Month: June 2015

Nikki’s BeLoved Story

My sweet friend sent this request for my Beloved Story as I was in the midst of the biggest storm I have ever faced. At first I told her, NO! I thought had nothing to give. “I don’t feel Beloved right now,” I thought to myself. I felt like the house was crashing down around me and I was cowering in a corner of the closet that would fall in at any moment. No hope! Only brokenness. BUT…God meets us in the brokenness and walks out onto the water in the storm to calm US. Not necessarily to calm...

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Blooming Blossoms

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not...

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Re-receive

After stepping out of the “regular world” and immersing myself into the wild abandon of the lifestyle Jesus had, I came back really different. Maybe it was the selling of pretty much all my stuff, watching my washer and dryer get loaded up on a dolly and wheeled out. Watching my couch get carried away. Loading up my big flat screen into my car and then putting it in a friend’s car, never to be seen again. I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t purchase another tv for the next 4 years and counting. I didn’t know I was done...

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Looking My Stove in the Eyes

For much of 12 years, I was forced to cook for 5 people multiple times each day and every week of the year. No questions asked. This began at a very young age. Part of my story equals a “trapped” existence and much of my bitterness to overcome, revolved around the kitchen, where I had spent the majority of my teen years. While others were enjoying concerts and Friday nights with their friends, my evenings… mornings, afternoons… etc were spent prepping the carrots, beans, rice, and potatoes for the next meal. And often kale, wheat berries, and flax oil...

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Unplanned Fatherhood

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” -Matthew 7:9-11 When I found out I was going to be a father, it was early in our marriage and I was terrified to say the least. This wasn’t part of the immediate plan….what about money…time…..work….ME. Things didn’t fit the plan that...

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