When God is On the Move

Recently, in an effort to zone out from all the activity swirling around me and actually rest, I queued up The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. For what better way is there to escape the worries of this world than to wander through the wardrobe with Lucy and embark upon an adventure filled with curiosity, faith, fauns, talking beavers and a battle of Good vs. Evil?

I’ve read the book and seen the movie many times, but the line that caught my attention this go-around was when Peter, Susan and Lucy entered the home of the Beavers. Mr. Beaver looked at all of them and said “Aslan is on the move.”

It reminded me of the song “God is on the move, on the move, Hallelujah. God is on the move in many mighty ways.”

When God is on the move, you know it. The air is different. Your spirit is stirred, restless even in anticipation of what is coming next. You can’t  quite make out what it looks like, but there’s a rustling in the bushes and like a dog with his ears perked, you are waiting expectantly to figure it out.

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A Gift for Jessica

On the spur of the moment last Saturday, we declared a Family Date Night to Tyler. Caleb needed some new shirts, because when you grow 4.5 inches in a year, nothing old fits! Since I had some Kohls cash in my wallet, I figured that was just the place to shop.

We’re also down to 4 hens in the chicken pen, and so buying some new chicks has been on my ever-growing list as well.

As I’m planning the route in my head, all-of-a-sudden I remember the movie God’s Not Dead 2 just came out in theaters! We saw the first one as a family and the kids loved it, so I thought that would make a fun surprise if we could fit it in. I kept it a secret in case we couldn’t.

We all start loading up in the truck when Mackenzie comes outside, flicking her hair back and swinging her purse over her shoulder. She says, “Mom, we’re going to meet someone named Jessica today and when we do, I’m going to give her this flower.”

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How Curious is Your Faith?

Only eight hours after arriving in South Carolina, I found myself nestled in a semi circle of brand new friends. As we sat in the booth and shared stories of who we are, where we came from and how God orchestrated our being at this Allume conference for the first time, our hearts truly connected.

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Not only did I meet some fantastic new writer friends, I also picked up about thirty books to accompany me back home. One of those books was Curious Faith, written by the leader of Allume, Logan Wolfram.

About a month later, when life returned to the valley after the mountain top experience of this conference, I cracked open this beautiful book.

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Logan had me at the first page when she said, “It’s not blinking….the heart isn’t blinking….There was no flutter of a heartbeat on the screen in front of me. Only stillness.”

The baby she hoped to one day hold, had gone to the arms of Jesus.

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The Grand Finale of Write 31 Days

We did it! I wrote my faith journey for 31 straight days and you read along with me.

Thank you!

What started out as a mustard seed of faith grew into a potted plant producing leaves.

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My 5 favorite posts are:

  1. Faith on Center Stage or Behind the Scenes

2. Faith to Listen When God Speaks in a Whisper

3. Faith as a Maker

4. Faith to Descend

5. Faith of Something Beautiful

What I’ve learned in this 31 day journey is faith doesn’t look a certain way. It’s not always in the BIG things we try to do for God. It’s not always in the go, the stand and the rise up. Faith is often found in the stay, sit, wait.

But now it’s your turn. What have you learned? Which post encouraged you? Has the Lord dug around in your heart as you’ve read my journey? What has He stirred in you? What have you done with that stirring?

Would you leave me a note – an email or a comment below about it? Or find my Facebook page and start a conversation there. I’d love to know what the Lord is doing in your life!

Also, do you know someone struggling to believe God right now? With feeling stuck in the molasses swamp of life? Would you share a post with them? Or post your favorite one on social media? I would love to see God use the words He gave me to encourage others beyond my circle of reach.

Thank you so much!

I have some exciting ideas for November and December, so stayed tuned, sign up for emails if you haven’t already and continue walking in faith.

Missed a post? Click on the picture at the bottom to view the whole list.

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Faith to Finish Well

I’ve listened to the lie long enough.

