Granola Bar Devotional–The Pink Butterfly

I was zipping up my five-year old daughter’s pink jacket, and I noticed that the zipper was a cute pink butterfly. “Oh!” I exclaimed. “Your zipper has little butterfly. How sweet!” My daughter sighed and replied, “I know, Mommy. I saw that a long time ago.” And Jesus’ words about the little children hit me square in the nose: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19.14 NVI). I’m realizing that I’m missing a lot of the precious details of my everyday life–the same Continue reading

Christmas Communion!

Based my book Our 6 His 7: Transformed by Sabbath Rest! (which I’m currently seeking publication), I’ve created a printout for a Christmas Communion. So many times we talk about the Bread and the Wine of Christ, but we really don’t understand the fullness of what communion means. Although we won’t know everything this side of eternity, I do believe that God wants us to expand our understanding of Jesus’ broken Body and spilled Blood, so we can further our victory in Christ! Knowing more about why Jesus came to this earth will help us find freedom in the power Continue reading

Internet Cafe — New Creation!

Every year before the holiday rush, I try to be very intentional about maintaining an atmosphere of peace and joy in my life. When I was younger, I used to allow the busy schedule of cultural expectations to actually prevent me from enjoying the most celebrated season of all–Jesus’ birthday! Now, I take the time to ask myself one important question: “Am I experiencing joy?” You see, when the angels went to the shepherds to declare the birth of Jesus, they said specifically that His birth would cause “great joy” to all people! “But the angel said to them, ‘Do Continue reading

Giveaway and Great News

  My debut novel, Eve of Awakening, has now been out for a year! To celebrate, I’m giving away free digital copies of my book for e-readers at Tate Publishing website. If you would like a copy, please comment on this post with your email address and/or your Facebook page. I will send you the website and the code for your free download. I would love for you to add a review of the book to Amazon/Barnes & Noble when you are done reading. It’s a fairly quick read (and might I add–an awesome read!), so Christmas break would be perfect time Continue reading

Jesus in the Details

My husband and I took our family to our friend’s ranch for the first part of our Thanksgiving vacation. Yesterday, as my kids played with the goats, dogs, chickens and other animals, their shoes became muddy. When I saw the mud-cakes shoes, I knew right away that I would be cleaning them that night. My mind sees these small details, and though they seem minuscule to some, I know how important the small details are to the larger picture. As I smacked the shoes together, grassed mixed mud flying every which way, I had to smile. Jesus had already prepared Continue reading

Our 6 His 7: Transformed by Sabbath Rest!

I knew God wanted me to do something by faith, but I didn’t know what. I felt poured out in my writing. I’ve been writing for His pleasure for so many years—countless hours of writing in secret to the Lord. In my dryness, I pleaded for God to give me a little nudge into what He wanted me to do. A few days later my church asked it I would speak to the interns about those moments in your life that propel you into your destiny. I asked God if I could speak, and He gave me the go-ahead. God’s Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Amos 9.13

New Wine “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, And the treader of grapes him who sows seed; The mountains shall drip with sweet wine, And all the hills shall flow with it” (Amos 9.13 NKJV). The writer of Amos prophesies that a New Wine would soon drip from the mountains and flow through all the hills of the earth. This wine represents redemption and salvation from the sins and efforts of humankind. The land will be so full of abundance that the people harvesting will gather the fruit just before a new crop is being Continue reading

Internet Cafe Devotions–Rushing Truth

  Rushing Truth The college years should also be known as the broke years. I waitressed and attended classes full time, and money always seemed to be a scarce commodity in my life. One semester, I took a black and white photography class. Little did I know how much photography equipment cost! I used every dime I had to purchase the materials that I needed. During class, my photography professor announced that she would be holding a workshop for those of us who wanted additional instruction. The cost of the workshop would be $12. I opened my wallet and noticed Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Amos 8.4-5

A Harvest of Choices “Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end, saying, ‘When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale, that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great and deal deceitfully with false balances’” (Amos 8. 4-5 ESV). Amos lived in a society where his own countrymen were prospering at the expense of the poor and destitute. Israel and Judah were amassing wealth and times looked good for them; however, they were Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Amos 4.5

  “‘Present your bread made with yeast as an offering of thanksgiving. Then give your extra voluntary offerings so you can brag about it everywhere! This is the kind of thing you Israelites love to do,’ says the Sovereign Lord” (Amos 4.5 NLT). Seeded in the Flesh God’s Chosen People were continuing with their religious ceremonies that God had called them to long ago; however, their obedience had lost the true nature of repentance and worship. Instead of offering out of pure hearts, their intentions were all wrong. First, they were giving with a hollow hearts, merely as an act of religious norms. Second, they Continue reading