Monday, October 29, 2018

Jesus is the Anchor for My Soul

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Jesus is the Anchor for My Soul


If you know me, you know I love all things ANCHOR! Why do I love anchors so much? The main reason is that Jesus is my anchor. Another reason is that I love the ocean and the nautical theme. I could live near the ocean and spend all my days on the beach. I also love Lake Michigan, it reminds me of the ocean. Any time I am at the beach I feel like I can just let my soul soar.

The Stress of the Storm

"In order to realize the worth of the anchor, we need to feel the stress of the storm." -Corrie ten Boom

Last week I faced a few storms of my own. The first storm was that all three of my kids got sick last week with (I'm assuming) the flu. They were out of school for 7 days. It was the worst round of flu my kids have ever faced. The second storm was problems on and off with the blog and things relating to it. The third storm was my kids acting up way more than they usually do. It was to the point where I almost grounded my son for two months. I wanted to pull my hair out. I joked with my friend about getting gray hairs from that stressful week and wouldn't you know... my husband found a gray hair last night. **Covers eyes in shame** I keep trying to convince myself that it was just a platinum blonde hair.

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19These trials in this one week seem really small but when you are facing the storm it feels much bigger than it is. Everyone experiences tests and trials. Some trials are worse than others.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Hebrews 6:19. "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure." God keeps us anchored. We are firm and secure in him. Though we go through tests and trials, we can trust that we are firm and secure. We can trust that God will bring us through and we will be much stronger on the other side. God didn't promise an easy life, he promised to help us through it. He is my anchor in the waves, when the waves come crashing down, and in the wind.

"Life has a way of testing our anchors and tempting us to drift. Nevertheless, if our anchors are correctly placed in the rock of our Redeemer, they will hold no matter the force of the wind, the strength of the tide, or the height of the waves." -Dieter F Uchtdorf

The Anchor Holds

Even though my kids were sick, my blog faced problems, and the kids were acting up God helped me through that trying week.
In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.
I could have lost my cool or I could have given up. But, instead, I prayed for forgiveness for feeling like I couldn't make it another day with the kids sick, I read my Bible every day for strength and gave it all to God to help me make it through.

In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast. (Hebrews 6:19)

In every storm, we need to remember that we can lean on God. We may feel alone and like we are carrying burdens by ourselves but he loves us and will be there for us through every test and trial.

The anchor holds in spite of the storm. When you feel like you're drowning in life always remember that your lifeguard walked on water. Jesus' love has always been my anchor. Without Jesus as my anchor, I'll go adrift. Jesus is the one who guides me and he never holds me down. I know that I will always have Jesus there with me no matter what.

In Closing

Mightier than the waves of the sea is his love for you.  -Psalm 93:4

He will never let you drown, he will never let you down. He loves his children with a steadfast, unconditional love.

When you go through trials and tests, turn to God and give it to him. Lay it at his feet and he will take the burden and guide you through the storm.

When we go through storms in life we need to remember that "It is well with my soul".


Do you feel that Jesus is your anchor?

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

What No One Tells You About Adoption


What No One Tells You About Adoption



“He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” -Ephesians 1:5


The Stress of Adopting:


There is a lot that goes into the adoption process and it can be stressful and expensive. The cost of adoption on average in the US is $37,000.00. Although, there are a lot of programs that will help you financially. Adopting is a very exciting time and requires soul searching.


There are a few ways that you can manage the stress that comes with the adoption journey:
  1. Praying and reading the word. 
  2. Get a relaxing massage.
  3. Talk with other families that have adopted.


Managing your stress through the adoption process is very important so that you don’t burn out and change your mind about adopting.
There are roughly 440,000 children in the US foster care system. Roughly 153 million children are orphans worldwide.
The Statistics:


There are roughly 440,000 children in the US foster care system. Roughly 153 million children are orphans worldwide.


Over 60% of US children spend two to five years in the system before being adopted. Roughly 20% spend over five years in the system before being adopted according to factretriever.com


Most adoptive parents are in their 30’s to 40’s. People in this age range are generally more financially stable and can provide the love and support adopted children need.


