February 25, 2019

Sometimes, the Holy Spirit drops the words of old hymns into my Spirit.  As much as I love the modern worship culture that I am a part of, my heart is still pierced by the lyrics of many of the Church songs of old.  This one is resounding in me today.

No matter what we go through...no matter how difficult, how unknown or how frightening our path my appear...we can rest assured that we can surrender all to a loving Savior.  We can lean back into the loving lap of a beautiful Father.  We can trust every aspect of our lives to the leading of the Holy Spirit. 

What's the worst that could happen when I trust m...

February 18, 2019

"Every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, 'This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!' And each day, it's up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart, and say, 'No. This is what's important.' " - Iain Thomas

I love the topic of intimacy with Jesus.  One of my favorite things in the world to do is just sit at His feet like Mary in the Bible, in my Secret Place with Him.  In fact much of my writing deals in the context of the beautiful attributes of Mary resting at the feet of Jesus.  Martha, however, is an important part o...

February 11, 2019

Hello!  Just testing to see if this email function is actually working. Let me know if you receive this...

.... and today, BE BLESSED <3

Mandy xoxoxo

February 9, 2019

There was a season awhile back when I felt like I was being surrounded by attacks. I was being slandered, I had a situation against me that could have potentially left me and my husband in a scary and harmful place, and I was terrified. I had to confront someone and I was TERRIFIED. I mean the trembling, can't eat or sleep kind of terror.

Normally in that situation I would ask a handful of people pray for me, and I would fret (a lot) and probably lay on the floor with worship music and just sob like a baby (instead of worshiping).

But this time, I chose to first remember that I am a DAUGHTER of a God that is much bigge...

February 8, 2019

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. - 1 John 1:5

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. - Galatians 2:20

How many times do we think thoughts similar to this: 

"What's WRONG with me?"

"Why on earth did I respond that way?"

"What's going on in me to make me act like this?" 

"Here I go again....must be something broken on the inside of me."

<can you see me raising both hands...

January 25, 2019

He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.
Psalms 18:19 ESV


 

Strong's Definitions: מֶרְחָב - merchâb - mer-khawb'; from H7337; enlargement, either literally (an open space, usually in a good sense), or figuratively (liberty):—breadth, large place (room).


Carston, Mr. Frodo (one of our pups) and I went hiking once in the North Georgia mountains. The plan was to hike our way into the middle of nowhere and do a primitive camp for a few days and then return relaxed and satisfied.

I remember miles and miles (and MILES) of us hiking into the wilderness while we slowly crept around m...

January 18, 2019

The Lord spoke to me tonight about something that I don't completely have all figured out yet, but I believe is so important in the context of friendship in the life of the born-again Christian.

This the beginning of a revelation that I believe He will speak more to me about in time.  

Earlier today, I found myself upset because a friend of mine kept engaging with me in fleshly ways, trying to connect with me on the level of my past brokenness and insecurity.  When I say "brokenness," I don't mean a sinful lifestyle or anything.  The brokenness I mean is in reference to old, negative thinking and insecurities that...

January 1, 2019

2019 - A Year of Transformation, Intercession Heavenly Kisses and Coming Out of the Tomb

NEW SHOES AND TRANSFORMATION

In the wee hours of the morning, between awake and asleep, I began to see visions with the banner "2019" pasted onto each vision like a watermark on a photo. The first vision I saw was of a pair of shoes. The shoes looked like old, comfortable and worn-out shoes that finally had holes in them. They were being replaced by a new pair of shoes that need a bit of breaking in, but there was a sense that once they were worn a few times they would be a perfect fit for the next season. I also saw a row of large...

December 28, 2018

A few of my Aussie friends tell me that vulnerability is a strength that I have.  My husband (also an Aussie) says that the enemy attacks our strengths and not our weaknesses.  So - in an attempt to protect one of my strengths and shove the devil's rubbish back in his face - here is a bit of vulnerability.

Right now, life feels difficult, it feels like it's a little dark and I feel like I am being pressed and squeezed from all sides.

I put the word "feel" in italics because I know that feelings aren't always reliable.  But I do know that I am being pressed, and I do know it's a good thing. 

(Although I do want...

December 17, 2018

For three weeks now I have seen photos of TARGETS everywhere.  Either the store Target has been highlighted to me more than usual, or I happen to see a dart board or archery target in nearly every TV show, movie or ad that is in front of me.  I thought perhaps it was because it's the Christmas season and perhaps there's some sort of subliminal message for the Target store this year (but let's be honest - the store doesn't need to subliminally lure me through their doors when I tend to spend way more than I expected like 100% of the time I shop there).  I realized quickly though that God is always speaking, and on...

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