I recently saw on the news that Anna Duggar from the show 19 Kids and Counting is being slandered for the fact that she re-tweeted a comment about abortion and how all lives should matter. I found it quite ironic, that someone would be slandered for placing value on human life. As I thought about this situation, some things that God has been sharing with me have risen to the surface, and I’d like to share them with you.

Imagine this scene with me from the early 1900s. The rustic handsome man knocks on the door of the woman he loves and has just begun courting. He politely asks her parents if he may sit with her in the parlor. Once he has been granted permission, he begins to sit and respectfully talk with her about the things they like and dislike. Towards the end of the evening, they decide to take a small walk around the block and as they do, he asks her permission to hold her hand, and then takes her home and expresses to her how he looks forward to their next meeting.

This seems almost ancient in its approach and sometimes when we read stories like this we thank God that we don’t have to go through all this pomp and circumstance. But there is one thing from this story that I miss. Something that has gotten lost in our culture of quick fixes and selfish living and it is the concept of honor.

This comes to mind because it is a concept that we have been trying to preserve both in our family and in our ministry. How many of us in frustration have said, “The Bible says to honor your father and mother, so you better do what I say!” What’s so wrong with this picture is that we are demanding honor without giving it. In Romans chapter 2 Paul shares with us that the fruit of righteous living is glory, honor and peace. If you look up the definition of honor, you find that it means to treat something as valuable or as a priceless treasure. There is not a qualifier on this. We tend to think people deserve honor only if they obey us or honor us or do something respectable. But God models a much different kind of honor for us when He finds us in the dirt and calls each of us a most valuable treasure. And then, much like an archaeologist, He sweeps away the dirt and unearths the treasure.

I would like to challenge each one of us to revive the concept of honor beginning in the circles of our families and then reaching out to each life we touch. It starts with understanding how valuable we are to God and receiving the value He places on our lives. Then to our husbands, (you know those guys we committed to love, HONOR, and cherish J) we need to communicate their value, something that may have gotten forgotten or pushed under the rug due to the cares of life. And then to our children, let’s model for them how to lower ourselves in order to bring value and honor to the people around them.

As a final note, this also includes our relationships with people both in the church and outside of it. For too long the church has looked at the unsaved thinking they somehow deserve what is coming to them: the payment for their wrongdoing. Let’s turn the tide and release honor instead; showing them in a tangible way the Father honors them, even in the middle of their sin. Let’s pick them up and unearth the treasure that God created on the inside of them.

We may never go back to the culture of the early 1900s or that way of living, but I believe we can impact our families and generations to come by restoring honor by. It may mean that we are publicly slandered like Anna Duggar, but I believe if we each do our part we can advance the Kingdom of God.

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.

Intentional Words

Key Verse: Ephesians 4:29 (ESV), Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

I was stunned!  My emotions were welling within me and I wasn’t sure how I was to handle this.  I didn’t expect to hear those words from my best friend.  They really hurt.

Do you recall the days when you just couldn’t get past the hurtful words said to you that brought tremendous sore emotions?  Words that weren’t meant to hurt you, but they did; excruciatingly.  We have all heard the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”; yeah, well, the thing is, words hurt and sometimes to the point of never speaking to the one who said them again.  Though what we say and do may not be intended to hurt anyone, we still need to be conscious of what is spoken or acted.

I am not talking about the “your shirt is outdated” kind of words that a friend says to another friend, though that can hurt too, but I am talking about words that are said from a deep heart reaction; sometimes from a place of guilt, fault, blame, shame or misplaced responsibility.  I was young and had this friend.  We were like completely inseparable in high school.  We talked about everything and shared secrets and loved each other like sisters, the kind that fight often and get over it and are friends again.  In our undeveloped maturity there was a day when words were shared.  Not so nice words.  Words that came from dark places that we didn’t even know existed.  Because we were infantile and immature, we did not know how to process these words in a wholesome way.  We walked away.  Away from each other, the friendship, the sisterhood, all the time spent together.  We walked away and we didn’t fix it.  I regret my words and I am sure she does too.

