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

A Holy Love At The Cross

Heather GillisFaith, TrialsLeave a Comment

I hope you enjoyed the love poem and prayer of God’s agapé love for us from last week. God’s love is a holy love. One that forgives and selflessly gives eternally forevermore. There is never an end or amount of God’s love. But sometimes God’s love doesn’t feel very loving does it? Let me explain. Six years ago my husband and I endured the biggest tragedy parent’s could ever go through—the loss of our son. He was born with an undetected kidney disease that was incompatible with life. He lived only two short weeks on this earth before he went to heaven. When he died I couldn’t believe God didn’t heal our son. We prayed so hard for him to be healed, didn’t God hear our prayers? If God loved us then why didn’t He heal our son? As time went by, I went before God with this very question and His response was “I did heal your son just not in the way you asked me to. He indeed is healed and living a life that is free from disease, pain or sorrow, he is no longer suffering.” Wow, God was right, He answered every single one of my … Read More

7 Reasons Why People In The Bible Fasted

Jen CudmorePrayer & Fasting1 Comment

What was the purpose behind Biblical fasting? Was it just an old-fashioned law that people had to follow, or was there more to it than that? A few years back, I developed a curiosity about fasting, so I spent a few weeks studying what the Bible had to say. I learned there are several reasons for fasting, many of which go hand in hand.  Why people in the Bible fasted: 1) To better hear God’s voice.When they wanted an answer, they would inquire of God and seek His instruction. It was a way to help them limit distractions and focus on His voice.Scripture References: When the tribe of Benjamin sinned and rebelled, the other tribes sought God for direction on how to respond (Judges 20). Daniel fasted often to seek God’s direction, and at one point an angel came to deliver a message (Daniel 10). After Jesus died, the Disciples sought God for direction on how to spread the gospel (Acts 13). 2) To mourn and lament mistakes.When they sinned, fasting was a way to repent of habitual sin and seek the restoration of God’s favor in their lives.Scripture References: Many times in Scripture, the Israelites turned away from God. … Read More

To Sacrifice For Love

Jen CudmoreFaithLeave a Comment

What have you sacrificed for those you love? For moms, there is much we give up, at least for a while. Sleeping through the night. Watching adult TV. Freedom to be spontaneous. Food on our own plates. Privacy in the bathroom. This sacrifice has many forms. Much of our time and attention goes to driving our children to sports or events. We change diapers for two or three years (per child!). We clean up messes of all kinds. We stay up late for sleepovers. We make sure the cheesy macaroni and chicken nuggets are not touching on plates so no one has a meltdown. What about for our romantic relationships? Some wives get up early and pack a lunch for their man, or start his car so it’s warm when he leaves.We watch movies we aren’t really interested in because that’s what our spouse wants to watch. We run errands for each other. We go out of our way to find the perfect gift. We pick up dirty socks from the corners of the couch, or dirty underwear off the bathroom floor.  All because we love them. When your husband or children ask you to do something, like stay up … Read More