Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Peace in the storm...

The storms of life seem to devastate us when we are in the midst of them. Take, for example, Mark Chapter 4. After teaching by the sea, Jesus entered a ship, taking his disciples with him. It's often hard for us to imagine Jesus having an earthly body like ours and growing tired, but he did and and he fell asleep in the stern of the ship on a pillow.

A great storm arose and waves beat upon the ship. It must have been some storm! Some of the disciples were fisherman and they knew the seas. They knew when to be afraid and when not to be afraid and for them to be afraid, it must a been quite a storm. 

The disciples found Jesus and asked him did he not care that they were about to perish. Jesus rebuked the wind and said unto the sea, "Peace, be still." The wind immediately ceased and there was a great calm. That's our God!

There are times that we wonder where God is when we're in the thick of the storm. When we feel like we can't take another step. When we don't have the energy to go on. Matthew 28:20 tells us exactly where he is. "I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." Friend, he's right there in the boat with you. He's in the midst of the storm. Call out to him. Ask him to rebuke the storm and calm the sea.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Signs in Life by Deanna Nowadnick

We're very happy to have Deanna Nowadnick with us today sharing a devotional and talking about her book Signs In Life.  Be sure to check it out!--K. Dawn

SIGNS IN LIFE: A Devotional
Deanna Nowadnick

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you;
He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

So often I’ve joked, “I just wish God would leave a sticky note on the fridge!” It wasn’t until the writing of my second book, Signs in Life, that I saw through the laughter. God hadn’t just put a note here and there, He’d actually placed huge signs in my life.

I really do want to follow God more closely, but somehow I’d missed His signs and overlooked His directions. And honestly, there were times I just chose to ignore His signs.

But God never leaves us. God never forsakes us. God has made us a chapter in His great story. Our lives have meaning and purpose. My pastor, Robin Dugall, says, “Life with God is not just about a heavenly destination. Our travels with God are part of His story, His purpose, travels that begin right now.”

So even though we’re on a divided highway, you going in one direction and me in another, we’re still on a similar journey. We’re all part of a greater purpose, a greater story. And when we miss the signs, real and divine, we can rest assured that God will redirect and refocus us, that He will get us back on track.

Whenever we got in the car, I used to tell my boys, “Buckle up. We’re going for a ride.” In life we’re all going for a ride. Our travels with God are an adventure in discovery and growth, an opportunity for each one of us to repeat the words of Moses, “Here I am.”

Heavenly Father, we thank You for going before us, for being with us, for making us part of Your great story. Be with us, we pray, as we travel through each day. May all that we do and say glorify You and Your holy name. In the Name of Your Son, Jesus, amen.
Deanna Nowadnick is the author of two books, Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God and also Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s GraceDeanna’s a Pacific Northwest native who’s been blessed with a wonderful marriage to Kurt. She’s active in her church, playing the violin Sunday mornings and serving on the leadership team. She loves Bible study and delights in meetings with various women’s groups. You can connect with Deanna at She’s also on Facebook, Twitter,  and LinkedIn.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Letter From God

God's love...:

This "Letter From God" was in my church bulletin. The author is unknown as far as I know.

My Dear Child:
You may not know me, but I know everything about you---Psalm 139:1. I know when you sit down and when you rise up---Psalm 139:2. I am familiar with all your ways---Psalm 139:3. Even the very hairs on your head are numbered---Matthew 10:29-31. For you were made in my image---Genesis 1:27. In me you live and move and have your being---Acts 17:28. For you are my offspring---Acts 17:28. I knew you even before you were conceived---Jeremiah 1:4-5. I chose you when I planned creation---Ephesians 1:11-12. You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book---Psalm 139-15:16.  I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live---Acts 17:26. You are fearfully and wonderfully made---Psalm 139:14. I knit you together in your mother's womb---Psalm 139:13. And brought you forth on the day you were born---Psalm 71:6. I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me---John 8:41-44. I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love---I John 4:16. And it is my desire to lavish my love on you---I John 3:1. Simply because you are my child and I am your father---I John 3:1. I offer you more than your earthly father ever could---Matthew 7:11. For I am the perfect father---Matthew 5:48. Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand---James 1:17. For I am your provider and I meet all your needs---Matthew 6:31-11. My plan for your future has always been filled with hope---Jeremiah 29:11. Because I love you with an everlasting love---Jeremiah 31:3. My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore---Psalm 139:17-18. And I rejoice over you with singing---Zephaniah 3:17. I will never stop doing good to you---Jeremiah 32:40. For you are my treasured possession---Exodus 19:5. I desire to establish you with all my heart and my soul---Jeremiah 32:41. And I want to show you great and marvelous things---Jeremiah 33:3. If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me---Deuteronomy 4:29. Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart---Psalm 37:4. For it is I who gave you those desires---Philippians 2:13. I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine---Ephesians 3:20. For I am your greatest encourager---2 Thessalonians 2:16-17. I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles---2 Corinthians 1:3-4. When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you---Psalm 34:18. As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart---Isaiah 40:11. One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes---Revelation 21:3-4. And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth---Revelation 21:3-4.  I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus---John 17:23. For in Jesus, my love for you is realized---John 17:26. He is the exact representation of my being---Hebrews 1:3. He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you---Romans 8:31. And to tell you that I am not counting your sins---2 Corinthians 5:18-19. Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled---2 Corinthians 5:18-19. His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you---I John 4:10. I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love---Romans 8:31-32. If you receive the gift of my son, Jesus, you receive me---1 John 2:23. And nothing will ever separate you from my love again---Romans 8:38-39. Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heave has ever seen---Luke 15:7. I have always been  Father, and will always be Father---Ephesians 3:14-15. My questions is, "Will YOU be my child?"---John 1:12-13. I am waiting for YOU---Luke 15:11-32.

