Princess in a PigPen

You will never stop sinning during your lifetime. Yep, that’s right.  You and I will never arrive, we will never find that day when we finally get straightened out, a day when we make all the right choices and sin is a past issue.  God didn’t create us thinking we would.

For some reason we have been made to think that our sin intimidates God.  We are so mistaken. Sin was a barrier that kept mankind from being close to Him, so He conquered it through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  God is not intimidated by sin.  We see throughout scripture that Jesus ate with sinners, He spent quality time with sinners, and eventually He rescued sinners from a life of attempted perfection that only He could live. He was perfect for them.

Many times a congregation leaves a church service feeling motivated to do better, think more pure thoughts, to never yell at their children again, or maybe be the perfect spouse.  Then they wake up the next day and fail.  Sometimes we set these same kinds of unrealistic goals for ourselves, in our own head.  Is that our life’s purpose? To keep trying to better ourselves?  In the meantime, there are people all around us that God wants us to minister to, reach out to, use our gifts to uplift and encourage, but instead we are focused inwardly at our lack.  When we focus on our lack we can become stuck always needing ministered to, always feeling that we aren’t quite good enough to be used yet.

I believe that this is one of the greatest breakdowns in the church today.  The church, we who are part of the body of Christ, do not function in our God given gifts because we are so inwardly focused on self.  Not in a selfish way, but in an insecure way.  We do not understand that God isn’t focused on our sin, and that He desires to use us in our weaknesses. Scripture is very clear that He began the good work in us, and He would finish it.  One of the most commonly used phrases I hear in Christian conversations is “God is convicting me of my sin”. Try searching through the New Testament and you will not see once where the Holy Spirit convicts the church of their sin.  The Holy Spirit convicts the world of their sin, but not the church. The scriptures say that the Holy Spirit convicts us of our righteousness, that is, our right standing with God.  When the Holy Spirit does this, we don’t feel guilt, His conviction reminds us of who we are in Christ, and when we are reminded of who we are, it becomes our desire to behave accordingly.  Some might say that this is really the same thing, but I don’t believe so.  When we believe the Holy Spirit is convicting us of our sin, our hearts and minds believe that He is focused on our sin.  When we believe the Holy Spirit is convicting us of our righteousness, our hearts and minds believe that He is focused on loving us and ushering us into right thinking.  Yes, there is a point when an unbeliever becomes aware of their sin, aware that their sin leads to eternity in hell, and that their sin separates them from an eternal loving God.  This is the conviction that the Holy Spirit brings to the world.  After a sinner confesses they are a sinner and asks for the saving power of Jesus Christ, then salvation comes, and they are no longer a sinner, they are a saint.  They are then a new creation.  Their identity is now found in the perfect work of Jesus Christ.

A person who understands the heart of the Father, understand this…that God is not intimidated by sin or disgusted by our sin, quite contrary, He destroyed the power of sin so He could be close to us!  Yes, God hates sin. He hates sin because of how it hurts us, how it causes problems for us, how it destroys relationships.  But God doesn’t see sin when He looks at us, He sees the blood of Jesus that made us white as snow.  The bible says that His burden is easy, and His yoke is light.  This made no sense to me growing up because somewhere along the way I was made to believe that I needed to feel bad every time I did something wrong, take a moment to feel disgusted at my lack and hope that God would take me in again.  This was what I knew repentance to be.  Repentance means to change your mind, to change direction, to turn from wrong thinking to right thinking.  The more we realize that our identity is in Christ, that we are sons and daughters of the most high King of Kings, our lives will change to look more like royalty.  The less we focus on our sin, the less we sin!  The more we set our eyes on Jesus, the more we become like Him.  The more we stop looking at ourselves, the more we see the people around us that need His love. Is it your goal to improve yourself or to love people?  Is it your goal to fix all your areas of weakness or reach out to someone who is weak?

