Happily Married: The Power of Obeying Christ

Mike and Jacque have an amazing love story.  It is full of adventure, foolishness, sin and the hard work of forgiveness.  Theirs is a story that should be heard, not because their character is so ideal that we should all aspire to it.  Rather, their story needs to be heard because they chose … [continue]

I rebel: Prayer is an act of Rebellion

We have been taking the Perspectives course, the main text is one I read in my freshman year of college, just over 17 years ago!  I was a missions major, and so much of what I learned in my degree is permanently in my soul. You know how life is though don’t you?  It’s prone […]

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Amazing Sex, A Broken Promise of True Love Waits

“Sex is AMAZING!!”  I don’t know what is more uncomfortable, sitting in wood and metal row chairs in my high school chapel or  hearing a very young youth pastor shout “sex is amazing!” He quickly followed up, explaining that this was second-hand knowledge because he was still a virgin. Regardless, he assured us that if we obeyed […]

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Why I’m Rejecting Christian Inspiration

Christian Inspiration, those pretty pinnable images give me the warm fuzzies. I am sure there are some doctrinally sound ones out there, but I’m rejecting them.  Here is why: Often times, these verses are taken out of context or are loose interpretations what the Scriptures actually say. If you pop over to Pinterest and search for […]

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Grace and Essential Oils: Keep Going When It’s Just Too Hard

Grace and Essential Oils are the reason I’m sitting here, propped up on my mom’s couch. Life is just too hard lately, but I have to keep going. It’s just a few minutes past 10, my son and youngest daughter are sleeping on the futon, and my oldest is keeping my mom awake in another […]

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Sparkly Stefka’s Gift Giving Guide

I have put together a short list of thrifty and thoughtful gifts you can give.  As a mom on a budget, it often seems the budget gets tighter as the cost of living rises. Most gift-giving guides are affiliate ad driven, and this one is too. However, my goal is to provide ideas for those […]

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Write 31 Days, Losing My Mind

Hello, I’m popping in to explain why I am so far behind on this weeks’ posts. My husband recently took a new job, and it’s turned our lives upside down.  I signed up for this challenge before he had the job offer.  I figured, if I could do it last year, with a 6 week […]

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Jesus Plus

Jesus + anything negates his work entirely. When my actions demonstrate I value my works as equal to, or less than,    I undermine his sacrifice.  Losing my religion, finding my savior is almost literal. I’d begin to believe my works of righteousness were a part of my salvation. Prior to hearing these words on the […]

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Do Everything Without Complaining

Regarding Joy

Let us Do everything without complaining is a tall order given by Paul to the church, to me. Let us dive right into to day 9 of Losing My Religion, Finding My Savior.  Again, I was challenged by the series Regarding Joy. Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my […]

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Obedience

Paul lives in obedience, that obedience leads him to prison.  He follows the lead of Jesus who also exemplified obedience, even to death. I struggled with where we were financially, professionally and socially for a very long time.  At times, I still struggle.  God is shaping my heart, and part of that is the realization […]

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