Consider others first before speaking.  It isn’t hard to do.  It’s also not always pleasant, but the pain you prevent from entering this already wicked world makes it more enjoyable to just not say anything.  Biting your tongue instead of a disagreeable remark, no matter how much you think someone needs to hear your words, will save someone’s life this year.  You don’t mean them to tear someone down, but they do.  They so, really do.

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Lord, I want to be intentional with my words.  I want them all to be beautiful and caring and meant to build a life and not tear one down.  I ask for Your help in choosing my words with care and just keeping it shut when the words that want to come just don’t really matter or will destroy a friendship.  Thank You for always speaking words of kindness and understanding and compassion to me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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 Don’t Always Like Him

Key Verse: Ephesians 4:26

Want to know a little secret?  Of course you do.  I am a sinner.  Oh yes.  Contrary to what anyone sees or thinks of me, I am so not perfect.  I am actually far from anything perfect.

About a year ago one of our now grown youth students came to see us.  She is a beautiful, now married, soon-to-be mother and she sought our approval of her gentleman caller.  She is a deeply emotional woman who loves and wants to be loved.  Her heart had been broken many times, but this time love felt different to her and she wanted to know from us if we thought he was a good guy.  It was a moment of “tell me I am not just making this all up”.  When I had a little time alone with her, this young woman said to me in conversation, “I want to have the kind of marriage that you and David have.”  I literally laughed out at loud, just a little.  I think that I have failed this young woman in some way.

At the time of this conversation David, my husband if you didn’t know that already, and I had been married for fourteen years.  Yes, that is a very long time, for some not so long, but you would think that after fourteen years we would have this marriage thing down.  Nope!  We totally don’t have it down.  We still have these spats of “I don’t like you very much”.  We argue and sometimes raise our voice too loudly when trying to get a point across.  We still have like another fourteen years’ worth of figuring this marriage thing out to do.  Maybe by then we can be worthy of the marriage-like-yours card.

The one piece of advice I could give this love struck woman was from Ephesians 4: 26, “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” (NIV)  While I still do not have even this one bit of advice down pat myself, it is the best advice I can give to any married couple no matter how long the marriage has been.  There are still more days than I would like to count where I go to bed frustrated and upset with David, but that is on me.  I am a bottler.  I bottle my feelings up because I absolutely hate hard confrontation with anyone, even my husband.  I like it to be happy and peaceful.  You don’t get that from spilling all your feelings before bed, but you also don’t get that when you bottle it up.

What happens when you let the sun go down and you are still angry?  You let satan gain a foothold into that very piece of you.  It’s no lie that satan uses anything he can against us and marriage is an easy target for him.  We were meant for so much more in a Godly marriage and we were given all the tools we need to have a successful and happy marriage.  No, I do not think it will always be happy or peaceful.  Sometimes it’s the hard things worked through that make the peace so much more enjoyable.  One more hurdle has been overcome. Jump those hurdles together and never let the sun go down while you are still angry.

Lord, I pray for every marriage; that You will be the center of it and make it whole in Your eyes.  I pray unity and love to be at the forefront of our marriages so that we can serve You as couples in love with our God.  Today, we give our marriages to You.  Let You be glorified even in the quiet places. Amen.

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.


It’s a Giveaway!

I was just contacted yesterday about the giveaway going on over on our Facebook page.  There are several who are taking a fast from FB but would like to participate in the giveaway.  This is how you can participate, just follow the rules listed below and let’s see who will win!

The Titus II Woman Ministry Giveaway

This is an awesome giveaway to celebrate 50 articles posted to our blog, Normal Woman Normal Life. You will not want to miss this one.  One entry per person and the contest is open from February 16 to February 22.  The drawing will be on the 23rd.  The winner will be announced on the 23rd on the FB page (and I will also announce it here now) and will have 24 hours to claim it in a private message or email including your address and email information.  It’s that simple.  Let’s have fun and good luck all!

  1. You must “like” the Titus II Woman Facebook page (when your fast is over) and share it on your personal page.
  2. You must go to the blog site and pick THREE of your favorite posts
  3. Send me an email to titusiiwomanministry@gmail.com with your top THREE posts from the blog with the #1 post link.  I will in turn post that information for you to the Titus II Woman FB page with your name. (Make sure to send your first and last name with the email as well.)