Jesus says to go and preach the gospel.  The gospel is good news!  I am sorry, but to spend the rest of my life trying to be better and more holy is not good news.  The good news is that God accepts you right where you are right now, right where you are a week from now, right where you are at years from now.  He accepts you forever.  His salvation doesn’t shift.  He took our feet from the miry clay, and set them upon the rock!  That rock is Jesus, who never changes.  His perfect sacrifice is the same forever, and His perfect sacrifice covers you, forever.  We no longer are sinners, we are saints!  We are royalty!  This is our new identity.  We did not receive this identity because we deserved it, we received it because it is a gift to us. We didn’t earn it when we first came to know Christ, and we do not earn that identity on a daily basis.  It is just who we are, because of Him.  We are secure.

I was explaining our identity in Christ to my daughter as she was struggling with condemnation and guilt.  I told her to picture a beautiful princess in a white gown who suddenly decides that she belongs rolling around in a pig pen.  She said that this made no sense for her to think she belonged there, she was a princess! But you see, every time we decide that we don’t add up, we take our royal identity and roll around in the mud.  We don’t remember who we are in Christ Jesus.  It was His perfection that gave us that identity and His perfection that we remain in.  We aren’t meant to focus on our sin, we are meant to focus on Him.  Don’t be a princess in a pigpen.  So if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed!

Scriptures from New International Version (Keep on Studying)

Matthew 11:28-30; Philippians 1:6;  2 Corinthians 5:16-21; John 16:7-11;  1 Peter 2:9; Romans 8:1-17; John 8:36

Sarah Jane Roberts

Sarah Jane has a passion for children, not just her own five children and one on the way, but also for orphans all over the world.  Together, Sarah Jane and her husband, Willy, have dedicated their musical lives to support orphans through their non-profit organization, Orphan’s Cry Ministries.  Sarah Jane is a woman who wants God to reveal His love through her life and hopes all who cross her path be encouraged. You can check out Sarah Jane and Willy's music and other merchandise at orphanscrymusic.com where you can also donate to help support their mission.

Sarah Jane has a passion for children, not just her own five children and one on the way, but also for orphans all over the world. Together, Sarah Jane and her husband, Willy, have dedicated their musical lives to support orphans through their non-profit organization, Orphan’s Cry Ministries. Sarah Jane is a woman who wants God to reveal His love through her life and hopes all who cross her path be encouraged. You can check out Sarah Jane and Willy’s music and other merchandise at orphanscrymusic.com where you can also donate to help support their mission.

Heartache of the “No”

Key Verse: Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  (NIV)

You have been praying about this for a very long time.  Weeks.  Months.  Years.  You believed with all your heart that God was going to answer your request and reward you for such a dedicated heart in praying and desiring to see a great outcome and answer.  You woke up every morning hoping and believing that today would be the day that an answer would come.

No answer came and your request had slipped into the unknown category of praying.  Your heart sinks and your faith dwindles, even if just a little.  You were so careful about how you prayed and the words you used.  You made sure that you were in the right position of prayer and following the Word on prayer, but yet still no answer.

Have you felt this heartache?  The heartache that comes when God says a simple “no” and leaves it at that.  There is often no explanation to His no.  There may be a time when down the road you will realize why it was a “no” then, because there was something bigger and better, but most often God just leaves it at no.  It is like you are a child again having just asked and even pleaded with your mom or dad for a treat from the store and they shattered your little heart with “NO”.  Yes, it even hurts as an adult when our Father says “no” to our request.

Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” 

One thing I have learned in my short existence is that “no” from God could mean momentarily or permanently.  The thing is that God has this amazing plan for my life and for your life.  He will not let any of His children be hurt because of a dream they have.  We may never see the reason why he says “no”, but we can be sure that it is a good reason for it.  Jeremiah 29:11 is also a great verse to remember when you get a no answer.  “For I know the plans I have for you…”

You may have been praying for children; praying for years to have a baby of your own or more babies of your own.  The next thing you know six years has passed and no babies have come or they have but you have not been able to keep them with you.  Heart devastated and hope gone.  Where is the comfort in that no?  Ladies, I do not have an answer for you.  Each of us has different ways of finding our comfort and peace and you will have to explore that, but there are so many who are going through the same hurt as you and are willing to pray with and for you.

