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An Uncertain Journey

“If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the utmost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.”  Psalm 139:9-10 Two years ago my husband’s job came to an unexpected end.  We had just relocated to take this job four months earlier and had just bought our first house when everything seemed to come crashing down.    I had dreamed of owning a home since junior high and after 14 years of marriage, it had finally happened.  We were settled and I was excited to be putting down roots. The kids were happy.  I was happy.   My husband was not.   Then the job loss happened.   I didn’t know why God was allowing us to walk through such an uncertain time, but initially, I was positive th...

March Scripture Writing Guide (2021)

Scripture writing plans are incredibly simple, yet incredibly effective for helping us read, interpret and absorb the Word of God. Rather than simply letting our eyes pass over a verse and perhaps miss its full meaning, writing Scripture down helps us absorb each word and really think through what the passage before us is saying. Each day in March you’ll have the opportunity to write down a verse. We suggest using a journal where you can add any additional mediations or prayers that the verse brings to mind. Click here to download the March Scripture Writing Guide! Join Our Telegram Group : Salvation & Prosperity  

10 Things Your Teenagers Wish You Would Talk About

10 Things Your Teenagers Wish You Would Talk About             There is no denying the teenage years can be difficult parenting years for inexperienced parents who are ill-prepared for the challenges that await them. I often smile when new parents talk about the challenges of the proverbial “terrible two’s”.  I think to myself. You have no idea the journey awaiting you in ten years!  The truth is, the joy of seeing your little boy or girl evolve into a young man or woman can often be usurped by the challenges of independence, trust, boundaries and curfews.  Learning to navigate the appropriate balance of freedom with responsibility can be tricky waters. Admittedly, when my oldest two children where embarking upon this un...

The Unknown

In the past, as I closed out one year and welcomed another, I would plan, set goals, and resolve.  And while I acknowledged a certain element of the unknown ahead of me and desired to “hold my plans loosely”, I generally felt confident that the story of the coming twelve months was mostly mine to write. However, 2020 shattered any illusion of predictability and control that I might have claimed. I imagine many people can say the same. In 2020 the seemingly untouchable pillars of our American lives crumbled. Churches and businesses are shuttered, kids are not allowed to attend school, foreign borders are closed to us, gatherings in our own homes are illegal, and most human interactions occur with faces covered. Is there anyone who held last year’s New Year plans loosely enough to accou...

On-Demand Interview with Candace Cameron Bure

I was blessed to talk faith, family, and the Hallmark Channel with Candace Cameron Bure! I hope you’ll listen to her inspiring faith testimony, the secret to how she juggles it all, and which Hallmark movies are her favorites and why! We also talked in depth about her newest character-building children’s book, Candace’s Playful Puppy—you won’t want to miss Candace’s description of her own dog and the adorable dog pictures she shares! WATCH HERE Stay tuned on my website next week for a beautiful Ash Wednesday prayer and Bible verses to begin your Lent intentionally, a piece I wrote for BibleStudyTools.com. To watch other on-demand faith and parenting episodes from my series Chaos to Calm, click here.  Rev. Noelle Kirchner, M.Div., believes we don...

Balance, Boundaries, & Bandwidth

Photo Credit: Canva www.courtnayerichard.com Have you ever felt like you needed to get your life in order? Have you ever felt stretched, overextended, exhausted, or like you bit off more than you could chew? If you’re feeling any one of these emotions right now, let’s talk about balance, boundaries, and bandwidth today (or tonight, depending on when you’re reading this).  I’m going to jump right into it, because you’re either busy trying to grab these nuggets before you dive deep into your workload, during a break, or while lying in bed reading with the covers pulled over your head at night. So, let me not waste any time with this post. Balance – Most of us are busy working on something in our lives. And so having balance between work, ministry, creating content for our audiences, and...

The Cost of New Life

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24 I have moved across the country twice. Both times with no job in sight. I just figured I would find one when I got there. I still look back and wonder “What was I thinking?!” Along with, “Well that was fun.” It is this type of living that often becomes the downfall for those of us prone to reckless optimism. I did always find a job and was able to make it. However, not without a bit of debt. Moving into the unknown, starting anew, and chasing the dream always costs something. Part of me wonders what 2021 will cost, but the better question is, what are we willing to pay? There is a part of me that loves the thrill of leaving...

What Type of Proverbs 31 Woman Are You?

In my last post, I shared the 7 virtues of the Proverbs 31 woman and loved reading your comments on which virtue inspired you most. As a recap, the 7 virtues of the Proverbs 31 woman are: Dignity, patience, diligence, generosity, courage, wisdom, and devotion. Today, I want to share 7 examples of women in the Bible who exemplify the virtues of the Proverbs 31 woman. Be sure to read until the end because I have something really fun for you! MARY – A Woman of Dignity “And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35 ESV) Our first Proverbs 31 woman in the Bible is Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary was a woman of dignity. She held grea...

The Secret to Happiness

The Secret to Happiness             The endless demands of changing diapers, working two jobs, juggling parenthood, sisterhood, the piles of dirty clothes and laundry, balancing countless balls in the air….the weight of it all seems too much too bear sometimes, doesn’t it? If we are not careful, we find ourselves longing for the next season. We think about how much easier it will be when the kids get potty-trained, start school, or begin driving. We think about how much free time we will have when they go away to college or begin their young adult lives. We dream of finding a new season that will be easier, lighter, more meaningful, and ultimately, one where we will be happier.          ...

Dear 2021,

In their hearts humans plan their course,     but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9 NIV Dear Twenty Twenty-One, Your predecessor has left us lost and dazedCautious and timid with our goalsOnly by the Spirit is our faith unfazedWe’re hopeful our love will touch many souls Our expectations for you are quite lowGiven the year we’ve just been throughOur hopes and dreams are high even soWe wonder if any will come true We do not know what trials you may bringOr what blessings for us lay in storeBut we trust Him of whom the angels singWho will provide now and evermore And so, New Year, we welcome you with graceContent to live each day that follows dayTo finish strong the next leg of our raceTrusting in the Truth, the Life, the Way Sincerely,A Child of G...

7 Virtues of the Proverbs 31 Woman

The Proverbs 31 woman that we read about in Proverbs 31:10-31 is a mother, wife, entrepreneur, and more. But these titles do not make up the sum value of who she is as a woman, and in the same way your value is rooted in much more than what you do or what people call you.  Although many have defined the Proverbs 31 woman by what she does and the titles she holds, it’s more important to take a deeper look into the character of who she is as a woman to truly be encouraged by her example. So even if your laundry isn’t folded, hot dinner isn’t on the table every night at exactly 6:00, and your home isn’t Pinterest perfect, please believe me when I tell you the example of the Proverbs 31 woman is not out of your grasp.  Here’s the thing, let’s say you did do all those things and check...

Divine Appointments

Recently I experienced the sting of deep disappointment. I shot my shot and hit the rim; the ball didn’t quite make it through the net. When I started on this recent venture, I did not ignore the possibility of disappointment; I went in with my eyes wide open.  As I prepared, I focused more on the possibility than the impossibility. I relied on verses that I knew, whispered positive affirmations to myself, had lots of conversations with God, took deep breaths, and ultimately took my shot. But I also kept it close to the vest, sharing with very few. I was prepared for either outcome, or so I told myself, but I only listened to the possibility. Isn’t that the way it is with disappointment? We build ourselves up, hoping against hope, and become still utterly deflated whe...