Learning to Pray Boldly

Today, I welcome Sarah Geringer to the #BeBoldGirl series.  She is taking some bold steps in her life these days and I know her words will inspire you to do the same. Welcome, Sarah! In my current season of big changes, I’m learning to pray boldly. This week I announced my intent to quit my…

When we focus on the pain instead of the joy ahead

When the contractions came, I didn’t recognize them. I thought my back hurt from the weight of carrying 36-week twins. When the pains became more regular and only minutes apart, I changed my mind. “Bring her into the hospital,” a nurse announced casually when my husband called concerned. Maybe we should have mentioned two babies…

Make Passionate Prayer if you want Peace

Have you ever wept bitterly? Your whole world falls apart and all you can do is pour out your anguish and sob your heart out. I wept bitterly when we moved to the States from loneliness and missing my home. I wept bitterly with the shock of a cancer diagnosis. I wept bitterly when my…

A challenge to break the rules

I discovered something about myself a few years ago. I am a rule-breaker. I don’t like anyone telling me what to do. Of course, I don’t always go against their instruction. However, other times I do, even if it has the potential to get me in trouble. I find some reassurance in my rebellion, because Jesus was not…

Bold Enough to Need Help

I’m so glad to welcome my friend Sarah Travis back to the blog.  Sarah was our very first #BeBoldGirl and I am anxious to catch up with all that has happened in her life since then. Welcome, Sarah! Thank you Rachel for inviting me back to your #BeBoldGirl series! I previously shared about stepping away…

Who do you trust in a crisis?

My friend and I owned a boat with blue and purple sails. It was a small sailing dinghy with just enough room for two people. We kept our boat on a large lake just outside London. On a weekend when the weather was nice, we would drive down, drag our boat into the water, hoist the…

Welcome a God who loves to be part of the day-to-day

Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali. Matthew 4:13 I visited Capernaum on an October day of bright blue skies. The sun high overhead burned the back of my neck and the top of my arms. I sought relief under the branches of…

Be Bold to Pray and Believe

I’m pleased to welcome my friend and fellow cancer survivor, Stephanie K Adams, to the #BeBoldGirl series.  You’ll be encouraged by her story of praying God’s Word through her roughest days.  Welcome, Stephanie! It has been exactly five years since the word ‘cancer’ rang in my ears. Shock, disbelief, and fear were immediately present, to…

The power in a special place to pray

Do you often feel like you’re playing catch up—with your sleep, eating well, exercising regularly, laundry, and many other aspects of everyday life? With my constant traveling, I know I do. Often we can feel this way about our spiritual lives, too. We fall behind in the time we spend on feeding and nurturing our souls. We…

How to stop being pushed down and stand up strong

Hannah knew the pain of living with a mean girl. The constant niggling comments, made when no one else was around. The jibes so subtle her husband, Elkanah never noticed. Hannah never had any relief from the tormenting because Peninnah was the other wife of Elkanah. In ancient biblical society, it was acceptable for a…