What’s in the giveaway?

DoTerra Essential Oils worth more than $50

Handmade beautiful gifts $really priceless

Mary Kay Products worth more than $25

Jamberry Nails – $15 value

Other fun things such as pen, personal journal, and t-shirt.

Have fun with this and share the giveaway! Our goal is to reach as many as we can and encourage with real life.

Thanks to you all and good luck, Tara D.

And visit the new web site for Titus II Woman Ministry at  http://titusiiwomanminist.wix.com/titusiiwoman

My Life is not My Own

Key Verse: 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.” (NIV)

Our path is almost never as we specifically have planned it.  Our heart tells us that we are supposed to work in a specific area where we have a genuine interest and desire to be used.  We then set out to make that calling and gifting a reality in our life.  What we fail to remember to do is to ask God how He wants to make that a reality.  Jeremiah 29:11 is one my favorite verses in the Bible. It says that God has this perfect plan for life.  It says His plans are good plans meant to prosper us and provide good for us, not to destroy us.  How amazing it is to know without a doubt that God has a special plan for each of us!

I love to sing. (Love is probably an understatement here.) When I was a young girl my bed became my stage and my hairbrush was my microphone.  I was constantly singing, everywhere.  The first time I ever sang in front of a crowd of people was at the age of six.  I sang Oh How He Loves You and Me.  I don’t ever remember a time where I wasn’t singing.  God gifted to me a talent and the only thing I ever wanted to do was use that talent for Him. EVERYWHERE!

Through high school and into my first years of college my goal was to sing anywhere and everywhere.  I did as many competitions and voice trainings as I could.  I traveled for school and church to sing.  I sang with worship teams, choirs, show choirs, bands and for special events.  Why this story? It is an illustration of the proof that if we fail to seek God in how he wants us to use the talents and gifts He has given us then we get lost along the way.

I thought God wanted me to be a Christian artist with the ability to write and record albums and travel the globe reaching hearts for Him through music.  I traveled for a year in college with a Christian band, Servant’s Heart. It was one of many highlights in my life, but my plans changed over and over again.  I have not become a Christian artist traveling the world and singing.  I am the mother to four and wife to my beloved husband.  I have finished my bachelor’s degree after way too many years of working for it while taking care of everything at home and trying to work part time.

You see, God has plans for our lives.  While my plans have not gone exactly as desired, I know I was meant to be the mother to my children and married to my husband.  God still uses my singing.  I have been able to be part of amazing worship teams for the past fourteen years all over the United States.  I still continue to sing and lead in worship and for special events.  God did not take away my talent because I had other plans.  He fulfills my heart with every place we go and He still has the ability to lead me into the recording studio should He choose to do so.

Lord, Your plans are good. I want to walk in Your plan for my life and reach those You put in my path. Show me today what You have in store for my day and life.  Thank You, Lord.  Amen.

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.

Oh No! I am an Israelite!

“My people, what have I done to you?  How have I burdened you? Answer me.  I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam.  My people, remember what Balak king of Moab plotted and what Balaam son of Beor answered. Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal,that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.”  Micah 6:3-5

Have you ever read your Bible or listened to the stories of the Israelites and thought, “Man, how dumb are you people? Honestly, after seeing miracle after miracle you still whine and complain? Where’s your trust? Where your faith? Hasn’t God proven himself to you?” Have you sat in the commentary seat while reading your Bible? I know I have, until recently when I read the passage above in Micah 6.

This night I was reading my One Year Bible and the passages above caught my attention so I followed up the study with the study notes from the Life Application Bible. The commentary asked of verse 3, “If God asked you, ‘What have I done to you?’ how would you reply?”

Immediately my thoughts went to ways I thought God had let me down. Ending our last pastorate without warning, our living arrangements now, how our life is in limbo and on and on the list in my head went until I realized….OH NO!! I AM AN ISREALITE!!!

