Every Little Detail

Every Little Detail

Two weeks ago, it was 36 degrees outside. Today, we almost set record high reaching 86 degrees. That’s Wisconsin! With the beautiful spring (summer?) weather, I have been using my lunch hour to go for a walk at a park near my work. It’s a great time to take in God’s creation while praying to the Creator.

As I was walking past some woods, taking in some newly fallen trees from winter, I had a thought enter my mind: God is in every little detail.

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A Good Friend

A Good Friend

This Friday, I get to be the emcee for an event called “Out of the Nest” put on by Holy Hen House. The best part about this event is the Christian encouragement mixed with the fellowship of other Christian ladies. It has me thinking this week about the blessing of good friends. 

We all crave friendship. Even more than that, we need godly friendship. The road Jesus has called us to walk in this life as we follow him is not always an easy one. It is an incredible blessing to have friends who walk it with you and spur you on in your faith! Unfortunately, I think a lot of us settle. We have friends who share interests and passions, but do we have Christian sisters or brothers who stand alongside us in this life of following Jesus?

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God of the Impossible

God of the Impossible

In our daily Bible reading we just read 2 Kings 6-7 yesterday and these chapters leave you on the edge of your seat. First, Elisha makes the axe head float. Then, Elisha and his servant find themselves surrounded by the Syrian army and Elisha famously prays for God to open the servant's eyes and he is able to see the horses and chariots of fire outnumbering the Syrians. 

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Clean Your House

Clean Your House

I woke up this morning to an amazingly clean house. Justin and I have five young kids so this is more rare than I’d like admit! But, yesterday was beautiful here in Wisconsin, so while the kids were out playing, I was able to get the house in great shape.

There is something wonderful about waking up to a clean house. I feel like my whole perspective on the day changes. I’m excited to focus on the kids and make them my priority. I’m usually willing to do a project or join them in some adventure or activity they love. On the contrary, when I wake up to a messy house, all I can think about is my checklist of cleaning and trying to get things in order. It’s hard to see the privilege of being with my kids because I struggle to see past the mess.

The same is true for sin in our lives.

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God loves you. God loves you. God loves you!

God loves you. God loves you. God loves you!

I love God and so desperately want to be an obedient child. Yet, day after day I find myself fighting against my sinful nature – pride, selfishness, laziness, impatience, discontentment, and the list goes on.

Stepping out in this more public role for Chosen Gen has really led to this feeling of needing to be perfect. Yet, the end of the day comes and I have to admit that I’ve fallen far short of that goal. It has been an unexpectedand tough thing to handle. God, can you really use an ordinary person to fight for the next generation? You’ve got to be ready to give up on me.

Then, the incredible happens.

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To whom shall we go?

To whom shall we go?

“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:67-69

The words of Peter have been echoing through my head many times the past month. No, I haven’t been thinking of leaving Jesus, but as Katy and I keep taking steps forward with this ministry my sinful flesh rises up with temptations.

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