War Room Goal

What are your goals for the Spring and Summer seasons? Do you have a destination vacation in mind? Granted if you have chronic illness or possible financial struggles, you might not have a trip to the beach planned.

We are about half way through the season of Spring, where flowers bloom and school is wrapping up. But, what if we chose to make the most of the last weeks of Spring… and set up goals designed to grow us this Summer too?

My goal is a new one this year. I want to spend more time reading the Word of God. I have a loft bunk bed, which gives me a spacious wall next to my mattress. Lately whenever I look at it, I am reminded of my “War Room” wall – where I can make the most of things and act out Philippians 4:8 and Colossians 3:2. I can write out Scriptures, Bible Study Quotes, or Prayers. Which is best use of this space. Seeing this wall, allows me to focus on the Lord.

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” – Colossians 3:2

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8

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To help me accomplish this goal, I am using YouVersion’s “60 Day New Testament Journey” alongside another app called “Bible Reading Assistant”. Side note on the Bible Assistant app: It gives you the opportunity to be alerted when its time for your quiet time. I have it turned off, because it is the most aggravating notification alert that I have e.v.e.r heard in my entire life. If I ever try to read the Bible in 30 or 90 days, that’s the kind of notification system I need to push myself into His loving arms and Word.

So, now that I have shared my own goal(s) for the Summer, what are some of yours? Be sure to comment below and share with me how I can pray for you. Or maybe, share your goal. One big goal like this works for me, but I need to cultivate ways to implement it. Like YouVersion keeping me on track, so I keep running into our Savior’s arms much more often!

Oh friends, get into the Word of God and spending time with Him through prayer is the best goal we could ever have. Let us keep running to Him – together!

Growth in Trials

Like many, I don’t do well when lacking control. Case in point, my hair was mid way down my back. No longer, because I had to do something with my powerlessness. There is just so much outside of my ability to control and grabbing a pair of scissors seems the least destructive.

I am currently feeling very out of control, but choosing to trust the Lord Jesus with my circumstances. Anyone else feeling out of control today? Maybe, you cannot bring reconciliation to a relationship you absolutely treasure due to the other party. Maybe, a loved one is sick with covid or cancer and you desperately want to fix them. Or it might be passionately and wholly wanting a loved one to realize their need for Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord!

While we are definitely not in control, our Mighty God is!

In Colossians, we read these words: “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.”
[Colossians 1:15‭-‬17]

Ohh friends, I have been clinging to a set of verses from Philippians. Clinging and hanging onto the Vine (Jesus the Christ) as I seek to worship Him with my entire life!

“I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ. But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News.”
[Philippians 2:20‭-‬22 NLT]

As we face the reality of our own powerlessness, we receive an amazing opportunity to be changed from the inside-out. Feeling powerless can cause us to lash out in anger, sin by engaging in addictive or dangerous behavior, or run toward our Beloved Savior!


I am completely out of control. There are things I could never change. But because He lives, we can [and I can] face today and tomorrow.

And He is in full control of my circumstances and life.

As we pray, read His Word, and fellowship, we get the opportunity to truly know the Lord as the Supreme Lord of our lives!

What do you need to bring to His table today?

What has you feeling out of control?

And how can you activate your faith in Jesus, and trust Him right where you are?

How to Fail at Bible Study

I’m going through Priscilla Shirer’s newest Bible study with people at church. It is being approached [by me] in a different way, so I make it through each quiet time.

My quiet times used to be sooo much deeper. But part of my “now” quiet time is reading through each day’s lessons like I am reading a book. I stop and think about the questions being asked instead of writing some in my book.

What I dislike most about chronic illness is how cautious I have to be of my energy and fatigue levels. It makes the struggle to get in the Word so strong!

I know how to fail at this Bible study

… that I am choosing to use in this pruning season. This is not my first communal Bible study. After about a decade of gathering with others from different walks of life, I have learned this well. I am not like everyone else. And going through a Bible study with ignorance of my needs is – only going to help me fail. But the goal is success, not failure.

