Watch your mouth: It’s not just a word from your mom.

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“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh the joys of those who take refuge in him” Psalms 34:8. TASTE – and see that the Lord is good. The words of this scripture are purposeful. As a kid, I often heard my mom say, “Watch your mouth!”. She would hear me speak some sortRead more

Simple ways to stay focused; overcoming a distracted faith

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Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”  When I read this verse, I imagine to live it, must feel like sitting beachside listening to the rhythmic sound of the waves rolling in. It’s amazing how ocean waves effortlessly draw us into peacefulRead more

Exhausted Faith and Hope Found in A Red Sea Revival

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I woke up that morning, and suddenly the thing I had been fighting for all those months before – just wasn’t important. My usual, “Thank you, God for the day you have given,” before my feet hit the ground prayer, just wasn’t there. My heart was heavy, and my mind distracted. Life at this pointRead more

Common to Uncommon

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We all want to be a person with purpose. Many of us were taught in school to push through the common, and obtain the uncommon. Common means; everyday, familiar, ordinary, ubiquitous, usual. Uncommon means; extraordinary, phenomenal, rare, exceptional, unusual, unique. Weighting these terms in my mind– hands down, Uncommon wins every time. Who wouldn’t want toRead more

Eyes of Fear & Fiery Faith: Part Three

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My husband and I recently experienced one of those scary parts of parenting. Our daughter was playing at a party with some friends, as she did, she fell and her fall resulted in a head injury that caused her to be unresponsive for a few seconds. Although the seconds of unresponsiveness were probably more likeRead more

Maintaining a Fiery Faith in the Eyes of Fear: Part Two

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My name is Jessica. I remember for a grade school class assignment asking my parents how they chose it. Their response? “Because we liked it.” Nothing heroic, or poetic about it – nothing other than, “We like the way it sounds.” I remember walking away from that conversation a bit let down (sorry Mom andRead more

4 Steps to Surrender; the day I stopped trying to fix it.

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The day I stopped trying to fix it… Alone listening to a podcast on my way to work that day – just me, Jesus, and a wandering mind mulling through events of the morning, processing things that didn’t happen, and those that did, but should have gone differently. I’m a fixer – maybe, you areRead more

God is prepared even when we are not

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Wait! That was the word that shrieked through my mind. I could feel it, that word… It screamed at an ear shattering decibel as it started at the back of my brain did a couple loops around and just as it was about to zip out of my mouth my lips clamped shut. I’m notRead more

He paid it ALL

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4–5) Jesus paid it all.Read more

Emotions & God

There are days, life throws giant emotional boulders in our way that take the form of financial stress, lack of sleep, workplace drama, relational issues, etc. No matter the shape – they’re hard, sometimes scary, nasty looking – painful boulders that strike emotion, emotions that we may or may not successfully manage…. I recently hadRead more