He is Faithful

It’s hard to believe there is anything consistent in this crazy world. Even right now as I write, the second hurricane in the past few weeks is ransacking the United States and people are losing everything. With things in such upheaval, how can we know or continue to hold on to our faith believing Jesus is faithful? These thoughts take …

Hope Conference Devotional

Women throughout our region and across the country are preparing their hearts and minds for what God will do through the Connecting Women conferences—Hope—hosted by Connecting Ministries. The Hope conferences will be held in two different locations: Owensboro, KY will feature speakers Rebekah Lyons, Katherine Wolf, Annie Downs, and Julie Dunn on October 20 & 21, 2017 and Birmingham, AL …

God’s Unanticipated Faithfulness

For years I almost missed the faithfulness of God because I expected it to look a certain way. I wanted a swift answer to my every prayer, and always in the affirmative. Make the baby stop crying, Lord. Pleeeease, I am begging You for sleep. Make my husband understand me. Make my kids love one another. Make my life fruitful …

Great is Your Faithfulness

Faithfulness is one of those Christian words we’ve seen on late night reruns one too many times. Always present but not truly absorbed. “I found a nickel, I found a Cheetos.” Anybody remember that episode of Full House? In human terms, we have little on earth that even remotely brings a complimentary comparison to the unwavering faithfulness of God. The …

Is God Truly Faithful

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. —Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV) Have you ever found yourself in the center of a storm with chaos swirling all around? Your mind wondering, “Where is God?” When life is rolling along smoothly, it’s easy to believe phrases like—God has a plan—God uses everything for …

Content in the “Whatever”

Hope for contentment right where you are “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well …

Suffering Well

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters (waters of rest). He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness (in right paths) for His name’s sake.” —Psalm 23:1-3 At one of my previous jobs, my boss (who might be reading this and …

What Should We Do When We Suffer?

Everyone suffers. Everyone. And while it is true that no one person suffers the same as another, humans will suffer nonetheless. The moment Eve took a bite of the forbidden fruit, we were guaranteed a lifetime of suffering while on this earth. There are many ways to undergo this. Sometimes suffering is brought on by no one other than ourselves. …

Cancer, Loss, and Suffering Well

In 2009, we learned that my mother had stage four breast cancer. After almost three years of treatments, and just before my son’s second birthday, she lost her battle on February 23, 2012. On December 15, 2014, a very kind doctor told me that I also had breast cancer. The good news was that my cancer was caught early. Although …

Hope vs. Despair

I sank to the floor sobbing. I was exhausted and utterly heartbroken. In the middle of an extremely difficult season of life, I found out I was pregnant, only to find out something wasn’t quite right. I had known since my four week appointment that my numbers weren’t adding up, but it wasn’t until I was almost 10 weeks pregnant, …