• Harvest,  Heart

    Prescription for Election Anxiety

    Yesterday, I read online neighbors arguing over the election. One neighbor stated you can’t call yourself a Christian if you vote for Trump, another spoke against the Democratic socialist agenda and stated if you are a Christian you must vote Republican. They went back and forth slapping each other with harsh words slathered in pride.  I wish I could say this is extreme and uncommon, but we all know it has become all too normal.  So sad.  When we die and face our Heavenly Father, aren’t you thankful He’s not going to open the Book of Life, scroll down and find who we voted for in the 2020 election?  Remember Who’s…

  • Harvest,  Heart

    Showing Mercy During Covid.

    My brain screamed COVID! when I saw him slumped in a puddle of urine with dried vomit on his beard. I ushered my kids in a wide circle around him and into the hair salon hoping he wouldn’t awaken and glance in our direction. Inside, our stylist Chantelle told us due to the virus, my niece, Peyton and daughter would have to remain in the car. Hmm… I thought, when your establishment cleans up its sidewalks, I’ll let my girls sit alone in the car, but of course I didn’t say that. I explained a homeless guy slept in front of my car and I wasn’t comfortable with my girls sitting out…

  • Harvest,  Health,  Heart,  Home,  Writing

    Preparing for the Pandemic- Corona Virus

    I wanted to post today, to address the fears and anxieties over the Corona virus and how to prepare for it. We at The Hallelujah House have been busy preparing our homes and children for the virus as we would a hurricane coming into town. God speaks in His word to His followers on being prepared, but this does not mean preparing in anxiety or out of a place of fear. We need to recognize that fear is in opposition to faith and is a tool of the enemy. Do not wander into Satan’s camp by acting out of fear. Being prepared for troubles is wise.  Being prepared puts you…

  • Harvest,  Heart,  Writing

    Is Assisted Suicide Merciful?

                                                                                          The year after my sister passed away from breast cancer, my life aligned alongside a woman named Vanessa diagnosed with brain cancer. Walking with Vanessa seemed surreal at times, like a scratched record repeating the same sad phrase over and over. I often wondered why God placed my life on repeat, witnessing the same victories…the same defeats…the same end. Vanessa, like Tricia, lost her faculties one by one, the ability to see, eat, speak, walk, or swallow. Vanessa passed away on August 20, 2018. She was only 34 years old.             Both women surrendered not only their lives but placed their deaths under God’s authority. I mention these…

  • Harvest,  Health,  Heart

    The Silence of Suicide in the Church

    “My heart is severely pained within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, And horror has overwhelmed me. So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. Indeed, I would wander far off, And remain in the wilderness. Selah I would hasten my escape From the windy storm and tempest.” Psalms 55:4-8 (New King James Version)   Sometimes it’s not about wanting to die, it’s about not wanting to live with the pain. As the lead pastor of Inland Hills Church in Chino, California, Andrew Stoecklein began suffering from full-blown…

  • Harvest,  Heart,  Writing

    Wednesday’s Word

    “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10 English Standard Version. Today’s word is reflective of our theme in March. We at The Hallelujah House have decided to devote a month to writing articles regarding hot topics in our current culture. We realize not all readers will agree with our position, but we hope to create an environment that encourages healthy conversation over the issues we present. We do welcome healthy debate or encouragement by way of comments. Some of our topics will include, abortion, assisted suicide, vision boards…

  • Harvest,  Heart,  Writing

    Who Do You Say That I Am?

    He’s different—always has been. The type of guy who goes against the grain most of the time but can fall victim to peer pressure. My son, Christian, has had to work harder than the pack at everything from football to Algebra. For what he’s lacked in book smarts, he’s made up for in courage and earthy ingenuity. He’d survive in the wilderness, and if need be, step up to lead others out; but instead of Moses, he reminds me of David in the Bible, and a bit of wild-spirited Tristan in the movie Legends of the Fall. He’d want to kill the bear, but out of respect for such a…

  • Harvest,  Heart,  Writing

    We’re Not Created Equal

    I’d always vowed I’d never marry someone who thought I should be subservient. I wanted to be equal with my spouse. I didn’t want to do all the duties traditionally seen as “women’s work” alone. Today, I’m so thankful I have a husband who helps me, encourages me, and supports me. After being married for 10 years, I’ve realized that it’s okay to have “woman” and “men” duties, as long as you’re always offering to help each other out. God tells us to be Christ-like, and I believe it is often hardest to be so with our husbands because we are so comfortable around them. Sometimes, we can get caught…

  • Harvest,  Writing

    Inspiration From J-Lo

    Preparing the Harvest: “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2 English Standard Version. If there’s one thing for sure it’s this…my mother Priscilla raised strong women. When her daughters were knocked down by rejection, cancers, or sorrows we brushed the dirt off and moved on. Probably because Momma came from a long line of strong Alabama women with Cherokee backbones. Most probably because the women in our family know Who to go to when we feel weak in the knees. While watching the Super Bowl game on Sunday it was evident the commercial’s aim was to point out the strength…

  • Harvest,  Heart,  Writing

    How to Fight Spiritual Warfare part 2

    How to Fight Spiritual Warfare part 2: Preparing the Heart and Harvest of your life.   If you haven’t read How to Fight Spiritual Warfare part 1 you need to start there. You can access that blog post by clicking here: Note: Most of the material for this article is taken from Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God Bible study. I highly recommend the seven-week study, and it can be purchased at www.lifeway.com or a local mom and pop Christian bookstore in your area.   We are going to jump right back at the point we left off by examining the remaining armors Paul mentions in Ephesians 6: 10-15. The Shield…