Until His voice is louder

"Whose voice is loudest in your life?" -Sadie Robertson "You failed again." "Not good enough." "Yep. Told you they were right. Nothing redeeming in that one." "No one cares. No one is listening. Where is your God now?" "Mmmmhmmmm. You messed up good this time. He isn't coming to save you." Imperfect. Failure. Incompetent. Naive. [...]

His masterpiece

For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 It's another day down. Another day when I wake up, put on my "game face," which means I bathed myself in prayer, opened up His Word, put on [...]

Before the world tells her different

Sassy, Stubborn. Bull-headed. Words I often use to describe my daughter. The words I use to describe the battle of wills endured here at home. After the "No, I won't," and "Yes, you wills." After the demands to do this and not that. To wear boots in July. Flip-flops in winter. The demands to have [...]

Individually molded to be different

We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand. Isaiah 64:8 My son loves to cook. He enjoys buying new cookbooks, and learning how to use new kitchen gadgets, and is drawn to any nifty "cooking kit." Gingerbread men were no exception this past Christmas, and he tackled [...]

I am His

For we are God's masterpiece...Ephesians 2:10 Once again...I have failed. The dishes are unwashed in the sink. Nothing has been accomplished due to pain and sickness. The house is still a mess. There are still bits of the failed attempt at dinner on the floor. After months of just trying to get through homework. Of [...]

Enough

Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 My name is January. I am an approval addict. I want to be liked. I want to be [...]

My Father Told Me So

How beautiful you are, my darling, how beautiful! Song of Songs 1:5 "Mommy, what's wrong with your hair? You look like a poodle." I had been coveting a short haircut for many years, always scared that the curls which adorned my head would make that impossible. That those curls would make me resemble a 30 [...]

Do You Need A Reminder?

"Why are these notes still on the mirror?" "Not sure, Hayley, Maybe he thought you needed to be reminded of these things again today. Do you need a reminder?" Of course, who knew that the person needing the reminder would be me. A couple nights earlier, (a dark and wet night, I will add), as [...]

Every Single Strand

And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:30 It is no secret that our home has been a breeding ground for one "learning" experience after another. So, it is no surprise that our home would start to breed other things as well. Like…lice. Yes, I know. Yuck. Gross. My thoughts exactly! [...]

For He is Pleased with Me

Recently as part of an exercise for training I have to do as a volunteer, I had to ask a few people about my strengths and weaknesses. While I wasn't surprised by the responses (That is good, right?), I also learned that many of these strengths are also my greatest weaknesses. Because while I am [...]