• 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…

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    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…

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    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…

  • Heart,  Writing

    When Jesus Becomes Less Like Me

    I’m writing this from my hotel room in Tiberias, Israel. My husband, Jay, surprised me for my 50th birthday with a trip to Israel. I’ll admit, I feel bit spoiled albeit grateful, and blessed to be here. The night Jay and I arrived we decided to venture out in the dark and walk around the streets of Tiberias. Foreign food smells filled the cool air, exotic music and street vendors all called out “American’s! I work you a deal.” Further down, we land on the steps of an ancient ruin that looked like an old church of some sort, but I couldn’t read the sign it was written in Hebrew.…

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    God Doesn’t Need Us

    This morning Bella’s Transitional Kindergarten class delivered the chapel message for the lower school at The First Academy. Dressed in chef hats and aprons, Bella and her class acted out a skit that explained our part in God’s kingdom. The Master Chef—a boy named Kipton—played  the role of God. He asked all the other bakers to join with him in baking a cake. Another student stepped forward, “But you don’t need us to bake the cake, You’re the Creator of the Universe You can do it all by yourself.” “God” explained, “I don’t need you, but I want you to partner with me.” (that was the message—not exact wordage.) They…

  • Heart

    God Answers Prayers in Unexpected Ways

    My Toyota Scion sped pass the “Welcome to Maryland” sign. I’d been driving over twelve hours from my home in Orlando, Florida. Finally, my GPS announced I’d arrived. I pulled into the driveway and stared at the house I’d now call home. I resented the move—this disruption in my life—but I’d lost my job due to an economic crash. I’d spent months praying and sending out resumes to no avail. Until one day I received an offer for a design position. The only problem…the job would require a move to Maryland. My heart sank at the thought of leaving life-long friends, family, and the only town I’d known as home;…

  • Heart,  Writing

    When God Shuts the Door

    Preparing the Heart: “What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open.” Revelation 3:7b New International Version Every doctor’s door I opened—feeling hopeful—closed without remedy. For five months, I suffered with sever sinus inflammation, head pressure, ear -popping, and migraines. No one could locate what caused my debilitating health problems which left me feeling hopeless, and I feared I’d die from it. During this time, I led a group of over 100 women through a Bible study called, “Me, Myself, and Lies” by Jennifer Rothschild. Some in my study noticed that I struggled with anxiety and the inability to focus, and they prayed for…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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,…