Category Archives: Knowing God

Enjoying the Gift of Work, Day 30

Work existed before the fall, before sin entered the world, but sometimes I forget this. I have worked jobs I’ve loved and jobs I haven’t. Work is fundamentally a necessity in our world, and yet, God designed work to be something that brings purpose and joy to our lives. Yet work in our world has …

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Finding Satisfaction, Day 28

I love being a housewife. I have held several different jobs and I’ve enjoyed work outside the home. In fact, Adam has encouraged me to pursue my work and education, and to do things I enjoy and to pursue my interests. However, I do really enjoy taking care of him. Ecclesiastes 3 says there’s nothing …

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Doing Good, Day 27

From the BHE archive:  We use the word “good” loosely in the English language. We say “good job” when someone has done a task well. We say “veggies are good for you,” because vegetables are beneficial to your health. We say “that house has a good foundation” meaning the house’s foundation is reliable and won’t …

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Eat, Drink, Be Merry, Day 26

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 is one of my favorite Bible passages because it assures me that eating, drinking, enjoying fellowship, and enjoying the fruits of labor is good and godly. Does God want you to be happy? I think there’s a lot of writing out there that says God’s design for your life and your marriage is …

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Eternal Minded, Day 25

Sometimes I forget that I eternity has already begun. This is the paradox of the already-but-not-yet kingdom of heaven. Jesus answers the Pharisees in Luke 17:20-21 by saying, “ Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that …

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Above All, Love, Day 21

There have been a ridiculous number of songs written about love. There have been a ridiculous amount of movies made about love stories. Love plays a powerful role in our lives. But there is no love like the love of a husband… or the love of God. The greatest Love Story of all includes us …

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Tear Down and Mend, Day 18

We all have walls in our lives. Bricks of sin. Wounds that fester and don’t quite heal. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been married five minutes, five days, five months, five years, or fifty. Sin permeates your life and marriage. There are inevitably things you don’t talk about or avoid talking about because the pain …

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Day 16, Give Up

Do you know when to give up? Do you know how to say “no” to things? I have a tendency to over-commit. I take on too much and then halfway through, I can’t handle it. Instead of being blessed, I feel stressed. Instead of blessing others, I end up doing a haphazard job because I’ve …

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Grace and Space, Day 14

On our honeymoon, Adam brought his computer tower and computer games and I brought books to read. People thought this was strange, but in all honesty, after coming out of a hectic season in our lives, it was incredibly refreshing to relax alone. We got plenty of time together, but Adam and I craved our …

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Words of Death, Day 5

Over the summer, I attended a discipleship workshop. One of the lessons that stood out to me was “naming your reality.” When something has a name to it, it is no longer unknown and therefore it doesn’t have power over you anymore. I talked a little about this on Day 3 of the challenge. The …

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Remember to Breathe (30 Dates in November 2016)

I have a problem. I pour myself a delicious cup of hot coffee straight out of the pot, fresh and just done. Then I carry this cup around half the morning, sometimes into the early afternoon. I set it down. I pick it back up again. It’s cold. So it’s off to the microwave I …

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Utilizing Discernment with Secular Tools

Last Monday, I shared thoughts on the benefits and disadvantages of utilizing secular content as a tool for improving your marriage. Today I want to discuss using discernment. I don’t want to give you a checklist to approaching secular content because I don’t want to counter the point I have already made. However, I am a …

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Benefits and Disadvantages of Utilizing Secular Tools

On Friday, I mentioned the article I shared on BHE’s Facebook page that received a bit of feedback and flak alike. I felt like I should and could better address some of the concerns raised via the blog rather than a lengthy social media post. You may read Monday’s post here. I wanted to first …

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Shortcomings & Overabundance

I have a problem. I over-commit. I am a child of God. I am a wife. I am a creative writer. I am a blogger. I have the BHE ministry. I am a graduate student. I am a daughter. I am a daughter-in-law. I am a granddaughter. I am a sister. I am a woman …

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The Attitude and Habit of Prayer

This has been an especially busy week for me. Honestly, it has been hard to find the “quiet time” with God like I need. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 is hard to do when my brain and my schedule is all over the place. “Pray without ceasing.” I think sometimes we miss the point. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 …

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I Resolve Not to Resolve! The Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions

I’m terrible at keeping new year’s resolutions.  I am excited for the first two weeks, and then reality sets in. I over-promise and under-deliver. I overwhelm myself with the impossibilities of keeping my resolutions. I am 27 days past the first of January and still haven’t created resolutions.  I’ve been waiting for the perfect moment of inspiration. Yesterday …

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It’s Only Monday, Day 30

Last week, I was stressing big time last night over silly stuff and I went to bed thinking, “it’s only Monday.” The following morning, while I had trouble getting up, I thought, “oh, it’s already Tuesday!” What a difference perspective make! We can choose to let stress go or hold onto it. Letting go of worries …

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One Life to Live, Day 29

When I go to Taco Bell, my favorite thing to do isn’t to order Frito burritos or taco supremes off the menu. My favorite thing to do is to pick up the sauce packets and read the sayings. Some of them are silly and some of them have some genuine advice. In early spring, I …

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Only Goodness, Day 28

In February 2014, a wolf was discovered in the hallway of the hotel where Olympian Kate Hansen was staying during the Sochi Winter Olympics. The whole thing was revealed to be an elaborate prank, but it got me thinking about protecting my marriage from the “wolves in the hall.” However, wolves don’t just wander around outside …

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Only One, Day 27

I am only one, but I am one.” I read this statement on Facebook earlier this year and I had to read it a few times before it fully sunk in. Be encouraged, sweet lady friend. You are only one, but you are one. You may feel like some days you don’t make a difference, …

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