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Focus on Not Dying: SJG 2018 Summer Bible Series

To celebrate my 40th year of life, Jason whisked me away to one of our favorite cities, Asheville. In previous trips we had toured the Biltmore and we had explored downtown; this trip was for adventure. The winding Blue Ridge Parkway literally took us straight up Mount Pisgah for over an hour. Each turn took…
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Calloused Knees: Find Him Friday

Every day this week I feel like I have been forgetting something or missing something. It’s driven me crazy. So with a sigh of relief, that I didn’t in fact forget any appointments or leave a kid somewhere, and a shout out to God, I am saying “so long” to this week. I’m so thankful…
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Calloused Knees: Women in the Word

Hannah is the first sister who comes to mind when I think about prayer. I know she is referenced often for women who’s heart’s desire is to be a mother. That was the cry of Hannah’s heart. Hannah is described in 1 Samuel as coming before the Lord in a posture that is bent low,…
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Calloused Knees & Heart: SJG 2018 Summer Bible Study

There’s a difference between conviction and condemnation. Holy Spirit convicts. The enemy condemns. God corrects with a loving heart, chastens His children. The enemy is an accuser of the brethren. I have realized the difference lately while scrolling through Facebook. A friend of mine whom I met at a writing conference posted this picture on…
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Rebellious Rule Follower: Women in the Word

There’s a lot I don’t know about God. I certainly don’t claim to know it all, Lord, I don’t even claim to know a little! But one thing I know for certain is, that God is so freaking cool. I know…deep theology, huh? I know that His love for His children is so intentional. Always…
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My Problem: Women in the Word

I’m going to be honest. I have a very bad habit of making snap judgements. Usually about people and their motives. The phrase, “innocent until proven guilty” in my small mind is usually, “suspicious until proven genuine.” As a librarian, the golden rule is, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But I’m guilty. It’s…
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My Problem with Joanna Gaines: SJG 2018 Summer Bible Series

I rarely watch tv  what I want to watch on tv. We have one television in our house and with six people, that usually means the little people have on their shows. So this means that if I’m watching the tv, I’m settling in for a hour or so of Teen Titans Go!, Alaska State…
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Cat Fight: Find Him Friday

I don’t know how it happens, but every week…here we are. Ready for the weekend. Good grief, how is time going so freaking fast?! It’s dumb. So how are you all? Really…how are you? This week has brought a lot of potentially stressful situations, but I have had a crazy peace about them all. It’s…
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Cat Fight: Women in the Word

Chance encounters.
Divine appointments.
This week’s Woman in the Word experienced a little bit of both.
The woman at the well
What exactly was she seeking?
Clearly she was thirsty.
She was there after all to get a drink from the well.
But what was her heart seeking?
We don’t know her name, but in her life a series of choices gave her a rap sheet of five husbands and a live in boyfriend.
I have the U2 song, “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” rolling through my head.
What was she looking for?
This chance encounter with Jesus gives us a glimpse into the heart of God.
How He is willing to throw out the cultural rules and social conventions of the time to go after that one.
He wasn’t supposed to talk to a woman, He wasn’t supposed to talk to a non-Jew.
But He knew that her heart was seeking a new life.
One that didn’t carry the label of “loose,” or “harlot.”
She came seeking physical water.
What she found was living water.
Jesus didn’t care about her outside; her culture, her family, or her gender.
He was seeking her heart.
She found what she had been looking for through a lifetime of failed relationships.
She would never ever be satisfied if she settled for water.
Her thirst would always come back.
She would never ever be satisfied seeking love from a new man.
Her heart would continue to be broken.
But God…
This divine encounter would forever satisfy her.
But she had to let go of what she had been seeking for so long, so she could find freedom, joy, and true love.
And as soon as she accepted this free gift of living water, she left and shared about this love she found that never ever fails.


 

I’m a book-shelving, former tap dancer, wanna be writer, singer,
and banjo player, mother of 4, wife of 1, follower of Christ,
walking in the shadow of the Proverbs 31 woman
and redeemed by the grace and love of an Almighty God…
just living the dream.