Update On Me|New Project

Hey friends!

I am still hanging in there. It’s Tuesday, and our last week of 1 Timothy. Even though, it hasn’t gone as well as I anticipated, I don’t regret doing our study. We are finally doing our beloved 1-2 Timothy study. I have wanted to do it for soo long, and the road blocks make me really appreciate the days – when writing and Bible study time comes very easily.

I am still working through “my mess” (of depression). But, I am trying to be more plant based – to speed things along. I “spilled the beans” on tonight’s Lent post. Yesterday, I was very depressed again and I just. . . got to work. I had to do something, sooo I started working on a new project, that I am desperately waiting to get my hands on. So, it should be, at least, Stacey ready in a few days. It is on the Psalms, which is really where I need to be. This doesn’t affect our journey through 2 Timothy, not any more than the depression already has. I just wanted to share a bit of my heart. Please pray for me, as I go through this season.

Memory Verse

This week, our memory verse is. . .

“Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can’t carry anything out (1 Tim. 6:6-7, WEB).”

For Those Interested:

Here is Tonight’s Lent Post –

Meets Me in My Brokenness – Lent 2018

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When I Am Not Okay (Part Two)

Hey friends!

I am still here, navigating these interesting waters of depression. I haven’t really been writing much this week (even still). But, I have been trying to read our daily Scriptures. I come to you today – with a different Scripture in mind.

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so I long for you, God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while all day long people say to me, “Where is your God?” I remember this as I pour out my heart: how I walked with many, leading the festive procession to the house of God, with joyful and thankful shouts. Why, my soul, are you so dejected?
Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God (Ps. 42:1-5, CSB).

Observation: The psalmist acknowledged he was severely depressed in verse 6, but he remembered how God met him before. Friends, let’s keep trying to seek the Lord God in the midst of our trials. Let’s remember how He has been faithful to us!

Taking Action: Let’s allow our great Lord to meet us where we are, even though it isn’t anywhere fun! It isn’t about how much effort we put in, but it’s about leading our broken souls to Jesus who is our great Restorer! Let’s just continue to try and draw nearer. The Lord will meet us there, even when we aren’t so sure.

I wanted to share some ideas about how I fight through depression.

Here We Go!

Turn on praise music (this is my favorite playlist right now).

Go for a physical walk with our Lord Jesus. Just walk and talk, friend.

Be willing to do better than me, and journal through your thoughts – fearlessly (and if someone finds your notes, so be it).

Sit in the quiet, and look for God’s presence in the storm (and I hope you notice He is in the storm with you). He can give us His peace, even during hard times. Choose to believe Him for this, friend.

Take hold of our great God’s promises (“He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5),” for example).

Allow someone else to read the Bible to you. Maybe, have a friend come over and read to you. Perhaps, just allow the Bible app of your choice to read to you.

This might be more obvious for some, but limit your social media time. If you do use it during times of depression, watch where you scroll. Try scrolling through Desiring God or The Gospel Coalition instead.

This is probably my number one thing I do:

Watch some YouTube videos to draw you nearer to the Lord. Or listen to a Christian podcast (Podbean is my “go to” podcast app).

You are not alone, my friend. Let’s continue to make this journey together, as we draw nearer to the Lord – even when trials come our way. Hang in there, and keep looking to our Lord Jesus!

In Him,

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Shepherding + Obedience

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Ohh friends,

I want to share with you our “focus verse” for the rest of the week. It is soo late in the week, to call it a “memory verse”. But, I really appreciate the truth found in this verse.

The saying is true and irrefutable: If any man [eagerly] seeks the office of bishop (superintendent, overseer), he desires an excellent task (work). – 1 Tim. 3:1, AMPC

I have much to say on this verse, but I want to keep today’s blog post shorter than normal.


Friends, let us consider how we can draw nearer to our Risen Lord today.

I don’t know what you have going on. You may be crazy busy, or physically weaker than normal. Let us consider how we can seek the Lord.


Finding Wholeness in Him

When I seek Him, He fills me up with His Holy Spirit. I don’t want to miss this experience of being full of Him – and feeling complete.

And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life (Col. 2:10, AMPC). .

Normally people give themselves “one word” for 2018, I am finding out what mine is. A bit late? Drawing nearer is my goal for this year. I want to be drawn nearer to our Lord Jesus Christ – despite the circumstances of today.

Plant Based Eating

Today, I am on day 9 of being completely compliant on my new way of eating. I slipped up a bit last night, but overall it is going very well. This is something I am doing out of obedience.

I just want to obey the Lord and follow the direction He is leading me. I am realizing just how much I need to stay on this plant based way of eating.

As of yesterday, I “reappeared” on Instagram. I am hoping to be more vocal about this new way of eating, and maybe share recipes I am coming across and loving. Plenty of things going on, and as the Lord leads – I will share them here.

