What Will We Do With All Of These False Teachers?

I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed yesterday searching for something interesting while I waited for my daughter to finish her dance class.  My eye caught a post and the title made my heart sink.  We have yet another false teacher in our midst.  How many is that now?  Like 1,578?  Or is it 1,579?  I lost count a while back.  This “beware of_____” post was written by one of those people who enjoy keeping us all informed of the false teachers out there.  Just in case we were all too foolish to recognize the numerous false teachings of the countless false teachers out there.  So, friends, What Will We Do With All Of These False Teachers?

It seems like almost every time I scroll through my newsfeed, there is yet another alert of a false teacher in our midst. It really is quite alarming since I can’t listen to someone’s teaching or read an author’s book lest I get accused of supporting a false teacher – because I am not clever enough to determine the difference between opinion and false teaching…right? What Will We Do With All Of These False Teachers?

It seems like everyone and their grandmother is a false teacher these days.  However, I am afraid that the disgraceful designation of “False Teacher” is tossed around much too easily today.  We take something a speaker says out of context – they are a false teacher.  We spot some men in their audience, they are a false teacher.  This speaker says it’s OK to have money – oh my goodness, she must be a word of faith supporter!  False teacher alert!  False teacher alert!  And so on it goes…a downward spiral.  PS – Have I mentioned before how we Christians are so easily offended??? Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ Sept 8

Often, when we go through painful life experiences, we can feel very alone.  People don’t understand – and how can they if they haven’t been through something similar?  That’s why I liked Emily’s post, When You Feel Alone, because regardless of how we ‘feel’, we are never truly alone.  In her post, she offers practical ways to work through those tough journeys.  Please head over to her site and read her wonderfully encouraging post!

Emily, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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When Pruning Yields Abundant Fruit

We’ve been in this house for a full 2 years now.  It’s been so good!  Yes, the changes we had to make to get here were scary, but they were also freeing.  When we viewed the house just over 2 years ago, I fell in love with the plum tree and the grapevine in the backyard.  We knew nothing about growing plums or grapes, but how hard could it be, right?  Well, fall ended and we knew we had to prune.  We thought we had pruned enough from both – but only the changing seasons would tell us.  Spring rolled around and the plum tree was in full swing.  But the grapevine…well, that was a different story.  As the months lead into late August, we realized that there was a big problem with the grapevine.  There was no fruit.  Well, we weren’t about to make the same mistake again!  We pruned all the way back to the original vine…and waited…again.  This is When Pruning Yields Abundant Fruit.

Pruning can be intimidating and scary – both in a physical sense and a spiritual one. We have to cut off unfruitful things from our lives and that decision can be met with doubt and uncertainty. However, the abundant fruit from that pruning is well worth it. When Pruning Yields Abundant Fruit.

Pruning is hard…and terrifying.  Sometimes we aren’t sure if we are doing it right.  We worry that maybe we are getting rid of more than we should.  That’s how we felt both times we pruned our grapevine.   Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ Was God an Introvert?

“I think you are lying to us.  You keep saying you are an introvert but you keep getting up there to share God’s word with us.”  I knew she was teasing about me lying, but I also understood what she meant.  It does seem like I have complete opposite ends of the spectrum – I am an introvert, but I love public speaking!  Weird, I know.  

But public speaking and introverts can live in the same body.  I’m proof of that fact.  I think that the misconception comes from a misunderstanding of what an introvert actually is.  An introvert is not someone who is ‘shy’ or never talks.  In fact, we are talkers…when the topic matters to us.  Seriously, get me going on something I am passionate about and I won’t shut up.

Lois’ blog post title intrigued me.  I’ve never thought about the question myself, but it really is such a good one!  And Lois addressed it perfectly  – and this was great, “Just because someone is an introvert doesn’t mean she’s shy or shuns crowds or hates public speaking. Likewise, just because someone is an extrovert doesn’t mean he wants to be running with a large pack 24/7.”  Hop on over to her site to read Was God an Introvert?

Lois, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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Grace & Truth ~ 3 Ways to Surrender Your Glory to God

I love reading the encounters various women in the Bible have had with Jesus.  These encounters show me that Jesus is not afraid of our sin.  On the contrary, He longs to take our sin away from us.  In my Bible Study of John, I loved digging into the story of the Samaritan Woman – so much richness there.  These scandalous women – women with a past – find redemption and healing through Jesus.

I loved reading Kelly’s take on the story of the woman who washed the feet of Jesus in her post, 3 Ways to Surrender Your Glory to God.  She talks about laying our glory before the Lord and serving Him wholeheartedly.  Hop on over to her site to read her fabulous post!  Your heart will be encouraged and challenged.

Kelly, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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3 Effective Tactics that Destroy Jealousy

I felt the claws of climbing…to a place it does not belong.  If it got to that place, it would be so hard to get rid of it…this monster.  It threatened to destroy as the talons gripped the loose strands I dangled before it.  I had given it a taste – just a little bit – and that tiny bit only increased its insatiable appetite.  Unless it is killed, this beast will not stop with just a small morsel.  It will devour so much more than what any of us want it to.  I am sure many of you know this mammoth monster.  It’s is jealousy.  And it threatened to crawl into my heart several weeks ago.  From this experience, I learned 3 Effective Tactics that Destroy Jealousy. 

Have you ever heard someone share how God has blessed them and you started to complain that you didn't get the same blessing? I have...recently, in fact. And God convicted me right then and there. His truth penetrated my heart. Here are 3 Effective Tactics to Destroy Jealousy.

