Faith and Delight

31 Days on (1)

Our pastor explained pain is the great equalizer. No one is able to escape it. Pain can get us stuck in a cycle of the past while others move forward or we become paralyzed. Pain causes us to internalize a hurt and transfer it to our identity. God calls us to identify a hurt and transfer it to him. (listen to the whole sermon here) 

Matthew 17:14-20 identifies a wilderness season. A child was possessed by a demon which caused him to become ill and act like a lunatic. The disciples were unable to call out the demon even though by this time they had seen Jesus do so.

“When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.  I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him.”  And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once.

Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?”And He *said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”

Is it possible that Tirzah (she is my delight) begins with faith the size of a mustard seed? Faith that turns to action? That is what we saw yesterday with Jesus and David.
Delight whether in a wilderness or on a mountaintop has the action of obedience as a central theme.

Always Good

I’m writing over at Daughters of the Deep today. Here’s a preview:

Have you ever been in church and found yourself struggling to sing a worship song? Maybe the words on the screen or in the hymnal cut a little too close to home for present circumstances? For me, the hardest times to worship are when God feels distant or in a stressful season, I have allowed my faith to waver.

Groupon Christmas

I know football season is just beginning, but as a coach’s wife, I have learned that if I wait until after the season to start thinking about Christmas gifts, I’ll miss out on all the best deals.

I’ve teamed up with Groupon to pass along some of my biggest tips for getting the best prices on the most popular items and not compromising on quality or time. Although this is a sponsored ad, the opinions expressed are my own.

Tip #1 Make A List

If you haven’t spent time browsing the Groupon website recently, you might be surprised to see how far their stock has expanded. Groupon continues to have local deals for restaurants and activities, but they have expanded to include nationwide sales for products. They aren’t hiding these deals either. Besides a phone app and daily emails Groupon posts products for sale on their Facebook and Twitter pages as well.

I keep a list of people to purchase presents for on my phone. If I have an idea of what I’d like to get them I’ll add that in. Every day when I’m reading my email, I take a few minutes to see if anything matches my list.

A quick look at the Groupon Site has the ideas rolling already!

Stocking Stuffer WWE Toothbrushes for my boys 

Wireless speaker for my husband

Tip #2 Space out the purchases

Football season is expensive for us. Besides school starting back up for our kids we travel to games, eat on the run a few times a week, and of course, there are the game day meals. If I’m not careful, I’ll find myself short on gift money.

The great thing about Groupon’s deals changing is that there is often something new to consider.

Tip #3 Embellish

In my opinion, the best gifts are the ones with the personal touch. For example, check out this Groupon for 2 30 oz Stainless Steel Tumblers.  At $37.99 with FREE SHIPPING over $34.99 and FREE RETURNS, this is an excellent, risk-free gift for a co-worker or friend. Getting it monogrammed or adding vinyl designs puts this over the top and can still make this present under $25 total. The best part is, if you’ve followed tips 1 and 2 then you have plenty of time to create the perfect personalization.

Tip #4 Price Compare

A quick search of the Apple MacBook Air on Groupon’s site reveals it’s just over $80 LESS than my over favorite online shopping site. Nothing makes me feel better about a high-cost purchase than knowing it’s the lowest price I can find. With free shipping and free returns, this becomes even less of a risky buy.

Although these tips may not be surprising to read, I hope that I’ve provided enough of a plan to get your idea wheel turning to help create a holiday season that is filled with joy and less stress. Less time battling crowds in stores sure helps me! 😉

 

There is one stronger in the wilderness

I’m writing about the wilderness today…here’s a preview:

For some summer is wrapping up with just a few weeks left, for our family summer has transitioned to football season. The kids and I will still enjoy some late summer excursions, but for the most part, summer has transitioned into fall.

Fall can be overwhelming for me. The transition to school hours, school activities and after school activities usually means many hours in the car and less time for rest. The calendar days of overfull weekends and very few white squares has arrived again and it will be a steady marathon pace of “on the go” until after the holidays.   Read the rest HERE