He Loves Me No Matter What

I LOVE HER

I walk into her bathroom and I spy some blush and lip gloss on the counter. It’s a new thing for us. It throws me back to my teen years, trying all the Wet ‘n Wild and Cover Girl, figuring out just the right shade against my pale skin, mousy brown hair and freckles. I smile when I think of those same freckles splayed across her nose and wonder if she realizes how beautiful I think they are.

I was scared of these days–this transition from little girl to woman. I dreaded them, closed my eyes and sighed when I thought of them. I think I thought some strange version of my little girl would emerge suddenly, one I wouldn’t recognize, or like. We’re only in the beginning; the wrestling has just begun. But, so far, I’m saying this stage is my favorite. She’s the same little girl and yet with so much more humor and understanding. We can look at each other and say things without a word. The years have taught us our own language.

And yet, at every stage I’ve said it’s my favorite. As it turns out, I love her no matter what.

Read more over at Jessica Hoover’s place today.

Feathers #009 with Sarah Travis [Podcast]

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In this episode, I chat with Sarah Travis.

Sarah is a Scottish gal who moved to the US in 2012 to marry her American dream boy! She struggled through her early twenties failing to see God’s love, allowing hurt to shape and direct her paths. Having been rescued and redeemed by God’s grace and mercy, Sarah is now passionate about sharing the truths of God’s Word with the world. She has a desire to help women to study God’s Word in a way that will help them to be transformed by truth and live a life of freedom.

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In this episode, Sarah and I open up the episode chatting about her Scotland and her accent. Sarah then shares the story of how she met her American husband on a missions trip, moved to America to marry him and then how God moved them from DC and then returned them back, restored with a new perspective. Each step was made in obedience with faith.

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Scripture

In their hearts humans plan their course,
    but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9

 At the Lord’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the Lord’s order and did not set out. Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the Lord’s command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out. Sometimes the cloud stayed only from evening till morning, and when it lifted in the morning, they set out. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out. Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out. Numbers 9:18-22

The day after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hid when this trouble began, and wait by the stone Ezel. 1 Samuel 20:19

If we are faithless,
    he remains faithful,
    for he cannot disown himself. 2 Timothy 2:13

 

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Feathers #008 with Donna Jones [Podcast]

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In this episode, I chat with Donna Jones.

Donna Jones is a national and international speaker who’s traveled from coast to coast and to four continents helping women find and follow God in their real, everyday lives. The author of four books, including Seek: A Woman’s Guide to Meeting God and Raising Kids with Good Manners, Donna has been featured in magazines such as Parents and Better Homes and Gardens as well as numerous radio and television shows, including an upcoming interview on Focus on the Family. Donna makes her home in southern California where she lives with her pastor hubby, JP. They have three wildly funny, passionate teenage/young adult kids who they love to pieces.

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In this episode, Donna and I open up the episode chatting about her daughter’s wedding and places to visit in California.

Donna then shares the story how her and her husband needed to make a job change and struggled to see the next steps. In the midst of this her husband began facing health issues. They had to seek God diligently and then face their fears and anxiety head on to follow in God’s calling.

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Scripture

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Hebrews 11:8

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An Invitation to Increased Faith

Increased Faith

 

I tossed and turned in bed last night. With eyes closed and mind busy, I sent prayers up for the families of the Christians executed in Libya. I sent prayers for more Christians who are facing the same fate. I prayed not that the persecution would subside but that their faith be emboldened to stand for Christ. That a weak faith would not deny his name and give in to these murderers. Because you know what happens when people’s faith is strong enough to withstand persecution? People believe. Others are emboldened. I am emboldened.

I want a faith that is so strong that can withstand persecution. Not so I can have the reward that God says is ours if we are, but so that others will join me. American Christians, we need this kind of faith. If we think this type of persecution isn’t coming for us, we are naive.

And this is why I am now seeing the importance and the purpose of Feathers. Guys, if we can’t trust God to talk to our neighbor or start a new job, how in the world are we going to have enough faith to face a sword? (Asking myself too) We need to practice our faith in the little things so we can have the faith in the big things. We need to hear others’ stories about how God was faithful to them. We need the encouragement of other believers.

To have that kind of faith, we need a track record of God being faithful in our lives and it starts with us hearing God’s voice and obeying every. single. day. Every time we do that, we trust God more and then we can say without reservation, “Yes, the God I know through Jesus Christ is the one true God. He is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him.”

I believe God is inviting us on a journey to increased faith and it starts in the small. Won’t you join us every Tuesday on Feathers? Hear how God is faithful and know He can be the same for you.

 

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Matthew 5:10

But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

Matthew 10:33

Feathers #007 with Natalie Snapp [Podcast]

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In this episode, I chat with Natalie Snapp.

Natalie Chambers Snapp is first and foremost a follower of Jesus, then wife to Jason, and mom to one spunky daughter and two spirited sons with a crazy amount of energy. Choosing to follow Jesus at 27, Natalie is passionate about sharing the grace, mercy, and truth of God’s love regardless of your track record. She lives in the Midwest with her crew and tries to keep it simple by writing about the faith found in the everyday mundane. The outpourings of her heart can be found at www.nataliesnapp.com in the fleeting moments between being a wife and mother. She is also a contributing writer for The Mothers of Boys Society, the Whatever Girls Ministry and Group Publishing. Her first book, Heart Sisters: Being the Friend You Want to Have, will be published by Abindgon Press on April 21, 2015.

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In this episode, Natalie and I open up the episode chatting about family and managing the friendships of our young daughters.

Natalie then shares her testimony, including bullying she suffered in school, how she became a believer at age 27, how God placed her as a leader of MOPS  and how all of this worked together to lead to her first book Heart Sisters. Heart Sisters is for women who want to both be and have better friends. Natalie uses her own and others’ stories of successes and failures to illustrate what she has learned about girlfriend relationships.

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Scripture

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosperyou and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Isaiah 61

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2

 

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