In 2014 I wrote over 230 posts, and after reviewing my posts I decided to share some of my favorite blogs posts with you, just in case you missed them.
A Godly Husband, Who Can Find? As little girls, we have an innate desire and longing for our prince. We daydream about our wedding day and what it will be like to ride off into the sunset with one who loves us and would do anything for us.
My Real Like AHA Moment I am about to share my heart with you in a way that I never have before. The story that I am about to share is a very ugly story with a beautiful ending (Lord willing).
Life Comes Back: A Wife's Story Of Love, Loss, and Hope Reclaimed This book touched me in many ways. First I was crying and then I was laughing (so loudly that my sister-in-law came out of her room to make sure I hadn't lost my mind). There are so many parts of Tricia’s story that had me nodding in agreement. Loss is loss and it hurts, it makes us angry, it frightens those that love us. It is freaking hard! I found it helpful to read that I wasn't alone in some of my reactions and struggles.
Scrapbooking Inspiration These are a few of my mom's amazing scrapbook layouts for Graduation, Prom, and First License.
Biblical Lessons on Fear, From Disney's Frozen I think what struck me the most about this movie, were the Biblical lessons that can be so easily taught using the film. While Disney claims that they do not make movies to promote ideas or teach lessons but to entertain, every story has a message and Frozen’s message about fear is one that is hard to miss!
A Prayer for the Childless This was one of my favorite posts because it was inspired by my sister-in-law Krystle. Her struggle was one that I had watched for years, but never truly grasped until I wrote this post. I can happily announce that God is blessing our family with a new baby girl in just a few weeks! God is so good!
Confessions of a Water-Walker I am a water-walker, or at least I try to be. I deeply desire to have a relationship with God, that is so radical, so sold-out, that no one around me would ever have to question who I follow. I want to see the power of God work in my life, and in the lives of others. I believe with all of my heart that God the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit are alive and active in my life and the lives of other believers. I believe that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we can move mountains.
Crying Out In Blood: Teen Cutting When I was about 14 I met a boy, he was depressed, a thinker, felt misunderstood, and kept a razor blade in his locker. He taught me about cutting, and how it took the pain away and made you feel “in control”. He was right, about the cutting. That’s exactly what it did. It was powerful, more powerful than even I knew.
Sexual Abuse: My Story & How To Talk To Your Kids When I was around 7 years old, I was playing hide-and-go-seek with a group of kids in my neighborhood (I lived on a road that was nothing but family members – mostly extended family). While we were playing one of the older boys told me to hide with him in an empty house. He then took me into a bedroom and tried to get me to have oral se* with him. Clearly, I was too young to understand, and thankfully one of the other kids came in and I’m assuming this helped stop the situation. At this point I was scared, and I remember leaving and crying.
The Time I Got Divorced & Remarried This is my redemption story. From getting divorced to getting remarried, God was by my side every step of the way. I couldn't always feel his presence, and there were times when I didn't deserve it, but I can see now that He knew exactly what He was doing. He knew the plans He had for me, but I didn't, and it killed me.
My Unfinished Series: 31 Days Through the Book of James (hopefully I will complete this series in 2015)
Poking Holes In The Gospel Today I did something I don’t normally do, as a matter of fact, I have never done it before. I asked my son if he would like to read my daily reading with me. I am in the book of Matthew, so I gave him a bit of background on what had happened up until the point of Matthew 16. It was so amazing to hear some of his thoughts, the thoughts of an 11-year-old are quite different from those of my 31-year-old brain. In chapter 15, John the Baptist is beheaded, to which Jordan responded: “That must have been so weird for that girl to take John’s head on a platter to her mom”.
Spice Things Up! 30 Day Marriage Challenge - This is a series I am currently working on.