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    The Great I Am.

    I have a confession to make. Before I sit down to write my blog posts, I get nervous. Actually, when I sit down to begin any new writing project, I doubt myself. The thoughts that run on repeat through my mind sound a lot like this: What if I sit down to write, and I don’t have anything to say? What if I run out of words? What if I run out of ideas? What if I put my soul down onto the page, and everyone hates it?! I know these sound a little dramatic, but this is the pattern of thinking I’ve developed before I set out to accomplish…

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    Stories in the Stains.

    “The stories are in the stains.” That was my husband’s profound response as coffee splattered out of my favorite mug, and onto the pages of my Bible that was opened to Psalm 119. Verse 105, Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (NIV), will forever be marked by my clumsiness in the form of a coffee stain, and the deep truth that fell out of the mouth of the man that I love. Stain; let’s all be honest, it’s an ugly word! For me, it brings flashbacks of spaghetti sauce spilled on my favorite white dress and tireless attempts at getting bacon grease…

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    A Message of Hope.

    Remain in Me.  Slow down, Beloved, and walk with Me.  I hear Jesus whispering those words to my weary soul, who likes to run ahead, rather than walk in step with Him who makes me whole. I am tired, Sister. This year, with all of its twists and turns, has left me feeling whiplashed. Maybe you’re in that same boat with me, Sis, or perhaps you’re thriving! Whether you’re in the boat on rocky waves or standing on the shore in celebration, I have a message of hope I want to share with you.  Because even if you are on the shores of joy, there will come a time when…

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    His Beloved.

    ‘His’ Identity Series #6. Sis, it’s time to wave ‘goodbye’ and close the chapter on this series. But before we go, I want to remind you of where we began with all of this talk of identity and operating out of our original designs… my beautiful, blush pink peony bush. The one I’ve watched faithfully reach, grow, and bloom into something extraordinary every year. At the beginning of our series, I spoke about reaching, growing, and blooming. I wrote to you about the risk found in the reaching. How Jesus calls us to risk the comfort we find from hiding behind our walls and masks and asking us to respond…

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    3 Tips on How to Pursue Jesus.

    ‘His’ Identity Series #5. I was reminded today that although I like to make my own plans, it’s ultimately Jesus that directs my steps and opens doors. My only job is to show up and be authentically myself and then watch Him work. Sis, it’s the same exact concept when it comes to cultivating an intimate relationship with God.  That’s what our next topic is in our identity series; how to cultivate an intimate relationship with the Creator so we can actually allow Him to speak into our lives and hand us our identity as His.  You know the drill, Sister, so here we go… So far, we’ve covered: The…

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    How God Speaks to Us.

    ‘His’ Identity Series #4. Welcome to session 4 of ‘His,’ Sis! If you’ve made it this far, I pray that you are beginning to feel confident, safe and secure in who He created you to be; His. In the past few weeks, we’ve discussed a lot! Here are a few of the highlights: The deep need for an intimate relationship with Jesus and His pure heart toward us. The soul weeds, or lies, that we believe, which may be keeping us from an unhindered relationship with Him.  The importance of knowing the sound of His voice.  Sis, stepping into our rightful identity as His, is a continual work in progress…

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    His Voice.

    ‘His’ Identity Series #3.  This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.  But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves…

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    Our Hearts.

    ‘His’ Identity Series #2. Welcome to session two of ‘His’, Sis! I hope you’ve grabbed your favorite caffeinated beverage, your coziest blanket, and are ready to draw closer to the true heart of Jesus and your chosen identity as His alone.  Before we jump into this week’s topic, I want to give you a quick update on my Peony bush. Despite my annoying impatience, she has decided to take her sweet ole time and slowly blossom. There is only the faintest hint of a petal peeling from its bud, but finally showing evidence that blooming has gently begun!  The weeds that I pulled the last time we chatted have not…

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    His Heart.

    ‘His’ Identity Series #1. This might surprise you, but I actually enjoy working in the yard, tending our flowers, and even pulling the weeds. In fact, before I sat down to dive into this week’s topic related to our identity in Him, I wasn’t surfing Amazon, as my bank account might otherwise imply. Rather, I was removing the weeds that had invaded the space of my favorite blush pink Peony bush. There’s something simply satisfying about uprooting patches of green that have begun to take up space and hide the beauty of my Peony bush. And that’s what we’re seeking to do in this series. With Jesus’s graceful guidance, we…

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    His.

    June is my favorite month out of the whole year for two reasons. Reason number one; it’s the month I married my best friend and gave him my whole heart for the rest of my life. Reason number two; It’s Peony season… and yes, my wedding bouquet absolutely mirrored my obsession with this flower! Did you know that Peonies represent good fortune and prosperity in marriage? Sis neither did I!  Until after I got married and posted my wedding photos on Facebook, where someone pointed it out to me… who would’ve thought?! Aside from that random, fun fact, Peonies also symbolize beauty and fragility, and that great reward only comes…