• Faith & Life,  One Word,  unexpected blessings

    2018 Reflection: Transformation

    How have I been transformed in 2018? It’s been a journey, but one that I can now reflect back on as having purpose and meaning for my year. God’s Word transformed me as I listened to the whole Bible in a year. Many books, chapters and verses had an impact on me, but bigger than that was the consistency of being in the Bible everyday. God is faithful in His presence and what He reveals when we are reading the God-breathed Scripture. A series of tragic events caused me to realize that I needed to write on the important topic of mental health, and more so, our personal journey with…

  • blog update,  unexpected blessings

    #66in52Complete

    I was challenged as 2018 approached, to read the Bible in a year. It’s a plan I had never pursued and felt like it was a good time. Reading has become a bit of a chore for me, as much as I don’t want to admit that, so I was thinking of alternate ways to try it.  Podcasts and audio books have become a popular way to digest more info, and one I have enjoyed over the last several years. The Bible is accessible this way too, and I have a commute to work that is long enough to listen to a few chapters a day.  The friend who challenged…

  • 30 Days of Thanks

    Be Kind

    It’s the first day of November! It is my birthday month, but I still think this would be one of my favorite months even if I didn’t happen to be born the day before Thanksgiving a few decades ago. After Halloween (or even before), many people jump immediately to decorating and listening to music for the Christmas season. But I think there is purpose in the season of celebrating the many blessings of this earthly life. I like the pause, to breathe and be thankful before the holiday season begins. As an adult, gifts aren’t really the focus of birthday celebrations for me. The reality of adulthood is we can…

  • 31 Days

    31 Days

    Hi all! I realized I forgot to mention in this space that I am doing the 31 Day challenge on another blog with my spouse! Check it out here: http://mrandmrsphoenix.com/

  • Inspired,  unexpected blessings

    66in52 Bible Challenge: Halfway through the Bible

    The 66in52 Bible challenge that I began in January has been a welcome and needed opportunity for my devotional life. I look forward to my drive time to listen to each reading. And while I haven’t always heard the words, I know that the act of listening is still important. And sometimes I find myself grabbing my Bible after I’ve listened to something and looking at it again. Sometimes I sit in church and my mind wanders off while the Scripture is being read. The same thing happens in the car, but the great thing about audio technology is that I can listen again and again until I hear it…

  • Faith & Life,  unexpected blessings

    Lean On Me

    Last week I was on a wonderful vacation. Northern Michigan in the summer is the absolute best place to be. My phone switched between time zones because we were staying just feet from Lake Michigan. It had been a crazy couple of weeks prior to the trip with purchasing a home and moving in. Our progress was slow and the break was welcome. On Wednesday we left camp to explore the area and we were able to meet up with friends we had not seen in over a year. I briefly checked social media and put my phone down. On Friday I went berry picking with some friends. As we…

  • Faith & Life,  unexpected blessings

    Story of Origin

    I share a couple of caveats as I post this: I realize that this crisis at our border has been going on for quite some time. While recent events have heightened concerns, there are issues that need to be resolved. I didn’t just start caring about it because the media brought it to my attention. It’s challenging to keep everything on our radar and using our voices when it comes up is better than not using them at all.  I do my best to be educated and speak up at the right time. *************** Each of us has a story of origin. We have a birth story that our mom…

  • blog update,  One Word,  unexpected blessings

    “Be Transformed…” an update

    When I first wrote about my focus for 2018, I wasn’t ready for it. But that is why God provided the opportunity for me to “Be Transformed…” As a creature of habit, personal change is pretty difficult for me, so I love how God tailored the opportunity to grow in this way for me this year. My Focus for 2018 As we approach the halfway point of this year, I want to share with all of you an update. How is 2018 going for me? What have I learned so far? What am I looking forward to? How am I still struggling and what steps am I taking to work…

  • Faith & Life,  unexpected blessings

    When We Pray…

    Last week, I began earnestly praying for a situation that has caused me great anxiety over the last several months. Every time it came to the forefront of my mind, I had pushed it away. I didn’t want to deal with it. I wholeheartedly believe the Holy Spirit has interceded and lifted up my requests to God in the midst of stubbornness to address them. But I also know that me being able to speak the words is important to my dependence on God and healing. This song came on the radio on Sunday and I heard it differently than I had before. There is so much power in prayer, …

  • Faith & Life,  unexpected blessings

    “Death is all around us…”

    This past week, I have been thinking about death. Three unrelated deaths occurred in different spheres of my life. None of them were people I was very close with, one I hadn’t even met, but they still have had an impact on my perspective. As we enter Holy Week in the Christian church, we approach the death of our Savior. It’s a week that begins and ends with celebrations, but in between there are moments of great sorrow. We can look at our lives in a similar way. Our birth and time on earth is a celebration, and our heavenly homecoming is something to rejoice. But the hardships and challenges…