Sometimes faith looks like walking in the opposite direction, going against our natural tendencies and everything we think we know. It’s uncomfortable, intimidating and…like a breeze of fresh, brisk air awakening the senses. Listen carefully, walk closely, God is doing something great.
“This is your reminder to blog today” This message pops up in my notifications every Friday. But lately, my drafts never seem quite finished. So, today I salute perpetual works in progress... “This is your reminder to see purpose in the process today. “
Isn't it funny how we attribute our own characteristics to God? We change our minds all the time so God must change His mind too, right? How often do we embark on a mission, project or task only to let it fall by the wayside? We become distracted with other endeavors or discouraged by imperfect … Continue reading Continue
When I think of God’s goodness, I alternate between tears of gratitude and dances of joy. But maybe you’re thinking “God is good? How is that true with all that’s happening in the world? With all that’s happening in my life?” Because God’s goodness is not conditional. Goodness is His nature. He is always present, … Continue reading God’s Goodness
I’d stopped and started more times than I could count. Waded into the water only to quickly retreat to the familiarity of the shore. What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I needed to do something different. I needed accountability. I’d done writing conferences and workshops … Continue reading The Blessing of Accountability
Let’s hold fast to the promise of redemption and restoration, grace and growth, purpose and provision, a hope and a future. God’s transforming power and enduring love are at work. Don’t lose heart.❤️
Around this time last year, I tried my hand at microfiction with The Writer Magazine’s 100-word contest. I don’t consider myself a fiction writer but, with time and a $10 entry fee to spare, I thought “Why not?!” So color me shocked when I finished as 1 of 50 semi-finalists. Ok. Not bad. Was I … Continue reading “Why Not?!”
Let gratitude be the attitude of the day. “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.”Psalm 9:1 ESV
If you’re scratching your head thinking “Wait. What happened? Barnabas Blessings? I thought this was The Published Journey. Is this right? Am I in the right place?” Yes! Same blog, different name. Let me explain… Who is Barnabas? Acts 4:36 introduces Joseph, nicknamed by the apostles, Barnabas, meaning Son of Encouragement. He was known for … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
“I grew up with quilts like these.” I remembered the quilts folded in closets, spread across beds and laid on floors as pallets. I remembered sleeping soundly tucked under their heavy warmth. To my young eyes they were just fabric scraps stitched together, a colorful hodgepodge, a mosaic of everyday life. So as I stood … Continue reading Ordinary’s Impact