Transformation

Lent has always been understood as a season of reflection. I grew up around the Catholic church, and we always had to give up something for Lent: chocolate, soda, etc. The act of giving up something we enjoyed was supposed to help us reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus dying on the cross and what that meant for our salvation. However, Lent can also be a season of Transformation. As Christians, we hear and use this word often when discussing being born again, when the light and spirit of Jesus sweeps into the darkness and lives in us. And while a transformation does take place when we invite Jesus in, that’s not the end. It’s only the beginning. During Holy Week last year, I attended the Good Friday service at Black Rock Church hosted…

Endurance Is The New Patience

 Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 I will always remember being in one of the first small groups that I ever attended and someone asked everyone to pray that she would have patience. Both group leaders immediately were like “No! You should NEVER pray for patience!” Okay, so apparently some Christians think that the word patience is like a curse word. The reason behind that statement is because usually when someone prays for that, their patience…

The Gift Of Sacrifice

I remember this day pretty clearly, my husband’s 25th birthday party. I was there, but I had a blind date that night so I was going to have to leave early. Mike’s mom kept giving me this look, because she believed that we should be dating. In her defense, she saw something that we hadn’t seen at that point. However, before I left I went up to him and said If you don’t want me going, you need to tell me. He said that he wanted me to go, because he wanted me to be happy. Sacrifice. Some may have seen that as weakness, but let me tell you, there is something to be said when someone gives up their desires for the happiness of another. That act of sacrifice really could have been…

When You Know Who You Are

Have you every asked God to have His way? Do you really mean it when you say that, even if His way is in direct conflict to the ways of the world? I had sunglasses on and I prayed that they were dark enough to hide the tears. I was taking Olivia for a walk at the beach when an older gentlemen started asking me questions about her outfit. I had put her in a light pink hooded terry cloth zip up to keep her warm, and the hoody had ears. Like you know, the cute little bear ears. Usually people comment on how cute it is, but his questions floored me. Oh, did you take her to a women’s march? Wait what?!? I was wondering if you took her to a women’s march…

Imagine If

There is a word pretty popular on the internet right now thanks to a highly watched TV show. If you haven’t watched This Is Us this week, don’t read any further. Crock Pot. That is the word. I think my favorite article that I read this week was titled “19 Best Twitter Reactions To This Is Us” (Side note: I didn’t realize people disliked Miguel so much…until George came along that is). My husband was one of the people to post about the Crock Pot on his FaceBook page, and truthfully we did joke that we would never use one again. The word, Crock Pot. The reason, NBC’s plan, for Jack’s death. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning…

When You Are Still In The Storm

Happy Monday! I recently became a contributor to a site called Blogs By Christian Women. My first post for them went up today, follow the link below to read. Have a a wonderful week! “I heard someone say recently that the safest place to be in a hurricane is in the eye. The eye moves with the storm but is strangely calm because the winds that converge towards the center never reach it. The Coriolis force diverts the wind away from the center, causing the eyewall, leaving the center calm. Hurricanes are large, cause a lot of damage, and yet the center is calm.” Read more.