Lord, I do not understand the “no”. I want to trust that You have this amazing plan for giving me a no, but my heart is hurting and my hope is dwindling.  Lord, give me strength and a hope again to get through this place in life.  Show me someone that I can pray with and give me another desire in my heart.

Tara DeMaris

Tara, graduate of Crown College, is the mother to four beautiful children.  Together, Tara and her husband, David, and their family make their home in Northwest Missouri.  Tara is passionate about reaching the hearts of women and young ladies.  She loves to write and teach God's Word.  God put a desire in Tara's heart over six years ago to start a ministry that reached women.  Today Tara has founded Titus II Woman Ministries and God is showing her miracles and his hand at work every day.

Tara, graduate of Crown College, is the mother to four beautiful children. Together, Tara and her husband, David, and their family make their home in Northwest Missouri. Tara is passionate about reaching the hearts of women and young ladies. She loves to write and teach God’s Word. God put a desire in Tara’s heart over six years ago to start a ministry that reached women. Today Tara has founded Titus II Woman Ministries and God is showing her miracles and his hand at work every day.

Joy Like A Child

Key Verse: Matthew 19:14, “But Jesus said, ‘Suffer little children, and forbid them not. To come unto me: for such is the kingdom of heaven.’”

My husband and I have been remodeling a house for nearly eight years now. That’s right! EIGHT. YEARS. It’s been a long journey. We closed on the house the day our fourth child was born. It was a foreclosure in pretty bad shape, but it’s right across the alley from my husband’s parents. We didn’t want to go into debt to fix it since we had a, well, much smaller, home already. So we worked on it as we had the money and time.

The years passed and we had two more children. Money and time were both in short supply and then last year our church stepped in to help us. We bought electrical supplies and the people of our church ran it for us. We bought dry wall and they hung it for us. Several members of our church donated new windows, blew in insulation where needed, and installed the Longwood furnace we purchased. Before we knew it more was accomplished on our home in two months than we had managed on our own in over seven years.

While the men from our church were working, the kids and I had tried to stay out of the way, only coming in to serve meals and fellowship or to consult on materials. When the men finished the work of hanging the drywall, it was my turn to work and by work I mean paint. At first, I wanted to do the painting myself. I wanted it to be perfect, to fit the images I had carried in my mind, for over seven years, of how it would look once it was complete, but the children wanted to help. They begged. They promised to be careful. I acquiesced.

Despite their good intentions, the children’s painting didn’t meet my high standards, of course. The paint dripped down the wall and on the floor. I spent as much time trying to teach them and helping clean up messes as I did painting. But through the experience I realized something: the children were so full of enthusiasm and joy! They loved helping, rejoicing in being part of building our family home.

That was what God wants from us, the childlike enthusiasm and joy. He doesn’t expect us to start out perfect. We are like the children, filled with good intentions but unable to fulfill them on our own. It is through Him that we achieve perfection. Our role is to worship and to rejoice in the work He has given us, to look forward to one day living in our heavenly home.

Are we walking each day filled with joy and a childlike wonder at the relationship that we can have with our Father in heaven? Are we giving our all, throwing ourselves with enthusiasm into the tasks we have before us?

Lord, we long to someday be with You in heaven. Help us to be child-like; placing all our trust in You, facing each day with joy and wonder knowing that because You sent Your Son to save us, we have the opportunity to someday dwell in Your heavenly kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Sara Lester

Sara, with her heart and home full of love, has seven wonderful children from the ages of thirteen to three months.  She enjoys homeschooling them all and having as much time with each of them as she can before they are grown.  Sara and her husband, along with their bubbling brood, make their home in Northwest Missouri, not far from the Iowa area where she grew up.  The best family time for Sara and her family is spent in the outdoors, enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.  Sara and her family help to support several charities through their church and you can learn about them at http://www.acworldrelief.org/.  Matthew 6:25-34 is Sara’s Scripture of choice and reminds her that her live is not her own, but fully God’s.

