I often get asked where I’m going to church, *smile* I’ll get to that. When we left the church in 2000 that we had helped plant in 1996 (let me be completely honest, we were kicked out for disagreeing with the pastor and “causing discord”), I was so hurt. I felt discouraged, displaced, and completely destroyed. I have to add here…there was a day when I couldn’t admit that we were kicked out, I was ashamed and I would feel the need to explain, but not anymore. I will explain i
He never intended you to dance alone. Trust Him. Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God!
Proverbs 3:5 The Message Bible #womensministry #depression #MOPS #encouragement #brokenheart #frustrated #trustGod #SueCramer
I look at my life and never could have imagined the journey that brought me to this place in my life.
I’m gonna be honest, I didn’t love every twist and turn and re-route along the way. I took some detours and jumped right into a few ditches along the way. BUT I love that God has been with me through it all and when I look back on even the most confusing and painful times in my life, I see Him.
I see His hand, I see where He was loving me and guiding me towards His plan. Ta
Our past is a huge part of our future…our stories shape us and we become a women of our individual journeys. I don’t believe we can or should leave our stories behind us and think that we can just forget where we’ve been or what we’ve done. But let’s not let our mistakes or sins keep us from the beauty that God has before us. The ashes are a necessary part of the beauty, but don’t let the ashes direct us, let hope and trust in the Father direct us. Proverbs 3:5-6
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When our kids were teens we had a 17 foot speed boat and took them tubing every summer. It became quite an adventure. What began as a fun family time quickly turned into “combat tubing” which included four tubes behind the boat, high rates of speed and acrobatics involving jumping over each other as we cornered and landing on top of the other tubers. The wake was their friend and often used to launch them into the air and Mom into a nervous break down. Thankfully it only made
Loneliness is not about being alone, it’s about not feeling connected. Rest In Peace Robin…you will be missed Robin Williams death has set our thoughts again on the desperate truth of depression and our human need for connection. Connections are what make life worth living. God is all about connections. The Bible is overflowing with stories of connection. Connecting us to Him and then to each other. Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your
Freedom: the condition of being free, the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints. Does fear keep you restrained from stepping out with power to do the things that burn in your heart?
If fear did not hold you back, what would you do?
What would you say?
What would you create? Freedom always costs something. Jesus came and paid for our freedom from the power of sin and death. I’m hoping you’ve experienced that freedom. But even after receiving s
Don’t let fear keep you sitting in front of an empty tomb, the joy came as they ran to be in His presence. Fear, apprehension and anxiety will keep us stuck in a stale, dead, hopeless place. Jesus promises a full life to those who will seek Him and rest in His presence. Are you sitting at a tomb that is keeping you from having the joy a relationship with Jesus can bring? Maybe you need to get up and run from the person, place, memory, fear or vice that keeps your life stagnan
We pray and plead and hope and trust, yet nothing happens. Or does it? We set our sights on the answer, and only the answer we desire. What if it’s not that simple? What if there is more going on than a transaction? Imagine a child-parent relationship based on transactions? The child says to the parent, “I will ask you for things. you take care of them and I will thank you.” I don’t want the parent or child side of that relationship. Sadly, I think we often approach our faith
Galatians 4: 4-7
4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir. Orphanages have an ov
A piece of what I’ve been working on… It’s new life, a new day. It’s hope. Please don’t give up. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. Romans 4:18 The Message And be careful not to paint hope with one just color and brush, often new life looks different than we imagined it would. I have experienced this kind of hope, I’d love to hear your stories of new life if y
From my study: Becoming Me Through Him… Labels. Maybe the key to becoming me, becoming you, is to face the labels instead of fighting them. Face our weaknesses, faults, sins and past. As I studied the story of Rahab, I was bothered to see that Rahab is still called a prostitute in Hebrews. How is that fair if she had changed her ways? Why does it seem that she cannot shake this title? Shouldn’t God want her story to be about how her life is new? I don’t want to keep calling h
Imagine a little girl, 8 yrs. old, swimming at the beach and suddenly she goes underwater. She’s drowning. A lifeguard runs to save her. He pulls her little body out of the water, rushes her back to shore and gives her CPR. She chokes and sputters and starts to breathe. He’s relieved and the crowd around him cheers. He’s done his job, he’s a hero. He hands her over to her family and after a little applause, high fives and fist pumps from the crowd he goes about his business.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed its’ the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead If there is one thing we are figuring out in the past ten years, it’s that systems and bullet point aren’t enough. We’ve been doctrined to death. We have access to more Bible studies, commentaries and guides than Justin Bieber has Twitter followers. But we’re still hungry and unfulfilled. So we go to conferences. We travel meeting t
Why do we fight so hard to hold on to a life that is far less than what it could be? Old customs, habits and relationships that are stagnant and lifeless, yet we cling to them like worn blankies because they are comfortable. What are you clutching that needs to be released? Is it ideas about what will make you happy, but have failed to for years? Is it hope that the past could have been different? How about today, you decide that even though the outside world hasn’t changed,
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God
Psalm 46:10 This has been my go-to verse over the last season of my life. When I feel overwhelmed, confused or just exhausted, this reminds me to breathe. It brings me to the quiet place of knowing that He is God and that He loves me and is with me, no matter what condition my head or heart are in at the moment. There is always room for you in the presence of God. #womensministry #depression #stressful #rest #faith #bestillandknow #a
What will make you happy? What do you really want? More of __________________________. Less of ___________________________. And how much more or less will be the indicator of your supposed happiness? If that which is outside us could fulfill and bring us joy, it would be evident in those who have so much and are so happy. No, we see a world filled with an excess of things and yet empty of joy. The only true source of joy is found within. It’s found in the quiet place of our h