Truth? I feel guilty for not diving into each question intentionally given in my workbook. But at the end of the day, I have to operate using my resources. So running to our Savior Jesus and holding my plans without an “all or nothing” mentality. Because, this is what works for me. This is what is helping me draw nearer to our Savior Jesus during this amazing time of community and growing in the Word.


As I think about finishing day one of my study, I am holding onto James 5:17 especially that part about Elijah was as human as we are!

Even for Elijah, he became depressed, discouraged, and delighted in our Mighty God! We get the opportunity to grow in Christ with the realistic goals we set for our Bible study or quiet times with the Lord. What are some of your realistic goals?

Realistic goals help us to love the Lord with all we have to offer Him and join others in seeking Him – as an act of worship! And while we are worshipping, He is transforming us from the inside-out!

Scriptures: Proverbs 21:5; Matthew 22:37; Romans 12:2

[Heading Image: Gemma Chua-Tran // Unsplash]

Opportunities to Prune

Photo: Hudson Hintze // Unsplash

I have been thinking about possible blog ideas for Summer. But, I know how sickly I am from Spring to Fall. With that said, I am holding off on all blogging commitments.

Will this mean I won’t blog during these months? Absolutely not! I am going to keep trying to get into the Word and self care. Facing these upcoming months, feels horrible. But, I am reminded of something –

I grow so much spiritually, emotionally, and mentally during these trying months. There is one word that always describes this season of life.

Pruning.

In John 15, we meet these words – “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me (v. 4).”

Fruit can be either good or bad. When farmers go out to pick fruit off a tree, it can be either in perfect condition or ruined due to a number of factors. We learn a whole lot about good and bad fruit in Galatians 5:13-24. If we could choose between love and hate for our children, which would we choose? We have an amazing Heavenly Father who wants the absolute best for us!

During my bumpy season of life, that is when I lean most on the Lord Jesus and am changed! I am never the same person once that 6+ month chronic illness flare ends. But, I have the option of developing amazing self care habits right now.

I have the opportunity to take every single symptom I want to vanish, and allow the Lord to use it for His good – just like Genesis 50:20 teaches us about Joseph’s testimony! “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives (NIV).”

I am excited yet curious to see where this season of life takes me, mostly only spiritually and relationally. If I could skip over the physical part, I totally would! But, I am going to smile and get ready for this pruning season. I am excited to see the exchange. To see patience replace the impatience, and work on my attitude to make it more like our Sweet Jesus!

And, growing in Christ centered community and accountability would be super good too.

Further Study: Philippians 2; Galatians 5; John 15

He Will Bring You Through

This seems very appropriate, since I forgot to post on our Facebook page (again).

He will bring us through WHATEVER we face. He may opt to not answer every prayer the way we look for Him to, though!

I have been chronically ill for… a while now. Do I believe He chooses to heal, even if it isn’t miraculous and looking like no evidence of illness? I do. He heals. But it doesn’t have to look like I expect. He can choose to bring me through this, by giving me the amazing strength to make it through each and every hour of the day.

He will bring me through my current flare up and this hot weather. [Can we say, “Hellooooo California!”]

He will bring us through whatever relationship issues we may be having.

He will help us with whatever depression and anxiety we may face. And He will help us to cling to Him. He is immovable… but times of mental health issues can make us feel like… He has moved. But this is EXACTLY why we need the Word of God! He is immovable. And He will help us through whatever we are facing.

He will bring us through our brain fog and help us come up with ways to remember about things that are near and dear to our hearts. This page is near to my heart, but I don’t…always…remember to schedule posts (which is why I typically schedule them on a monthly schedule).

He will help us through this pandemic, our finances, health struggles, and all kinds of big and smaller scale issues…. because His LOVE for us is literally out of this world!

“But Christ proved God’s passionate love for us by dying in our place while we were still lost and ungodly!” ~ Romans 5:8 TPT

What do YOU need the Lord Jesus to bring you through? What can we pray for you about to our Risen Savior and Lord?