Getting Focused

Getting Focused: Recognizing the real enemy attacking your home via @CourtneyKirklnd

If I were your enemy, I'd disguise myself and manipulate your perspectives so that you'd be focused on the wrong culprit-your husband, your friend, your hurt, your finances, anything or anyone except me... (via "Fervent" pg. 39) I've never paid any attention to Spiritual Warfare. The idea that the devil is out to get me...that his demons are at work all around me...that I'm being targeted at any given time, for any given reason...is a bit scary to think about and focus on. So, for the most ... read more

Casting Stones: A Christian Woman’s Perspective on the Ashley Madison Scandal

Teamwork balance concept. Balance stone on river coast

I said I wasn't going to do it. I promised myself that I wouldn't get caught up in it. I'd ignore it. Fight the temptation to join in. Think twice before doing something that I may regret down the road. I really had good intentions of just walking away. But that's me, see? I'm the Queen of good intentions. Always have been. But then I caved. And I did it anyway. And here I am. And there you are. And sitting between us is the Elephant in the room that people are either A) pointing at, laughing ... read more

Fervent // Week One

Fervent Study Week One

Can I be bold for a minute? I was terrified of this book. I mean like, really terrified. Put it in the freezer kind of terrified (and I apologize to those of you who aren't friends enthusiasts who have NO clue what anyone would put a book in the freezer. You can see why here...). I knew that this book would test me. Would call me to a more radical approach to life than I had previously been living. Especially where my mediocre prayer life was concerned. But, I knew deep down that this book ... read more

Shipwrecked

shipwrecked

I've been thinking about faith a lot lately. Not faith in the sense of what I believe. I know what I believe. I believe in the Trinity and the Virgin birth and the crucifixion and the resurrection. I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and was here from the very beginning right alongside God himself when the world came into being. I could talk theology and doctrine and all of that, but I don't think that's what anyone who reads this blog needs to read or wants to read for that ... read more

When You Know You Aren’t Giving it Your All

What to do when you know you aren't giving it your all via @CourtneyKirklnd

I've always known how to pray. "God is Great, God is Good..." or "Bless this food to the nourishment of my body and my body to your service." Isn't it funny how way too often the only time we ever bother to acknowledge God was when we in a time of sheer desperation (someone is sick or dying for example) or when we feel obligated. Like when we say the blessing. And as sad as it is, those obligatory prayers are usually so generic that they may as well have not prayed at all. I saw one of those ... read more

The Road to Warrior

The Road to Warrior via @CourtneyKirklnd

In my almost 30 years, I've learned that I am pretty good at several things. I can make a mean batch of homemade out of the box cupcakes with real homemade icing. I even use a fancy bag to ice them and make them all kinds of pretty. I can purge with the best of them. When I get in one of my oh my goodness...junk is taking over our home kind of moods, then nothing is safe. Clothes, toys, paper, dishes...you name it. If it hasn't been used within the last three weeks, I'm likely to toss it or ... read more