Your Father, Almighty God

Sunday, September 13, 2015

My thoughts about the movie, "War Room"

I recently celebrated another birthday. When my husband asked what I wanted to do for my birthday, my response was dinner and the movie War Room. I didn't know much about the movie. I knew it was a Christian movie from the creator's of Fireproof. I always try to support those movies because if we don't, producers will stop making them. I'd also heard that War Room was the number one move in the nation last week and it was about a woman fighting for her marriage. That was pretty much it. I hadn't even watched the trailer. All I knew was that Christian movies like Fireproof, Do You Believe, and God's Not Dead have been a blessing to me and I needed a blessing.

I don't want to say much about the plot itself because I don't want to spoil it just in case you've not seen it. I absolutely loved it. My husband liked it as well and as we were driving away, he asked me to text his newly married daughter and tell her that she and her husband should see it.

So many times, we like to talk about our problems to others, especially our problems with other people. We want to talk about how we've been hurt or wronged, especially when it comes to our spouses. What can the other person do about it? Can the other person change our spouse? Change our family member or our friend? No, but God can. "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." Matthew 6:6

In the movie, Miss Clara's tiny closet is her prayer room. She calls it the War Room. I'm not spoiling this for's in the trailer below. My husband leaned over and said to me, "Our closets have so much stuff in them, you couldn't pray in there if you wanted to." I laughed. He's right, but seeing Miss Clara's War Room made me long for a secret, quiet space of my own. You'll see what I mean when you watch the movie. Life is so busy and there is so much commotion around us that it's difficult to find a quiet place to get alone with God where you know you won't be interrupted.

Even before watching the movie, I did something similar in that I keep Bible verses that I call out to God in my phone. I also have a prayer list in my cell phone. In addition, I have a prayer of deliverance saved in my phone that an ACFW member sent to me. Since I always have my phone with me, this allows me to have my verses and my prayer list with me wherever I am.

The gist of War Room  is learning how to let God fight our battles for us. When we fight our battles ourselves, we can make things worse. War Room  is about learning how to pray and how to trust God. War Room is about learning how to take command over Satan in Jesus' name and then letting go and letting God. Be sure to take plenty of tissue. It's that kind of movie. The prayer Miss Clara prayed at the end is amazing. It had me shouting "Amen" in a theatre full of people and I'm normally quiet in a group setting. For your viewing pleasure, the trailer is below.

Monday, September 7, 2015

If God is all you have...then...

Honestly, I never thought I'd see come to pass what I'm seeing in my lifetime. I'm still amazed that Kim Davis is in jail. I commend her for standing up for what she believes. How many of us would have crumbled under the pressure and did what our job required? How many of us would have sought out another job? How many of us would have complied with the world's demands and quietly given in while our hearts broke and our conscience was seared?

We've sat back and allowed the enemy to steal from us. We've bickered among ourselves about doctrine and allowed prayer to be removed from our schools. We've argued over the color of the new carpeting in the sanctuary while our kids are popping strange pills at parties and researching how to become terrorists on the internet. We've been robbed, friends, and it's our own fault. We've lived in a little bubble where all we've cared about is that our own needs are met while the world has gone to hell around us and passed laws that are more anti-Christian every year.

We are living in perilous times, but those who have God, have all they need. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills! He created this world and everything in it! We are called by His name...He knows those who are His and he has the power to take care of us. He is our refuge and fortress, our high tower, our shield and our buckler. He is the Prince of Peace and the King of Kings! He is the One who was and is and is to come and will evermore be! God knows the beginning and he knows the end and guess who wins in the end? We're on the winning team. Look up, my friend, your redemption draweth neigh! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Jodie Wolfe shares her thoughts on Unbroken...

UnbrokenBy Jodie Wolfe

He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Isaiah 40:29 (NIV)

The drive to survive despite staggering difficulties, starvation and insurmountable odds. Such is the story of LouiZamperini as shared in the movie Unbroken. It tells the tale of this former Olympian who not only survived over a month and a half adrift at sea before being rescued and taken to a Japanese prisoner of war camp. Louis overcame and made it through horrific circumstances.

As I watched the movie with my husband recently, I couldn't help but think about the urge to endure that God has built into each of us. While I have never undergone anything as drastic as Louis Zamperini, God still has brought me through things I didn't think I could handle.

