Friday, November 10, 2017


The I Am of All I Ams

I recently completed a YouVersion reading plan "The Book of Mysteries" by Jonathan Cahn. Day 2 of this plan was mind-blowing and life altering for me.  

Mr Cahn shares with his readers the name of God, YHVH, (Yahweh) the sacred name of God that is fairly familiar to Bible readers. 

"It is the most sacred of Names, so sacred some refuse to say it. And yet you say it all the time."

"When you speak of yourself, you say the Name. When you feel happy, you say, 'I am happy.' And when you're not, you say 'I am sad'. When you tell others who you are, you say, 'I am' followed by your name. "YHVH means 'I Am.'

Isn't that profound?  God is so woven into our existence that we aren't able to speak of ourselves without first speaking of Him!  

This realization has made me very aware that when I speak negative words about myself, I am actually taking His name in vain!  I am His precious, chosen daughter.  He created me for good works, yet many times I am blasting near profanities in His face when I speak negatively about myself.  

Let's all be careful when we are tempted to say, "I am worthless, I am stupid, I am a bad mom."  Instead, let's remember that He is our origin, our creator, who gives us our very breath, and let's praise Him remembering that "I am enough" because I AM goes before me!!

I highly recommend this plan.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Let's Do This!

I have been completely overwhelmed (in a good way!), by your comments and emails regarding the YouVersion Bible plans I wrote and submitted this year!  Thank you!

Your comments have inspired me to use this blog again.  I won't commit to a regular writing schedule, but I will be posting here, so hold me accountable! 

I have some good news!  

Read that!  Week 8 was submitted just today, and will be published on October 30.  I can't wait to share it with you.  

Keep those comments and emails coming.  You are a blessing to me!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

You Version Bible Plan

If you clicked on this very outdated blog, it may be because you read the You Version Bible reading plan for moms.

I hope you find words of encouragement and hope from my life experiences. Additional devotional days will be coming in January.

Overwhelmed by my Blessings: Encouragement for Moms

You can also read another plan I wrote, Choices.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


I'm doing a little bit of blog thinking and have recently moved our blog over to this one. Still unsure what my plans are. I'd like to get back to least occasionally.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

For Married Men

Saturday, Dirk and I had the opportunity to share during three breakout sessions during a marriage seminar.  This is the hand-out Dirk compiled for the men.  Have any more thoughts or suggestions to add?  Wives, your input is encouraged too!

For the Men

LOVE your wife…with actions and words.  Ex:  open her car door, praying, reading your Bible, tithe, help put the children to bed.

Be the head…not the tail! (or the butt) Spiritually lead her!

Tell her she’s beautiful.

Listen better….turn off the TV or gaming system.

Write love notes

Bring small gifts…it really is the thought that counts!

Give her longer kisses…not just the peck on your way out the door.

Leave work at work.

Continue to pursue her…even though you’ve already caught her.

Hold her hand.

E-mail and text her

Take her on surprise dates

Take care of the cars

Finish those home repair projects (or hire someone to finish them)

Read your Bible and pray out loud for your family

Give her lots of cuddle time

Be her best friend

Tell her you love her often….and tell her why.

Share your dreams with her:  Family Vision

Thursday, February 25, 2010

What Do You Think?

Which is God more interested in?  Our holiness or our happiness?

What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Warrior Princess or King?

This week Dirk and I are focused on material for sharing at an upcoming marriage seminar. This is a previous post from March, 2008. Share your thoughts?

The message series at right now is “Warrior”. If you didn’t get a chance to see it last weekend, it’s a “must-see”. Watch it here.

In the message, Craig Groschel says that the Church has emasculated our men, our warriors. I totally agree, but I think we women have had a lot to do with that. Even emasculating our own husbands.
Think about it:

We train them to put the seat DOWN after they use the toilet.

We purchase hair removal products, “encourage” them to pluck their eyebrows, and talk about the “disgusting rugs” on their backs.

We invite them into our frilly, pink, lacy bedrooms (or living rooms—hey! I’ve seen some!)

We relegate “their stuff” (hunting trophies, pictures of the guys, military things) into the garage, their bathroom, the closet.

We “encourage” them to speak nicely (translated: “act like me, a mommy”) to our children, even when they have misbehaved. “Honey, you’ll hurt their little feelings”.
I don’t know about you, but if the tables were turned, and my guy expected me to be like him….well,… makes you think.

Maybe some of us shouldn’t wonder why when he:

Shuts down
Quits trying
Doesn’t want to be at home
Won’t go to church with us

Craig encouraged us girls to be Warrior Princesses, to stand by our Warriors . I’m thinkin’ there are a lot of us that just want to be The Princess, or maybe The King.