Sara, with her heart and home full of love, has seven wonderful children from the ages of thirteen to three months. She enjoys homeschooling them all and having as much time with each of them as she can before they are grown. Sara and her husband, along with their bubbling brood, make their home in Northwest Missouri, not far from the Iowa area where she grew up. The best family time for Sara and her family is spent in the outdoors, enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. Sara and her family help to support several charities through their church and you can learn about them at http://www.acworldrelief.org/. Matthew 6:25-34 is Sara’s Scripture of choice and reminds her that her live is not her own, but fully God’s.

Godly Wives

Key Verse: Proverbs 18:22, “He who finds a wife finds what is good and recieves favor from the Lord.”

This was a great reminder for me today. I really needed to read this today.

“This promise is nearly identical to the one in Provebs 8:35, where God’s favor is connected with finding the ultimate mate prize of wisdom.  Here is one more example of how highly God views women – and godly wives in particular.  A good wife is not happened on by chance, nor is she a man’s due; rather, she is a gift from God (Genesis 2:21-24; Proverbs 19:14).  The apostle Paul calls the spiritual union between husband and wife  a profound mystery, comparing it to Jesus Christ’s relationship with the curch (Ephesian 5:31-32).  Clearly, the huband-wife relatiship is a holy thing – a mystery blessed by God that transcends cultural mores and ever-changing roles.”

Lord, I pray that today we realize our roles are much more than just wife and mom.  Send an overwhelming sense of You in our daily walk and to be proud that we were chosen for such a high calling in life. Thank You, Jesus, amen.

Tara, graduate of Crown College, is the mother to four beautiful children.  Together, Tara and her husband, David, and their family make their home in Northwest Missouri.  Tara is passionate about reaching the hearts of women and young ladies.  She loves to write and teach God's Word.  God put a desire in Tara's heart over six years ago to start a ministry that reached women.  Today Tara has founded Titus II Woman Ministries and God is showing her miracles and his hand at work every day.

Tara, graduate of Crown College, is the mother to four beautiful children. Together, Tara and her husband, David, and their family make their home in Northwest Missouri. Tara is passionate about reaching the hearts of women and young ladies. She loves to write and teach God’s Word. God put a desire in Tara’s heart over six years ago to start a ministry that reached women. Today Tara has founded Titus II Woman Ministries and God is showing her miracles and his hand at work every day.

Those Darn Trials

This has been on my mind…

Psalm 37:5-6, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”

Did you notice that it didn’t say He would make it easy for us if we did this? It has taken me a really long time to realize that this Christian thing is not easy. It requires hard work and complete dedication. There is a peace that comes with it, but more often I have found struggle, hardship, pain and hurt. I am such an emotional woman. Many things grip my heart and I want to help or provide something, but our family has been walking a hard life this past year and the only thing, probably the best thing,that I have been able to offer anyone or ministry is my prayer. I can’t support with money and I have no extra time, so my prayer is what I comfort others with.

The Lord did let us know in His Word that choosing to live a life in dedication to Him was not going to be without trials (1 Peter 4:12-14,16). Here’s the thing: each of us goes through trials of our very own. Yep! And they are unpredictable and hard and frustrating and, well, you get the point. We have to remember that we chose to follow Christ even in the trials and we should count it pure joy. I know…easier said than done. I am struggling with this myself right now, but you and I are not alone. “He will never leave us or forsake us” remember that one? I knew you would.

So, as we each face our own trials, I want to encourage you to think of someone else above your trail and pray for them. You may not know why God asks you to pray for them. Maybe they have not shared their trial with you, I don’t know, but I guarantee that your prayers will make all the difference for them right now. I welcome your prayers as much as anyone right now.

Lord, my heart is crazy overwhelmed right now with what we are facing and I am not sure how much longer I can hold on. I pray that You bring peace in this storm and comfort through the trial because it will bring glory to You. Amen.

