• 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…

  • 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…

  • Heart,  Writing

    Everything Has Died

    A spoken word by the talented Tony Sciacca. You can contact Tony at toneshock1@yahoo.com. Enjoy the video! Welcome Home!Subscribe now to The Hallelujah House to receive tips on preparing the heart,  home, and harvest.  Join our community today!  undefined Join our community  undefined Name Subscribe Please fill all the required * fields.

  • Heart,  Writing

    Are You Experiencing a Spiritual Attack?

    Trapped in a barn stall I couldn’t see it, but I felt it’s hot breath on my skin. It snarled and loomed over me. I spun around feeling for the door to escape, but there was none. I flailed my arms to push it away from me but felt air as it darted out of the way reappearing behind me.  I woke up screaming. That same morning around 5 am, I found my husband, Jay, sitting on the sofa, staring into his coffee cup. He’d asked why I was up so early, and when I told him, his eyes widened. He’d had the same dream, only in his version he…

  • Heart

    A Gift for God

    Preparing the Heart Growing up, my parents often invited people over for dinner the pastor’s family, people from our church, and missionaries traveling into town—sometimes they stayed for weeks. Looking back, I marvel how momma handled this with ease. I’ve lacked that talent for being hospitable. I become a stress case thinking about cooking dinner for anyone outside my family. What if I burn something or something gets cold while I’m making something else. How in the world do you time it all? What if…I poison someone! Welcome to my internal dialogue. I’m embarrassed to admit the first dinner I made for my husband (we were dating at the time)…