The Heavenly Places

 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace, you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus...Ephesians 2:4-6 ESV Have you ever had a dream about Heaven? …

Pursuing Prayer

Today, I have guest blogger--Penny Cooke. She is an author, Certified Biblical Life Coach, and has been a women’s ministry leader for over 25 years. Her passion is to encourage and equip women with the Word of God and see them empowered by His Spirit through prayer for this battle we call life. I met …

The Offering

If you had lived in the Garden of Eden, what do you think your offering or gift to God would’ve looked like? Would the offering have been the most beautiful flowers from your flower garden, or vegetables from your vegetable garden, or maybe the most perfect animal you raised? Have you ever thought about why …

The Betrothal

After four months of dating, my then, boyfriend, got all our friends together and planned a three-day cruise. There were eight of us total, four guys and four girls — two rooms (one for the guys and one for the girls). Then off we went to the Bahamas. We had a great time together. On …

Wounded

The godly care for their animals....Proverbs 12:10 NLT My German shepherd, Mia, had surgery almost a month ago to remove a growth on her back foot. She injured it a couple of years ago by jumping our fence. She had a nasty wound that we cleaned and sprayed with an antibiotic and thought it had …

Shalom

How blessed are those who make peace! For they will be called sons of God.Matthew 5:9 CJB I am a middle child. I have three older sisters and two younger. My oldest sister, Cindy, is nine years older than me, while my youngest sister, Melanie, is nine years younger. The term most often applied to …

Mercy!

How blessed are those who show mercy! For they will be shown mercy.Matthew 5:7 CJB One of my mom's favorite expressions of surprise is "Mercy!" (Imagine a Southern accent with that) 🙂 My youngest son, Michael loved to imitate her by repeating it when she visited. My mom always got a kick out of it. …

The Gift of Gab

A few years ago, I had some genetic testing done through 23 and Me, a branch of ancestry.com.  In addition to finding out I have a few enzymes missing, I found out I am 87% Irish/English. My great-grandfather came from Ireland to the United States, but I had no idea I had that much Irish in me.  Throughout my …

Breathe

As I was driving home this weekend from my sister's house, I saw a sign on the overpass with the words, "Are you breathing?" Obviously this sign referred to the senseless death of George Floyd. But, as I thought about it, I also realized that Covid-19 took away the breath of many people. As we …

A Sign and Seal

This past weekend was Pentecost or the Feast of Shavuot. It is celebrated fifty days after Passover and the death of Jesus/Yeshua. In the Christian church we think of it as the day the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples waiting in the upper room. But the first Pentecost occurred for a different reason. …

When I Sin

Today's post is a little different for me. It's a poem which comes from a friend, Brita Alaburda, who is very artistic and has a love for words. She loves God, people, poetry, and chocolate cake (: among other things. She is also a fellow Word Weaver. Please let her know what you think of …

The Predator

This is an updated excerpt from my Bible study The Few, the Humble, the Church; A Study on the Book of Ephesians and Spiritual Warfare. I watched my dog, Agape transform into a predator. From my front window, I could see a herd of twelve deer, all does, walking up my long driveway. We have …

Brokenhearted

Two years ago yesterday, we lost our sweet dog, Olivia. It was a very warm winter day. She went out onto our pond (that was frozen the day before) and fell in. We were at a funeral for a family member and no one was there to rescue her. I was heartbroken and inconsolable. I …

Hush

This week's blog post is by suspense writer, Leanna Sain. Her book, Hush, just released and is available on Amazon. Her bio will follow along with a link to purchase her book. It looks so good; I can't wait to get my copy. Please check it out! How well I remember the day. My dad …

Approaching God

I am almost finished writing my Bible study called The Jewels of Hebrews. It is a study covering the New Testament book of Hebrews while helping Christians understand the Hebraic roots of our faith. It's called The Jewels of Hebrews (JOH for short) because each chapter is named after a gemstone such as a sapphire, …