* There is a printable set of worksheets and Scripture cards at the bottom of this post – totally FREE.  

It starts so innocently, you know.  I hardly even noticed.  Actually, I was even ready to justify it.  A couple at church were sharing their experience at our church as they were saying goodbye to the congregation.  They were leaving on a positive note.  One statement sent that monster into a tailspin.  She was talking about how they were invited for lunch after their first Sunday attending.  How welcoming and warm that must have been!  That’s the way it should be!  Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ What Do You Need Most In Trying Circumstances?

Sometimes, the Lord provides comfort through the unexpected.  

I remember reading the Facebook post.  The one that was about me.  The one that was gossip disguised as a prayer request.  Gossip that was a complete lie.  Someone very close to me was spreading a lie about me.  The hurt was deep.  The pain unspeakable.  How could she do this to me…again???  Her, of all people?  I felt the tears starting to burn my eyes.  

But I couldn’t cry here!  Not right in the middle of the kids’ piano lesson!  I knew my efforts to stop the tears would be fruitless.  The piano teacher was chatting to me about some songs one of the kids could try.  I looked at her and said, “Sharon, can you please pray for me?” and the dam broke.  The tears spilled over.  My body was trembling.  I was a mess.  A weeping, wailing mess.  

What did Sharon do?  Immediately, she came to me, sat beside me, put her arm around me, and started praying.  When she was finished praying, I felt calmer.  She asked me what was going on and I shared everything with her.  And she offered wonderful, Godly wisdom.  And I knew I wasn’t alone.  

When I read Maree Dee’s post, What Do You Need Most In Trying Circumstances? well, you can see why it resonated with me.  She shares her own story of when she was desperate and someone unexpected sat with her in the mess.  She wasn’t alone, either.  Hop on over to her site to read her post. Read More

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9 Distinctive Qualities of Godly Leadership

“I’m going to do what I want to and I don’t care what you think!”  Yeah, those words came out of my husband’s mouth during an argument early on in our marriage.  He’ll be the first to tell you that he wasn’t exactly Prince Charming back then.  Really, we both were pretty much a hot mess.  When we talk about those days, Marcus will bring the conversation right around to what the root of the problem was. He wasn’t a believer.  He was not leading his family in Godliness.  In fact, he was going in the opposite direction.  His view of ‘leading’ his family was worldly leadership.  Leadership that demands its own way.  Thankfully, that all changed in 2004.  Here are 9 Distinctive Qualities of Godly Leadership that my husband has displayed in our marriage and family.

What does it mean to lead your family in Godliness? How does a husband lead? Here are 9 Distinctive Qualities of Godly Leadership that I see in my husband.

You know that thing I said my husband said several years ago?  Well, he wouldn’t fathom saying such a thing now.  Why?  Because he has grown into a Godly husband. He has come to a strong understanding of what it means to lead his family in Godliness.  And guess what the fruit of that is?  A wife who joyfully submits to her husband.  Oh, yes, I know, Scripture doesn’t say for us wives to submit just when we feel like it or when it’s easy.  BUT…when your husband displays Godly leadership for his family, it sure makes the submission thing a whole lot more enjoyable!   Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ 3 Benefits you Gain by Praying for Your Marriage

If you’ve been around my blog for any length of time, it wouldn’t be difficult for you to see how much I value prayer.  Especially prayer over my marriage.  Really, prayer is what got my hubby to come to faith in Jesus – not my nagging.  Not my relentless invitations to come to church.  Not my own perfect faith (ok, how about ‘holier-than-thou’ persona???  Sound better?).  It was prayer.  Desperate prayers from a desperate wife.  It has been prayers – by both of us – that have made our marriage rock solid.  So, naturally, I loved Nicole’s post, 3 Benefits you Gain by Praying for Your Marriage.  

Nicole’s 3 benefits are spot-on.  We need to make sure we are praying God’s will for our marriages!  We need to understand the incredible strength in Biblical submission.  I had to submit to my guy recently – it was hard.  And I was disappointed that I couldn’t do what I wanted to.  But…for my guy to fully trust me and to feel respected by me…well, ladies, that will go a whole lot further than a nail appointment;)  I still want my nails done, though;)  Maybe in a few months…  We also need to understand the difference between fighting with our hubbies and fighting for them.  Nicole helps distinguish between the 2.  Head on over to her blog to read her post!

Nicole, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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How Does a Husband Wash His Wife in the Word?

Words cut deep.  Rejection is heartbreaking.  Friends come and go…sometimes on good terms, many times the termination is excruciatingly painful.  A family becomes estranged.  Tragedy crushes the soul.  Brokenness is inevitable in this shattered world.  I am sure, just like me, you’ve had a lot of experience with painful relationships and events.  This life is challenging and troublesome enough if we are facing it on our own.  However, having a Godly spouse who loves as Christ loves the Church sure makes a difference.  When a husband washes his wife in the word of God is one of the most rewarding aspects of marriage.  But what does it mean for a husband to sanctify his wife and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word?  How does a husband wash his wife in the Word?  

Paul tells husbands to sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word. Does he mean that our guys need let us have baths on a regular basis? No. It means so much more than that. It roots the mystery that is the union between husband and wife. And it is so good. If you’ve been wondering How Does a Husband Wash His Wife in the Word, this post will help.

My husband understands this verse quite well.  He washes me in the Word often.  But there was a time when he didn’t understand this truth.  I was reading one of my journal entries from our first year of marriage.  I was struggling through the disclosure, flashbacks, and repercussions of childhood sexual abuse.  This is what I wrote: Read More

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