November 22, 1988, was mostly like any other day. Got ready for school. Check. Caught the school bus. Check. Did my classwork. Check. Ate lunch in the cafeteria – probably rectangle pizza. Check. Played on the playground. Check. Caught the school bus. Check. When I arrived home, my mother’s car was gone but my dad’s … Continue reading Renamed
Don’t be so quick to believe what you hear because lies spread quicker than truth. I don’t know about you but I need a change of scenery. I’ve been going around the same mountain for so long that I can’t tell the difference between the truth and a lie. The mountain I’m referring to is … Continue reading Liar Liar
Have you ever felt like a victim of your circumstances? Helpless to ever have a normal life because of something in your past? Perhaps you’ve convinced yourself that whatever may have happened to you is destined to write the chapters of your story still to come? Satan will use whatever tiny seed of negativity he … Continue reading Victim or Victor?
"Don't let them get to you, Heather. I mean it! Listen to me. Don't listen to what they say. They're just jealous of you because you're special." I remember my mother's words desperately trying to console and encourage my seventh grade self. She had said this so many times after I'd come home broken and … Continue reading Beyond the Bullies
But her [Hannah] rival wife [Peninnah] taunted her cruelly, rubbing it in and never letting her forget that God had not given her children. (1 Samuel 1:6) As I opened the front door, he barged through and bounded up the stairs and into my home. Without a second thought, I allowed the perpetrator access into … Continue reading Jerking the rug, booting the perps
Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. (1 Samuel 1:6-7) According to Dictionary.com, the definition of "provoke" is … Continue reading What is your Peninnah?
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Love is patient, love is kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. In a world where you can be anything, be kind. … Continue reading I Am Kind O Lord…
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6 NLT Bill Johnson preached a sermon about how God rewards those who diligently seek him. He spoke from Chapter 11 of Hebrews near … Continue reading Reward
I was listening to a sermon podcast yesterday when something the preacher said gave me pause: if you think about it, you aren’t still struggling with the same things you were ten years ago. His point was that the struggles we face seem so big when we are in them, but with the passing of … Continue reading Ten Year-old Fears
"For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland." - Isaiah 43:19 There’s no better verse that could describe the last year for me. It's amazing what a year can do, isn't it? The … Continue reading Something New