Families choose to adopt for many reasons, here are a few:
  1. God has called them to adopt. -Galatians 4:5
  2. They want to have children or expand their family.
  3. They want to raise orphans as their own.


Adopted children are precious miracles that were only possible through adoption.More About Adoption:


Adults can be adopted as well. In most states, you can be legally adopted over the age of 18.
It’s becoming more popular to be adopted as an adult. Many adults that didn’t have one of their parents growing up get adopted by step-parents or close friends.


“There is an instinct in a woman to love most her own child; and an instinct to make any child who needs her love, her own.” -Robert Brault

Adopted children should be treated and loved like they are your biological children. They are precious miracles that were only possible through adoption. Adopting parents create a special bond with their adopted children. When you adopt you are raising another child as your own.

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If you have been called to adopt and are starting your adoption journey, here are some places to start.

Adoption Agencies:



Jesus Has Adopted Us:


My friends, adoption is redemption, its costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it killed him. -Derek Loux
There are many orphans all around the world waiting to be adopted. Much like we were orphans, Jesus has adopted us. “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him, we cry, “Abba, Father.”” -Romans 8:15. There are still many orphaned people that haven’t found Jesus. They are out there searching for what they are missing.


“My friends, adoption is redemption, it’s costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it killed him.” -Derek Loux


Jesus died on the cross to be our father if we only accept him to be our father. How many people out there are willing to die to be able to adopt a child? Probably none. People who adopt have to go through great lengths to be able to adopt. Jesus went through the greatest length to adopt us. We only have to have faith and accept him as our savior to make him our Father.


“So in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith.”  -Galatians 3:26


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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Why We Pray and the 12 Forms of Prayer

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Why We Pray and the 12 Forms of Prayer


Dear Heavenly Father,
I pray for anyone reading this post right now. I pray that this post brings them insight and blesses them. I pray for any of their needs that they will be met. I also pray for any of their prayer requests. Please forgive us of our sins. We thank you for being such a loving, forgiving, merciful, and wonderful God! We praise your holy name.
In your name, I pray, Amen.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people. Ephesians 6:18“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions will all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. -Ephesians 6:18

Prayer is important. If we have time to worry or stress, we have time to pray. One prayer can change everything. When you pray, don’t make God small. Remember that God is big, he’s bigger than any mountain we are facing.

Why do we pray?

There are many reasons why we pray and should pray. Praying is a vital part of our Christian walk, getting to know God and growing deeper in our walk with God. Here are some reasons why we pray:

1. We are God’s Children and should have a close relationship with Heavenly Father.
2. Ask for forgiveness of our sins and receive God’s Forgiveness.
3. We give thanks to God for all he’s done in our lives and for our many blessings
4. It helps us call on God, Depend on Him and trust in Him.
5. It gets our hearts ready for what God wants us to do in our lives and what he wants to for us.
6. Gives us an opportunity to listen to God
7. We can pray for God’s guidance.
8. We can make requests, pray for our needs and desires spiritually, physically and mentally.
9. We ask for God’s blessings.
10. We get to Praise God.
11. Show God in one way that we love him.

“Prayer is not just asking it’s listening to God’s orders.” -Billy Graham
Prayer is not just asking it's listening to God's orders. Billy Graham

Praying should come easily and it’s something we should and can do all day long. When you wake up, before you get up, say a prayer to God thanking him for waking you up and letting you live to see another day. Throughout the day you can pray over your family, friends, coworkers, marriage, home, anyone you come in contact with, your job, your finances, your blessings, pray over your food, safety, yourself, praise God, thank God, love on God, and worship God. Pray for your struggle. Pray for the nation and our president. Pray for guidance. When God puts someone on your mind, pray for them.

When you go to pray, make sure that nothing will hinder your prayer. If you’re angry at someone, forgive them or ask for forgiveness. If you’ve sinned, ask God sincerely for forgiveness. If you are praying and need answers, don’t doubt that God will answer your prayer. (More on this in a bit). Don’t ask for things with the wrong intention.