I wept that night as I realized I too had been blaming God for the things that were happening to me instead of looking for the ways He had provided for me. I had focused on the frustration of what God hadn’t done for me and what He’d done to me instead of all He’s given me. When we forget to see how fortunate we are we become self-centered. Sometimes in the midst of our current trial we forget that we are sinners, saved by grace; that the perfect One took our place to provide us access to a Holy God.

We give the Israelites a hard time when we see them time and time again not trusting the Lord. When we see them “helping” God or complaining and whining, but yet I have to be the first one to say, God forgive me, I’m one of them!”

But there’s good news, just as God was patient and forgiving to his chosen Israelites, He offers us the same grace. We fail Him daily but He’s there to say, “I love you”. He wants us to trust Him.

Maybe you are like me and sometimes get distracted by the trials and things of life. Let me encourage you today, remembering God’s past protection may help you see His current provisions. Make a list of things you remember God has done for you. Your faith will grow as you remember all He’s done and you can begin to trust Him for what you need now.

Lord, bring to mind all You have given me and help me to remember them every day in appreciation for what You have done for me.  You are not against me.  You are for me.  Amen.

Amanda Keller

Amanda is a homeschooling mother of two great children and wife to Nathan.  While Amanda grew up in Jordan, Montana, their family makes their home in Bismarck, North Dakota.  Amanda's passion for leading others in worship shines through along with her love for Jesus, her family and laughter.  Their family loves to support Compassion International in whatever way possible. Amanda holds associates degrees in both music performance and office administration from Trinity Bible College.  "your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do but something you raise." ~Andy Stanley

Weeping Forward

The story of Ruth, oh how I love it!

The story begins with Naomi and her husband leaving Bethlehem (literal translation from Hebrew means the ‘House of Bread’. How can we, as New Testament believers relate to this? Jesus is our Bread of LIFE (John 6:35). Symbolically they left the presence of God to go search for a better life. They lost everything being apart from God. Too many compromises were made (for instance, Naomi’s sons took Moabite women in marriage, which were famous for leading Jewish men away from faith). At times we too may find ourselves walking away from the Source of our life, from the Living Bread and find ourselves lonely, desperate and hungry in this season.  Naomi was left with nothing. The only solution she had was to go back where she started and that’s back home, the ‘House of Bread’.

As I read Naomi’s urging to her daughters-in-law about leaving her alone, one thing struck me the most;  Orpah went back weeping, but Ruth went forward weeping. WOW!  This blessed me so much!  She made a choice to move forward, crying, broken hearted, but she made a choice to keep walking towards the hope one step at a time. We either go back weeping to the old life, or we keep walking forward to the “House of Bread”. I would like to encourage you today – keep walking, sister. Keep walking towards God no matter how much it hurts! At least with God we have a sure promise in Psalm 126:5 “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.” There is JOY at the end! WEEP FORWARD! Psalm 30:5 says “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning”…… Weeping is not a bad thing, God hears your weeping and He sees your tears. Weeping forward reveals a tremendous strength!

The journey home for Naomi and Ruth is such a tender moment. I’d like to hear their conversations on the way home, I’d like to hear Naomi’s stories and Ruth’s questions as both of their hearts were rekindled with hope on this journey. Naomi is going back to God; Ruth is going to God for the first time. Both are equally loved by God and welcomed home with the opened arms. 

Naomi learned from her personal mistakes and hurts that life apart from God is not worth the pain, Ruth has learned it from Naomi. Wherever you are today, there is a “Bethlehem” that is waiting for us to come home and feast on His goodness and love.

 Once they arrived in Bethlehem we find Ruth in the fields gleaning a little at a time. May I suggest to you that the field is a spiritual picture of the Word of God to us today? Ruth started in the field just gleaning a little bit at a time and each time she found more and more there. When we read the Word the same happens, we have to start somewhere, start getting a little at a time and allow God to speak to you. Ruth met Boaz right there in the middle of the field. I encourage you to read the entire story and you will find out how Boaz became Ruth’s kinsman redeemer. Their love story is absolutely breathtaking!

Boaz represents Jesus and His work in our life. Sister! When we read the Word of God, Jesus wants to meet us right there on the pages of the Holy Script! He wants to speak to us, He wants to provide for us, comfort us and wipe away our tears. If Boaz did this for Ruth, how much more does Jesus desire the same for us?