A Place to Minister

One of the reasons I love our verse is – it reminds me of the gift we have to shepherd others in the faith. As the Lord leads, He allows us to be there to love on and guide others.

This blog is an opportunity for me to live out this passion of mine – to shepherd and lead others closer to our Lord Jesus. Even if my days are filled with sickness or housework busyness, I can meet here and share what the Lord is putting on my heart.

Thank you all for being here, and allowing me to share.

In Him,

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What’s Next, Lord?! {{Trials Tuesday}}

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Earlier, I read something that struck a chord with me.

My times are in Thy hands. I’ll always trust in Thee. And after death at Thy right hand, I shall forever be (Hymnist William Lloyd).

Like a child, I need to come to our Abba – Father, our great God, asking deep questions. I am pondering the future and what it may include. It’s hard. I don’t know what the rest of this year holds in store, but I wish I did.

Thankfully for us, there is a Scripture on this exact thing –

My times are in Your hands; Rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from those who pursue and persecute me (Ps. 31:15, AMP).

God’s Word even tells us that our days. . . our lives are lovingly placed in His hands. He is the One who can turn everything out for good. He is the One who needs to lead us.

Choosing to Draw Nearer

Friends, let’s keep drawing nearer to our King Jesus and see what He tells us. Very much, He wants to speak to us one on one about our difficult situations. I don’t know what you are facing, but thankfully our Risen Lord does!

Let’s recall what His Word says –

Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in your book and planned before a single one of them began (Ps. 139:16, CSB).

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose (Rom. 8:28).

You yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me (Ps. 56:7-8).

Our grace filled heavenly Father is for us, and knows what is going on behind the scenes. He sees us in the midst of our trials, and He knows the good things He has planned for our lives. He knows how the trials will bring out good things in the long run, even if we are utterly convinced that no good can come from it.

Come, Friends

Come to Him as His dearly loved children, my friends. God is our good Father. He absolutely sees us and has great purpose for us. He loves us and wants to experience an intimate relationship with us – through His Son Jesus Christ. This is why He came.

I don’t know how God will turn out things for my good, but I do know that He is good. Even if I get tempted to think He won’t work things out, deep down I know He is good. Sometimes, I just need to take a step back and remember He is good. He is really good, and knows what He is doing.

Friend, just keep drawing nearer to our Lord Jesus. Don’t be afraid to ask Him the big questions in prayer, but ask the seemingly small ones too. Our God is a Mighty God, and He is able!

Asking Him,

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My Gospel – Filled Story {{POTF}}

Ohh friends, let’s dive into the heart of God! I know, it is so easy to feel unwanted. Unwanted by our employers, friends, family, neighbors, online contacts, I mean you name it. It is easy to feel out of place and unwanted. But friends, the Lord wants us. Even if it feels like the entire alphabet doesn’t seem to want us (way further than just A, B, C, etc), the God of the Universe wants YOU! He has handpicked you to be His child. He wants us. He loves us.

I have been thinking about the movie, “Mom’s Night Out,” lately. this scene is what comes to mind tonight.

You Are WANTED!

We are invited to come before the Lord. Friends, let’s just come before the Lord Jesus and choose to follow Him as we are. Let’s choose to have our precious gift that is a relationship with the Lord.

Friends, I encourage you to join me – as we look at Titus 3:3-6.

Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But— When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior (NLT).

Several years ago, I was met with a Holy Spirit driven comment. This person pointed me the Word of God and showed me my sin. I was someone with a lot of anger and not much love. But today, I could see how the Lord is transforming me into the woman He has designed me to be! Which leaves me awe struck and abundantly thankful for God given miracles!


I was all those evil things, yet the Lord still chose to pursue and draw me nearer to Him. My Lord stepped into my mess – radically changing me from the inside out! He has chosen to love me and make me spiritually alive – and renew me by the strength of the Holy Spirit.

. . . I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you (Jer. 31:3, AMP).”

We can become such messes, when we try to live apart from Christ. It is only when I have laid everything else down and focus on this relationship, that the transformation occurred.


This Sacred Rescue

Our Lord Jesus is the One who has saved me. It is nothing I could ever do on my own. It is this union with Jesus Christ that has literally changed my life!

I need to remember my need to keep running toward our Risen Lord Jesus Christ, because I want the old me to stay buried. So that, I may keep following our Lord Jesus.

We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin (Rom. 6:6, NLT).

Truly Wanted!

The Lord is the One who wants us! We never have to worry about being truly unwanted, because our Creator is the One who wants us. He is recklessly pursuing you, seriously loves you, and acts on it. I pray you will realize just how much He wants to be with you, and will pursue us – no matter what it takes.

Our God has poured out His love for us through the gift of His Son – Jesus! Our great God has loved us and taken care of us in such abundance. This is my story to live out and share. As He reveals this transformation, it makes this road of suffering worth traveling.

Walking willfully with Jesus,

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