-I’ll never have enough time

-never have enough money

-won’t make enough dinner

– boobs aren’t big enough anymore

– won’t prepare enough

-not funny enough

-won’t write well enough

– don’t share enough

–  don’t try hard enough

-pray enough

-laugh enough

Honestly, I came up with those in 20 seconds. I hear these negative words all the time.

Today I’m squishing them. I’m not listening to the anymore.

I’m going to stop apologizing for being me and do the best I can with what I have and trust that it will be enough.

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Faith to Refocus

There I was.

Closing my eyes and hitting submit for 1 ticket to Allume writers’ conference.

What was I thinking? No one was going with me, it’s all the way in South Carolina for 4 days and…

But yet, something in my spirit said, “Just say yes. Just keep saying yes to the small things and God will direct it.”

So I did. In total faith that this was where I was supposed to be.

Thoughts, doubts, fears and questions mounted in my mind as the day approached. What have I done? Am I crazy?

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Faith to Trust Fully in His Love

This month is ticking away, but thankfully isn’t finished yet. And today, I have another guest here to share some words about faith.

I met Laura Martin through the Clumsy Blogger course I took this Spring.

When someone posted a question about where we all live, I learned she lived in Arkansas, not far from my parents. So one day I messaged her saying I’d be passing through her area, and asked if she would be able to meet for lunch?

And she was brave enough to take me up on it! We enjoyed a good Smash Burger and exchanged some stories in person.

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The reason I asked Laura to share here is because they are in the process of adopting a son from overseas. Talk about faith!

Thank you Laura for sharing your words here! We will continue to pray for you as you await the finality of this adoption.


“Tell me about living in faith,” her message reads.

And I sigh inside and out.  A deep heavy exultation of carbon dioxide that empties my lungs, allowing me to take in a larger amount of oxygen with my next inhalation. Maybe, this exchange will somehow shake down the confusion that surrounds my daily faith and magically let a clearer picture emerge.

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Faith to Continue Growing

Look at my bean sprouts that I planted on Oct. 1. They are taking off! A couple weeks ago they sprouted above the level of the jar and so I recruited some help from my kiddos and planted them in some real dirt.

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The faith inside of me right now, feels the same way.

I’ve shared some hard stuff here. So many days I read other posts from my friends doing this challenge and wished I could be light-hearted or funny like them. Instead, I’ve been writing about some hard challenges the Lord has put me through.

But I feel my faith growing. In fact, l may need to transfer it somewhere that gives it more room to grow.

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When Dreams Can’t be Found with a GPS Signal

Day 27 of 31 days of writing. This month is drawing to a close. How’s your faith doing? Is it growing along with mine?

Today I have a story to share that came to me as I drove to a field trip with my kids. I wrote it for my friend, Alisa Stoner, who has been writing about Running Free with Dreams in Your Heart this month.

As I struggled to find where I was going, which isn’t surprising for this directionally challenged Mama, I thought about how hard it is to find our dreams. How do we get there? Sometimes we see a map and still don’t know how. Sometimes people tell us how they got there, but we find out they started from a totally different locations.

Driving to a field trip, or driving to find our dreams can often be frustrating, with lots of twists and turns, missed roads and backtracks. But, all is not lost. Click on over to Alisa’s site to read the good news of this journey…

This and other posts are apart of my 31 day journey of watering my mustard seed of faith. I hope yours is growing along with mine. If you’ve missed any, click the picture to catch up!

And if any of these words have watered your faith, leave a comment, an email to let me know, or share with a friend to encourage them.

Thanks for joining me today.

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Faith on Center Stage and Behind the Scenes

Do you ever feel like you’re just a minor character on the stage of your life with little or no lines while someone else dances around as the star? Have you felt like everyone but you has a center stage ministry and you get lost somewhere in the background?

I have. Felt that just yesterday.

“Why, Lord am I stuck doing this, when I could be like her doing that?”

It’s easy to let those emotions take control. But when I turn to the Word, instead of continuing to compare and allow God to speak His truth to me, He sets my mind straight.

During one of those times, the Lord led me to a passage nestled in the chapter of 1 Kings 18.

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