Tara, graduate of Crown College, is the mother to four beautiful children.  Together, Tara and her husband, David, and their family make their home in Northwest Missouri.  Tara is passionate about reaching the hearts of women and young ladies.  She loves to write and teach God's Word.  God put a desire in Tara's heart over six years ago to start a ministry that reached women.  Today Tara has founded Titus II Woman Ministries and God is showing her miracles and his hand at work every day.

Tara, graduate of Crown College, is the mother to four beautiful children. Together, Tara and her husband, David, and their family make their home in Northwest Missouri. Tara is passionate about reaching the hearts of women and young ladies. She loves to write and teach God’s Word. God put a desire in Tara’s heart over six years ago to start a ministry that reached women. Today Tara has founded Titus II Woman Ministries and God is showing her miracles and his hand at work every day.

I’m Too Small

Key Verse: 1 Samuel 9:17-21

God speaks to Samuel here, “This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.” Whoa! I’m sure Samuel was thinking really, Lord?  But Samuel, being the good servant he was, waited at the gateway for Saul to approach and invite him in.

Saul, the son of Kish and belonging to the smallest clan of the smallest tribe, had lost his father’s donkeys and needed to find them.  Donkeys had much worth.  They were work animals used to pack in harvest to the markets, carry people and children and used for whatever needs that came.  If you didn’t have a donkey or two or three there was no way that you were going to make money to provide.  It was very important to Kish to get his donkeys back, as it was to Saul.  Saul was filled with worry that he would not find them. After all, he had already been through the hill country of Ephraim, through the area all around Shalisha and into the district of Shaalim.  He even passed through the territory of Benjamin.  They had finally come to the district of Zuph, where Samuel resided.

It did not cross Saul’s mind that his supposed quick visit to ask Samuel, the prophet, where to look for the donkeys, that he would leave ANOINTED.  Samuel is all casual.  This was no biggie for him.  God spoke to him all the time and Samuel was happy to do the Lord’s bidding.

So Samuel waits for Saul to approach at the gateway and then says, “Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is in your heart.”  Can you imagine dining in the “high place”?  I can see this grand room filled with beautiful velvet curtains of royal colors, golden goblets and plates and floors that shined.  It makes me want a “high place” in my home to entertain friends.

Okay, okay. Before we daydream too far, let’s keep going.  Did you notice that Samuel did not give Saul a choice in joining him for a meal, but that he told him, “You are to eat with me”? I would have been like, “Um, I have donkeys to look for. I don’t have time to sit and chat that long.” Saul, on the other hand, was like, “Sweet! I could eat a bite or two and look for the donkeys later.”  Samuel gives Saul some reassurance here, “As for the donkeys you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found.”  Saul had not even mentioned the donkey search to Samuel yet.  God is so awesome.  He has even the smallest details worked out for us.  I can just imagine the look of bafflement on Saul’s face as Samuel tells him all is well.

So, it turns out that Saul, in all his insignificance, was being called to be the future King.  What?!!!  I guess those donkeys were the least of his worries.  Saul immediately went into “but, God” mode.  He was like “seriously? Me?”  Saul’s exact words were, “But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin?”  Someone has got an inferiority complex!

Saul thought that he came from too humble of means and the least of all tribes to be considered King.  “Don’t you know where I come from?”  He felt ordinary and low on the totem pole.  BUT GOD knows Saul and has great plans for him.

Do you ever ask God the same thing?  “Don’t you know who I am and where I come from?”  Why, yes! Yes, God does know where you come from, who you are, what you are capable of and yes, He wants YOU! 

Lord, I may feel small and insignificant to do Your plan that You called me to.  Help me to see what You see in me. Show me step by step what You want me to do for You each day and bless me as I go.  Amen.

Remember what God did with Saul.  Read the whole story of Saul being anointed by Samuel in 1 Samuel 9.  Memorize Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Because God has great plans for you and for me and we are not to back down to the call that has been placed on our hearts by Him. Don’t worry about coming from a small tribe or poor home. Don’t worry about your speech or lack of training.  God has got this for you.

