• 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…

  • Harvest,  Heart,  Writing

    How to Fight Spiritual Warfare

    Preparing the Heart and Harvest: “Finally be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put…

  • Harvest,  Heart,  Writing

    Happy Sunday!

    Just now, standing on our back porch we watched a terrible bull fight. A pack of black Angus went up against a Hereford and pushed him through the wood fence. The fence splintered apart like matchsticks. The Hereford fell out the pen onto the other side. As he lay there, the herd continued to gore him, until my husband Jay, ran out and intervened. I’m grateful it appears the Hereford is going to be okay.  Some days there’s a battle in the bull pen so brutal you know one of them is going to get killed.  Spiritually speaking, there are days, we feel we are being gored by the enemy,…

  • Harvest,  Heart

    Plastered on the Front Pew (Part 2)

    Please note: If you’ve missed reading Plastered on the Front Row Part 1, I highly recommend you start there to have the complete story. You can find part one by scrolling down or clicking here: Plastered Part 1 “No matter how far I run I run into Your love And when I’m falling apart You won’t let me go.” By: Elevation Worship Part 2: In my life, the dawn of alcoholism started with darkness, as if a light switch flipped off inside me. After an intense fight with my husband, I announced I was done with our marriage. I shook my fist at God, “And you know what God, I’m…

  • Harvest,  Health,  Heart,  Writing

    Plastered on the Front Pew

    “Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony,. My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long? Turn, Lord, and deliver me; save me because of Your unfailing love.” Psalms 6:2-4 New International Version     Reeking of gin, one Sunday morning, I stumbled past the usher with glazed eyes. “If I had to be at church then it’s going to require some ‘liquid courage,”’ I thought.  I didn’t care if anyone could tell. A part of me dared them to confront me. I would have thought someone would’ve smelled it on my breath or at least felt…

  • Harvest,  Writing

    When God Awakens You to Pray

    Stranded on a country road, I’d asked my mother, “What good is prayer going to do anyhow?” She shot me her look, “You just wait and see,” she said. I waited. I saw. I was around 11 years old when I learned about the power of prayer, in a broken-down car waiting for God to answer my mother’s plea for help. After a few minutes, an elderly gentleman showed up with a can full of gas. It turned out, we had a broken gas gauge and gas was all we needed to get back on the road. We didn’t know that…but God did. Looking back, I know God has since…

  • Harvest,  Writing

    The Three Ingredient Gift:

    Preparing the Harvest Can you believe Christmas is here again? Where does the time go? Some of you are probably in the thick of madness that can rob you of  joy during this holiday season.  Scrambling for those last minute gifts causes unneeded stress. However, if you’re in that hustle and bustle this is the  perfect time to share God’s grace with others. It can be as simple as a compliment, holding the door open for someone, wishing them a Merry Christmas, or even just a friendly smile. Simple gestures  remind people what this season really means. Buying something off a shelf has been less appealing to me than cracking…

  • Harvest,  Heart

    Unwrapping Jesus

    Preparing the Heart and Harvest I wasn’t allowed to believe in Santa growing up, my father didn’t want to ever lie to us or allow Santa more attention than Jesus. Since I wasn’t allowed to believe, I felt I missed out a bit, so I’ll confess my sin right now… I’ve become a deceiver and allowed my kids to believe in the fat intruder. In hindsight, as fun as it can be, it’s also proven to be a big headache. For example, I buy special wrapping paper that only Santa presents get wrapped in, and once I’m done wrapping all the leftovers go in the trash for fear my daughter…

  • Harvest,  Health

    The Gift of Health

    Preparing Health and Harvest If I could have one wish for Christmas it would be more time. Over the past six years I’ve had three baby girls, and as a mom of three I have little time to take care of myself. Between nap schedules, drop off’s and pick up’s, the soccer games on weekends, and the evening ballet classes, time for my own needs eludes me. About four years, ago after the birth of my second daughter, I realized I needed to start taking care of my body. Having children in itself keeps you active, but I wanted my muscles back. So, I stole the time and began working…