#Write 31 Challenge Last Day!

Here it is October 31, the last day of this fun challenge! I hope that those reading have enjoyed this as much as I have. I promise to keep posting!

The last Word of the Day- Perseverance

To persevere is to continue, or press on, towards a goal, even when you don’t want to.

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Even when it’s hard.

Even when the odds are against you.

Even when you just want to give up.

We’ve all had those moments. Maybe it’s an exercise program, never-ending project at work or school, or (even harder) trying to kick a bad habit. What keeps you motivated and focused on your goal?

In the Bible, Paul’s final instruction to Timothy advises him to run from evil things and stay focused.

Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses. (1Timothy 6:10-12)

Have you been called to do something that requires perseverance? Pray for guidance and help from God and he will help you see the finish line!

#Write 31 Challenge- Word of the Day: Fear

October 30 Word of the Day: Fear

Just in time for Halloween!

top_spider_factsOther than ghosts, goblins, and spiders, what are your fears? How many times have you allowed your fears to get in the way of your dreams?

In Isaiah 41, we can find the comfort that only God can provide when we are full of fear.

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Imagine a life where you fully trusted God and turned all your fears and worries to HIm. What would that look like?

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October 28 Word of the Day- Hunger

As the mother of four sons (11, 15, 16, 18) this is a very familiar word. Teenage boys are ALWAYS hungry! Some mornings I am greeted with the question, “What’s for dinner tonight?” before I’ve even brushed my teeth. My husband and I do our best to keep healthy options available for snacks for the boys, but sometimes I hear, “There’s nothing to eat.” This makes me sad and frustrated and I remind them that as Americans, we have no idea what it means to be truly hungry.

This really sunk in for them when my sons and I had the privilege to volunteer for an organization called Feed My Starving Children. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit.prov22-9-h

Feed My Starving Children provides life-saving meals to people who need them most all over the world — from countries affected by
natural disaster to places enduring economic despair. FMSC meals have been distributed in nearly 70 countries through missionary partnerships at orphanages, schools, clinics, refugee camps and malnourishment centers.

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FMSC believes in sustainability – they don’t simply send one shipment of food to a country. Instead, they continue to provide their mission partners with the food they need to maintain their feeding programs.The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and they ship these meals to distribution partners. FMSC meals have reached nearly 70 countries around the world in our history.

Our local church hosted a “mobile pack” and we assembled the packages of meals. It was a fun, rewarding event and became meaningful to my sons when they realized that with little effort, we had provided food for thousands of children in just 2 hours.

Would you consider doing a Mobile Pack event at your church or other organization? For more information click here:

Feed My Starving Children 

It’s so shiny!

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It’s here! My author copy arrived and this is the first time I held my book. So many emotions…..

The greatest part was the anticipation on my family’s face as I opened the package. They have seen me write, re-write, and pray over this book. My husband has seen the pain and fear. God has seen me through all of it.

Out of the Darkroom, Into the Light: A Story of Faith and Forgiveness After Child Abuse will be available to the public very soon!

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October 27 Word of the Day- Patience

This is a hard one for me. I’m the type of person who decides I want to do something and I want it NOW. If my husband and I talk about getting a new piece of furniture, I’m ready to head out the door to start shopping.

Our culture feeds into this need for instant gratification with promises to help us get rich overnight, lose 20 pounds in a month, become famous, etc.. So when our plans don’t work out, it’s easy for us to become frustrated.1234911_10152266350473902_1271463092_n

The same is true of our faith. We pray and ask God to help us and of course He hears us, but the answer may not come in the time or fashion that we are hoping for. God wants us to grow from this and to develop endurance. This can be very difficult when the prayers are for a cure, answers for a hurting loved one, or a medical miracle.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. …James 1:2-8

God has His plans and timing for us. We just need to be patient and faithful!

I’d love to hear about a time when you needed to remind yourself to be patient and rely on God’s timing.

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October 25 Word of the Day- Hope

Hope is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Hope is the basis of Christian faith and appears many times in the Bible. We can grow closer to God when we find hope in His word.

Psalms 71:14  But I will keep on hoping for your help; I will praise you more and more. (NLT)

Proverbs 13:12  Hope deferred makes the heart sick,  but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. (NLT)unnamed-2

How do these verses speak to you?

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October 24 Word of the Day- Appreciation

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Many times in our lives when we are faced with a difficult situation or hardship, it may feel as if God has abandoned us.

Consider the crucifixion of Jesus. When it was happening, His disciples surely felt as if God had abandoned Him. In fact, Jesus even asked God why He had forsakened Him.

It isn’t until after we have experienced a trial that we are able to see that it was part of God’s plan for us and appreciate what we went through.

Looking at the crucifixion again, it wasn’t until Jesus’ resurrection that God’s plan was made clear. I think we can all appreciate that!