Tara DeMaris

Tara, graduate of Crown College, is the mother to four beautiful children.  Together, Tara and her husband, David, and their family make their home in Northwest Missouri.  Tara is passionate about reaching the hearts of women and young ladies.  She loves to write and teach God's Word.  God put a desire in Tara's heart over six years ago to start a ministry that reached women.  Today Tara has founded Titus II Woman Ministries and God is showing her miracles and his hand at work every day.

Tara, graduate of Crown College, is the mother to four beautiful children. Together, Tara and her husband, David, and their family make their home in Northwest Missouri. Tara is passionate about reaching the hearts of women and young ladies. She loves to write and teach God’s Word. God put a desire in Tara’s heart over six years ago to start a ministry that reached women. Today Tara has founded Titus II Woman Ministries and God is showing her miracles and his hand at work every day.

I’m Working On A Building

Over the last couple of days, I have had the words of an old spiritual running through my head.

“I’m working on a building. I’m working on a building. A Holy Ghost building. For my Lord, For My Lord.”  One of my favorite versions of the song is by Cindy Morgan. You’ll have to check it out on YouTube. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plPy0BqgMnA)

Anyway, the Lord is speaking to me about the great privilege that we have to build a Holy Ghost building. This can apply in so many areas, but one of the biggest ways for us as women is that opportunity that we have to build in our children. What an enormous privilege and an equally enormous responsibility.

I will never forget when I had our first daughter, Anna, and how she changed everything. Things just seemed like they didn’t go as planned anymore. There was an extra person in our lives that needed care. It was then I discovered something; there was some ugly stuff inside me and I didn’t like it. I’m sure my husband was thinking, “Who is this woman?! This is not the woman I married!” The Lord was bringing stuff to the surface in me that He wanted to deal with and it is a continual process, but that is an article for another time.

As I began settling into the mother role and my children grew, there were times that I saw actions in my children that I didn’t like. (I know, Shock – Faint). Those things invoked fear in me and led me to criticism, yelling and nagging. In my heart, I just wanted my kids to be godly, but my words were not building. They were tearing down.

The Lord has been leading me into a process of teaching me how to work on these “Holy Ghost buildings” called my children. He is calling me to admonish my children: constructively teaching them with discipline, while drawing out the person I know that God has called them to be, rather than pointing out their faults, which only leads them to believe that those faults define who they are.

And in this process, the Lord is revealing to me the Holy Ghost building going on in me. The Holy Spirit gently leads us to truth, reminding us of things we’ve learned. He never speaks down to us, but continuously calls us into His divine purpose for our lives. Any other voice that we hear is not from Him. He is a God who is building. He’s building His Kingdom in you and He’s building it through You.

Let’s “keep right on lovin’, and keep working on a building too.”

Jessica Nelsen

Jessica’s passion for revival and worship exude from her every waking moment.  God’s presence is around her as she loves on her two beautiful girls, whom she homeschools.  Together, Mark and Jessica, make their home in Montana where they recently planted a church in a rural community and also where Jessica teaches piano.  Jessica finds great joy in helping others to find freedom through a relationship with Christ.  While Jessica grew up in Minnesota, she graduated with a Biblical Studies major from Trinity Bible College and she is currently pursuing a degree in Natural Health.  Jeremiah 20:9 says, “But if I say, ‘I will not remember Him or speak anymore in His name,’ “then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot endure it.”  Jessica’s passion for the love of God starts fires of His glory wherever she goes.

Jessica’s passion for revival and worship exude from her every waking moment. God’s presence is around her as she loves on her two beautiful girls, whom she homeschools. Together, Mark and Jessica, make their home in Montana where they recently planted a church in a rural community and also where Jessica teaches piano. Jessica finds great joy in helping others to find freedom through a relationship with Christ. While Jessica grew up in Minnesota, she graduated with a Biblical Studies major from Trinity Bible College and she is currently pursuing a degree in Natural Health. Jeremiah 20:9 says, “But if I say, ‘I will not remember Him or speak anymore in His name,’ “then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot endure it.” Jessica’s passion for the love of God starts fires of His glory wherever she goes.