I don’t know where you are today, but this I know, your Redeemer wants to meet with you in the fields of His Word! Keep your eyes on Him, don’t stop walking, He is Faithful and Loyal and He is committed to you! You are greatly loved!

Lenna Rivera

Lenna was born and raised in Volgograd , Russia.  She grew up in the family that did not know Christ and at the age of ten she and her brother found a Gospel preaching church and became first generation of Christ followers in their family .  At the age of eighteen Lenna felt a strong calling for missions and the Lord opened doors for her to become a missionary to the country of Georgia.  Today Lenna and her husband, Zach, reside in Nebraska,. They have 2 sons together. Lenna enjoys cooking, spending time with the family and a good harty in-depth Bible study.  Her husband leads worship at their local church. Lenna enjoys writing about the things God reveals to her through the reading of the Word.

Family Tree

Key Verse: 1 John 5:1-5 (NIV)

My husband began this new year by logging onto an online genealogy database and researching our family tree to pass along to our children and our children’s children and on down. It has been interesting listening to the different stories he has unearthed during this process. Through it all we have found ourselves saying things like, “If Great, Great, Great Grandpa hadn’t moved the family from Sweden to Canada…,” “If Great Grandpa hadn’t met Great Uncle…” “That’s when the spelling of our name changed…,” “That’s where that tradition came from…,” or “We almost wouldn’t have met.” My husband’s activity on our genealogy has coincided with my usual New Year activity. January is the month I open my Bible to the book of Genesis and study the beginning of our family tree.

In the beginning, of course, is our so-many-greats-I-cannot-list-them-all grandparents Adam and Eve. They rebelled and brought the wrath of God on this world. Their son, our just-as-many-greats-as-Adam, Uncle Cain, had issues as well. He killed his brother, Great you-get-the-point Uncle Abel. Cain lost his inheritance completely, was disowned, and a new family line had to be started.

We don’t know as many particulars about the new family line from Adam to Noah; so, I play a math game called “How many generations did Adam see before he died?” (The answer is eight. Adam died 126 years before Noah was born.) Then I look at the data and ponder the implications.  Some of it adds to the story. Such as, Noah’s father, Lamech, died five years before his own father, Methuselah, died. Methuselah died during the year of the great flood, and he didn’t ride on the ark; so, either he died that year before the flood began, or he died during the flood. Lamech was lamenting over “the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed” when he named his firstborn son Noah. Had some of the family forgotten why God cursed the land by this time? Of course, Adam was 874 when Lamech was born; so, maybe Adam was too tired to tell the story, yet again, of how he and the wife lost the family Eden and brought God’s wrath down upon the entire world. Methuselah had a good example of how to walk with God, however. His father, Enoch, walked with God for 300 years after Methuselah was born. He walked with God 300 years! “Then he was no more, because God took him away.” (Genesis 5:24)

Family trees can be so humbling, can’t they? Someone, like Enoch, challenges me to walk closer to God. Sometimes, however, I look at our family tree and feel embarrassed, and other times I look at it and wonder if future generations will look back and be embarrassed to find me on it. We all come from a very long line of sinners and interesting characters, however. Not one of us alone is righteous enough to call ourselves sinless.

Thankfully, we have a very creative, patient, loving God. Even in Adam and Eve’s rebellion, God foretold His redemption plan before He gave them His discourse on sin’s consequences (Genesis 3:15-19). God did lovingly confront Cain about sin before Cain chose to kill his brother (Genesis 4:6-7), and I believe He wanted Cain to make the right choice. God gave our forefathers commandments to live by so they knew the difference between right and wrong, and commanded them to live it out every moment of the day and impress it upon their children “so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give, and so that you may enjoy long life” (Deuteronomy 6:2).God the Father has given us that all powerful antidote for sin now. Jesus. It’s now administered when we admit our sins; believe in the power of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; and it is forever renewed through a maintenance program of daily prayer, time in God’s Word, and counseling with the Holy Spirit. Just as Woman was renamed Eve to show her  new beginning (Genesis 3:20), we are renamed Child of God; a new creation through Christ Jesus (1John 5:19).