How does God answer prayers:

God answers prayer in a few ways. We need to listen and accept his answer. We may want something really bad, but our wants don’t always mean God’s desire and will. Pray for discernment and wisdom to know God’s answer. Seek his answer and accept it. Here are four ways God answers prayers:

1. With a yes: He will provide for your needs What you asked for is done.
2. With a no: God knows best for our lives and when God tells you no it isn’t a bad thing. God is leading you to something better.
3. With a not yet: God’s timing is perfect, so be patient and let God do his thing. Trust that God’s timing is perfect.
4. With silence: This silence is meant to help us draw nearer to God. To help us trust in him and wait. While we’re waiting we can pray and praise him.

God listens to every prayer and will answer with his perfect answe in his perfect timing.God listens to every prayer and will answer with his perfect answer in his perfect timing. We need to listen to his answer and accept what his answer is.

“But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” -Psalm 66:19

“My prayer is that when I die, all of hell rejoices that I am out of the fight.” -C.S. Lewis

There are 12 forms of prayer:

We can pray in 12 different ways. Most of the time we pray in petition or supplication. We need to remember to thank God, praise God, intervene and pray for others, and have faith.
12 Forms of Prayer: Adoration & Blessing, Communion, Petition, Supplication, Intercession, Thanksgiving, Praise, Spiritual Warfare, Agreement, Faith, Consecration, Watch and Pray
1. Adoration and Blessing: Adoration is a deep love and respect, a form of worship. (Psalm 84:11, Luke 4:7). A blessing is God’s favor and protection. (Nehemiah 1:11)
2. Communion: Communion is sharing or exchanging your intimate thoughts and feelings with God, all day, all the time. (Psalm 72:15, 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
3. Petition: Petition is your formal request to God with respect for a particular cause. (1 Timothy 2:1)
4. Supplication: Supplication is when you ask or beg for something earnestly or humbly. Lifting up your needs. (Psalm 119:170, Matthew 6:9-13)
5. Intercession: Intervening and praying on behalf of another person. (1 Timothy 2:1, John 17, 2 Corinthians 1:11)
6. Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving is an expression of gratitude to God (Philippians 4:16, 1 Timothy 2:1, and a lot of the Psalms have thanksgiving prayers)
7. Praise: Praise is when you express admiration, respect, and gratitude toward God. (Acts 13:2-3)
8. Spiritual Warfare: Spiritual Warfare is when our Spirit engages in or is involved in war or conflict with your own mind or when dealing with Satan and demons. (Ephesians 6:11-12, Romans 7:23, Hebrews 2:15)
9. Agreement: Agreement is when you are in harmony or accordance in opinion or feeling with the person you are praying with or in agreement with God. (Acts 1:14, Acts 2:42)
10. Faith: Faith is complete trust, confidence, or a strong belief in God. (James 5:15)
11. Consecration: Consecration is making or declaring something. (Matthew 26:39, 1 Timothy 4:5)
12. Watch and Pray: Watch and Pray is when you are constantly aware and praying. (Matthew 26:41, Mark 14:38, Luke 21:36)

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Put on the full armor of GodBeing a prayer warrior:

“Be a prayer warrior, not a panicked worrier.” -Ann Voskamp

Prayer warriors are committed to praying for others(Colossians 4:2), they are engaged in Spiritual warfare against Satan and demons, they study the word daily, they have faith that God will answer their prayers, and they discern the enemy's schemes.

Praise be to the Lord my rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. -Psalm 144:1
Spiritual battles are taking place all the time. We are called by God to be prayer warriors. We must answer God’s call. We need to take action and constantly pray. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Put on the armor of God, see what’s happening from God’s perspective, and resist the enemy.
We need to intercede for others before God. Fight the good fight. We need prayer warriors more now than ever before.

Conclusion:

We should pray every day, throughout the day. While we pray we should be listening for God’s response. We are children of God and should have a desire to talk to him. When we are waiting for answers we need to listen and accept what God is telling us because he knows best. We can pray in 12 different ways: Adoration & Blessing, Communion, Petition, Supplication, Intercession, Thanksgiving, Praise, Spiritual Warfare, Agreement, Faith, Consecration, and Watch & Pray. It is important to be a prayer warrior. God calls us all to be prayer warriors. Let’s step into our prayer closet, get on our knees and pray.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Having a God-Centered Marriage


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Having a God-Centered Marriage


Marriage isn't just a piece of paper. It's something much bigger than that. Two people in love are saying that this relationship is permanent. Marriage is a union between a man and woman that become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5-6, Mark 10:8-9) The marriage vow is saying that you will not break this bond for any reason other than death and no one can come between you.
Having a God-centered marriage is the most important thing you can do for your marriage. When you are both close to God it will bring you closer together. My spouse is supposed to be my partner and best friend, not my enemy.