He Is With You

Key Verse: James 4:8-10, “Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites. Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor.”

Do you remember the chant, “We love Jesus yes we do, we love Jesus how ‘bout you?” It’s a chant we used to yell at youth conventions and church camps. One side would yell it really loud and then the other side would yell it TWICE as loud right back at you. It really is one of those things that could have gone on forever, lol. It is such a powerful chant and it’s not one you quietly can say. You really have to put a lot of power into this chant. Well, have you ever had days where you couldn’t even mutter a word to God let alone a chant? A dry spell has come upon you and in all honestly you don’t feel Him. You’re not alone. We all get these “dry spells”. They are hard to deal with and they can last a day or even years. Maybe you were on fire for God and then, BOOM, out of nowhere something happens and your walk with Him just disappears and you are just trying to get through day by day. Life just sort of takes over and the time you have in your day for Jesus gets smaller and smaller. I remember a few years ago feeling as though I was literally carrying something heavy on my shoulders. Every single day it was getting heavier. I was just passing through on this earth with no time for Jesus and it was affecting me. In my heart it bothered me. I missed Him. And I realized without Him, my life was becoming a mess! Finally, one night I locked myself in the bathroom and sat on the floor and just broke down. I cried for what seemed like hours. It was then that I prayed the first prayer in a long time. After my time with Him I noticed that heaviness I was carrying with me was completely gone and replaced with His peace! I truly felt His peace! Ladies, there is peace with Jesus. If you are in a “dry spell”, I encourage you to stop and take a time out with Jesus. What I love about Him is that you don’t have to come to Him with this beautiful long drawn out prayer. Even just saying His name, Jesus, He is there. He knows your heart, your every need. Cast your burdens on Him. Let Jesus take it to the cross for you. Psalm 55:22 states to, “cast our cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

Maybe you are struggling financially, or the picture perfect family you always dreamed of is not going the way you imagined and your home feels broken, grieving the loss of a loved one, addiction, have you been praying on something for years and you are questioning God and why He hasn’t answered them? There is so much going on in our every day life to take us over and make us feel that we’ve lost a fight and it’s knocked us to the ground. And you know what? The enemy loves it! He thrives on seeing you suffer. He loves taking your eyes off Jesus and focused on your problems. He wants you to think your God left you….. If you are struggling today and just completely feeling heart broken and lost and you are in a “dry spell”, I encourage you to call on Him. Just speak His name. He loves you so much and will never leave you. Nobody knows you better and nobody can fix your broken heart quite like Jesus.

Heavenly Father, Thank You for understanding us and our hearts. Thank You for not leaving us nor forsaken us but instead You wait for us to call on You and when we do You are there. You never turn Your back on us. Lord, I pray for each of the ladies who are reading this today and I lift up any need they may have and we lay it at Your feet. And Lord, those who are feeling broken and lost I pray You make Your presence known and anoint upon them peace and comfort that only comes from You. We love You, Lord. Thank You for always being there! Amen

*I love Jesus yes I do, I love Jesus how ‘bout you?…..

Dina Kiser

Dina loves her family with all her heart.  So much so that she documents every waking moment through taking pictures.  Along with this picture taking is a pumpkin spice latte addiction that fuels her clicking finger.  She is the mother of two beautiful children and the helpmate to her husband, Pat, who serves in the United States Army.  Dina and her family currently make their home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, but she grew up in the big sky of Billings, Montana.  Dina loves Jesus with everything she has and knows there is nothing He can not do. Philippians 4:13, "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." (NIV)

Dina loves her family with all her heart. So much so that she documents every waking moment through taking pictures. Along with this picture taking is a pumpkin spice latte addiction that fuels her clicking finger. She is the mother of two beautiful children and the helpmate to her husband, Pat, who serves in the United States Army. Dina and her family currently make their home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, but she grew up in the big sky of Billings, Montana. Dina loves Jesus with everything she has and knows there is nothing He can not do. Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (NIV)