He’ll do it again and again and again!

Take a look at this picture.  I promise it isn’t just a random blurry set of pixels taking up space. This is me, Amanda, in early November of 2015.  Looking closer, ever so closer, you can see the start of something so precious, so beautiful.  You see, right in the middle of this seemingly pointless ultrasound picture is the very beginning of our beautiful son, Callen.  This picture was taken at a clinic when I was (according to OUR dates) approximately 6 1/2 weeks pregnant.  Where’s the baby?  That’s all…

Oh, how He loves us!

Written By:  Amanda O’Reilly who attends Oasis Church of the New River Valley and sings with Reverb Worship.  Find more of here writing here: www.musingmojo.wordpress.com or  follow her here: www.facebook.com/aoreilly2 He is jealous?  For ME? Think about that for a minute.  Really think about how THE Creator of the universe, the Father of our salvation, the very same God who spent time with Adam and Eve, the same God who sent HIS son to die for us… He’s jealous for you! Wow. So often, we sing songs about how big His love is for us, how much He…



thoughts from Teresa Martin: As a woman who works full time, volunteers her time and tends to a family as well as trying to remain a good friend… I realize that I struggle with finding balance.  My to-do list is NEVER done.  Is yours?  Do you also struggle with finding the balance?  Should you finish folding those clothes, or take the kids hiking?  Or steal away with your man for some much needed time out? Read this excerpt from Anita Renfroe on “balance”: I understand my washer because I feel unbalanced a lot of the time. This is not something that’s easy for…


3 Benefits of God’s Waiting Room

We as human beings are likely one of the most impatient creatures of all.  As Americans in our culture we are continually being taught that we don’t need to wait.  Everything is becoming faster and more instantaneous.  Remember film cameras?  It’s a lot of fun developing black and white film, watching and waiting as that image comes to life on paper.  I remember several years ago, before I acquired my own digital camera, I was at a festival and taking pictures.  There was a very cute little boy that had spiked-up hair and I asked to take his picture….

Finding Faith in the Dark

Shared post from Proverbs 31 Ministry.  Writer Glynnis Whitwer shares about feeling “betrayed” and how Jesus always brings us hope.  From the blog: A friend once told me, “Don’t doubt in the dark what you know to be true in the light.” Faith truly is a choice. We can choose to doubt, or we can choose to believe. I’ve come to discover faith isn’t fragile when it’s placed in the right person. Faith in Jesus is rugged, strong and sustaining when we make the brave choice to trust Him. – See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/page/2/#sthash.OXKcepNf.dpuf

women's word wednesday

Women in Society: The Challenge and the Call

Today’s shared blog post comes from Crossway.org. There is much to be said these days about women and the role they play within our culture and society. Many women these days have added to their roles in and outside of the home.  This post talks about where we are and what we should be doing to allow God to use us as instruments in sharing Jesus with others. From the blog… “Our society urgently needs the influence and action of Christian women.”   “But a nation without underlying spiritual values cannot long endure. As Christians, we are supposed to…


How Women Can Disciple Younger Women

How should you disciple young women? That’s a great question.  Today’s shared blog post comes from Crossway.org and mentions looking at 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12, where Paul’s methodology for discipling is explained. “In verses 2 and 8-9 Paul tells us about his focus on the gospel. He says his aim in discipleship is to declare the gospel of God, even in the midst of great conflict.”  There is great conflict in our midst these days as political views get heated and people become divided rather than united. “Therefore, we disciple others with the gospel in mind. Our practical aim in…

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10 Disciplines of a Godly Woman

Today’s shared blog post for#WednesdayWordForWomen come from Crossway.org and is adapted from the tract “10 Disciplines of a Godly Woman” by Barbara Hughes. Train Yourself for Godliness Discipline seems like a hard word, but discipline is your lifeline, something that you learn to embrace and thank God for as you grow in him. The apostle Paul links the idea of discipline with spiritual life: “Train yourself for godliness”—referring to a spiritual workout— for “godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Tim. 4:7–8). A…

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The Resilient Service of Jesus and Mothers

Sharing this gem today for #WednesdaysWordForWomen.  The excerpt comes from Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline by Catherine McNiel. Read the first chapter for free here. Check out the latest from Catherine at catherinemcniel.com. Picked up from TheDiscipleMaker.org Just as I sneak away from my children, hoping to find a hidden corner and five minutes’ peace, Jesus made his own escapes to quiet places. Just as my kids sniff out my hiding place, so Jesus’ followers tracked him down, too. He knew the irritation of being awoken…

Love Intentionally When Your Husband is Overwhelmed

Love Your Husband Intentionally

Shared Blog from Kathi Lipp, author of 17 books, speaker, and host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast. It’s Wednesday, so that means it’s time for #WednesdaysWordForWomen.  🙂  And while this post is for women, it’s for women who want to be the help-mate God designed them to be for their men.  In this post, Kathi mentions often getting asked the question:  What should I do when my husband is overwhelmed?  Let’s face it, we know that marriage is not always “happily ever after.”  There are struggles and hard times to endure.   From the blog: And I get it…