When Jesus Finally Made Sense To Me

Rosalynn LasleyFaith, Motherhood, Trials1 Comment

Months of planning had gone into one little camping trip with friends.  It seems so silly to plan months in advance to sleep outside on the dirt, but Alaskan summers are something we long for, and time off from work is much desired during the season where the sun doesn’t set.  If you want to take a day off in the summer time, you must ask long ahead of time, otherwise you’ll blink and it will be dark and snowy again.  A two hour drive, deep into the woods was on our agenda, and I looked forward to nothing more than a raging bonfire, and s’mores shared with some of the best people I have ever know. There’s just something about quality time spent with incredible people around a fire, that renews my soul.   It was the weekend before our big camping trip when I started to miscarry. Suddenly this trip we had planned so far ahead of time, seemed a little less ideal for me.  I didn’t want to deal with that out in the middle of the woods. I didn’t want to be a mess physically or emotionally in front of anyone. I didn’t want to be away from home.  My home is my … Read More

And All God’s People Said…

Madison RosserFaith, Redemption4 Comments

I love to break out into song. I think it’s in my genes. Growing up, my mom made up a song for everything, and whenever I visit my aunt, uncle, and cousins, singing is a respectable, possibly preferred, way of communicating. I sing frequently to my students, and sometimes they will even sing back. When I picture heaven, I imagine song. Not somber singing. Not our modern praise- and-worship-style singing with the lights dimmed and our eyes closed. I picture a good, old-fashioned, gospel choir belting out their exuberant tune, choir robes a-swaying, hands lifted in jubilation, soulfully singing in beautiful harmonic layers. And the song I imagine is the old traditional gospel chorus of one lyric: “Amen.” Amen. The simple word to end a prayer. I remember being in Sunday School as a child and my teachers ending their prayer with a call to response, simply stated, “And all God’s people said…” Our little hearts would shout a hearty “Amen!” with glee. Amen. It is so. Let it be. Whatever we just prayed. May it be so. As a child, I somehow developed an idea of what “God’s people” looked like. I can tell you my image was pretty straight-laced. … Read More

Grasping vs. Grateful

Madison RosserFaithLeave a Comment

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I am greedy. Not in the traditional sense of the word. I mean, when it comes to possessions, I suppose I struggle against American commercialism with the best of us, but as I often find myself telling my husband in moments of emotional discontent, “I just want it all!” Let me explain by giving you some examples: I want to be disciplined and dedicated and get up every morning to run five miles, but I also want to sleep in and eat donuts for breakfast. I want to go on grand outdoor adventures in our beautiful state, but I also crave days at home where I stay in my PJs and drink copious amounts of coffee and binge watch TV shows and eat pizza for dinner. I want to travel the world, but I want to live down the street from my grandmas. I want to be a stay-at-home mom one day, but I also want to be a full-time teacher. I want it all, and let me tell you, the struggle is REAL. The world is a beautiful place and … Read More

5 Tasks While You’re Fasting

Jen CudmorePrayer & FastingLeave a Comment

Is there something specific we must do during a fast, any action or behavior that’s required? We discussed in previous posts that fasting is more than merely abstaining from certain foods or fluids. It’s about connecting with God and proclaiming our desperation for His intervention in our lives. So how exactly do we do that? By following the example of the disciples in Acts 13: “1 Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers…. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” While they were worshiping – that’s when God responded. The word ‘worship’, as defined in a couple different online dictionaries, means “to show reverence and adoration; to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion“. How do we show God reverence and adoration? How do we regard Him with great respect, honor and devotion? 1) We praise Him. Not only does God deserve our gratitude for all the good He’s done in our lives, He … Read More

When Pinterest Put Me In My Place

Rosalynn LasleyTrialsLeave a Comment

It was no sooner than I opened my eyes to start the day, that my feelings were hurt. My feelings were so hurt I ended up in tears, and the rest of my day was ruined. I hate days like that. It didn’t seem to matter who I talked to about my situation and hurt feelings, nor how much I prayed about it, my bad mood followed me around like a big brown cloud for the rest of the day. In an attempt to justify my bad attitude, I scrolled through Pinterest. If Pinterest can teach me how to make 22 mouth watering crock pot meals, using nothing but fishing line, dryer lint, and a handful of gummy bears, surely it can help validate being a grump because my feelings were hurt.  That’s not what happened though. With one little quote, Pinterest put me in my place, and I wasn’t expecting that.  The quote said “Was it a bad day, or was it a bad 5 minutes that you milked all day?” I’m not sure who’s quote that is, the pin didn’t say, but to me it didn’t really matter. It kicked me right in the bad attitude. Later that … Read More