The Cost of the Cross

The safest place to be is the center of God’s will for your life. Ever heard that line before? Sounds nice, and pretty. And when you are in a place when you wonder if following Jesus is even worth it, those words can even be comforting. But the center of God’s will the safest? Is it worth it? Really worth it? God, I want Jesus more than comfort. Oops, dangerous prayer alert. That was something I prayed a couple weeks ago during worship at church right after someone I have known for about 15 years tearfully shared with me how they are coming to know Jesus. Is it worth it? God, I want Jesus more than comfort. I was completely serious when I prayed it too. But let me tell you, the journey that I have…

The Gift Of Sorrow And Gratitude

Well I thought that I was done with the posts about Hurricane but a few a couple of comments and questions have come up that deserve to be written about. I came across this verse this morning that I wanted to share with you. You may not like what it says, but I am praying that you come to love this truth as I have come to. “Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.” Ecclesiastes 7:3 If you could go back and do it all again, would you still choose to go to Puerto Rico? That question was asked to me a couple days ago, and a question that I answered in a heartbeat. But I will get back to that in a bit. It was a trip…

Where I Left My Heart

Happy Saturday friends! Today I post my final blog about Hurricane Maria. What a journey it has been, but we have never been more sure of God’s faihtfulness and love. I pray that God has used this to help encourage you in your life. If you missed the first 4 posts here they are: Hello, Hurricane In The Middle Of The Storm After The Storm And On The Third Day And so begins the most uncertain time of our stay in Puerto Rico, tearful goodbyes, and the truth of His undeservered grace and love. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided. Exodus 14:21 I bet when Moses…

And On The Third Day

Hi again friends! Here is my 4th post during the hurricane in Puerto Rico. If you are here for the first time, here are the first 3 posts: Hello, Hurricane In The Middle Of The Storm After The Storm Written the morning of September 23, 2017 And on the third day the sun came out. The sun! It is a beautiful thing. One thing that has been on my mind is that my aunt and uncles house had barely any damage compared to the houses around us. For that I am thankful, but it brings a question and a hard truth. Why did our house have barely any damage and theirs did? How can we claim God’s protection, when their houses have so much damage? I don’t really have an answer, but these two…

After The Storm

Hi Friends, thanks for visiting again. I am in the middle of my posts I wrote while on vacation in Puerto Rico last week when Hurricane Maria hit. If you have not read the first two, here are the links: Hello, Hurricane In The Middle Of The Storm Written September 21st, 2017 Well, the storm is over, but it is still raining. We were finally able to open the doors this morning to see the damage. I will say that comparatively speaking the house did good. The windows upstairs didn’t break as we had thought. We have no clue what we were actually hearing crash and shatter, and that is okay! There are bushes in the pool, trees down, and we now have a view of the ocean that we didn’t have on Tuesday.…

In The Middle Of The Storm

Written September 20th, 2017 Charlie and I were walking on the beach a couple months ago and we came across a dead horseshoe crab. I wanted to keep on walking but Charlie wanted to go look at it. Is he dead mommy? Yes, I respond. Why? Because he doesn’t have water. Is he with Jesus? Yes, Charlie, he is. How beautiful is the faith of a child? I am not sure what you believe, but I am about to share about our belief in Jesus and how it is helping us in the middle of a storm called Hurricane Maria. I hope you will read this with an open heart and open mind even if you don’t have the same belief as us. We have been planning this vacation for a few months. It…