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 towards the tendencies … [continue]

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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Unity in Devotion to Christ

Losing My Religion, Finding My Savior has changed my understanding of unity in the Body of Christ. Unity is found in devotion to Christ.  It is not achieved by maintaining the status – quo and allowing brothers and sisters in Christ to live in ways that oppose the Gospel. Unity in devotion to Christ, his […]

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