21 Truths: God Hates Sin

God Hates Sin

Hate is such a strong word.

And I think it is an overused word, kind of like love.

Consider all of the different ways we use these two power-packed words.

I love those shoes. I hate this weather. I love the K-State Wildcats. I hate lima beans. I love Saturdays. I hate people who cut me off in traffic.

I could probably write an entire blog post (or book!) following that love-hate pattern, but you get the point. Love and hate are pretty common words, and pretty over used ones at that.  [Read more...]

21 Truths: God Is Sovereign

God is Sovereign

I must admit that sometimes I don’t have all the answers.

Google is one of my best friends when it comes to the mundane questions that I have: Can you eat sour cream past its expiration date? How can I keep moss from growing in my yard? What are the symptoms of a mold allergy?

Although Google is a mighty powerful tool, it doesn’t have all the answers either.

Especially when it comes to the hard stuff.

Like the questions I am asked as a minister. [Read more...]

21 Truths: God Gives Joy (#EverydayJesus)

God Gives Joy

I have loved music for as long as I can remember.

Growing up, my sister and I would spend time playing in the basement listening to old school records while Mom sewed. At night, we would pop in one of those nifty little yellow children’s cassette tapes and listen to tunes about coming around the mountain when she comes (whoever she was), Michael rowing his boat ashore and the like.

But now, over two decades (decades!?!) later, there is one song that still sticks in my head… And heart. [Read more...]

21 Truths: God is Trustworthy

God is Trustworthy

Would you say that you are a trusting person?

For me, my answer would probably lean towards yes. Sure, there are a few folks out there that make me raise an eyebrow as to whether or not I can legitimately trust them, but for the most part I try to give people the benefit of the doubt.

However, there was a point in my life that trusting other people was an issue. Specifically on almost every leadership retreat I ever attended, especially if a ropes course was involved. [Read more...]

21 Truths: God is Good

God is Good

Parenting a tiny human is a learning process.

Our daughter is just over a year old now, and while we understand the general logistics about how to keep her alive (eat food, change diapers, don’t chew on electrical cords, etc) it seems like everyday there are new discoveries and questions that we must answer about our parenting “tactics.”

Like how to teach her table manners. (Eventually.) Or how to keep her from exploring her new chompers by taking a chunk out of my arm. And even the little things about how we speak to her and vocabulary that we use.

There are a few things that I want my daughter to hear as she grows and a lot of principles that we hope to raise her around.

One of my big ones that has been on my heart lately is the use of the word “bad.” [Read more...]

21 Truths: God Never Changes

God Never Changes

Change can be a hard part of life.

But it is also a very necessary part of life.

Without change, I would still be that third grader with bird-nest bangs, braces wearing a lace-collared dress. And although it maybe was the “style” back in the early 90′s, nobody wants to see me like that today (including myself.)

Without change, we wouldn’t grow, learn, struggle or experience victory.

So change is hard… but necessary.  [Read more...]

21 Truths: God is Forgiving

God is forgiving

I come from a long line of grudge holders.

Maybe it was because of my family’s background? We jokingly say that we have a right to be stubborn because after all, our roots originate as Missouri mule. While we joke about this, I certainly don’t say this to brag or only in fun… I mention this because learning to forgive (and forgive rather quickly) has been a bit of a challenge in my Christian walk.

I am getting better at it. But still have a long ways to go. (Stinkin’ stubborn heart! Gah.)

Fortunately for my foot-dragging forgiveness struggles, I have a great example to learn from: God. Which brings us to another truth in our series of “21 Truths about God:” [Read more...]

21 Truths: God is Infallible (#EverydayJesus linkup)

God is infallible

Welcome to another week of our Everyday Jesus link-up. Be sure to link-up below this post, comment on your neighbor’s blog and share with your friends… Because Jesus is everywhere, every day! 

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Every now and then, I ask my Beloved Husband for input on bloggy topics for this website.

As I was praying through this “21 Truths About God” series for the days leading up to Easter, I wanted his perspective. So I plopped down on the couch, notebook in hand, and challenged Brandon to help me come up with this Godly traits or “truths.”

We started shooting them back and forth. Some came pretty quickly, like loving and faithful. Brandon said “Infallible,” and I responded with “Yeah! That’s a good one!”

I wrote it down. But a few moments later we both paused, looked at each other and said, “Wait a second… What exactly does infallible mean?”  [Read more...]

21 Truths: God Provides

God provides

I didn’t grow up in church. So when I graduated college and started chasing after God with passion, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I heard about the “tithing 10% gig.”

TEN PERCENT?!?! That was like, a lot of money, especially for a recent college grad who was learning how to manage her money (and wasn’t very good at it yet.) While I  managed to pay my bills each month, sometimes it was pretty close and involved a lot of stressed out tears.

So the whole idea of following God and giving Him back MY money in what seemed to be quite a big chunk was a turn off for me. I figured that there must be some loophole or disclaimer for recent college grads with credit card debt who really liked to eat sushi.

But now that I fully understand what it means to truly follow Jesus, I realize it wasn’t a nickel and dime issue… It was a heart issue. [Read more...]

21 Truths: God is Faithful

God is faithful

Have you ever made a purchase or received a gift that you were really, really pumped up about, but once you got it home to try it out, it failed to live up to its expectations?

Yeah. Me too. Talk about a heart-breaking moment.

My most recent encounter with an experience like this was with an incredibly awesome running jacket. See, my sweet (and crazy generous) mother-in-law has been cheering me on in my quest to become a runner in 2014. Runners apparently need running gear, especially if you live in a rather rainy state like Washington. (Note: I am NOT complaining about the rain. Running in the rain is not my top five most favorite things to do, but if I was living in most other states, running outside in Jan-March would be nearly out of the question.)

Anywho. Runners need gear and I realized that running in the rain two or three times a week in a sweatshirt wasn’t a very productive idea. So my darling MIL offered to by me a waterproof running jacket. [Read more...]