Self Imposed Fog

I read a devotional the other day on trusting God through the fog, the writer recounting a difficult drive down a foggy mountain road and trusting God to take her safely home. I have not had that experience of driving down a foggy mountain road. And yet, recently…I created my own fog on a bright sunny day. Nothing had changed. A blinding fog did not roll in and obscure my view. I just took my eyes off what God can do and let circumstances overwhelm me with doubt and fear. I was not a friend to myself. I was a saboteur of my own journey. For a while I let a thick fog swirl around me and swallow up my hope and faith and pull me into a dark place where discouragement filled my heart. We all have those days when praying, waiting, and working toward something are met with discouragement. We often find we derail our confidence in the Lord with our own weakness and wrong thinking because for a while we take our eyes off of Him and instead let a fog of doubt and worry surround us. The fog comes rolling in when I take my eyes off of the Lord. It is a miserable place to be when we feel like we have lost our way and can’t find a clear solution. There are multiple possibilities for our discouragement. We become impatient because we have already waited a very long time for answers. We might convince ourselves we have asked for too much or too big and back down from our asking. We don’t see...

Weekend Wrap•Up

As the birth of Jesus draws near, we encourage you to pause in the midst of the to-do lists and lean in and listen. We pray these devotionals from the week will help you find peace amidst the noise of the season. My Prayer for You This Christmas Kris Williams   Seeing You, Being Seen and Seeing Him Kelly Stanley   My Gifts to JESUS Patricia Holbrook   Out of the Running Summer Pendley   Listen Up – Today, there is good news and a reason to celebrate the future Aimee Serafin  ...

Weekend Wrap•Up

Even with a few glitches this week, we’ve got it all in ONE place…for you. Enjoy. When Kids Are Pushing Your Buttons (like all of them) Anne Dahlhauser   I Pray You Hear Him Michelle Discavage   Lessons From an Inn Keeper Leah Adams   No Claim Over Me! Nanette Elkins   Stepping Back from the Drama Jennifer...

Weekend Wrap•Up

As Advent begins, we hope these devotionals meet you where you are. We hope they encourage your own Advent journey. Trusting God…On the Edge of the Unknown Patricia Holbrook   Just Be With Me Maddie MacMath   Pressure Holes Alisa Hope Wagner   A Lame Christmas Susan...

Weekend Wrap•Up

We ENCOURAGE you to exhale this weekend and find some encouragement. Everything from the week is here, all in one place for you!   A Season of Joyful Thankfulness and Deep Gratitude Kris Williams   Leave Room Maria Morgan   Who Am I? Susan Aken   Infinite Summer Pendley   May Our Feet Be Quick to Move in Peace Aimee...

Weekend Wrap•Up

Well, it’s been quite a week. It’s time for our wounded nation to grieve as necessary and begin healing the divisions that clearly exist among us. My prayer is that each of us examine our role in the human story and be a reflection of healing to those we meet, those we know, those who challenge us. Let us be a reflection of Jesus, in our little corners of the world, to those who desperately need love, mercy, understanding and grace. Enough rhetoric, listen and love with compassion and humility – let us live the walk. May the words from this week encourage you. Prayer for ALL OF US During the Election Kelly Stanley   If MY People Will Pray… Kelly Stanley   Someone Needs You to be Their People Leah Adams   Mr. Big Stuff: The Sin of Diotrephes Nanette Elkins   Courage to Say the Tough Stuff Jennifer...

Weekend Wrap•Up

This weekend – exhale. All of the encouragement from the week is here for you in one place. Planting for the Harvest Patty Wysong   Enhanced Soup Alisa Hope Wagner   What if Church was More Like a Hospital? Susan Lawrence   Are You Free? Michelle Discavage   Describing words on The Word, Indescribable | a poem Anne...

Weekend Wrap•Up

Take a break from all of the election rhetoric and refresh your soul! Everything from the week is all right here, waiting for you. Enjoy. The Battle for Your Territory Patricia Holbrook   Why it’s Important to Forgive, Even When…We Don’t Want To Melissa Mashburn   I Almost Died the Summer of ’89 Natalie Gwyn   The Great Pruning Sarah Jefferson   A Simultaneous God Lori...

Weekend Wrap•Up

The weekend. Exhale. Enjoy everything you missed, all in one place.   Living in the Tension Stephanie McCandless   Don't Waste the Wait Maria Morgan   Why Am I Doing What I'm Doing Maddie Macmath   Beating the Pains of the Past Kelly Balarie   Harvesting Quietness Aimee...

Weekend Wrap•Up

Kick back, take a break from all the political chatter and BE ENCOURAGED! All the devos from the week, in ONE place!   Shower the People You Love with Love Kris Williams   Driving Force Summer Pendley   Stinkin' Thinkin' Leah Adams   Be Quiet, My Big, Fat Mouth Nanette Elkins   How to Draw Strength from Christ Jennifer Slattery...