigh your words before you speak them. I could go on and on about the truth of the tongue and the power it has in our lives and relationships… One only need … Read More

Rustic Breakfast Quiche Recipe

I’ve been cooking up quiches since I was a young girl. It was one of the first recipes I developed and mastered in my pre-teen days once I was old enough to get my hands on the oven freely. I’ve adapted and experimented over the years with crust variations and flavor combinations, but to this day my breakfast quiches are a family favorite!  Some of my favorite filling combinations include: … Read More

Oh, but God

I admittedly haven’t been as transparent online as I used to be. My blogging and podcasting have dwindled in recent months and social media posting is following close by. If it wasn’t for the few loyal friends sticking around for the ride, I would likely just log off again for a good long while. Truth is, I’ve been fighting a bad fibromyalgia flair this past week which equates to constant … Read More

The Gifts of Gratitude

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.” – Philippians 2:14-16 Life is … Read More

Classic Banana Bread Recipe

Mmmm banana bread. Always a treat at our house when I cook this up. Simple, inexpensive, timeless. • 1 + 1/2 cups all-purpose flour • 1 tsp baking soda • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt • 1 + 1/2 cups mashed extra ripe bananas • 8 TBSP melted butter or coconut oil • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar or coconut sugar • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten • 1 tsp … Read More

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