• 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…

  • 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…

  • Writing

    Welcome 2020!

    Everyone at the Hallelujah House would like to wish you a blessed New Year! We’ve had a nice holiday respite and ready to provide our readers with some great content in 2020. In January our theme is Spiritual Warfare. We will start off this month by examining the signs of a spiritual attack. Mid-month we will focus an entire week on the armor of God and the job of each of the spiritual armors. We have two articles on prayer: one will illustrate the power of prayer and fasting, the other will focus on when you are called to pray. We also will look at alcoholism and the rise of…

  • 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…

  • 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)…

  • Heart,  Writing

    The Bests Gifts Can Come in Ugly Wrappings.

    “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 ESV Throughout the two days shooting these clips, my son Nick was running a fever.  I was suffering from a broke toe and sore hip from a fall down the stairs…almost wiped out on that fence. LOL! Drone wouldn’t work. Animals were not doing what I was telling them to do, but through it all, I prayed and told God You make the video what you want it to be. So, He’s the One who pulled this one together. The kicker mistake was leaving…

  • 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…

  • Harvest,  Health

    The Gift of a Healthy Cookie

    Preparing Health and Harvest “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.” I Corinthians 6:19 English Standard Version The Bible tells us that our body is a temple and for me one way in treating it as such is providing proper nutrition; but I’ll be honest, I’ve struggled with eliminating certain foods from my diet.  When I entered motherhood, I prayed for the ability to teach my little ones to have a healthier pallet than I had. I hoped they would crave foods that are good for them, and I’ve made…