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"Great marriages don't happen by luck or by accident. They are the result of a consistent investment of time, thoughtfulness, forgiveness, affection, prayer, mutual respect and a rock-solid commitment between a husband and wife." -Dave Willis

Love & Respect

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. -1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV


It's extremely important to have love and respect in your marriage.
When there isn't love in the marriage the marriage doesn't work. Without love, there isn't God in the marriage, and whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8) Disrespecting each other will end your marriage in divorce. Respect, serve, honor, and love each other.
Respect should be given even if it isn't received. Respect shows a sense of togetherness in the marriage. Everyone desires to be respected, so the best thing to do is give respect.

Marriage is about compromise, sacrifice, respect, love, trust, and affection. Without these things, it's just two people living together.

Respecting Marriages
Respect, Serve, Honor, and Love each other
I have seen far too often where marriages fall apart because of an affair or someone trying to break up

a happy home. Too many people disrespect marriages. It's our jobs as husbands and wives to protect our marriage from "intruders". God warns about this in Hebrews.

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Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. -Hebrews 13:4 NIV

Women shouldn't be hanging out with married men and men shouldn't be hanging out with married women. Single men and women should respect marriages and hang out with both the husband and wife. When you are single and alone with a married man or woman, something harmless could turn into something far more than just friends, even if unintended. When you are going places alone with a married person you are disrespecting their marriage.

"and said, 'For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?' So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate." -Matthew 19:5-6  (Mark 10:8-9) NIV

Don't let anyone come in-between you and your spouse. Your marriage is sacred. Your marriage is only for you, your spouse and God, no one else. When you let others into your marriage you are dividing from each other. Protect your marriage from those who want to disrespect it.

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The Five Love Languages

The Five Love LanguagesA great book to get is The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. This book will help you figure out how to love your spouse the way they want to be loved by using their love language. The five love languages are words of affirmation, physical touch, quality time, acts of service, and gift giving. Why not express your love the deepest way possible by figuring out your spouses love language? Gary Chapman helps you figure out how to express your love. Will you be using your words to build up your spouse, spending quality time with your spouse giving them your undivided attention, touching them with little love touches, doing things your spouse wants you to do by serving them or giving your spouse gifts? This book helps you to know just that. This is one of my favorite books to read for marriage. It will transform your marriage. You can take the test to find out which love language you and your spouse speak here.

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  Marriage Habits

We all have marriage habits we aren't too happy about. But, we also have those marriage habits that are good. Let's dig into the unhealthy marriage habits.

1. Yelling: One thing my husband and I use to struggle with was yelling. But, we did a devotion together that really tugged at both of us. Whenever our voices start to rise, we remind each other of our tone. We need to watch our tone when we are talking to each other and remember that we aren't enemies, we are best friends and partners. Yelling at each other is disrespectful and doesn't show love. Yelling shows a strong dislike, even hate. Show your spouse respect and love by watching your tone. If you feel like yelling, wait a while and come back when you can talk nicely.

2. Money: Something I see too often in marriages is where the husband and wife have separate accounts or one spouse thinks they have all the control over the money because "they" worked hard for it. What we need to remember is that you both work hard for the money, even if only one of you work. You both are in this marriage 100%. When you got married you vowed to make everything both of yours. What's yours is mine, what's mine is yours. Stop being selfish. If you want to say that your hard earned money is just yours, you should be single. When you got married and became one, you made a promise to share everything that is yours.

Spend time with each other3. Too Busy: Are you too busy to spend time with your spouse? If you said yes, you need to clear
some of your schedule and put your spouse first. Your spouse needs your quality time, even if it's not their number 1 love language. It's very important in a marriage to spend time with each other. Make it a point to do nightly devotions, before bed, every night. You could even do it first thing in the morning. Doing devotions together will help you grow closer together and closer to God.

