Last year, 2020, was a rough year for many of us. Personally, my physical and mental health took a toll and for many reasons, I stepped away from writing for much of the year.
But a new year is here. And while I might not write as much as I’m hoping to, I’m hoping to carve out more time and energy to writing here. And as an ode to the new year and new plans, I wanted to share a quick recap of the 5 most popular posts here to help grow your faith this year.
One thing is certain for all of us, if we are going to move into 2021 with stronger, deeper faith, we need to be intentional. We need to invest in our faith and ask God to bless and grow our offerings.
If you’re new here, I hope you find some encouragement in these posts. If you’ve been following me here for the last couple of years, I hope you’re able to find something new or freshly apply it to your life today. No matter what, I hope we can all say at the start of 2022, that we are more like Christ than we are today.
Here are the top 5 posts to help skyrocket your faith this year:
If you grew up in church (or even if you didn’t), you’ve probably heard extensive exhortation on being a Proverbs 31 woman. Every Mother’s Day, that famous line, the one about her children arising and calling her blessed, makes it’s way to the front of Hallmark cards and sappy Facebook shoutouts. Proverbs 31 has become such a common passage that we regularly overlook it and try to find something less mainstream to reference. But it is mainstream for a reason. There are principles and wisdom that deserve examination and application to our daily lives…. Read more here.
Does the Christian life ever overwhelm you? Because lately, I’ve been overwhelmed. I want to be a Proverbs 31 woman. I want to be a woman committed to prayer, studying the word, caring for the poor, and loving those around me. But then, the days get busy and the weeds of life tighten around my neck and draw my attention to Facebook and to the laundry.
It’s easy to get sucked into a vortex of crazy when you don’t have a clear picture of where you’re going. Even when you see the end picture, it’s easy to get overwhelmed if you don’t have manageable steps…. Read more here.
Praying the prayers of those who have gone before us can be an amazing way to strengthen our own prayer lives. As we look to the great heroes of the faith, it is easy to feel intimidated by their displays of faith. Esther going before the king despite the threat of death, Mary saying yes and trusting in God to do the impossible, the women who came after Jesus, begging Him for miracles and believe in His power, they all stand apart as larger than life example of obedience to God. Examples that we could never possibly live up to.
But looking at their prayers reignites my faith and fills me with hope. The prayers of these incredible women of the Old Testament give us insight into their spiritual lives and demonstrate the hope that they carried with them… Read more here.
Mornings might be my favorite part of the day. I love the stillness of the world and I love watching it come alive as the sun rises and all of creation begins stirring. My mornings have become a blend of beauty and intentionality. But perhaps my favorite part of my mornings is that I can curl up in a robe, with my coffee and Bible in hand.
I love the ritual of mornings. Everything is in order and there has not yet been enough time for something to happen to the yet to put a spot on the clean slate (usually). Each and every time the sun rises, I am reminded that God has promised fresh mercy each and every morning.
It’s in the morning that I feel this promise cradle me… Read more here.
We all have it. Those lingering things we beg God for. Sometimes they quietly ache in the back of our mind when we pray and other times, we have the whole congregation begging God on our behalf. We’ve done the right things. We haven’t committed any of the big sins like murder or adultery. Don’t we deserve the blessing of God? Shouldn’t we be given what our good behavior has earned us?
Hannah knew our plight. She had begged God for years for a child while watching her husband conceive with another woman. Month after month, year after year, baby after baby, she waited and wondered and wept. She was a good woman and it seemed like a simple request. So year after year, she got on her knees in prayer… Read more here.
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