Faith, Grace, Hope, promises

But God Says…

Labels. We all wear labels. Some labels are good; some not so good. Some have a negative impact on the way we view ourselves, on the way we think others see us. Others give us the confidence to walk forward, believing we are worthy of the good things in life. Some tell us we have… Continue reading But God Says…

Faith, Grace, Hope, promises

Relentless Pursuit

Jacob and Esau. The twins who fought, even in the womb. Animosity ran thick as they battled for their parents’ affection. Esau was loved by his father, and Jacob was his mother’s favorite. It started with the birthright, when Jacob convinced his starving brother to sell it for a bowl of soup. Then, with his… Continue reading Relentless Pursuit

About Dena, Hope, parenting

We’ll Figure It Out

I was born an organized, detail-oriented, planner. Literally. My mom was unconscious for five days after I was born. By the time my mom and I were stable enough to come home, the nurses had me on a strict schedule. I would take a bottle and go to bed at 10:00 pm, and I would… Continue reading We’ll Figure It Out

About Dena, Faith, fatherless, Ministry Vision

Crazy God-Given Dreams

There’s a movie called, “The Gods Must Be Crazy.” I can’t say I have ever watched the movie, but there are times I feel that way about my God. Have you ever really looked at the things God asked people to do? He told Noah to build a huge boat because He was going to… Continue reading Crazy God-Given Dreams

election 2016, Hope, Pain and suffering

Reclaiming Peace

The election is over. The ballots are in and we have a new President-elect. And what a surprise it was. On election day, I was waiting for results to begin pouring in. I was filled with a mixture of excitement and fear, enthusiasm and dread. The election season was nothing like what I had hoped… Continue reading Reclaiming Peace

Hope, Pain and suffering, parenting

When the Earth Shakes

Oklahoma is known for tornadoes. But, did you know that Oklahoma now leads the nation in the number of earthquakes? Most of the earthquakes we have are small. I’ve missed most of them simply because they have been undetectable to the normal person. Several weeks ago, however, we had one that was impossible to miss!… Continue reading When the Earth Shakes

Faith, Grace, Pain and suffering, promises, Spiritual Growth

I’m Desperate

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1 I received a message from a friend recently. “What do you do when the bad stuff just keeps coming? Not… Continue reading I’m Desperate

Faith, Hope, Pain and suffering, parenting, Spiritual Growth

I Can’t Handle It!!

Have you heard the saying, “God won’t give you more than you can handle?” That is an outright lie! The Sunday after I learned of my husband’s affair, we went to a new church. The pastor was preaching a series on, “You Can’t Handle It.” He spoke of the trials of this life and how… Continue reading I Can’t Handle It!!

Faith, Hope, Pain and suffering, Spiritual Growth

Questions, Questions

“Mom,” she began, tears running down her cheeks, “I just don’t understand. Why? Why did God have to take my daddy so soon?” My heart broke as I took her in my arms. The tears streamed down my own cheeks. Few things are worse than seeing your children hurt. And, when you don’t have answers… Continue reading Questions, Questions

Faith, Hope, promises

Are You Living on Saturday?

It’s Saturday. The day between the crucifixion and the resurrection. I woke up with the disciples on my mind, wondering what they must have been thinking, feeling, experiencing. They had watched their friend, their teacher—the one they believed to be their Savior—hang on a cross and breathe His last breath. Dying with that last breath… Continue reading Are You Living on Saturday?