4. Putting kids first: If you don't have kids you can skip this one. I see it all the time, parents putting their kids first before their spouse. But, let me tell you, that is NOT biblical. God wants you to put your spouse first.
Wives, put your husband first: Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. -Ephesians 5:22 NIV
For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. -Ephesians 5:23 NIV
Husbands, put your wife first: Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. -Ephesians 5:25 NIV
In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. -Ephesians 5:28 NIV
Husbands and wives: However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. -Ephesians 5:33 NIV
You are teaching your children how to respect the man of the house or the mother. You should be teaching your children, by example, how to have a God-centered, loving marriage. Putting anyone but God above your spouse will destroy your marriage. When you put your spouse first, you will have a much happier marriage.

Reconnecting With Your Spouse

Reconnecting with your spouse: daily devotions, therapy, pray, date night, make love, communicate, apologize, forgive, flirting, love
There are many ways to reconnect with your spouse if you are feeling distant with them or trying to reconnect after a separation.

1. Do daily devotions together. This is helping to put God as the center of your marriage. Find devotions that work for your marriage.

2. Therapy. Not everyone likes therapy, but this is one of the things that helped save my marriage. You have to find a therapist that you both connect with. If you don't connect with the therapist you won't get very far. Finding a Christian therapist was our number one priority. Therapists will help you figure out and fix what is wrong in the marriage.

3. Pray. Pray for each other and your marriage. Keep God in the center of your marriage. Pray for your spouse, for them to make it through the day, for their safety, for their walk with God, for them to do God's will, etc. Pray for your marriage, that you both keep God as the center, that you both draw nearer to God together, that you grow closer together, etc.
Pray continually. -1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV

4. Date night. Have a date night at least once a week. You can go on walks together, watch movies at home, have a romantic dinner, cuddle by a fire, watch your favorite tv shows while cuddling, make each other your favorite desserts and feed them to each other... there are many ways to have a date night.

5. Make love. There's a difference between having sex and making love. Reconnect with your spouse by making love to them. Make love as often as you can, don't hold back on your spouse.

6. Communicate. Make sure to tell your spouse your feelings. Tell your spouse the truth. The less you communicate the further apart you are, the more you communicate the closer you are. Text your spouse during the day to see how their day is going. Call them on your breaks. As long as you have something to talk about it is ok to communicate. Call them or text them just to say you love them. Communication goes a long way.

7. Apologize. Apologizing sucks because that is admitting you're wrong. But, your spouse deserves the apology if you indeed did something wrong. You would want the apology if they did something wrong. So, do the right thing and apologize. Your marriage will thank you.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The power of prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. -James 5:16 NIV

8. Forgiveness. Forgiving your spouse is a necessity. As mad as you may be, forgiveness will help you heal and move on. Forgiving doesn't mean that you are telling them that what they did is ok, it's telling them that you choose to forgive it and you're not going to bring it up anymore. Read more on forgiveness here.

9. Flirting. Never stop flirting with each other. Also, never flirt with anyone other than your spouse, that's a recipe for disaster. Flirting with your spouse can be fun.

10. Love. Tell your spouse you love them and WHY. Write a list of reasons why you love your spouse. It's a great reminder to them about why you love them.
Do everything in love. -1 Corinthians 16:14 NIV

Prayer for your marriage: Dear heavenly father, I come before you today to pray for my marriage. Guide us in your way and to follow your will. Help us to keep you in the center of our marriage. Help us to draw nearer to you daily and nearer to each other. In your name I pray, Amen
Prayer For Your Marriage


Prayer for your marriage:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I come before you today
to pray for my marriage.
Guide us in your way and
to follow your will.
Help us to keep you in
the center of our marriage.
Help us to draw nearer to you daily
and nearer to each other.
In your name, we pray,
Amen.


In Closing

Having a God-centered marriage is the number one most important thing you can do for your marriage. Love and respect each other. Pray for each other. Draw nearer to God together and

to each other. Find out each other's love languages. Do devotions together. Spend time with each other. Put each other first.

He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord. -Proverbs 18:22 NIV















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