I love the way God promised us to give us strength when we are weary. There are many times when I feel worn out and unable to keep going but I take comfort in knowing God strengthens me when I ask Him to do so.

I may never face anything as challenging but I know I can choose to be unbroken when I put my faith and strength in God. He will give me the power to overcome.

Jodie Wolfe got bitten by the writing bug as a young girl after reading
and watching Little House on the Prairie. She loves writing stories about feisty heroines and strong, godly heroes. The power of story to influence lives and change hearts is what motivates her to weave tales that tell of the Savior’s faithfulness and forgiveness. She writes a column for Home School Enrichment magazine and has received awards in contests. You can find her ponderings on her website -

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A devotional from Johnnie Alexander and an excerpt from "Where Treasure Hides"

We're happy to have Johnnie Alexander with us today sharing a devotional and an excerpt from her book, Where Treasure Hides.

Monuments. Memorials. Museums.

I spent two weeks in May visiting New York City and Washington DC, two cities steeped in history and culture. 

We visited several landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Empire State Building. Our first evening in the nation’s capital, we walked from our hotel to the Washington Monument and then made the circuit of the surrounding memorials—those erected to honor great men and to remember those who died sacrificed their life in times of war.

On a hot afternoon in New York, I stood at Ground Zero, my fingers tracing the engraved names of strangers who had died on September 11th. A little over a week later, I was at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial. Venus shone bright in the night sky, a distant white circle, while soft yellow lights shimmered in the shallow pool beneath each of the Memorial’s cantilevered benches.

A display at the Holocaust Museum honors those who are known to have risked their lives to protect others from Hitler’s cruel regime. The names of these courageous individuals are grouped by nationality. Sometimes a picture puts a face to the name.

So much history. So many names.

I ponder this question:

Why we are so compelled to build monuments to the past.

The drive to never forget not just significant events but also significant individuals goes beyond a desire to show honor. It’s not just desire, but a deep and intense need to engrave our history into marble and stone for those who come after us.

Perhaps the earliest fulfillment of this need occurred when the earth’s inhabitants attempted to build the Tower of Babel. God didn’t appreciate their efforts and confused their language.

But in later times, He encouraged the building of memorials such as in this passage from Exodus:

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord Is My Banner, saying, “A hand upon the throne of the Lord! The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation” (Exodus 17:14-16; ESV).

Hundreds of years earlier, the patriarch Jacob, of his own volition, erected a memorial at the place where he had dreamed of a ladder reaching to heaven:

So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called the name of that place Bethel” (Genesis 28:18-19a; ESV).

Pondering all this leads to other questions:

What are the memorials of my life? Who or what do they honor?

What do I pray my children and grandchildren never forget?

What will be my legacy?

My words and actions build a monument that’s added to daily. My hope and desire is that it honors God.

An excerpt from where treasure hides...
Where Treasure Hides

Johnnie Alexander
Chapter One

August 1939

The stringed notes of “Rule, Britannia!” grew louder as the crowd quieted, eyes and ears straining in their search for the violin soloist. The patriotic anthem echoed through Waterloo Station’s concourse, and as the second chorus began, sporadic voices sang the lyrics. Travel- weary Brits stood a little straighter, chins lifted, as the violinist completed the impromptu performance, the last note sounding long after the strings were silenced.

Alison Schuyler gripped her leather bag and threaded her way through the crowd toward the source of the music. As the final note faded inside the hushed terminal, she squeezed between a sailor and his girl, murmuring an apology at forc­ing them to part, and stepped onto a bench to see over the crowd. A dark-haired boy, no more than seven or eight, held the violin close to his anemic frame. His jacket, made of a finely woven cloth, hung loosely on his thin shoulders. The matching trousers would have slipped down his hips if not for his hand-tooled leather belt.

Either the boy had lost weight or his parents had purposely provided him clothes to grow into. Alison hoped for the latter, though from the rumors she’d heard, her first assumption was all too likely. She stared at the cardboard square, secured by a thick length of twine, that the boy wore as a cheap necklace. The penciled writing on the square numbered the boy as 127.

Other children crowded near the young musician, each one dressed in their fine traveling clothes, each one labeled with cardboard and twine. Germany’s castaways, transported to England for their own safety while their desperate parents paced the floors at home and vainly wished for an end to these troublesome days.

“Now will you allow him to keep his violin?” A man’s voice, pleasant but firm, broke the spell cast over the station. The children fidgeted and a low murmur rumbled through the crowd. The speaker, dressed in the khaki uniform of a British Army officer, ignored them, his gaze intent on the railroad official overseeing the children.

“He better,” said a woman standing near Alison. “Never heard anything so lovely. And the lad not even one of the king’s subjects. I’d take him home myself—yes, I would—if I’d a bed to spare.”

Alison mentally sketched the tableau before her, pinning the details into her memory. The officer’s hand resting on the boy’s shoulder; the official, a whistle around his neck, restlessly tapping his clipboard with his pencil; the dread and hope in the boy’s eyes as he clutched his prized instrument. The jagged square that tagged his identity.

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