We were not told we could ignore His commands, however. Jesus has made them possible. See how it is told in 1 John 5:1-5. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: to keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

It is something everyone is eligible for, and everyone is in need of. This is what I want to impress upon my children all the hours of the day, and with all my heart, soul, and strength as written in Deuteronomy 6:4-7.“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Dear Father, thank You for Your love and strength. I am Yours, and I give myself to You completely. I was once a slave to sin, but You have broken the bonds of my sin, and You have conquered Satan’s attempts to separate me from You. I love You, LORD, with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength. I am placing Your commands upon my heart, and I am working to impress them upon my children. I will talk about them when we sit at home and when we walk together, when we lie down and when we get up. My faith is in You and so is my family. I pray this through the powerful name of Your son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Lorinda Freeman

Lorinda has a passion and desire to teach children about the love of God.  She is a homeschooling mom of four and together as a family they work within their church with the children’s programs making sure the hearts of all the children are being taught God’s love for them.  Lorinda and her husband, Chris, make their home in Hibbing, Minnesota after Lorinda had endured extensive travel growing up as a Navy “brat”. 1 Thessalonians 2:6-13, “We are not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else.  As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.  We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.  Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.  You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.  For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

I Just Need to Trust

Key Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV)

I realize this isn’t just happening to me. God is speaking into the hearts of women all over the globe, I’m just this instrument.

I started reading a new book.  Well, it’s been around a few years, but it’s new to me and I just have to take it a little at a time or my heart may just burst into spewing lava of tears.  This writer, she’s pretty amazing, and you may know who she is.  Her name is Jen Hatmaker.  The book is Interrupted.  I encourage you to join with me in reading it.  Life change.

In the course of my barely started reading I have come to the understanding that God is, at this point and time, simply wanting me to trust Him.  Not just trust as in with the little details, health, happiness stuff, but WOW trust. More trust than I fear is in me.  More trust than I’ve ever given before.  More trust than I put in my husband kind of trust and more than I share with my closest of close friend kind of trust. Yes, that very huge amount of trust.

Yep, I said trust that many times in one paragraph.  Do you get what I am saying here?  I have gotten into a place of contentment.  Content with just the little things being fine and content with the poor living around me, children going hungry, people’s heart’s broken, and living a life of just being fine.  To live a life of more requires GREAT trust.  A trust that, I’m afraid, most of us do not understand.

In Exodus 14 (you really should read this awesome chapter) we can see what it took for the Israelites to put their trust in the Lord.  This is the big trust I am talking about.  Everything about their life, from the hair on their head to what they eat to where they travel to; it all had be trusted to God.  The Israelite slaves had been set free by Pharaoh and when they had been gone a few days Pharaoh decided he had made a mistake letting them go.  God spoke to Moses and told him what they were to do because God had a plan for Pharaoh.  The Israelites did not understand what God was doing through Moses and so they complained, but by the time they all crossed the sea that God divided in half and they turned to watch as God annihilated Pharaoh and his army in the great waters, they then put their TRUST in Him and in Moses, His servant.

I don’t think that I need such a demonstration to put my trust in GodHe has already proven Himself over and over in so many ways through history and in my life that there is no need for me not trust, but yet I still lack somehow.  Today as I sit and type this article, I find my life and the lives of my family in a crossroads.  We felt a release from the church that we called home and have been in search of a place to worship for many weeks now, but have yet to find what feels right for us.  Our trust is needed here.  We know that God has a road that He wants to lead us down, but we have no idea where or how.  Our trust is needed here.  I know that I am supposed to reach the hearts of women and this ministry is just the start. MY trust is needed here.  So, I have no great answers for you on how you are to trust, but I know that God does not want us to be ok with the content of the little things and all that goes on around us.  He wants us to live as He would have lived.  Is there something that you have felt you are being called to help with or do?  It just takes one step, one call, one prayer, one written word.

Lord, I come to You, a woman who has let life become fine and I am not okay with that.  I want to be used by You to fulfill the calling You have laid on my heart and life.  I can only do that if I completely TRUST in You with absolutely everything within me.  I give it to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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.